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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Silver Linings

Series: Rose Harbor #4

ISBN: 9780553391794

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 8/11/2015

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars

Set in Cedar Cove's charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber's captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find.

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won't reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he's moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark's decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.

Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James—the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change—and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.

Heartwarming and uplifting, Silver Linings is a beautiful novel of letting go of the past and embracing the unexpected.

About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2015, Macomber's all-new hardcover novels include Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October). Paperback editions will be issued in 2015 for Blossom Street Brides (March) and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has published cookbooks; inspirational and nonfiction works; as well as acclaimed children’s books.

Macomber's Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, now enjoying its third season. In addition, Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be adapted as a Hallmark Channel movie in fall 2015.

Macomber owns the Victorian Rose Tea Room and A Good Yarn Shop, named after those she featured in her novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (where her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida. Connect with Debbie! Website Twitter Goodreads Facebook

My Review

A special thank you to LibraryThing early reviewers and Random House Ballantine for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Award-Winning author, Debbie Macomber returns with her much awaited charming Cedar Cove Rose Harbor Inn series, with the fourth installment, SILVER LININGS—a heartwarming story of second chances in this idyllic town of special unforgettable characters. Having read all the previous books in the Rose Harbor Series,a delight to catch up with familiar characters. Recommend reading all!

When First They Met (Rose Harbor #0.5) The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1) Lost and Found in Cedar Cove (Rose Harbor, #1.5) Rose Harbor in Bloom (Rose Harbor, #2) Love Letters (Rose Harbor #3)

Jo Marie is settling in with her bed and breakfast inn business, she purchased after her husband, Paul was killed in action, serving his country. We met mysterious handyman Mark Taylor who seems to intrigue Jo, and also a comfort to her, at the same time. They have become good friends, even though he is not forthcoming about his past, very rough around the edges. Now, he has shared his feelings for her and she is starting to care, when he abruptly decides he is selling his house and leaving town with no reason. Mark does not think he is good enough for Jo Marie and she deserves better. Jo Marie is shocked by his behavior. Her mom tells her she needs to move on and get back out there and live again and forget him. In the meantime, two guests, who are friends, visit Rose Harbor Inn for their upcoming high school reunion. Both women are living in the past regarding past loves and hurts. Things are not as simple as they had anticipated. Best friends Kellie (Coco) Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy are back in town for their ten-year high school reunion. Angry, and ready to face this guy from the past. They both have expectations, while nervous about reconnecting with their past loves. Coco wants to confront a guy who broke her heart. Katie, on the other hand wants to reconnect with James, who seems to be running from her. From letting go, accepting, rediscovery and unexpected surprises. In addition, we visit with Peggy, Bob and some familiar characters who drop in. Fans will enjoy learning about Mark’s mysterious past, at last. As always, enjoy returning to the stunning waterfront town, of Cedar Cove. So excited about the Hallmark series returning and the cast of characters in this charming idyllic town- drawing you back time and time again. I love the Puget Sound area- the last time I was in the area, stayed at a charming inn overlooking the water; what beautiful scenery! Debbie always brings life to her well-developed characters; hope, renewal and lives which connect. Appears with the cliffhanger ending, there will be another installment, so looking forward to seeing what is next in store for Jo Marie! I enjoyed Jo and Mark’s story more so than the high school crushes. In addition to the paperback book, I also purchased the audiobook, which I thoroughly enjoyed narrated by Lorelei King(one of my favorite performers), and the author, Debbie Macomber— for an engaging experience. On a personal side note: Most of my followers of my blog and Goodreads’ friends are aware, I seldom read women’s fiction, and chick-lit, as lean towards thrillers, mysteries, and psychological suspense. There are a few authors, I have read for years, and remain a faithful fan-- Debbie is one of them--she never disappoints. I devour books about bed and breakfast inns, since I have been a consultant for inns and hotels, traveling nationwide for the last 20 years. Set in beautiful spots, I have worked with investors, and private owners, before purchasing the properties, with city review, business planning, marketing, interior design, websites, staging, and photography. An array of clients, from small to large properties (so much fun). Having been an onsite innkeeper for many boutique historic properties— B&B inns, cottages, suites, and cafes. (A lot of work; however, rewarding). There is always plenty of juicy stories, drama, and lots of unique special people, you meet along the way. When traveling, I prefer to stay at quaint charming inns, and still have a few inn clients, facilitating their online marketing and websites with about fifteen properties, which keep me connected!

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