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review 2018-04-01 21:43
So So Second Book for Rose Harbor Series
Rose Harbor in Bloom - Debbie Macomber

Eh. I can see why some people didn't care for this series now. It's boring. There's barely any romance. I don't need to read explicit sex scenes, but this was a snoozefest. There's some nice interactions with characters readers will recognize from the Cedar Cove series, and all that did was make me wish that series was still ongoing.

 

Jo Marie is a widow still dealing with the grief she feels over the death of her husband in Afghanistan. She's running her bed and breakfast and dealing with her rude handyman Mark. I'm sure we're supposed to think how cute he is that he's nasty and domineering with Jo Marie, but I was aggravated. Jo Marie barely seems to do anything but think about the "enigma" of Mark and his rudeness. There is another side plot dealing with her dead husband's remains and it just didn't work for me at all. 

 

Mark's not an alpha hero, he's just nasty. I hated that Jo Marie backed down from cutting him off after an argument they had. I'm sure Macomber is playing the long game of.these two getting together. 

 

Annie could have been interesting, but was boring. Her fiancee cheated on her and she is dealing with him not wanting to give her up. Planning her grandparents wedding renewla gives her something to do. Too bad they are terrible as hell during the course of this book. The nasty back and forth bewtbet them even got to me. Annie also is dealing with her grandparents next door neighbor (Oliver) declaring himself. He's boring too. There is a hilarious scene where Annie's former fiancee and Oliver threaten to kick each other's butt with judo, and I seriously choked on water and spewed all over. I maybe started singing everyone was Kung Fu fighting. Yes, I know judo and Kung Fu are not the same style. 

 

Mary had a potentially interesting storyline until Macomber backed away from her having an abortion. Yes we have another secret child romance plot. I cannot take how ridiculous and unrealistic this storyline was from beginning to end. There is also the not subtle warning that woman who want a career and are not motherly will get cancer one day. Mary's so called love of her love George was too perfect and also boring. 

 

The writing was just so-so. Trying to juggle three plotlines shows. Nothing hangs together besides all three women being connected to the inn (Annie and Mary are guests there) and their storylines are all over the place. I will say each women had a distinct voice. I think Jo Marie's voice is too old for her though. No one her supposed age speaks like she does (she's written as a women in her 50s). 

 

The setting of Cedar Cove is one Macomber's fans love. I just wish I got more scenes at some of the favorite haunts which is the only reason why I'm giving this book three stars. Mary goes to the tearoom, there is mention of the lighthouse which was nice. We get sightings of Olivia, Jack, Faith, Grace, etc. All of them popping up in this book just made me miss the Cedar Cove series more.

 

The ending just sets up things for the next book in the series (we have two women calling about being guests). 

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text 2018-04-01 21:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Rose Harbor in Bloom - Debbie Macomber

Eh. I can see why some people didn't care for this series now. It's boring. There's barely any romance. I don't need to read explicit sex scenes, but this was a snoozefest. There's some nice interactions with characters readers will recognize from the Cedar Cove series, and all that did was make me wish that series was still ongoing.

 

Jo Marie is a widow still dealing with the grief she feels over the death of her husband in Afghanistan. She's running her bed and breakfast and dealing with her rude handyman Mark. I'm sure we're supposed to think how cute he is that he's nasty and domineering with Jo Marie, but I was aggravated. Jo Marie barely seems to do anything but think about the "enigma" of Mark and his rudeness. There is another side plot dealing with her dead husband's remains and it just didn't work for me at all. 

 

Mark's not an alpha hero, he's just nasty. I hated that Jo Marie backed down from cutting him off after an argument they had. I'm sure Macomber is playing the long game of.these two getting together. 

