Category: ‘Debbie Macomber’

Merry and Bright

October 16, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Do you like lighthearted Christmas romance stories?

Well, if your answer is yes, then this book will not disappoint! Merry (aka Mary) Knight is working on a temp assignment at Jayson (aka Jay) Bright’s company. When her mother and brother sign her up for an online dating service, she’s hesitant. She’s so busy working that she has no time for romance. Meanwhile, Jayson Bright is a curmudgeon workaholic from a dysfunctional family.

He’s also Merry’s boss. When they meet online, they don’t realize that they are already connected to one another.

I really liked Merry. She’s a hard worker and she likes the simple things in life. I liked Jay, but, felt he had some growing up to do. However, his bad-temper was partially due to his sad childhood, and it was understandable why he was so grumpy.

The way the story plays out is funny and romantic. I also loved how Merry dealt with the issues in her own life (outside of dating). Her mom is sick with MS and her brother has special needs. In spite of all this, she mostly remains happy and carefree with an optimistic look on life, for the most part.

I also loved reading about Christmas! The holiday scenery and decorations, the way they were described, was so much fun to read about!

So, do you like lighthearted Christmas stories? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Any Dream Will Do

September 10, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever been forced to make a fresh start in a new environment? How did you handle it? Did you fit in?

When Shay is released from prison, she’s alone with no place to go. When she shows up at a church, she encounters Drew, a widower/pastor/single father. He’s still grieving over his wife’s untimely death and when he spots Shay, it’s during a dark moment in his life. He kindly offers Shay his help.

Shay is a bit suspicious of Drew, but, she accepts his help. After all, she has no choice. She has a chip on her shoulder since she’d been imprisoned for embezzlement. She’d only stolen the money to help her younger brother, Caden. After all, his life would be in danger if she didn’t give him the money.

Her mistake cost her years in prison, and now she’s ready to make a fresh start.

This book showed how judgmental and superficial Christians can be. Although a congregation should follow Jesus’s example, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, you just have to ask a congregation, What would Jesus do?

I loved to see Shay change and grow within this story. She got along with Drew’s children and they loved her. Drew finds he enjoys spending time with Shay, but, her past proves to be problematic for several in the congregation.

I thought this was a refreshing book and it was a bit different than Macomber’s other books. I guess it was different because it was about an ex-con, trying to make a fresh start. Shay gives it her best, leaning on Jesus for guidance.

So, have you ever been forced to make a fresh start in a new environment? How did you handle it? Did you fit in?

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber

August 16, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Between Friends by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever been best friends with somebody for decades, since childhood?

Jillian and Lesley have been best friends since grade school. After high school, their lives change drastically since Lesley feels she has to marry her boyfriend, and Jillian goes away to college. Jillian’s career flourishes while Lesley is home housebound and unhappy. This is a highly unusual novel because the story is told in the form of letters. I’ve never read an entire book with letters back and forth between several characters.

The story spans decades, starting in the sixties. It’s a great way to see some modern history. This book also shows how deep friendships can be. I really enjoyed this highly unusual book. It’s an amazing story about true friendship.

So, have you ever been best friends with somebody for decades? Were you friends when you were children? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment!

44 Cranberry Point

May 24, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever felt threatened by an anonymous note?

Bob and Peggy Beldon run the Thyme and Tide bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove. Things have been weird since a man died in their home. Turns out the dead man has unique connections to a couple of folks in Cedar Cove – which makes a cozy-type mystery to be played out in this novel.

Roy receives mysterious postcards. He had no idea who could be sending him these cryptic messages.

Grace is still upset about her unwanted breakup with Cliff. Can she win him back? She’s sorry about the online love affair she’s had with Will, her best friend, Olivia’s brother.

Meanwhile, Olivia still tries to get her husband, Jack, to slow down. He’s a workaholic and they should be spending more time together. She also attempts to get him to improve his eating habits.

This book reminded me of a movie script or a TV show instead of a novel. There were lots of characters. I suppose that’s why they made a TV show from this series of novels.

So, have you ever felt threatened by an anonymous note? If so, what did the note say? Did you ever find out who sent it to you?

Loving Luke – a squeaky clean, sweet romance novella! Only 99 cents – also on Kindle Unlimited!

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

February 25, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever dated someone to which your parent(s) disapproved?

When Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney initially meet, there is NO chemistry between them. Beth is a gently bred, upper-class woman. No way does she have the time or desire to date an uneducated mechanic. Sam is not interested in Beth. After all, they have nothing in common and they have to struggle to have a decent conversation. But, due to a traumatic event, Beth’s life drastically changes. Sam was there for her when she initially gets hurt – and her opinion of him changes a lot.

Sam is used to dating beer-drinking gals he meets at The Dog House, the local pub. But, Beth is refreshingly different that his past girlfriends. But how can a relationship between them work? Beth has never dated seriously and all of her former beaus were chosen for her by her uppity, over-protective mom.

