She Met Him Late In Life
I discovered books by Debbie Macomber about 4 years ago and since then have read all she wrote. She writes romance novels but I found her refreshing because she doesn’t have steamy sex scenes to carry her writing just great storylines. She includes in her books things many different people could relate to. Starting a new business, taking a chance on yourself, overcoming illness, loss, past trials, divorce, trust, and learning to love whether for the first time or all over again. These themes vary from book to book and make for some great reads.
One of Debbie Macomber’s more recent series is her Rose Harbor series. It began with the first book in June of 2012 with, When First They Met, and now includes a total of 8 books in the series including her newest novel which came out this August 2016 called, Sweet Tomorrows. Main character is Jo Marie Rose. She met her husband late in life and they were married shortly before he was deployed on a return trip to Afghanistan. His helicopter was shot down and Jo Marie found herself a widow way to soon. She quit her job at a bank and moved to Cedar Cove, a charming island in Washington where she buys a bed and breakfast and calls it the Rose Harbor Inn after her and her late husbands last name.
Turns out this in has some special healing powers for not only Rose Marie but for her guests as well. It’s pretty cool they way she weaves the lives, problems and all, throughout her stories. Chapters bounce between Rose Marie and the other guests at the inn. Depending on the book you will read about healing, forgiveness, love lost and found again, redemption, and friendships forged that will never be torn apart. My peronal opinions here but the lady is a best-selling author so I imagine there are quite a few people who would agree with me here.
Ahh, whoever said, “So many books, so little time.” was clearly a book addict. So moving on. My daughter is in Junior High and while I like to read what she is reading to see what she is leaning about I also think of Youth Fiction like watching the occasional animated cartoon. The can just be downright fun. I mean come on, raise your hand if you are an adult that read the Harry Potter Series.
Enough said, moving on to my next author and book series review. Don’t worry I read stand alone books too, and most series books do a catch up from the past books in the first few chapters anyway. I just like to consume them all.
James Dashner wrote a series of books from The 13th Reality beginning with, The Journal of Curious Letters. A strange man shows up at a post office in Alaska with a huge box of letters to be mailed. The postman notices many strange and exotic stamps but is also handed fat wad of $100 bills just in case more postage is needed. The man then leaves and moments later a lady in yellow arrives looking for the letters just dropped off. Nice postman lies about any curious letters and the plot suddenly thickens. Moving on many kids receive these letters from Alaska filled with riddles and a hint of adventures to come as well as a dire warning of possible death. Never fear though the kids can opt out by burning the letter and the mysterious letter writer will know. The main character is Atticus Higgenbottom better known as Tick. Smart but bullied in school he finds adventure, friends and danger along the way as new letters are delivered.
**Side note this book is also one of the listed books for Oregons Battle of the Books on the Junior High level. Not sure if other states participate in Battle of the Books but something you might want to know.
To date there are four books in this series. I am half way through the third and each new book is as good if not better than the first. After The Journal of Curious Letters, is The Hunt for Dark Infinity, The Blade of Shattered Hope, and The Void of Mist and Thunder. Never fear my friends when I finish three and four I will give you an update. All part of the service I provide.
For more about Debbie Macomber go to www.debbiemacomber.com and for more books and info on James Dashner go to www.twitter.com/JamesDashner