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Love Letters
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Love Letters
Rose Harbor Series, Book 3
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL

    In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove's cozy Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

    Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks' good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark's life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She's determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

    Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She's come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she's been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie's overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

    Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other's trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

    For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber's moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.
    BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Silver Linings.
    Praise for Love Letters

    "Romance and a little mystery abound in this third installment of Macomber's series set at Cedar Cove's Rose Harbor Inn. . . . Readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods will enjoy Macomber's latest, which will have them flipping pages until the end and eagerly anticipating the next installment."Library Journal (starred review)

    "Mending a broken heart is not always easy to do, but Macomber succeeds at this beautifully inLove Letters. . . . Quite simply, this is a refreshing take on most love stories—there are twists and turns in the plot that keep readers on their toes—and the author shares up slices of realism, allowing her audience to feel right at home."Bookreporter

    "Macomber's mastery of women's fiction is evident in her latest. . . . [She] breathes life into each plotline, carefully intertwining her characters' stories to ensure that none of them overshadow the others. Yet it is her ability to capture different facets of emotion which will entrance fans and newcomers alike."Publishers Weekly

    "Love Letters is another wonderful story in the Rose Harbor series. Genuine life struggles with heartwarming endings for the three couples in this book make it special. Readers won't be able to get enough of Macomber's gentle storytelling. Fans already know what a charming place Rose Harbor is and new readers will love discovering it as well."RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL

    In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove's cozy Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

    Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks' good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark's life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She's determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

    Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She's come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she's been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie's overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

    Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other's trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

    For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber's moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.
    BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Silver Linings.
    Praise for Love Letters

    "Romance and a little mystery abound in this third installment of Macomber's series set at Cedar Cove's Rose Harbor Inn. . . . Readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods will enjoy Macomber's latest, which will have them flipping pages until the end and eagerly anticipating the next installment."Library Journal (starred review)

    "Mending a broken heart is not always easy to do, but Macomber succeeds at this beautifully inLove Letters. . . . Quite simply, this is a refreshing take on most love stories—there are twists and turns in the plot that keep readers on their toes—and the author shares up slices of realism, allowing her audience to feel right at home."Bookreporter

    "Macomber's mastery of women's fiction is evident in her latest. . . . [She] breathes life into each plotline, carefully intertwining her characters' stories to ensure that none of them overshadow the others. Yet it is her ability to capture different facets of emotion which will entrance fans and newcomers alike."Publishers Weekly

    "Love Letters is another wonderful story in the Rose Harbor series. Genuine life struggles with heartwarming endings for the three couples in this book make it special. Readers won't be able to get enough of Macomber's gentle storytelling. Fans already know what a charming place Rose Harbor is and new readers will love discovering it as well."RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)
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    • Chapter 1 Chapter 1



      If someone had told me, as little as two years ago, that I'd own and operate a bed-­and-­breakfast in this tiny berg of a town called Cedar Cove, I would have laughed my head off. But then I never expected to be a widow at the age of thirty-­six, either. If I've learned anything—­and, trust me, life has been filled with several painful lessons—­it's that the future doesn't come with a printed guarantee.

      So here I am in ninety-­five-­degree heat, stripping beds, scrubbing toilets, and baking cookies. An even greater surprise is that I'm loving it. Well, maybe not the toilet-­scrubbing part, but just about every other aspect of this new life I have carved out for myself.

      It's been two full years now since I got the news that my husband is dead. And while I never thought it would be possible, there are times when I can smile again, feel again, even laugh. All three are surprises. When I got word that Paul had been killed in a helicopter crash on some unpronounceable mountainside in Afghanistan, it felt as if my entire world had imploded. I needed to hold on to something to keep from spiraling out of control, and that something turned out to be Rose Harbor Inn.

      Nearly everyone advised against me buying the inn: my family, my friends, my employer. Again and again I heard that this was a drastic change, and I should wait a year. Give it twelve months, I was lectured. That's the proverbial wisdom, and while I politely listened, I silently went about making my own plans. It was either do something different—­all right, drastic—­or slowly go insane.

      Has it been easy? Hardly. Eking out a living by renting rooms, doing a good majority of the work myself, hasn't helped build up my investment portfolio. I have yet to see a penny in profit, but I'm not going under, either. For the most part I've invested every cent back into the inn.

      After I purchased the inn, I changed the name and had a new sign constructed and installed. I'd decided to call my new home Rose Harbor Inn. Rose is my surname, Paul's name, and Harbor because I needed to find a protected environment in order to heal. And my sign hung proudly in front of the inn with my name, Jo Marie Rose, etched below.

      In addition to the new sign, there were certain necessary repairs, some cosmetic and others unavoidable. Thankfully, friends introduced me to Mark Taylor, the local handyman.

      Mark.

      What an enigma he was. I've seen him nearly every day for the past year, sometimes two and three times a day, and I still know hardly anything about him other than his name and address. Okay, so he's a great carpenter and he craves my peanut-­butter cookies. Not knowing more felt like a pesky bug bite with a constant itch. My imagination ran wild. I wanted to uncover Mark's secrets, conjuring up a dozen reasons he refused to talk about himself. Some of those scenarios were outrageous, and there were a few scary ones lurking in the back of my mind as well.

