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The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  14,488 Ratings  ·  1,681 Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes 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 Barlow first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of h
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Electric Bubbles I have not read the rest of the series, only this book. While it deals with the loss of a husband and the guilt of losing a best friend, it is very…moreI have not read the rest of the series, only this book. While it deals with the loss of a husband and the guilt of losing a best friend, it is very clean and gentle. While it is appropriate for teenaged reading, a thriller-seeking teen will probably be bored with this. (less)

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Oct 09, 2016 Jeannie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Sometimes I want something light to read. This was a perfect read for one of those times. This is light and predictable and I really enjoyed it. I liked all the characters and felt like I really got to know them. I look forward to the next in this series. Thanks to my GR friend DeAnn for recommending this one.
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars. This makes no apologies for what it is - a gentle story about love, loss and ability to move on or not after a tragedy. Sometimes as a reader I am not in the mood for anything heavy and challenging. I just want a book that will take me out of the world for a while. This one did, into the world of Cedar Cove and of Jo Marie who after the death of her husband starts a new life as owner of a bed and breakfast.

Josh and Abby, her first two guests, have problems of their own a
Sue Grimshaw
Jun 12, 2012 Sue Grimshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 19, 2016 Lizzy rated it liked it
It's difficult to write a story combining three different plots, and I thought The Inn at Rose Harbor fell in the usual trap of this kind of plot: there is great potential, too much to tell and not enough space for it all; therefore we get a superficial at best narrative. Some people might like this kind of book, but it's not my kind of fiction. However, I should point out that it's well written and all three stories offer a satysfying character development and an emotional setting.

Jul 10, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
I was so excited to see a new series by Macomber; she is one of my favorite authors. This first book in her new series was a breath of fresh air during this hot humid summer.
The series is set in Cedar Cove but the characters are new. Jo Marie Rose has moved there upon the death of her husband after purchasing a Bed & Breakfast. Story lines were developed around two guests that checked into the B&B. They were heartwarming stories of families and relationships. I especially liked that the
Sep 07, 2012 Lizz rated it it was amazing
Those of you who pay attention know that I almost NEVER give 5 stars to anything. A book has to really reach out and grab me to get more than 3.... so..... This book really hit home with me, and perhaps my feelings about it are more emotionally tied than anything else, but for whatever reason....

The book deals with loss and grief, with acceptance, with moving forward. Ms. Macomber lost her son not too long ago, and one of my best and oldest friends lost her son over the summer. So this tied in w
Jun 06, 2013 Marcie rated it it was ok
This is a typical Debbie Macomber book - a gentle little story about family dynamics that is easy to read and has a happy ending. Sometimes I'm in the mood for that kind of a book, and Debbie Macomber usually satisfies. This book, however, left me feeling a little disgruntled. I understand the desire to bring back characters from her Cedar Cove stories; I've read some of those books, and wouldn't mind an update on what the characters are doing now. But so many of them made appearances in slightl ...more
Julie Barrett
May 31, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Love this book just for the knitting mentioned and how I can totally relate to having more than 3 projects going at one time.
Jo Marie had relocated to run the existing B&B after her husband Paul passes away in the war.
The book follows her life and interactions with other local people and protectors.
Josh Weaver is a guest at the inn and is in town for just a few short days to reclaim things his step dad has kept at the family house. He is on his deathb
Sep 16, 2012 Sally rated it liked it
Super easy read and very much a feel good kind of book. I accidentally read this one, as the cover resembled one on my TBR shelf. I decided to keep going with it once I realized my error and had an enjoyable afternoon wrapped in the story.

The story takes place in Cedar Cove, Washington where JoMarie Rose has just purchased a B&B. Still grieving for her husband who was killed in Afganistan, she is ready for the next challenge in her life. The story revolves around her settling in (and I antic
 Gigi Ann
Sep 10, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it it was ok
I have read and enjoyed many of Debbie Macomber's books, but this book was not a favorite of mine. It appears I am about the only person who didn't care for this book..There were some weird parts I didn't care for at all. (They almost bordered on paranormal) And anyone who follows my reading genres knows I hate paranormal. Maybe I have read to many of her many books made into sequels or series. Knowing that this is the first of a series, I was disappointed. I'm beginning to enjoy much more, book ...more
Virginia Campbell
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 ...more
Well, gosh. Maybe I've outgrown Macomber. Or maybe I just glutted myself too much in past years and now am at that familiarity brings...not contempt, exactly, but the heart just no longer thrills. This has happened to me with other authors after a bit of directed literary gluttony; I love them, I gobble all the books I can find, and then, finally, it's "oh no, not another bite of delicious crumbly cookies with a latte on the side".

