Monday, August 18, 2014


Wind Chime Cafe
When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street cafe on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the cafe into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents' property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him "get his head straight." The last thing Will expects is to fall in love...with his hometown and with Annie. But Will's life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie's love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?
MY REVIEW:  "Wind Chime Cafe"--what a lovely contemporary romance from author Sophie Moss. I was truly captivated by the setting of Heron Island in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. It's one of those places that you want to preserve and protect and then revel in all the charms it has to offer. I became quite involved with the lead characters, Annie, Will, and Annie's adorable daughter Taylor, and I enjoyed the "extra flavor" added to the story line from the entertaining secondary characters. While dealing with PTSD and other very sensitive and compelling issues, the author manages to balance the dramatic elements of the story line with romance and humor--and such delicious food! With beautifully descriptive writing, this well-paced story draws you in, and you will hear the gentle music of the wind chimes as they sway and sparkle in the breeze. Annie Malone makes a bold move toward a brighter future for herself and her young daughter, Taylor, when she purchases a little cafe in downtown Heron Island. While the cafe has a long way to go before it becomes the chic bistro Annie envisions, the promise of an upscale resort coming to the island brings hopes of booming business. The little building on Main Street will be both a home and a source of income. Will Dozier, a native of Heron Island, has managed to stay away from home for the last decade. His career as a Navy Seal has given him a home base in San Diego, California, and he likes it that way. Back on the island to settle his grandparents' estate and find a suitable new owner for the family home and property, he doesn't plan to stay long, but that's before he meets Annie and Taylor. Against his better judgment, he becomes involved with the beautiful single mother and her sweet little girl, and he soon discovers that he and the child share a tragic bond--they both suffer from PTSD. The more time Will spends in his old home place, the more determined he becomes to make sure the property will be sold to the right owner--one who will care for the home and the land as it has been cared for by five generations of Will's family. The trouble is, his place is the prime prize for the developers of the new resort. If Will doesn't sell, the development won't go through, and people like Annie who set their future hopes on the sale will be greatly disappointed. If he does sell, a way of life could be lost forever along with the natural beauty and ambiance of the island life. Will and Annie both have secrets and issues from their past which will come back to haunt them, and the newfound attraction and emotional attachment blooming between them will be put to the test. Is it just need and desire, or is it something much more? No matter what choice Will makes, what does the future hold for Will, Annie, and Taylor? Can Will and Taylor find healing, and can Annie overcome her greatest fear--confronting Taylor's father? Sophie Moss has written a wonderfully romantic tale, and I look forward to more visits to Heron Island. As a bonus, the author has included a recipe for "Della's Sweet Rolls", irresistible confectionary concoctions that tempt the reader throughout the book!

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ALSO BY SOPHIE MOSS: Seal Island Trilogy
The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy #1)
In this modern-day fairy tale romance, American doctor Tara Moore's life is transformed when she travels to an enchanted Irish island and discovers she has the power to break a 200 year old curse. At first, Tara laughs off the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie--a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, Tara struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.
The Selkie Enchantress (Seal Island Trilogy #2)
In this modern-day fairy tale romance, Irish islander, Caitlin Conner, has been in love with professor of Irish folklore, Liam O'Sullivan, for as long as she can remember. But just when he's starting to look at her as more than a friend, a mysterious woman arrives on Seal Island and captures his heart. As Caitlin discovers the truth behind the woman's lies, she realizes Liam is trapped in a dangerous enchantment and the only way to break the spell is to uncover a secret Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years. But when the petals of a white rose grown in winter start to fall, the legend is set in motion. And Caitlin must find a way to change the ending before the last petal falls.
The Selkie Sorceress (Seal Island Trilogy #3)
American detective Sam Holt has a knack for finding people who shouldn't be found. When his last case almost killed an innocent woman, he swore off detective work forever. But when that same woman asks him for one last investigation--to find her husband's long lost mother--Sam cannot refuse. Clairvoyant Irish artist Glenna McClure will do anything to stop Sam, even if it means teaming up with a powerful sorceress who she knows she cannot trust. But when the petals of a mysterious night-blooming rose begin to turn black, Glenna realizes that an even darker force is at work. To protect the people she loves, Glenna will have to face a terrible curse that has haunted her all her life before the final petal fades to ash.
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Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling author of four full-length romance novels. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She currently lives in San Diego, California, where she's working on her next novel. When she's not writing, she's walking the beach, testing out a new dessert recipe, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at or visit her website to sign up for her newsletter.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC FICTION--Author KANDY SHEPHERD's unique style will touch your heart and make you smile : )

The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner


Stellar romantic storyteller Kandy Shepherd continues her delightful "Dolphin Bay", Australia series with "The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner". We first met the lovely Kate Parker in "The Summer They Never Forgot", and now Kate gets her own chance to find the love of a lifetime. Having recently suffered through a very awkward attempt at turning her friendship with her pal Jesse into a romance, Kate is feeling less than appealing. Working as a Deputy Manager for the Hotel Harbourside and planning the wedding of her boss, Ben, and his lady-love, Sandy, is a welcome double-duty. However, Jesse is Ben's brother, and avoiding him is impossible, especially with the upcoming wedding. Sam Lancaster, a guest at the wedding who is a longtime friend of Ben and Jesse, proves to be an unexpected distraction. Masculine, mannerly, and most attractive, Sam operates a successful family-owned construction company in Sydney. Sam is unprepared for the emotions stirred by the beautiful, red-haired, green-eyed Kate--her warm personality and disarming dimples have him quite smitten. The simpler life in the gorgeous Dolphin Bay setting begins to work its wiles on big-city Sam. While she loves her home area, family responsibilities to her mother and sister, and painful memories from her own past have kept Kate confined to the boundaries of Dolphin Bay. Will her interest in Sam lead to a new outlook on life? When approval comes for Sam's company to build the new luxury spa resort envisioned by Kate and Ben, will he be able to adhere to his own strict standards not to become involved with a client? Can Kate and Sam overcome their own personal issues and reach for the lasting love to be found in each other's arms? Kandy Shepherd has such a way with romance--her story lines are always involving, and the characters have great appeal. Recommended reading for lovers of charming, heart-felt contemporary fiction.

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The Summer They Never Forgot


The charming little resort town of Dolphin Bay, Australia is the setting author Kandy Shepherd has created for her heartwarming contemporary romance, "The Summer They Never Forgot". On Sandy Adams' thirtieth birthday, she leaves big-city Sydney and a broken romance behind and heads for a new job opportunity in Melbourne. Along the way, happy memories lead her to a stop-over in Dolphin Bay, where a long ago vacation with her family lead to a youthful romance with Ben Morgan, a handsome and caring "Surfer King" who ruled the waves and stole her heart. Separated and kept apart by their disapproving fathers, Sandy and Ben were unaware that each of them had tried to contact each other as they had promised. Twelve years later, Sandy is now back in Dolphin Bay, noting the changes that time has made to the town and wondering if she will see Ben. When the two of them meet again, the years have changed and matured them, but the undercurrent of attraction and excitement still sends sparks. While each of them has gone on to other relationships, and both have known loss, they have never forgotten each other or the magical summer they spent together. However, they are now adults with adult complications in their lives, and the joy of their reunion is overshadowed by personal issues. Sandy still looks forward to someday having a happy marriage and children of her own, while Ben is struggling with the lasting effects of a personal tragedy which has left him physically and emotionally scarred. Author Kandy Shepherd has created very appealing characters and given them a compelling story line, having them come full circle from teenaged romance to grown-up love with all its complexities. If you have ever loved and lost someone you couldn't forget, you will root for Sandy and Ben to find their happily-ever-after future with each other. A recommended romance read from talented storyteller Kandy Shepherd.

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Love is a Four-Legged Word


Tom O'Brien is an orderly man with a five-year plan to keep his life on the right track. His stellar work as an attorney at a prestigious law firm has him in line for a partnership and a coveted corner office. Into every perfectly aligned life plan, chaos and spontaneity must enter. The delightful disorder in Tom's life comes in the form of a little mixed-breed dog named Brutus who is the heir to a fortune. Along with Brutus comes his undeniably appealing guardian, Maddy Cartwright. Brutus' late owner, Walter Stoddard, had lived a very modest life, and his closest friends, including Maddy, had no idea that he was a multi-millionaire. Tom's law firm is handling Walter's estate, and Tom is responsible for maintaining the terms of Walter's last will and testament. When Tom informs Maddy that she has inherited both Brutus and a vast fortune, she is stunned. Tom is even more stunned by his immediate strong attraction to the charming, red-haired Maddy. A professional chef as delightful as the delicious desserts she creates, Maddy is unprepared for the changes in her life. Most of all, she never expected Walter's lawyer to be a gorgeous, chocolate-eyed hunk whose deep dimples war with his stern exterior. Before Tom and Maddy can find their own personal pot of gold, they are besieged by mischief, meddlers, mystery, and the paparazzi! Kandy Shepherd writes wonderful romances that are as sweet as they are sensual. Her writing gives you that same warm feeling inside that you get when you watch Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan at their romantic comedy best in "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail". It's a feeling that doesn't come along every day, and that makes it even more special. If you love being in love, have a very special affection for your pets and other animals, and you appreciate great food, then you will adore this book! As soon as you read "Love is a Four-Legged Word", you will immediately want to read the sequel, "Home is Where the Bark Is". Both of these books are on my keeper shelf, destined to be reread!

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Home is Where the Bark Is 

HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS  by Kandy Shepherd

The sexiest weakness in a man is his vulnerability to that one special woman. No matter how big, gruff, rough, and tough a man may be, love makes him reachable. The bigger they are...the harder they fall. The most invincible Alpha male may offer his heart like a gift to the woman he loves, and then he will wait for the look on her face to make sure she is pleased with the gift. In one who is usually without self-doubt, that moment of uncertainty is very appealing. I love a man who loves dogs and is kind to animals, and Nick Whalen, the sexy P.I. in Kandy Shepherd's "Home is Where the Bark Is", certainly fits that description. When he goes undercover to investigate a fraud scheme, he never dreams that he will fall head-over-heels for his prime suspect. When he meets Serena Oakley, the owner and operator of "Paws-A-While", a trendy doggy day-care center, he is thrown for a loop! She seems sweet and sincere, and Nick definitely finds her sexy! Serena is immediately drawn to Nick, but somehow he just doesn't seem like the kind of guy to own a prissy little toy dog like the one he brings to her pet place. Suspicion, sweet sensuality, and secrets aplenty are combined with mysterious mayhem, great charm and humor for a very satisfying romantic read!

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The Castaway Bride
Cristy Walters planned the perfect wedding: five-star resort, beautiful dress, millionaire husband-to-be. So how come on her wedding day she’s shipwrecked on a tropical island, her gown in tatters, and carried over the threshold of a survival hut by a hot, hunky stranger?

With no rescue in sight, Cristy is all alone with sexy Matt Slade—a man who makes her pulse race like it never did for her fiancé. She and Matt explore the island—and each other. Passion is instant, trust comes slowly—especially as Matt is not the carefree boat bum he appears to be.

Can the love they discover survive in the real world away from their castaway fantasy?

Something About Joe

SOMETHING ABOUT JOE  by Kandy Shepherd

When a hot, leather-clad hunk on a Harley roars into her life, a wary single mom must decide if she will take a chance on love.

Allison Bradley has enough hassles repaying her ex’s crushing debts, juggling a demanding executive job, and raising her little boy on her own. The last thing she needs is to fall in love! But when her usual nanny bails, an agency sends wildly handsome biker Joe Martin as a replacement—and Allison finds there’s something about this most unlikely babysitter that arouses long-forgotten hopes and dreams.

Joe Martin dreams big. He might be a nanny now, but he’s on the brink of a new career that will take him to the top. A ready-made family isn’t on his agenda. But the chemistry between him and his gorgeous new boss sizzles from the get go. Can the passion Joe and Allison ignite lead to a change of heart and a life together?

Reinventing Rose

REINVENTING ROSE  by Kandy Shepherd

When an internet love affair goes wrong, Rose straightens her hair and boosts her bra size—but she discovers it takes more than a makeover to find the courage to be her real self.

After 28-year-old schoolteacher Rose Butler flies to the other side of the world to meet the hot Australian guy she met online, their romantic reunion doesn’t go quite as planned. Stranded in Sydney, and too humiliated to return home to San Francisco, Rose decides to stay. She aims to shed her old image, and reinvent herself into someone tougher, smarter—maybe even wilder.

Help with her makeover comes from three unexpected new friends—Carla, the born-again-virgin beauty editor; Sasha, the out-of-rehab heiress; and Kelly, the high-flying model. And then there are the men she meets—sexy bad-boy photographer Elliot; and Luke, the handsome doctor who may not be as straightforward as he appears. It might just be worth risking her heart again…

But as Rose throws herself headlong into her new life, she gets tripped up by a painful family secret and unresolved problems from her past. She’s forced to question her beliefs about love and loyalty, old mistakes and new choices, and the bonds of both family and friendship.

By reinventing herself, can Rose discover who she really is and face a fulfilling new future?


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Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of four-legged friends. Kandy believes in love-at-first-sight and real-life romance--they worked for her!

Kandy's first book for Harlequin Romance is THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT an emotional, heartwarming story of second-chance love. THE TYCOON AND THE WEDDING PLANNER will be published by Harlequin in July 2014.

As well as her titles published by both Harlequin and Berkley Sensation, Kandy is the author of the e-book romances THE CASTAWAY BRIDE (an Amazon best-seller) and SOMETHING ABOUT JOE; and the contemporary women's fiction title, REINVENTING ROSE.

REINVENTING ROSE, was inspired by her Kandy's years working as an editor in women's magazines, in particular the reader makeovers she enjoyed so much. Dumped, duped and divorced, 28-year-old Californian schoolteacher Rose Butler finds herself stranded in Sydney, Australia and decides she needs a "me makeover". Lucky for Rose, she makes three new friends who draw her into their circle of friendship and support and help her reinvent herself. She finds a new life--and a new man--but what happens when her old life beckons? REINVENTING ROSE is about love, friendship and the magic of a makeover.

