Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.
She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world's most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.
When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book--except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.
She wrote--for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped "rejected." As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books--and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.
Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.
In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to "exercise the success muscle." She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.
Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie's inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women's shelters, literacy and medical research.
She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.
My favorite characters in the Rose Harbor series are Jo Marie (the widow running the B & B ) and Mark Taylor (the prickly handyman). In each book the rose garden he has promised to help her with seems further away. This time around, he suffers a broken leg which puts them in closer contact than either wants.
The Rose Harbor books always have storylines involving guests staying at the inn. One of the storylines this time didn't really catch my interest but the one of the feuding couple celebrating their 50th anniversary made up for it.
There was also a sideline as to whether Jo Marie's husband could have survived the helicopter accident.
Some regulars from the Cedar Cove series showed up again - it was like meeting up with old friends.
And Debbie Macomber always leaves a hint as to who the next two guests will be. It makes you anxious for the next book, that's for sure.
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Not her best. But worth reading to keep up with the series28 Jun 2013
When I was considering how I would review this book, I was shocked to realize that I would give it 3 stars. I love, love, love, Debbie Macomber's books, but not this one so much.
In this book, it seems like she fell back to a formula - again and again: Woman has a major emotional problem; man pushes woman into relationship with him; they end up happy. And, whenever someone is emotional during a conversation, they whisper a reply. Every. Single. Time. It's a small thing, but it drove me crazy.
However, I read the entire book. I am not someone who feels compelled to read a book if I am not enjoying it. Life is too short and there are too many books. Despite the problems I had with the book, I still was drawn into the characters and the story lines. I like the main character Jo Marie Rose and the women who stay at her B&B are interesting. The men tend to be a little less well developed, more one-dimensional.
I am hoping that the next book in the series will be better. I seem to remember reacting like this to a book in her last Cedar Cove series and subsequent books were better.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors. While not everything that she writes hits a home-run in my opinion, this one certainly does. What I like about many of Macomber's books is that she writes about people, relationships (even those that run deep) and brings out the romance as well as the everyday living aspect of life. This book is actually 4 stories in one and each story is interesting and engages the reader. This is the second in the series and I am assuming that there will be another book as several of the stories seem to beg for more in terms of the story line. While it could be a stand alone with you (the reader) coming up with your own endings, I could see another book picking up on a few of the "loose ends" in this novel. No matter, I certainly cannot wait to have the next installment and see what other stories come out of Rose Harbor Inn. I think this series is better than the Blossom Street series and I think that one showed why Debbie Macomber is a New York Times bestseller author! Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.5 stars13 Aug 2013
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Debbie Macomber's Rose Harbor in Bloom is a warm and inviting story of love, healing, family, and friendship. This second outing in the Rose Harbor series brings readers back to the Rose Harbor Inn where B&B owner Jo Marie receives unexpected news and her guests make peace with their pasts and find love in the process.
Jo Marie has made significant progress dealing with her grief over her husband Paul's death but she continues to cling to the unrealistic hope that he might somehow still be alive. Just as her newest round of guests is arriving, her life is complicated by unsettling news that the Army is finally to retrieve the bodies of Paul and the servicemen who died with him in Afghanistan. Jo Marie has plenty to distract her from dwelling on the recovery effort as she goes about her B&B hosting duties.
Annie Newton and her family are staying at the Rose Harbor Inn as they celebrate her grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. She is shocked by her grandparents' constant squabbling and she is dismayed by the appearance of her teenage crush, Oliver. Will her grandparents' renew their vows as planned? Will she set aside her animosity towards Oliver long enough to uncover the truth about his feelings for her?
As Mary Smith comes face to face with her mortality, she is plagued with regrets over her failed relationship with George Hudson. Unable to resist the pull of her past, Mary reconnects with George but will the secret she carries ruin their reunion?
Rose Harbor in Bloom takes place over a long weekend and each of the characters' stories are told in alternating chapters from their perspective. Jo Marie's point of view is first person and her conflict is the most vivid of the three. Of the remaining storylines, Annie's is the most realistic and heartwarming while Mary's is sweet but it is too full of coincidences and wrapped up a little too neatly.
The story arc that is the most compelling (and frustrating) is the growing friendship between Jo Marie and handyman Mark Taylor. Mark is quite enigmatic as he gives away little information about himself. In Rose Harbor in Bloom he is still grumpy and a bit cantankerous but we also see a more vulnerable side to him as well. I don't know about anyone else, but I am dying to know more about his mysterious past. And I am also curious to see if my suspicions about why he is dragging his feet on Jo Marie's garden project are correct.
Rose Harbor in Bloom is a fast-paced and engaging story and I wasn't quite ready for my visit with Jo Marie and her guests to end. I enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous novel and I am intrigued by the brief glimpses into the lives of Jo Marie's next guests. As you can probably guess, I am impatiently awaiting Debbie Macomber's next installment in this heartwarming series.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not my favorite Debbie Macomber book21 Oct 2013
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors. I love her books,especially her series. Having said that,I was very disappointed in this book. Difficult to explain, but it's just not up to Debbie"s quality of writing. The story is all over the place,the dialogue is stiff, and the book just abruptly ends. Quite honestly, the writing is very poor.
It took me a long time to finish this book because I really didn't care about what happened and I felt no connection whatsoever to any of the characters. There's not much to like about any of the characters.
The dialogue with teenagers is very odd. I don't know teens who use the vocabulary or speak in the manner these characters do. It's like the book is set in the 1950s ( which would be fine....but it's present day).
The main character,the Inn Keeper, is 36 yo, but she talks and acts like she's 56.
Biggest pet peeve: most overused phrases....she whispered and he/she murmured. Why do all these people whisper their answers?? Why do they murmur a comment or an answer?? Sorry,but it's driving me nuts. Debbie does this in many of her books but it's very obvious in this one!! People are whispering and murmuring every other page.
Three stars because I like Debbie and her series. I hope Debbie puts more effort in the next one.