By: Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series Book #1
I say Book #1, but The Inn at Rose Harbor has quite the lineage.
Debbie Macomber is a prolific author, and many of her books share characters and locations. The Rose Harbor series, for instance, is set in Cedar Cove, which has a series of its own. And Jo Marie, one of the main characters in this book, has her very own short story called When First They Met.
All very good news if you’re a fan!
Some of you will recognize that I’ve read a Macomber novel before. And some of you will remember that I hardly loved it.
So why did I voluntarily read a second? Well.
When we people know you like to read, the obvious gift for every scenario becomes a book. And this is typically great, because it means I don’t have to spend my own money on books and because I will oftentimes get introduced to books I would have never otherwise read. However, when you couple this with a guilt complex like my own, it means that I read every.single.book. that anyone has ever thought to give to me.
Even if I know I’m going to hate it.
Anyone else have this problem? No? Just me?
Well anyways. I read The Inn at Rose Harbor because it was a gift. End of story.
(PS – I was also given Book #2, so look out for that review coming up.)
I don’t have much to say about this book. I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I wasn’t wrong. It’s sappy. It’s obvious. It’s mediocre. It’s for middle-aged, middle-class women. It’s the kind of book my mother would finish with a spiritual yummy and promptly move on to the next one.
There’s knitting and forgiveness and cookies and grief and friendships in bloom and God’s wisdom and budding romances and cheesy lines galore. All in all, it’s not bad. In fact, it’s considerably better than my previous Macomber selection.
So if that’s your thing, go for it. I won’t judge.
If you’re a Macomber fan, here are some suggestions:
(for more by Macomber)
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber
(for Christian chick lit)
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
(for less obvious Christian lit)
Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
The Epic of Gilgamesh compiled by Andrew George
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro