Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sweet Tomorrows

Welcome Back!  I have returned from my doctor's appointment.  An hour and a half each way (in the rain) for five minutes with the doctor.  I am glad I only have to do this every three months.  My Doozy was so happy to see me.  His tail was wagging so hard, I thought he would start to fly like a helicopter.  I also got kisses. The cats, of course, were no where to be seen (sound asleep).  Today I am reviewing Debbie Macomber's latest novel Sweet Tomorrows. My favorite series of Debbie Macomber is the Blossom Street series.  I love the characters, the town, feeling of friendship and family as well as the yarn and knitting projects described.

Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber is the final book in the Rose Harbor series.  Jo Marie Rose owns the Rose Harbor Inn in Cedar Cove, Washington.  She really misses Mark Taylor.  Mark and Jo Marie are in love, but Mark does not feel he can commit to Jo Marie just yet.  He needs to go back to Iraq and get his informant, Ibrahim and family out of the country.  Mark’s unit had to leave so suddenly they were not able to help the local people (informants) who worked with the soldiers.  Jo Marie told Mark that she would not stop her life while he was gone.  It takes many months but eventually Jo Marie meets someone she is interested in dating.  Just as their relationship is starting to progress, Mark comes home.  What will Jo Marie do?

Emily Gaffney has obtained a teaching position in Cedar Cove.  Until she finds a place to live, she is staying at Rose Harbor Inn.  Emily is getting over a break-up and feels that it is time to give up on love.  But it looks like love is not ready to give up on her.  Enter Nick Schwartz into Emily’s life.  Nick has the one house in Cedar Cover that Emily wishes to purchase.  Nick, though, is not willing to sell.  Nick is having troubles of his own.  Can these two help each other? 

Sweet Tomorrows is the final book in the series, but you can read it alone.  What happened in the previous books is brought up and gone over in detail.  This book (unlike the previous) is told in the first person from the main character’s point-of-views (Mark, Jo Marie, Emily, and Nick).  There is a lot of information repeated in this book (because of the different pov's).  I was a little disappointed in Sweet Tomorrows.  I have read the majority of Debbie Macomber's books, and this is not up to her usual standard.  I found the book lacking and thought it was very predictable. I give Sweet Tomorrows 3.5 out of 5 stars (it was okay).  Sweet Tomorrows is well-written (as are all of Debbie Macomber's novels) and has a good flow/pace.  I did like the sweet ending and the updates on past guests.

The other novels in A Rose Harbor Novel series are The Inn at Rose Harbor, Rose Harbor in Bloom, Love Letters, and Silver Linings.  You can follow Debbie Macomber on Amazon and Facebook to get updates on her latest releases and contests.  I received a complimentary copy of Sweet Tomorrows in exchange for an honest evaluation.  The comments and opinions expressed are my own.

I am off to feed the children (cats and dogs) and then relax (per doctor's orders).   I hope all of you have a great evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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