For Macomber's fans, this is the standard territory, and obviousl
Jul 25, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Uma história docinha que nos fala de novos recomeços e de avançarmos em frente, mesmo quando a vida é madrasta. Pelo final claro que vai ter seguimento e eu vou tentar ler quando quiser ler um livro leve e que me deixe bem disposta e a pensar que existem finais felizes
Jul 30, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book that I will admit I wasn't going to read until the announcement that it would take place in Cedar Cove. I fell in love with Cedar Cove and relished the opportunity to return. I'm SO glad I did. Jo Marie is on this beautiful, spiritual journey of healing and self-discovery. And she, and her Inn, are going to help others along the way.

In this book we get the stories of two people who both vowed never to return to Cedar Cove after horrible circumstances chased them away. The first i
Sep 25, 2013 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carinhoso é como posso definir este livro. Todo ele é ternurento, todo ele cura ao longo das suas poucas páginas os corações, tanto das personagens fictícias como das pessoas reais que nele pegam.

Um acontecimento terrível que muda a vida de Jo Marie Rose para sempre e, quem diria que, ao mudá-la, Jo, curando-se a si própria ainda vai curar outras duas pessoas. . .

Um romance que é claramente para o público feminino, consegue fazer o que se espera. Colocar as leitoras a suspirar.

Adorei a forma com
Sam Still Reading
Sep 15, 2012 Sam Still Reading rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a pleasant book
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: sent by publisher - thank you
The cover of this book has a sticker on it stating that Debbie Macomber has sold 150 million books worldwide, so I’m ashamed to say that this is the first book of hers I’ve read! I was pleased to hear that this is the first book in a new series set in and around the Inn at Rose Harbor, Cedar Cove. (If you have read Macomber’s other books that were set in Cedar Cove, you may recognise a few characters I believe).

If I had to confine this review to just one word, it would be ‘nice’. It’s a nice sto
Aug 06, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
5 STARS Thier were a couple of chapters in this book that I cried all the way through. I know its just a book but boy was I moved to tears. The only warning I have for this book is keep the tissues close by. This is a new series set in a familar world of Cedar Cove. The stories will be about owmer of a bed and breakfast called Rose Harbor Inn,its owner Jo Marie Rose and her guests. Jo Marie Rose's husband Paul Rose died 8 months ago in Afghanistan Mounta
Aug 31, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I love all of Debbie Macomber's books. And, this book is no exception. It rates more than 5 stars from me, but it's not possible for me to do that.

The Inn at Rose Harbor is based in the town of Cedar Cove in the Pacific Northwest. Jo Marie Rose comes to Cedar Cove for a fresh start. She is recently widowed. Not even been married a year, her husband, Paul, was killed in Afghanistan. She is ready to start over with her life. She buys a Bed and Breakfast which she calls Rose Harbor Inn after her hu
Aug 08, 2012 Sheree rated it really liked it
I love Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series so I jumped at the chance to grab the first book in this new series set in Cedar Cove. The Inn At Rose Harbor is one of those books that has you yearning for escape in a rose and jasmine scented arbor with tea and a good book.

