Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
(Ballantine Books, 2014, 306 pages)
In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.
Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.
Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.
Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.
For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.
Debbie Macomber is a great writer. I have read many of her books and she continues to hold my interest with her repeat characters and as she adds new ones. I’m a big fan of hers and was waiting anxiously to read this book, the third installment of the Rose Harbor series. The last two books were very enjoyable. I enjoyed reading this one as well. One is immediately pulled into her continuing story. It was full of suspense and surprises. And from how it ended, I’m sure there’s going to be a fourth installment. It just ended with some loose information that needs to be revealed, indicating there was more to come. Love Letters features a myriad of human frailties, mistakes, and regrets. The story also highlights our capacity for forgiveness, unconditional love and understanding. Love Letters is an EXCELLENT read for all Debbie Macomber fans. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!