SOMETHING ABOUT JOE is a heartwarming love story. The hero is hot, smart, great with kids, and he can cook--what's not to love about Joe Martin? But stressed-out executive and single mom, Allison Bradley, fights it all the way when she finds herself falling in love with her little boy's new nanny. Joe is one of Kandy's favorite heroes--he actually came to her in a dream!

Kandy's Amazon bestseller, THE CASTAWAY BRIDE, is an unashamedly escapist romance about a runaway bride who is shipwrecked on a tropical island with a sexy stranger. This story is a tad steamier than Kandy's charming dog-themed stories. There is a dog, the hero's black Labrador--but he gets seasick and can't be on board the hero's yacht, so he never actually appears on the pages.

LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD, Kandy's debut novel, is a romantic comedy set in San Francisco about a little dog who inherits a big fortune and the people he brings together.

Kandy's second book for Berkley Sensation, HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS, is a tale of romance, mystery and dogs. It's a follow-on book from LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD, and tells the story of Serena, the heroine's best friend in the first book. Brutus, the millionaire mutt, and Coco his beloved poodle mate, guest star. But Mack, a big sad-eyed mutt who is abandoned at Serena's doggy daycare Paws-A-While, is the doggy hero of the story. HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS is a stand-alone story that can be enjoyed without reading the first book.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