Jo Marie Rose makes a life changing decision to purchase a B&B in Cedar Cove after her husband Paul is tragically killed in Afghanistan. The fresh start also marks the beginning of a change that brings comfort, peace and h
Jan 23, 2014 Margarida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Não é de forma alguma o meu género de literatura preferido nem conhecia a autora. O que realmente me atraiu para este livro, e ao contrário do que normalmente acontece comigo, foi a capa! Achei-a bastante bonita e pensei: “Porque não?”. E apesar de, repito, não ser o meu género de literatura foi uma agradável surpresa. Talvez porque na altura não me apetecia ler nada demasiado profundo ou que me fizesse pensar muito… apetecia-me apenas algo que me distraísse…
Não é uma escrita especialmente rica,
Jonel Boyko
This is a fantastically heartfelt novel that launches Macomber’s Rose Harbor series so well. She brings the Inn (and Cedar Cove) to life in such a vivid manner that you can’t help but picture it. Macomber deals with real life issues while making you feel welcome in her characters’ lives. There is a mellow feel to the writing that you can really lose yourself in. Macomber showcases both the simplicity and the complexity of life. This duality is so prevalent in the everyday that I couldn’t help bu ...more
Sue Seligman
Oct 29, 2012 Sue Seligman rated it really liked it
At the recommendation of a Goodreads friend (thanks Teresa!), I decided to read this latest by Debbie Macomber and I am glad that I did. I am a fan of her Blossom Street series, but I had not read any of her other series books. Apparently there is another series set in Cedar Cove, and some of the characters that appeared in this book were old friends from that series. The Inn at Rose Harbor is about a young, recently widowed woman who buys a bed and breakfast in the town of Cedar Cove in the hop ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
When I read a book by Debbie, I know there is going to be a lot of heart in the story and I wasn't disappointed. There are three different stories told and the chapters rotate between the characters. Each character is dealing with a life changing event and trying to move on from their past and learn to forgive themselves and to forgive others.Jo Marie is newly widowed and buys the Inn to start a new life. I love the concept of changing characters staying at the Inn and getting a glimpse of how t ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber is a most enjoyable read. Although it has a touch of romance in it, it is not a romance novel. Rather, it is a love story--the love between parent and child, husband and wife, best friends. While the story takes place in Cedar Cove, Washington this novel is not part of the Cedar Cove series. We do, however, get to meet a few old friends.

We first meet Jo Marie Rose a recent widow and new owner of the local Bed and Breakfast which she renames the Rose Harb
Aug 24, 2012 Ricki rated it it was amazing
The Inn at Rose Harbor is a beautiful book of healing and finding peace,
not only within yourself, but with others. Jo Marie Rose is recently widowed and just getting back into life. She moves to Cedar Cove and purchases a bed
& breakfast in her to help her get over the loss of her military husband Paul Rose. Her first two guests, Abby andJosh, are back in town after leaving years ago. Both are there for different reasons and filled with dread at having to be there. Abby,
because it’s the site
Jul 31, 2015 Carol rated it did not like it
Set by my reading group, or wouldn't have touched it. Take a dollop of golden syrup, a ton of saccharine and as many coincidences as you can imagine and there you have the first book in Macomber's (never heard of her though she's sold150 million books) new series. 3 interwoven stories set in a small town B & B in America (which Jo Marie has just opened to get over the loss of soldier husband Paul) see all 3 impossibly attractive characters achieve peace and love from beyond the grave. Daft? ...more
Maria Carmo
Feb 16, 2015 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
It is not as deep as some of the books I sometimes enjoy, but it is very well written, light and inspiring, and I also need those moments: when life can be healed through a beautiful, inspiring story!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 16 February 2015.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Debbie Macomber is a very popular, well known author and she's even one of my mum's favourites. Due to her popularity, I knew that I had to give her writing a go. Upon a little bit of internet searching, I discovered that she was starting off a new series, so I thought that'd be the perfect place for me to start. I picked up The Inn at Rose Harbour and before long, I'd finished it.

From reading only this one book, I can understand why many people enjoy Debbie Macomber's writing. This was a very p
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Debbie Macomber takes us back to Cedar Cove, Washington for her brand new series. This series features Jo Marie Rose. She has came to Cedar Cove to make a fresh start after the death of her husband. She has purchased the local Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn. Her surname may be Rose but there is not a single rose bush on the property, but there will be a rose being planted very soon.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver. He has come to Cedar Cove after receiving a call from his ste
Shelly Itkin
Aug 04, 2012 Shelly Itkin rated it it was amazing
Jo Marie Rose has arrived in Ceder Grove hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. After having to cope with the death of her husband Paul, she has taken the money he has left her and purchased a local bed and breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn after her husband and trying to start a new life if that is possible?

Rose has no idea who her first two new guests are but she will soon learn more about both of them. Surprisingly both of them are former residents of Cedar Grover each of wh
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“When I first learned that Paul had been killed, the grief had been all-consuming, and I didn’t think I would be able to go on. Yet life continues to move forward, and so have I, dragging from one day into the next until I found I could breathe normally.” 0 likes
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