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?
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?
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 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
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 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.
50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber
Have you ever lived/experienced small town life? Did living in a small town remind you of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show?
This book had a nice, small-town feel. There were a lot of characters with problems. Reading this novel reminded me of watching a soap opera. The story focused on Olivia, the judge of Cedar Cove, and her newly-wedded life with her husband, Jack. They suffer from a traumatic event. Grace also has problems with her love life since Cliff, her love interest, ignores her, and appears unable to forgive her for her indiscretion. Then there’s Linette, a teen-aged girl who has a huge crush on her boyfriend, Anson. Anson is from the wrong side of the tracks, from the wrong side of the law, and she’s been forbidden to see him. There’s also Cecilia, who is pregnant. She’s worried about this pregnancy because her first child (born in a previous book) only lived a short time. Her first baby died from a heart ailment and she’s worried about the life of her second child. Her husband, Ian, is in the military and it’s hard for her to go through this pregnancy while her husband is at sea. However, she had a nice network of military wives to which she goes to for strength during her pregnancy.
Then there’s Justine and her husband Seth who own the Lighthouse Restaurant. The Lighthouse Restaurant is a popular seafood place in Cedar Cove. MaryEllen is also going through a difficult pregnancy and her husband Jon is struggling to help her. They have a two-year old daughter, Katie. Needing assistance, MaryEllen tries to convince Jon to reach out to his family, but, he can’t forgive his family for lying against him, forcing him to go to prison for a crime he did not commit.
In the small town of Cedar Cove, a lot of the residents know one another. The setting reminded me a Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. This book had a huge cast of characters. I can understand why it was made into a Hallmark Channel TV series. I’ve never watched it, though. I’ve been meaning to give it a try, but, time has just gotten away with me.
Have you ever lived in a small town where a lot of the residents knew one another? Do you like small-town life?
Here Comes Trouble by Debbie Macomber
Have you (or someone that you know) ever dated a rich person? If so, did his/her wealth affect your relationship?
When Nolan Adams publishes a column about Maryanne, a spoiled and rich debutante, vivid sparks fly between the twosome. Maryanne does not want to be portrayed as a rich and pampered woman, although rich and pampered is her lifestyle. She lives in a pricey, high class apartment. Her father arranged for her to get a wonderful job at the newspaper. She’s always had everything handed to her on a silver platter, and she wants to prove to Nolan that she can work on her own, with no help from her family, and still make a living.
Trying to live life as a regular, non-wealthy person proves challenging. But, Maryanne is falling hard for Nolan, but, can Nolan let go of his past pains and learn to love Maryanne? Nolan has been raised with limited means, and he feels that Maryanne is out of his league. No way can he pursue her.
This was a nice sweet story. I’d thought from the cover (it’s part of the Glad Tidings collection), that it’d be more about Christmas. But the Christmas holiday is only mentioned briefly in the beginning and at the end.
So, have you (or someone that you know) ever dated someone who was wealthy? If so, how did it affect your relationship?
Here Comes Trouble by Debbie Macomber
The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Have you ever had a best friend or a spouse to die unexpectedly? If so, how did you deal with your grief?
Jo Marie is still reeling from the recent, unexpected death of her military husband, Paul. She needs a change in her life, so, she opens a bed and breakfast in the small friendly town of Cedar Cove. She names her place The Rose Harbor Inn. One of her first two guests are Joshua Weaver, a man who has been called back to town by Michelle, a woman he befriended in high school. Michelle beckons him back to town because his step-father is dying. Joshua wants nothing to do with his step-father since the man treated him so horribly while he was growing up.
Her second guest is Abby Kincaid. Abby was driving the car which killed her best friend in high school. She can never forgive herself for the accident and she cuts herself off from her friends and family, shunning their offers of friendship and love. After being absent for several years, she’s back in Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Can she find the courage to move forward with her life and forgive herself for the accident?
I liked this book. I think one of the unique aspects that I liked about it was that it touched upon the realm of the supernatural, just a little bit. Overall, a nice, heartwarming read.
So, have you ever had a best friend or a spouse to die unexpectedly? If so, how did you deal with your grief?
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
Have you (or someone that you know) ever been in an abusive relationship? If so, how long did it take for you to leave your abuser?
This was a nice, simple story about Cassie. Cassie is a woman who ran away from home at eighteen, against her parents’ wishes, to marry Duke, her high school sweetheart. After she leaves, she becomes estranged from her family and doesn’t make any contact with her sisters for years. Now, she divorced, trying to put her life back together after leaving her abusive husband (Duke). Cassie wants a house for to raise Amiee, her twelve-year-old daughter. Through a local program, she’s able to take steps toward owning her own home. However, handsome Steve is assigned to work on Cassie’s home project. She finds herself falling for Steve, but, the last time she fell in love, Cassie ended up being an abused woman. How can she learn to trust again.
This book shows how to get up and do your best after you’ve hit rock bottom. This novel also about reconciliation among sisters. Cassie has not seen her sisters since she was eighteen years old. They reach out to one another for familial reasons, breaking the ice between them.
Overall, a good read.
So, have you (or someone that you know) ever been in an abusive relationship? If so, how long did it take for you to leave your abuser?