A Heart's Rebellion (London Encounters #2)
Author Ruth Axtell creates a delightful Inspirational Regency Romance featuring the lovely and spirited Jessamine Barry and the most worthy Lancelot Marfleet. Jessamine, the daughter of a vicar is suffering through her unwanted Season in London. Lancelot, himself a vicar and missionary, has just returned from two years in India. A chance meeting at a social gathering finds Lancelot captivated by Jessica, but she does not return his sentiments. A red-haired, bespectacled vicar, and the younger son of an entitled family, Lancelot is not at all whom Jessica envisions as a suitor. Fate has its own plans however, and the future for them both will take shocking twists and turns. A dramatic change in social status for each of them will lead to an unexpected alliance and a test of faith. As two hearts each find spiritual and personal growth, can a lasting love bloom in the midst of great change?
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 Full Steam Ahead
Author Karen Witemeyer is a wonderful storyteller, and "Full Steam Ahead" is an involving Inspirational Historical Romance. The story takes place in the mid-nineteenth century, when changes to technology, transportation, communications, social mores, religion, fashions, science and medicine, literature, art and entertainment were rapidly revolutionizing the entire world. Darius Thornton and his brother David ran the family shipping business, with David the master of social connections and negotiations, and Darius the brains behind schematics and production. After Darius barely survived a deadly steamboat explosion, he was determined to prevent further such disasters from causing suffering and taking more human life. Nicole Renard is summoned from her school in Boston back home to Galveston, Texas by her mother's warning that her father is gravely ill. Always smart, capable, and interested in helping her father run Renard Shipping, Nicole was never given the chance to work by her father's side. With his health failing, and business-rival sharks circling the family business, desperate measures must be to taken to protect the Renard legacy. Nicole will be sent to New Orleans to find a worthy husband, one who will hold off threats to a takeover of Renard Shipping. Unbeknownst to her father, Nicole takes with her the family treasure, the Lafitte Dagger, hoping the dowry will help her to rapidly find the right man to marry. Her plans are hurriedly changed, however, when her father's rivals follow her to the docks and she must devise a quick-escape route. After eluding her pursuers and taking an alternate route, she makes her way to a town called Liberty, and finds employment as a secretary for the absent-minded genius, Darius Thornton. A woman in his way is not what Darius envisioned when he advertised for "help wanted", but he can't help but be impressed by the brainy beauty who becomes his assistant. Not only does she actually understand his work, she makes suggestions that prove to be progressive in aiding Darius' cause. As the two work side-by-side, friendship and admiration grow, and attraction blooms. Each of them have their secrets, and each must come to terms with the faith ever waiting to take hold of their hearts. Can they find an unexpected, lasting love in each other? Can they take a leap of faith and blend their lives and love for a happy future for all? Another excellent read from the talented Karen Witemeyer.
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Captured by Love (Michigan Brides, #3)
"Captured by Love" is an exciting adventure and an inspiring historical romance. Author Jody Hedlund excels at creating memorable characters and building story lines through beautifully descriptive writing and compelling historical detail. In Michigan Territory of the early 1800's, Michilimackinac (Mackinac) Island is of prime importance to the fur trade industry. At the start of the War of 1812, American control of the island is commandeered by the British Army. Islanders who refuse to give their allegiance to the British must leave the island, those who stay behind must swear their loyalty to King George. The British gain further advantage over the Americans by bribing favor with the Indian tribes in the area. American attempts to recapture the island through blockades result in starvation conditions for all of those on the island, and desperation often leads to brutality in order to survive. Pierre Durant, a successful fur trader, has been away from his home on the island for five years. Having found faith and experiencing many personal changes, he is now ready to come home to his mother and their farm. Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend of Pierre and his brother, Jean, is now a beautiful young woman who often provides food and care for Miriam, mother of Pierre and Jean. Pierre is a man of many secrets, and his loyalties run deep. Angelique is at the mercy of her cruel guardian and the deprivation of a land caught in the grip of war. Angelique had always loved Pierre since she was a young girl, and now as Pierre sees the lovely woman before him, his heart begins to stir with feelings of his own. Can they survive the horrible existence of the island? Can abiding faith and newfound love carry them through to a bright and happy future? Is there a different and rewarding life waiting for them beyond the shores of the island? Marvelous storytelling from the very talented Jody Hedlund.
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A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)
The "Ladies of Distinction" series, from author Jen Turano, continues with an entertaining "Match of Wits". Intrepid reporter Agatha Watson is traveling throughout the West, searching for stories to send back to her employer, the New York Tribune. She's also been forced to leave New York while threats against her life are being investigated. Agatha doesn't just invite trouble, she actively seeks it out. Accompanying her on her western trek are a bodyguard and a paid companion. On a stop in Colorado, Agatha is shocked to come across Zayne Beckett, the longtime friend who held a very special place in her heart. However, this is not the Zayne she knew--the handsome, charming, society man--this is a dispirited, disheveled, drunken man. She has not seen Zayne for two years--not since he left New York to marry his childhood sweetheart in California. He had taken a piece of Agatha's heart with him when he left. What could have brought him to this state, and how can she help him to find his faith and find himself again? With the full force of her considerable determination, Agatha vows to make Zayne once again a whole man. Zayne can't believe that Agatha has found him, but he knows he is not in the best of shape to be suitable for her company. Nonetheless, he can't help but admire Agatha's spirit and fiery beauty, and the sparks that fly between as they engage in verbal battle are highly enjoyable. If only there weren't so many complications in each of their lives, they might find happiness together. With faith and true love can they somehow find a way to grad hold of a bright and beautiful future? I have greatly enjoyed each book in the "Ladies of Distinction" series, and I highly recommend the wonderful storytelling of author Jen Turano.
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Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1) 
A gently charming story of faith and forgiveness, "Miracle in a Dry Season" is a promising debut from author Sarah Loudin Thomas. In the mid-1950's of rural Appalachia, in the little town of Wise, West Virginia, a miracle is beginning to take shape. Folks don't know what to expect from single mother Perla Long and her young daughter Sadie. Trying to put the mistakes and misconceptions of her past behind her, Perla hopes to quietly settle into the community, finding shelter with her aunt and uncle. At the age of thirty-five, Casewell Phillips sees lifelong bachelorhood looming before him--until he meets pretty Perla and sweet Sadie. While speculation runs wild about Perla's status as an unwed mother, Casewell is wrestling with feelings of attraction and guilt over his own doubts about Perla. However, the more time he spends with mother and child, the more he longs to have them for his own family. Perla, who needs no one else to remind her of her indiscretion, feels unworthy of a man such as Casewell. Trying to repay the kindness of her aunt and uncle, Perla does what she does best--she cooks. Preparing food is a transcendent experience for her, and the food she prepares never seems to run out until all are fed. When a devastating drought causes much hardship for the community, Perla's almost magical way with food comes under superstitious scrutiny. Is she a witch with evil intent, or is she heaven-sent? Will the townspeople look into their own hearts and seek forgiveness for their own missteps and lack of faith? Can Perla take a leap of faith and accept the love of the good man who wants both her and Sadie in his life forever? A touching and endearing well-told tale from debut author Sarah Loudin Thomas.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AUTHOR DEBBIE MACOMBER--visit the charming community of "Cedar Cove"--enjoy your stay at the welcoming "Rose Harbor Inn"--find a new the embers of a former flame...embrace life and love

The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1)
From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes the first book in a new series set in the beloved Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove. Also from Debbie Macomber: watch the new original series "Cedar Cove" on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays at 8:00 EST.

Author Debbie Macomber offers a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast--the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn--ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected. The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother's wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn't come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.
A touching novel of life's grand possibilities and the heart's ability to heal, "The Inn at Rose Harbor" is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.
MY REVIEW:  I am a great Debbie Macomber fan, and I knew that I would love "The Inn at Rose Harbor"--I just didn't know how much I would love it! I was immediately and deeply affected by the character of Jo Marie Rose, and the terrible loss of her husband so soon after her marriage. Adding extra poignancy to the story was the tragic real-life death of a young, newly-married soldier in my home community. He was also killed while on active duty. I had just seen his picture, and then the follow-up story on his memorial service. I cried for the immeasurable loss of this handsome, well-loved young man. Debbie captured the feeling perfectly in "The Inn at Rose Harbor". Jo Marie's grief, her struggle to accept the loss of her husband and cope with the unexpectedly large bequest of his life insurance policy all combine to set the framework for the series. Jo Marie's courage in going forward and making the life-changing decision to become a business owner is inspiring. Instead of turning inward to become lost in her pain, she chooses a business which will necessitate daily positive contact with others. I must say that as much as I have enjoyed Debbie's previous works, there is an added depth and spirit to this book. Debbie is amazing, and just keeps getting better! In this book, she takes a look back, but she definitely moves forward with new characters and story lines that will keep us happily read. I have long thought of owning my own B&B, only mine would be nestled in the beautiful setting of my own little vineyard. However, I would love to visit Jo Marie Rose, and stay a while at "The Inn at Rose Harbor". The hostess, the setting, and the guests are most inviting and intriguing. I look forward to return visits.