 

Annie could have been interesting, but was boring. Her fiancee cheated on her and she is dealing with him not wanting to give her up. Planning her grandparents wedding renewla gives her something to do. Too bad they are terrible as hell during the course of this book. The nasty back and forth bewtbet them even got to me. Annie also is dealing with her grandparents next door neighbor (Oliver) declaring himself. He's boring too. There is a hilarious scene where Annie's former fiancee and Oliver threaten to kick each other's butt with judo, and I seriously choked on water and spewed all over. I maybe started singing everyone was Kung Fu fighting. Yes, I know judo and Kung Fu are not the same style. 

 

Mary had a potentially interesting storyline until Macomber backed away from her having an abortion. Yes we have another secret child romance plot. I cannot take how ridiculous and unrealistic this storyline was from beginning to end. There is also the not subtle warning that woman who want a career and are not motherly will get cancer one day. Mary's so called love of her love George was too perfect and also boring. 

 

The writing was just so-so. Trying to juggle three plotlines shows. Nothing hangs together besides all three women being connected to the inn (Annie and Mary are guests there) and their storylines are all over the place. I will say each women had a distinct voice. I think Jo Marie's voice is too old for her though. No one her supposed age speaks like she does (she's written as a women in her 50s). 

 

The setting of Cedar Cove is one Macomber's fans love. I just wish I got more scenes at some of the favorite haunts which is the only reason why I'm giving this book three stars. Mary goes to the tearoom, there is mention of the lighthouse which was nice. We get sightings of Olivia, Jack, Faith, Grace, etc. All of them popping up in this book just made me miss the Cedar Cove series more.

 

The ending just sets up things for the next book in the series (we have two women calling about being guests). 

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text 2018-04-01 18:48
Reading progress update: I've read 49%.
Rose Harbor in Bloom - Debbie Macomber

Honestly none of the plotlines are really working.

 

Mary had a pregnancy that she decided to not go through with, due to her being a souless career woman (eyeroll).

 

Annie and Oliver have no chemistry.

 

Jo Marie is still letting her handyman treat her like crap. 

 

Yeah!

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text 2018-03-30 13:45
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
Rose Harbor in Bloom - Debbie Macomber

So before I fell asleep (super early) due to my nasal decongestant along with champagne I just felt super irritated with this book. And I can't even be mad at anyone but me since Debbie Macomber's recent books always drive me up the wall these days.

 

We seriously have three women that I wish would realize they can do better and be done with these asshole dudes in this book. 


We have Jo Marie putting up with a surly handyman (Mark) who feels like he has the right to tell her what to do. You will be happy to know that she pays this guy money who doesn't have time to get to her projects and walks off the job when she dares to be on a ladder washing windows. When she refuses to come down after he orders her off, he leaves. I really can't stand the guy and there's nothing welcoming about him. He calls her dog a name at one point, but I am supposed to think it's adorable.

 

Annie is in town celebrating her grandparents anniversary. Bad news they are fighting and appear to hate each other. I mean to the point I was cringing reading the text. Annie is dealing with calling off her engagement (fiancee cheated on her...twice) and a childhood frenemy invites himself along and proceeds to stare at Annie to the point she tells him to stop, but apparently he can't cause she's so attractive. Ugh. They kiss (of course) and I rolled my eyes at my cat who was not impressed with this turn of events either.

But the character that really has my ire up is the character of Mary. Mary chose to advance her career instead of staying in Seattle with the man she loved 20 years ago. Now of course she finds herself childless and was diagnosed with cancer. Can you read between the lines here? I can. Dear women, if you choose a career over a man, you will end up with a lot of money, clothes, but not have a life worth living. The fact she comes back to Seattle and even gets in touch with her ex was a joke. In one scene he tells her his marriage didn't work out since his wife knew he was still in love with her. And he mentions he never had kids. So then Mary feels guilty she robbed him of having children!

UGHHH!

 

So I may not finish this book since I don't want to cause myself to have a stroke due to rage. 

 

 

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text 2018-03-29 23:37
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Rose Harbor in Bloom - Debbie Macomber

Every dude in this book sucks.

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