Friday, July 29, 2011

Early Review of 1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove #11) by Debbie Macomber

1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove)
  • Title: 1105 Yakima Street
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (August 30, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0778312518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312512

Bruce and Rachel Peyton are facing the marital problems that come from having a child by a previous marriage. Rachel is pregnant and the stress is starting to have an effect on her unborn child. When pleas to her husband that they attend counseling as a family failed, she left Bruce. Jolene (Bruce's daughter and Rachel' stepdaughter), it seems, has turned into a wicked stepdaughter. What happened? 

Linc Wyse’s business is starting to fail. His father-in-law, Leonard Bellamy, seems to have a hand in the downfall. Feeling that Linc isn't good enough for his daughter, Leonard sets out to destroy Linc's business. Linc doesn't understand why Leonard dislikes him. What could be going through his head?

Miranda Sullivan really likes Will Jefferson, but he's got a thing for Miranda's best friend, Shirley, who has a thing for Larry Knight. I wonder if Will will ever see that Miranda is the perfect person for him?

Gloria Ashton is pregnant and hasn't told the soon to be father yet. What is she waiting for?

Those are just some of the things going on in Cedar Cove, but don't let me talk your ear off with the local gossip. Take a stroll in Cedar Cove and get a feel for what's going on. You'll be glad you did.  

Reading this book reminded me of how my mom described the small town she grew up in. Where everyone knew everyone else and where the 6 degrees of separation theory was whittled down to closer to 1 or 2 degrees. Where everyone pretty much knew everyone else's business. Yet even though a small town may sound like heaven on earth to some, nirvana can not always be found there. Every day life has a way of sneaking up on someone even in a small town, and the dramas of daily life can not be escaped. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the residents of Cedar Cove. It reminded me of a less naughty version of Desperate Housewives. I truly enjoyed it.

For those of you who are fans of the series, the next book, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, will be Macomber's last book in this series. *sniff* This series was recommended to me by several people. This is the first book in the series that I've read. I really appreciated that Debbie listed the characters at the front of the book and how they are related. It made it easy to just slip in to one of the later books of the series and not feel lost. I definitely see how loosing this series will sadden many of Ms. Macomber's fans. It'll be like losing part of the family.

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