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Rose Harbor in Bloom (Rose Harbor, #2)

Hailed as “the reigning queen of women’s fiction” (The Sacramento Bee), Debbie Macomber is renowned for her novels of love, friendship, and the promise of fresh starts. Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.
MY REVIEW:  I became involved with Debbie Macomber's "Rose Harbor Inn Series" with the first book, "The Inn at Rose Harbor". The lead character, Jo Marie Rose held a great appeal for me. A young military widow trying to come to grips with the loss of her husband, Jo Marie uses the insurance funds to open a bed & breakfast in the town of Cedar Cove, Washington. In "Rose Harbor in Bloom", book two in the series, Jo Marie continues to find unexpected joys while dealing with her grief. The friends she has made in town, the dog who adopted her, Rover, and especially Mark Taylor, the carpenter and handyman with whom she has a prickly "friendship", have all added to her feeling of having found a home. She enjoys meeting her guests and providing for their comfort while they stay at the inn. Each new arrival has a new and interesting story, and some are interconnected to each other and the community. This time, a young event-planner, Annie Newton gets much more than she planned when putting together a celebration for her grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary and renewal of vows. Someone from her own past, whom she usually avoided at all costs, is the very person bringing her grandparents to the inn for their special event. Oliver Sutton, was the friend of Annie's older brother, and her childhood tormenter. He also gave her a first kiss, and unbeknownst to her, he has always had eyes just for her. Now that's broken up with her fiance, Oliver is ready to claim her for his own--if he can make Annie see the light. Another guest with secrets of her own is Mary Smith, battling cancer, and seeking what may be one last contact with the love of her life. The love she had let go of so long ago in order to pursue a career and do what she thought was best for them both. Is it now to late to make amends? Jo Marie has her own issues to deal with, waiting for news that her husband's remains may have finally been located from the military helicopter crash which took his life on the other side of the world, and forcing herself to let go of the faint hope that he may have survived after all. Her often antagonistic acquaintace with the curmudgeonly Mark Taylor provides a strange kind of comfort--he sees things about her that she doesn't know herself. He gladly accepts the cookies and coffee she offers and grudgingly acknowledges her as a friend. I am greatly enjoying this series, and I look forward to book three, "Love Letters". Get to know the folks who live in Cedar Cove--you'll be glad you did.
Love Letters (Rose Harbor, #3)
In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.
MY REVIEW:  The title "Love Letters", book three of Debbie Macomber's "Rose Harbor Inn Series", refers to both letters which found their mark, and to those that were never received. All the letters have a profound effect--through what was said, and what was never read. Innkeeper Jo Marie Rose has had a year to settle into proprietorship of the Rose Harbor Inn. The little town of Cedar Cove, Washington has proved to be a welcoming source of renewal, giving her a new purpose in life after the death of her husband, Paul. Letting go of the dreams of her married life and future with Paul is very difficult, and at times, it seems as if old memories are reluctant to move aside for hopes for the future. One constant throughout the last year, besides the devotion of her dog, Rover, has been the tumultuous friendship she has shared with carpenter and handyman, Mark Taylor. Mysterious, moody, and maddening, Mark nonetheless has connected to Jo Marie and offered her his own version of support. Dealing with her guests, seeing to their needs, and quietly building her business is helping Jo Marie to heal, just as she hopes visitors will find their own healing during their stay at the inn. Young Ellie Reynolds has come to Cedar Cove to meet a man she has become acquainted with online. At first, he seems all that she imagined and more, but he has a surprising personal agenda that will change Ellie's life in ways she never expected. A married couple, the Porters, are on a second-chance second honeymoon of sorts, but mistakes made by both husband and wife may be more than they can overcome. Love letters, as well as hopes and dreams, will be lost and found. Hearts will be broken, and then mended. What will the future hold for all? Come to Cedar Cove and enjoy a pleasant stay at the Rose Harbor Inn. Jo Marie and Rover are waiting to greet you.

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Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.

Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.

Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.

Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?

