Debbie Macomber is a knitter and author of novels. In her Blossom Street series, Lydia Hoffman's shop brought together lasting friendships with her knitting classes. "The Inn at Rose Harbor" is her latest book and the first in a new series. The Inn is a B & B located in Cedar Grove.
If you have read any of her books, you know her style. Her characters deal with lives; loves, loses, sadness and tragedies. And, how they not only move on but, have grown from the situation. Debbie loves knitting and has used it as grief therapy in her own life.
"The Inn at Rose Harbor" as described by Debbie, "So people come with burdens, with sorrows, and they leave with optimism and hope." The book is about a war widow, thirty-something woman named Jo Marie Rose (knitter), who buys the Inn. You learn about the guests and about the town and several of the town's people. It was easy listening and you find you get caught up in the protaganist's life as well as the other personalities. You will find many of these people showing up in future books in the series.
Hallmark is doing a movie with her story, calling it "Cedar Grove" with Andi McDowell. The movie may end up a pilot for a TV series. A character or two are sure to be knitters. It would be great if the characters would tell us about the projects they were knitting.
What made this book a bit different was that I listened to it on CD, while I was knitting. If you don't listen to audiobooks, why not try it. The audio version included 9 1/2 hours of listening on 8 CD's. The back of the box said, "Includes knitting patterns and photos of the real Cedar Grove on enhanced CD 8." The patterns or photos were not to be found. Maybe this wasn't that version.
Put a Debbie Macomber book in your CD player and pick up your knitting. Don't forget to tell family and friends your busy.