I loved how both Sam and Beth are musicians, and they found a common bond in their music. Both Sam and Beth are dealing with past pains, which make them hesitant to love again. This story shows that opposites really do attract. It’s a simple, sweet romance that’s highly enjoyable.

So, have you ever dated anybody to which your parent(s) disapproved? What did you do about it? Did your significant other ever gain your parent(s) approval?

Loving Luke – a squeaky clean, sweet, delicious romance novella! Only 99 cents – also on Kindle Unlimited!

Montana by Debbie Macomber

August 5, 2016 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Montana by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever relocated to another state?

Molly relocates from California to Montana to help her ill grandfather run his ranch. She’s angry and sad about the demise of her ex-husband. Her ex is in prison for swindling old folks out of their funds. When she arrives, she meets Sam Dakota (her grandfather’s foreman). Sam has a few secrets of his own. Molly is at odds about the way she feels about Sam. He’s nice to her kids, especially her wayward son, so, he has a few good attributes.

But, trouble appears. Mysterious acts of vandalism and a mysterious disappearance make this story so intriguing. This was a great book. There was an unexpected slightly suspenseful twist that added a layer of danger to the story. This book was also about how to learn to trust after being hurt by someone that you love.

So, have you ever relocated to another state? If so, was the relocation by choice, or, was it a matter of circumstance?


Loving Luke – a squeaky clean, sweet, delicious romance novella! Only 99 cents – also on Kindle Unlimited!

Starting Now

January 27, 2016 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Starting Now by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever lost your job? What did you do to cope?

Workaholic Libby Morgan is determined to make partner. However, a huge monkey wrench is thrown in her plans when her law firm decides to end her employment. Her mentor at the firm advises that she “get a life”. Libby has not taken time to enjoy life for a long time. She’s too busy working.

This book was a deeply emotional book. It’s from Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street Series. Libby begins to fill her time with a number of activities that enrich her life. She takes up knitting and mentors a troubled teenaged girl. If you’ve read other Blossom Street books, then you’ll see some familiar characters.

This is a story about Libby’s journey to finding herself, finding peace, happiness and love.

So, have you ever lost your job? What did you do to cope?


A Cedar Cove Christmas

October 20, 2015 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever had siblings who interfered with your life? Did they interfere so much that you felt you had to run away?

That’s Mary Jo’s dilemma. She’s pregnant (nine months), abandoned by her ex-boyfriend. Her brothers are arguing, claiming they’ll find her ex and force him to marry her. It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Jo is determined to find her ex in Cedar Cove before her brothers find him first!

This was a delightful short book where you’ll become reacquainted with the Cedar Cove cast. It’s like a modern version of the original Christmas story, complete with 3 Wyze men, a King, a stable, barn animals, a drummer boy and even bursting stars! This is a nice quick story to read over the holidays.

So, have you ever had brothers or sisters who’ve interfered with your life? What did you do about it?

Dashing Through The Snow

October 15, 2015 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Dashing Through The Snow

Have you ever taken a long road trip during a snow storm?

Ashley, a graduate student, needs to find transportation home. She wants to surprise her mom for Christmas. When she meets Dash, a good-looking man at the airport, they are “forced” to rent the last car on the lot to drive to Seattle. The chemistry between these two strangers is strong, too strong for them to ignore.

Overall, I thought this book was extremely light reading, not too heavy story line. If you like Christmas books with a light plot, then you should give this one a try.

So, have you ever taken a long road trip during a snow storm? If so, did you make it to your destination in time?

The Man You’ll Marry

September 10, 2015 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


The Man You’ll Marry by Debbie Macomber

Have you ever known somebody who was a workaholic?

A magical wedding dress, two single women who are best friends, and two tense, hardworking men are thrown together in these two novellas. Shelly Hansen stunningly receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress. The legend is, after she receives the dress, the first man she meets afterwards will be the man she marries. When she literally knocks over Mark Brady on a shopping-mall escalator, she knows that he’s NOT the man she’s going to marry. However, Mark and Shelly keep running into each other, and they can’t ignore their shared attraction. Is there truth to the magical wedding dress legend?

When Shelly passes the magical wedding dress onto her best friend, Jill Morrison, Jill is surprised. She receives the dress while on her Hawaii vacation. En route to Hawaii, she sits next to workaholic Jordan Wilcox. She’s attracted to Jordan, but, can’t let herself fall for him. After all, her father was a workaholic and his ways caused him to have an early death. She knows if she gets serious about her relationship with Jordan, she may become a widow way too early, just like her mom. Jordan is scared of failing. Can he learn to love Shelly and give up his workaholic ways?

So have you ever known a workaholic? If so, did he/she remain a workaholic, or did they learn to slow down and enjoy life?

Both of these stories were short and charming. I finished them in a few hours. Very delightful reading.