From the minute she sees the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie knows that this is a place that will help her find the peace she craves. And if the inn can comfort her, surely it can offer the same refuge to the first two guests.
Joshua Weaver has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, but a long-lost acquaintance proves to him that forgiveness is not out of reach and love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places.
Abby Kincaid left Cedar Cove twenty years ago after a devastating accident. But as she reconnects with family and old friends, she realises that she needs to let the past go if she is to embrace her future.
Jo Marie, Joshua and Abby: can Cedar Cove heal their hearts and bring them hope for tomorrow?
Even though my review pile is starting to take over my bedroom, I still couldn't resist buying this book as I love Debbie Macomber's books especially her Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series. Although The Inn at Rose Harbor is set in Cedar Cove this is not part of the Cedar Cove series but the the first book in her new Rose Harbor series.
At the Rose Harbor Inn we meet Jo Marie who has decided she needs a fresh start so she has bought the bed and breakfast inn in picturesque Cedar Cove. Both of her first guests though are reluctant returnees to Cedar Cove and both hope to get through their stay as quick as possible and then leave...
Josh has not returned to Cedar Cove since his stepfather Richard kicked him out shortly after the death of his mother. When Josh is contacted to advise that Richard is dying he returns to retrieve a few of his own and his mother's possessions but he knows he won't be welcomed with open arms by Richard.
Meanwhile Abby has to overcome the demons that haunt her about the terrible accident that killed her best friend Angela when they were teenagers. She's not been back to Cedar Cove for over ten years but as her brother has chosen to get married there it's something she's going to have to face.
It was nice to see a few of the old Cedar Cove characters make brief appearances throughout the book but the main emphasis was on the three main characters, Jo Marie, Josh and Abby. Between the three of them there is a lot of sadness as they're having to cope with death, grief and guilt and a lot of healing is needed to enable them to look forward to the future.