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The Inn at Rose Harbor

(Rose Harbor #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  18,914 ratings  ·  1,950 reviews
The Rose Harbour Inn welcomes you to Cedar Cove…

From the minute she sees the Rose Harbour Inn, Jo Marie Barlow knows that this is the 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 her first two guests.

Joshua Weaver has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye
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)
Nancy McPherson Better to read them in order, but I got 2,3,and 4 in audio at the library, not realizing that they were #s 2,3,and 4. Reserved the other 2 audios, but…moreBetter to read them in order, but I got 2,3,and 4 in audio at the library, not realizing that they were #s 2,3,and 4. Reserved the other 2 audios, but had to get the last book after finishing Silver Linings so I grabbed the print version and devoured it. The next day both audios were available, so I finally got the chance to read the first one. Considering reviewing the middle three now. (less)

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Oct 09, 2016 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.
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1.5 pero como no hay media estrella, pues se queda con una
No voy a decir que esté mal escrito. Pero no lo veo para nada una novela romántica. No sé si sentimental o narrativa dramática.
A ver, es bastante corta y hay tres historias!!! Así que los personajes apenas los perfila. Realmente recoge las situaciones dramáticas de tres personas y dos de ellas encuentran el amor o parece que empiezan una relación... No sé, y la tercera, pues ahí se
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Writing a story combining three different plots is a challenge. I thought The Inn at Rose Harbor fell into 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 superficial character development and a fair emotional setting.
Jul 10, 2012 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
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
Jun 06, 2013 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
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a buddy read with a friend of mine. We both adored the Cedar Cove books and we have been less than thrilled with the newest offerings by Macomber. When she found out the Rose Harbor books take place in Cedar Cove we were pretty excited. Though I was cautious enough to borrow this thing from the library because I have been burned too many times lately by reading her latest works.

My friends summary of this book was this:
"I don't understand why Macomber revisited Cedar Cove if she
Vero Rinconin
#RitaMacomber #RetoRita2 Este libro, me mató y remató y eso que lo dejé plantado en el 40% lo peor es que me dejó sin ganas de leer, NADA de NADA.
Siento decir que nunca-más-never-never-never
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
Sep 07, 2012 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 28, 2016 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
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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y creo que le doy demasiado. Me han interesado de poco a nada las tres historias que me cuenta, me han parecido de lo más superficiales y anodinas. De novela romántica para mi no tiene nada.
Me interesaba más que nada la historia de la dueña del hostal con Mark pero en este libro sólo la esboza muy escasamente, con lo que me tengo que fustigar y leerme el segundo de la serie para ver si pasa algo o es tan poco interesante como este.
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Debbie Macomber. She was recommended to me, saying I would like her style and I absolutely did!
Debbie’s style of writing is real-life, relatable, and very similar to a Nicholas Sparks type of story.
The Inn at Rose Harbor is book one of the series and I look forward to reading more of this series.
The characters in this story were all relatable and so real to me. I felt the emotions and struggles of each one, and I love that about characters, when you’re r
Julie Barrett
May 31, 2012 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 15, 2012 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 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
Vivone Os
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nije loša knjižica. Prati mladu ženu čiji muž je nestao u Afganistanu i ona se seli, kupuje mali pansion koji iznajmljuje raznolikim ljudima. U isto vrijeme pokušava zacijeliti sebe i pomaže gostima da isto riješe neke svoje probleme. S njom upoznajemo raznoliku paletu likova iz malog gradića.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warm cozy read that I fell in love with right away, I haven't read this author before and now asking myself what took me so long? I felt the characters were so real and felt I was living through the struggles, I have the second book and ready to start right away!
Jul 23, 2012 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
Jul 07, 2013 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
Dion Ribeiro
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Esta foi a minha estreia com a autora, e fiquei rendida: adoro Debbie Macomber!
Neste romance, vamos acompanhar a história da protagonista, Jo Marie, que enviuva precocemente e por isso decide mudar radicalmente de vida tornando-se proprietária de uma estalagem, e de dois dos seus hóspedes, sendo que cada capítulo vai narrando a história de cada um, alternadamente. Isto vai contribuir para uma leitura compulsiva, pois cada capítulo encerra de uma forma perspicaz, que nos faz desejar saber o que v
Jul 26, 2015 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
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eine nette Geschichte. allerdings wurde einiges mehrfach wiederholt. Das langweilt und nervt dann etwas. daher gerade noch 4 sterne
Lisa Montanaro
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
An easy light read that is satisfying and comforting in many ways. It’s the type of book that makes you want to curl up with a big mug of tea in your favorite chair and read for hours. Very character driven, it centers around a woman who recently became a widow and decides to buy an Inn in the state of Washington with the inheritance from her husband‘s passing. Enter the first two guests, and you have all three stories. A little romance, a little magical realism, some grief, and a dog thrown in, ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: team-spades
I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, fun and well written. I like the mystery of some things (the handyman) and the knowing of others (Paul). I delved into each one of the character's story wholeheartedly. It was so easy to follow. I read the descriptions on the next book and it is a continuation with the handyman mystery and new stories of the new guests. This book is a stand-alone story.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
An okayish read... Could have been better. All about wounded and lost souls recuperating and finding joy in life..Thought the supernatural touch did not jell well with the plot...
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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 200 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 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more

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“I was looking forward to my visit to the library. I’ve always been a big reader and thought I might eventually volunteer as a Friend of the Library.” 2 likes
“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.” 1 likes
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