As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.
MY REVIEW:  With "Blossom Street Brides", author Debbie Macomber returns readers to the cozy, knitting-shop community of the Seattle, Washington store, "A Good Yarn". Love unexpected, kindness not anticipated, and sacrifice unsuspected will all weave together like the fibers of the yarn used to create sweaters, scarves, afghans and much more. Lauren Elliott can no longer bear to be forever placed on hold in favor of her boyfriend Todd's career ambitions. Breaking off with him leads her to a surprising new relationship with Rooster Wayne, a business-man biker, and a man far different from Todd. Bethanne Scranton, happy in her second marriage to Max, business partner with Rooster in a California winery, is nonetheless feeling the strain of a long-distance relationship. Lydia Goetz, owner of "A Good Yarn", is a happy wife, but worried about bringing new business to the store. A mystery Good Samaritan may have the answer when baskets of unfinished knitting projects turn up around the city with the directive: "Knit Me". The finished scarves, destined for a worthy charity, are to be turned in to "A Good Yarn". A wonderful idea--but who is the mastermind? Proving that brides and babies and heartwarming romances never go out of style, Debbie Macomber works her magic with "Blossom Street Brides".

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Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
Author Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life.

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.
MY REVIEW:  Author Debbie Macomber returns to her beloved "Blossom Street" series with the inspiring and heartwarming story of a woman who thought she lost it all, only to find her world to be much larger than she could have ever imagined. In "Starting Now", we meet career-driven attorney Libby Morgan, who receives a shock to the system when she is called "into the office" and, instead of her much-anticipated promotion, she is given a termination of employment. Ironically, her boss tells her to take losing her job as a chance for a new lease on life--"starting now". The recession which affected the law firm where she worked has Libby still seeking employment months after she lost her job. As a teenager, Libby had lost her mother to cancer, further distancing her relationship with her father. Libby's younger brother had been killed by a drunk driver, and her father had not been the same since the accident. He had later remarried a woman with whom Libby had a pleasant relationship, but no one could take the place of Libby's mother. With time on her hands, and an ache in her heart, Libby slowly reaches out for new experiences, starting with joining a gym to lose the weight she has gained from late-night ice cream binges. Joining a friend on a visit to a yarn-shop, Libby remembers the fun she had knitting with her mother, and she once again picks up needles and yarn. Knitting little warming caps for hospital preemies leads to volunteering as a "rocker" for the tiny babes who need a soothing and nurturing touch. At the hospital, she makes the acquaintance of Dr. Phillip Stone, the handsome man she had seen working out at her gym. His abrupt, remote manner is off-putting, but the more time she spends around him, the more she realizes that he is a kind and caring person. Both of them have known disappointment in love, but as their friendship grows closer, so does their awareness of each other. A surprise chance at regaining her former career threatens the new happiness she finds with Phillip. Can Libby have it all? Will she be able to balance love, legal cases, and life? "Starting Now" includes a well-sketched cast of supporting characters who add depth to the story line, and old friends from Blossom Street are a welcome presence. Libby and her story had a special resonance for me. I have been unemployed through no fault of my own more than once in my life. The last time was the worst--losing my job in the middle of the global recession was something from which I will never fully recover. The consequences have been monumental and lasting. However, like Libby, I did eventually reach out to keep from losing my grip on life. In my case, I made a return to the world of all things books, and here I still reside.

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Angels at the Table (Angels Everywhere, #7)
In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention.

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.      

Lucie Farrara and Aren Fairchild meet after bumping into each other—seemingly by accident—in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They immediately hit it off and find they have a lot in common: Lucie is a burgeoning chef and Aren is a respected food critic. But just as quickly as they’re brought together, another twist of fate tears them apart, leaving Lucie and Aren with no way to reconnect.

A year later, Lucie is the chef of an acclaimed new restaurant and Aren is a successful columnist for a major New York newspaper. For all the time that’s passed, the two have not forgotten their one serendipitous evening—and neither have Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and Will. To reunite the young couple, the angels cook up a brilliant plan: mix true love, a second chance, and a generous sprinkle of mischief to create an unforgettable Christmas miracle.

MY REVIEW:  With "Angels at the Table", the feast will be a celestial fest, especially when Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are in attendance. Author Debbie Macomber brings back her mischievous Prayer Ambassadors in a quick and quirky Christmas romance that definitely sparkles with holiday appeal. This time, the angelic trio has an apprentice named Will in tow as they visit New York City on New Year's Eve. When Will sees the opportunity to try out his divine matchmaking skills, he inadvertently initiates a meeting that was supposed to take place a year later. Lucie Ferrara and Aren Fairchild are each lonely in their own way, and they immediately hit it off when they are nudged together by Will. Spending an enjoyable evening together talking, they agree to meet a week later, but they don't exchange contact information. Will shows up and Lucie doesn't, and the two are kept apart by a twist of fate. One year later, the Angels decide that it's time to make things right, and they set about to reunite Lucie and Aren. The trouble is, Lucie is a chef, and Aren is a food critic--is this truly a match made in Heaven, or will there be more complications on the plate than even the wily winged ones can serve up with a smile? "Angels at the Table" is a delightful, delicious, early holiday gift from the lady who does December best--talented storyteller Debbie Macomber. Guaranteed to chase away the humbugs.

