Sunday, October 9, 2016

Silver Linings (Debbie Macomber) Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

27. Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like handyman Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends - and are becoming something more - yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.
Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James - the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change - and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.

My Review:
High school reunions are a time for reuniting with former classmates, some of which you may not have seen in awhile. It's a time for rekindling old relationships with your friends. A time to reminisce about your high school days and to just enjoy yourself. For Kellie and Katie, they have a slightly different agenda.

Kellie's, aka Coco, mission is to confront the guy who broke her heart and embarrassed her in front of her friends in high school. It's her way of getting closure of being hurt since then. She's in for a surprise when she realizes that he's changed since then. Let's face it, most guys can be jerks and immature in high school and most females can hold grudges for a long time. It seemed that that was the case. Coco basically just wanted answers for his actions and she gets more than that.

Katie wants to get back together with the one who got away. She needs to explain why she left and hopes he'll understand and forgive her. His parents, especially his mother, never approved of the relationship and scared Katie away. In kind of a crude way, she gave Katie an ultimatum essentially and Katie didn't have the heart to tell James. What Katie didn't expect was that James has moved on. It seemed that Katie has good intentions, but was too late in doing so. I will say that Katie and James's story was heartfelt and genuine.

Jo Marie is finally ready to commit to Mark and it becomes clear that they both love each other. When Mark suddenly gets ready to leave town and subsequently does, Jo Marie is left lost and confused. When she finds out why he left, Jo Marie is left heartbroken, feeling like she's lost another love of her life. What happens next is left up in the air and this story ends in a cliffhanger that you would never expect.

This is book four of out of a five book series. Click below to read my book reviews on the first three:

The Inn at Rose Harbor
Rose Harbor in Bloom
Love Letters

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!


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