Small Town Christmas is the reissue of two backlist Macomber titles. The first is Return to Promise which is a follow-up to her Heart of Texas series (I sped through that last week because I don’t like to read series books out of order). The second was written more than twenty years ago – Mail-Order Bride. That one really doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas other than it takes place in Alaska and there’s snow on the ground. They were both easy, enjoyable stories.
Book flap: Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby’s father. David Rhodes had said he’d be in town. But he isn’t. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there’s no room at the local inn…
Debbie Macomber gives us a modern-day take on the Christmas Story. A Cedar Cove Christmas is a short, sweet book that introduces a new family that I’m sure will figure into a future Cedar Cove series book. Readers of the series will recognize several favorite characters including Olivia, Jack, Grace and Cliff. It was a nice get-in-the-Christmas-spirit book.
8 Sandpiper Way continues the saga of Cedar Cove – a charming small town near Seattle. Actually, Cedar Cove is a fictional town but loosely based on the author’s hometown of Port Orchard, Washington. If you haven’t read this series I suggest you begin with the first (16 Lighthouse Road) and work your way through.
This installment finds major characters dealing with breast cancer, the grief of losing a husband/father, and suspected foul-play among other issues. This could definitely be a Lifetime series. 3/5 stars.
The Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber reminds me of a weekly television series. I look forward to seeing what’s new in the characters’ lives in each book. Easy and enjoyable (and fast) reads. 6 Rainier Drive was no different. I’ll read another next month.