First Comes Marriage by Debbie Macomber

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

First Comes MarriageFirst Comes Marriage by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“Financial and practical advantages! You make it sound about as appealing as a dentist appointment. There’s got to be more of a reason than that for us to get married.”

It was her grandfather’s idea, the whole notion of a marriage between Janine and Zach. An arranged marriage, at that. But the two of them don’t exactly plan on going along with the dear old man’s old-fashioned plan in First Comes Marriage by author Debbie Macomber.

Heeheehee, just look at that ’90s cover. I’ll admit it was some nostalgia that drew me to it, looking like something I would’ve pulled off the bookshelf in my seventh grade English class, back in the day. But, hey, sometimes nostalgia makes a book even better.

I enjoyed taking a little break with this romantic comedy. It’s not all fun and games, as Janine and Zach do have to work through some serious stuff in the middle, but then it brightens again, fittingly ending on a delightfully comedic note. Quite a nice story for anyone who’d find pleasure in a sweet and easy romance read.

 

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Silver LiningsSilver Linings by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Well, I did it again: this rare-to-me thing of jumping into a new-to-me series with a book a ways down the line from Book One.

But I didn’t feel at all lost in Cedar Cove or at the Rose Harbor Inn that widowed Jo Marie runs. Altogether, I found Silver Linings by author Debbie Macomber to be as charming as its cover, and the three romantic storylines of Jo Marie, Coco, and Katie all held me with equal interest.

Being a native Seattleite, I admittedly hold an extra ounce of appreciation for Macomber’s stories set in the Pacific Northwest. Now, I did mentally shake my head at Coco and Katie’s ten year high school reunion, as it seemed to be a gathering full of adults who hadn’t really gotten over events from their teenage years, no matter how many times they kept telling each other, “It was a long time ago.” The degree of Katie’s desperation in her “love situation” seemed to be heading overboard, and Coco’s situation advanced so quickly that I had little chance to get to know or like her love interest before Coco was hopping headlong into his arms. However, both women’s situations fit their personalities, so I could go with it. Plus, the brief appearance of characters from Macomber’s Starry Night was an added bonus.

Again, quite a charming novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Silver Linings is Book Four in the Rose Harbor series, plus there are three short stories along the way.

When First They Met (A Cedar Cove Short Story) The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1) Lost and Found in Cedar Cove

Rose Harbor in Bloom (Rose Harbor, #2) Love Letters (Rose Harbor, #3) Falling for Her: A Rose Harbor Short Story

 

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Starry NightStarry Night by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Hey. It was a windy night here in Seattle, power blew out, so I did what any sane person would do when the neighborhood’s electricity is taking the night off. I set aside electronics, grabbed a hardback, and devoured the Christmas story in it from beginning to end by the beam of a flashlight.

Starry Night is the third book I’ve read by Debbie Macomber and the one I enjoyed the most, both for the pacing of the characters’ interaction that built up to what was inevitably coming and also for some interesting elements that I haven’t seen in every other romance I’ve read. Plus, it included a shout out to the Seattle Seahawks (12th Man, here!), and I never imagined I’d see the city of Kent, Washington mentioned in a New York Times bestselling author’s novel, so, hey again–thank God for temporary power outages that allow for delightful detours!