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The Inn at Rose Harbor

(Rose Harbor #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  21,106 ratings  ·  2,104 reviews
The Rose Harbor Inn welcomes you to Cedar Cove…

From the minute she sees the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose 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, bu
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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 cl…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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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
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Jeannie
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.
Sue
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
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
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Renee
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 ending m
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Lizzy
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. ...more
Marcie
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
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
Lizz
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
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Obsidian
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
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Sally
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 anticipat
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Tina
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in the Rose Harbor series, and this is a series that is a spin off for the Cedar Cove series. Debbie Macomber has been one of my favorite authors since 2007. In this book Jo Marie has to start over after her husband dies, so she buys the Inn at Rose Harbor. I loved the characters that was coming from the Cedar Cove series and Jo Marie/other new characters are also very good. I really love being back in Cedar Cove because I was so sad when the series ended.
Stefanie
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
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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 deathbed a
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 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
Laurie
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!
Lynn
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
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Carol
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? Yes ...more
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
Rebecca
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...
Elizabeth
Such a cozy story! I really liked so many of these characters and their stories. I am looking forward to reading more in this series!
Vi ~ Inkvotary
4.5 stars
Inkvotary
This was beautiful. Soft, sensitive, heartbreaking and with such elegance; I am totally emotional. Jo Marie is a wonderful character and to meet Olivia and Grace again was fantastic. Cedar Cove is a special place and the pictures in my head are perfect. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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Sam Still Reading
Sep 15, 2012 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
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Rhonda
Aug 06, 2012 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
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Donna
Jul 30, 2012 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
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Sheree
Jul 23, 2012 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 heali
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Sue Seligman
Oct 29, 2012 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
Carol
Jul 06, 2012 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
Ricki
Aug 24, 2012 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 of p
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Kathy
Dec 08, 2012 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
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