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Starry Night
’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.
MY REVIEW:  A woman longing to change her life and a man who resists change are caught in the romantic spell of Alaska's Northern Lights in author Debbie Macomber's "Starry Night". Carrie Slayton has a successful career as a society page columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, but it's not the career she imagined. She'd envisioned working as a reporter, doing interviews, and writing features such as human-interest stories. Moving back to the Northwest to be closer to her family and look for employment in the Seattle job market was sounding better and better. When she hands in her two-week notice, her boss gives her a challenge--if she scores an interview with reclusive and elusive author Finn Dalton, she can name her own assignments. Carries starts her sleuthing by reading Finn's book, "Alone", a survivalist's bible of sorts, and by researching him on the internet. After reviewing birth records, and following a trail, Carrie finds Finn's mother, Joan, who had left her son and husband behind many years ago. From Louisiana, Joan just couldn't handle living in Alaska full time, and her husband would not compromise. Eventually she made the heart-wrenching decision to leave, with Finn choosing to stay behind with his father. Finn had never forgiven his mother for leaving. After an emotional meeting with Joan, Carrie heads north to Alaska, bearing Finn's father's wedding band, which was sent by Joan. After arriving in Alaska, it takes some persuasive pleading on her part, but she convince's Finn's friend Sawyer to fly her to Finn's cabin. Sawyer is unable to contact Finn, and he deposits Carrie on frozen lake and flies right back out into a worsening snow storm. Carrie is brought in from the storm by an unwelcoming Finn and his very large dog, Hennessey. The last thing Finn expected was for his buddy to Sawyer to drop off an uninvited, unwanted, albeit beautiful and very appealing, female reporter at his front door. After his mother's betrayal, and being hurt by a woman he'd thought he loved, Finn considered himself immune to females of all sorts. Somehow, Carrie was different. He found himself telling her about aspects of his life that he had previously kept closely guarded. There is an undeniable attraction between the two, but they maintain a respectful distance. When the time comes for Carrie to leave, she knows she will be leaving a piece of her heart behind. As Finn helps Carrie to Sawyer's waiting plane, he gives her a shattering kiss and asks her not to write the story. Back at work, Carrie is faced with a an emotional dilemma--write the story and betray Finn's trust, or give up the biggest opportunity of her career for someone whom she just met and may never see again. How will Carrie choose, and will she ever see Finn again? Debbie Macomber is such a wonderful storyteller, and I read this charmingly involving romance all in one sitting. The story is very well-paced, and the characters are quite appealing. Recommended for romantic dreamers who believe in second chances.

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Now, from Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, you can relish in your own home the same superb meals found in Cedar Cove's households. Charlotte Rhodes, one of the series' most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join her in touring the town's kitchens as she shares more than 130 of her treasured family recipes. (And she's got plenty to tell you about the people of Cedar Cove, too!)

You'll find such mouthwatering dishes as:

• Justine Gunderson's Grilled Salmon with Lime-Jalapeño Butter

• Teri Polger's Macaroni and Cheese

• Charlotte Rhodes's Cinnamon Rolls

• Olivia Griffin's Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

• The Pot Belly Deli's Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl

• And many more

Whether you've just discovered the world of Cedar Cove or have devoured all the books, you can now partake of the town's culinary traditions and cook just like Charlotte, her family and friends!
MY REVIEW:  Debbie Macomber's wonderful Cedar Cove book series is a world unto itself. The "Cedar Cove Cookbook" is charming, wonderfully illustrated with colorful drawings and photographs, and it has a real "down home" feel from cover to cover. After the nostalgic and touching introduction from Debbie, one of her Cedar Cove characters, Charlotte Jefferson Rhodes, takes over as guide and offers insights into the residents of Cedar Cove as she introduces each chapter. The food varies from new ideas to familiar favorites, and it all makes you want to get out in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans! Many of these recipes were standards in our own homes as we were growing up, handed down from our grandmother to our mother, and then passed along to us. If you have children or grandchildren who like to spend time with you as you cook, then they will enjoy sitting down at the kitchen table and picking out recipes that they want to make. Some of the recipes are quite simple, but they lack nothing in the flavor and enjoyment that they offer! Each recipe is accompanied by a little cooking tip or tidbit. How do these titles sound: "Sunday Sour Cream Coffee Cake"; "Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl"; "Fresh Herb Crab Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce"; "Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon"; and "Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp". My favorite part is the cookies--yummy! Cookies are one of my four food groups : )
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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 hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October). In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street 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 her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.