1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber
(Mira Books, 2011, 366 pages)
About the Book (Overview):
You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her—
Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is…when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I’m not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse’s father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she’s becoming forgetful, and the family’s worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on—but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call. Please.
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Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series is one of my all-time favorites. I enjoyed going back to visit all those beloved citizens each year as a new book was released. I was saddened to hear that the series was ending this October when 1225 Christmas Tree Lane was released. When I picked up this book, I was excited that Rachel and Bruce’s story was going to be told. They’ve been secondary characters for years and I’ve watched their relationship unfold. Now it was their turn to shine by being the lead story. I enjoyed getting to catch up with other people and couples from around Cedar Cove… Olivia is still recovering from cancer and now has to deal with her mother’s failing health. Charlotte (the aforementioned mother) and Ben deal with the after-effects of a house fire. Grace and Cliff adopt a new puppy, much to Grace’s chagrin. Will and Miranda try to work with together without killing each other. Shirley’s new romance takes the next step. Linc and Lori have to deal with Lori’s overbearing father. Chad and Gloria deal with an unplanned pregnancy. . .
I found myself laughing and crying as I read. Ms. Macomber has a way of touching your heartstrings which keeps you coming back for more. If you haven’t read this series, I highly suggest reading them in order, as each book builds on the last. You really won’t be disappointed for trying out these books… I know I haven’t been.
Once again Debbie Macomber has completed a wonderful book – I always enjoy a new Macomber novel and this didn’t disappoint at all. I will definitely miss all the family/friends in this series. It was a great relaxing book to read. This episode in the continuing saga of Cedar Cove centers mostly around the shake-up of Rachel and Bruce’s marriage. Rachel up and left after Bruce’s inconsistent parenting with 13 year old Jolene caused a rift between them. I enjoyed this book, and recommend it to all Debbie Macomber fans. I just started reading 1225 Christmas Tree Lane and can’t put it down! I’ll miss my friends at Cedar Cove after reading all 12 books.