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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review - 1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

I adore Debbie Macomber!  Her books always make me smile and bring such joy and love into my heart - she is an amazing writer!

Her Cedar Cove series has been one of her most popular series in her long and remarkable career, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them.  But as with all good things, they are approaching the end, and I'm a little sad about that.

Her book, "1105 Yakima Street" is the second to the last book, and it highlights once again the good folks of Cedar Cove, Washington.  Her books always start with a letter from the main characters of the story:

This time, the letter is from Bruce Peyton -

Dear Reader,

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.

Right off the bat, let me say Bruce Peyton is an idiot, bless his heart.  He has a wonderful wife in his beloved Rachel, but he is letting his headstrong young daughter Jolene butt into his marriage, and that is never good.  But, if he'll just listen to reason and follow his heart, his family can be reunited - hopefully before his and Rachel's new baby makes it's entrance into the world!

Debbie has taken a very real problem in today's world - second marriages and blending of families - and created a heartwarming story that shows how love can triumph against all odds, if you only trust and believe in each other.

Each of the stories featured in this book - Bruce and Rachel, Linc and Lori, Gloria and Chad, Grace and Cliff, Miranda and Will, even the town matriarch Charlotte and her sweet husband Ben - all show how their immense love for each other shines through the toughest problems.

If you've never had a chance to visit Cedar Cove - there is still time!  That's the great thing about books - you can take a trip and visit old friends over and over again anytime you want!

Debbie's last book in the Cedar Cove series, "1225 Christmas Tree Lane," is out now - watch for my review soon!

And check out her wonderful websites, http://www.debbiemacomber.com/ and http://www.cedarcoveseries.com/ for more information on the books and all the fun happenings in Cedar Cove!

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary Beth said...
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Mary (Bookfan) said...

That first comment (deleted) was mine but from the wrong email acct. Here's what I wrote:

I have this waiting to be read - bought it as soon as it went on sale. That's what Debbie Macomber is - an auto-buy author! I here she has a new series ready to go! I skimmed your review after reading the first sentence (which made me LOL!). Bless his heart ;-) Can't wait to see what's new in Cedar Cove.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Gotta love that Debbie! :) Thanks for dropping by Mary!

holdenj said...

Looking forward to seeing how it all ends up!

Phantom Paragrapher said...

Ive just finished reading this , Im a new follower