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Monday, November 9, 2015

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber--a review


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 met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like 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. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, 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.


Anyone following the Rose Harbor Inn stories will love Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber.  The book starts out a little heavy.  Jo Marie is losing her best friend as he chooses to leave Cedar Cove despite his very strong feelings for Jo Marie.    Two classmates who booked the inn at Rose Harbor and planned to attend their class reunion are also disturbed by past life events.

Macomber is true to form with this writing.   The storyline flows smoothly as the story is told from Jo Marie's POV, Kellie, (Coco's) POV and Katie's POV.  All three women are seeking true love and hoping for a happy resolution to their searching.   True love....caring more for the other person's happiness and being willing to give up your desires for the one you love.

This story makes you sigh as you see the characters work through their heartache and humiliation.   There is a quirky twist in Coco's retalliation attempt and an intriguing encounter with the school's valedictorian.   And there is an unexpected turn of events for Katie too.   The Inn, known for it's healing powers, has not yet disappointed.

The story is sweet, thoughtful and warms the heart.   I very much enjoyed reading Silver Linings.

I rated this read 5 Winks!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.    I purchased this book for my own personal collection.

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