      I've been on a mission to pry some small bit of personal information out of him. So far I've had little to no success. I might as well try chiseling marble with a marshmallow. The man is as tight-­lipped as they come.

      The washing machine beeped, indicating that the cycle had ended.

      The Hendersons, who'd recently checked out, had been in town visiting their son, who was stationed at the Bremerton Navy base. He'd recently become engaged to a local woman, and the couple had flown in from Texas to meet their future daughter-­in-­law. Lois and Michael were a delightful couple and I'd enjoyed hosting them.

      I had two...
    About the Author-
    • Debbie Macomber, the author of Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides,and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women's fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. In 2013, Hallmark Channel began production on the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, based on Macomber's Cedar Cove books. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
    Reviews-
    • Publisher's Weekly

      June 30, 2014
      Prolific author Macomber’s mastery of women’s fiction is evident in her latest (following Blossom Street Brides). Jo Marie Rose is the proprietor of Rose Harbor Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in Cedar Cove, Wash. Jo Marie has been taking solace in her work at the Inn since her husband died two years ago. Maggie and Roy Porter are planning an anniversary weekend at Rose Harbor, to be paid for by Roy’s parents. Sheltered young Eleanor “Ellie” Reynolds also reserves a room, only to cancel and then rebook her reservation. While preparing for the weekend, Jo Marie tries to learn something about her gruff handyman Mark Taylor’s past. But after meeting her guests, she realizes that satisfying her curiosity will be the least of her worries. Ellie is meeting a man against her mother’s wishes, and Roy Porter doesn’t appear to be enjoying his “idyllic” getaway. Macomber breathes life into each plotline, carefully intertwining her characters’ stories to ensure that none of them overshadow the others. Yet it is her ability to capture different facets of emotion which will entrance fans and newcomers alike. Agent: Theresa Park, Park Literary Group.

    • Kirkus

      August 1, 2014
      The sounds of bickering permeate the walls of a bed-and-breakfast in the latest installment of the best-selling author's Rose Harbor series. Jo Marie Rose was newly widowed and looking for a fresh start when she founded the Rose Harbor Inn in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove. Two years later, she's still in mourning after receiving her soldier husband's last letter, which he had written years ago in the event of his death. Her relationship with her dud of a handyman, Mark Taylor, has all the signs of going nowhere-he doesn't open up about himself, and Jo Marie's strained conversations with him as she tries to win him over with homemade cookies are painful to read-until she puts it together that he may be hiding a troubled past. Jo Marie's guests are in even more awkward predicaments-Maggie and Roy Porter are trying to rekindle their romance after problems with infidelity, and young Ellie Reynolds has escaped from her overbearing mother to try to connect with a guy she met on a dating site. While the married couple tries to fill uncomfortable silences with false cheer, Ellie's excitement turns to horror when her date catfishes her with an ulterior motive for meeting her. The fights that ensue are so bitter that each time the door opens on one couple, it's a relief to leave the other behind. But hope surfaces in old letters in which Roy reveals his devotion to Maggie, Jo Marie's husband shares his hopes for her future without him, and a game-changing revelation about Ellie's past sheds new light on a complicated relationship. Hurt feelings are mended in believable and unexpectedly uplifting ways, and a cliffhanger ending for Jo Marie begs for a swift resolution in the next book.

      COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    • Library Journal

      March 1, 2014
      Special letters give guests hope at Cedar Cove's Rose Harbor Inn, the setting of many hit Macomber reads (in paperback, "The Inn at Rose Harbor" was her longest-running "New York Times" best seller ever).

      Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Booklist

      June 1, 2014
      The third entry in Macomber's best-selling Rose Harbor series finds innkeeper Jo Marie repeatedly telling her friends and neighbors that Mark is merely the inn's handyman, and she's not interested in him outside of how quickly he can put up a new gazebo. But she ends up thinking more and more about the reclusive man and eventually starts poking around in his past. Tensions rise when Mark discovers Jo Marie's probing and doesn't like it one bit. Meanwhile, new guests arrive at the inn, bringing their own troubled pasts along with them. Ellie is there to meet a man she only knows via Facebook, while Maggie and Roy have booked a weekend as a last-ditch effort to save their failing marriage. Loads of secrets abound, families are brought together while others are torn apart, and, of course, love conquers all in the end. As per usual, Macomber's fans will be lining up to see what happens in this gentle and heartwarming read, and they won't be disappointed.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

    • Library Journal (starred review) "Romance and a little mystery abound in this third installment of [Debbie] Macomber's series set at Cedar Cove's Rose Harbor Inn. . . . Readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods will enjoy Macomber's latest, which will have them flipping pages until the end and eagerly anticipating the next installment."
    • Bookreporter "Mending a broken heart is not always easy to do, but Macomber succeeds at this beautifully inLove Letters. . . . Quite simply, this is a refreshing take on most love stories--there are twists and turns in the plot that keep readers on their toes--and the author shares up slices of realism, allowing her audience to feel right at home as they follow a cast of familiar characters living in the small coastal town of Cedar Cove, where life is interesting, to say the least."
    • Publishers Weekly "Macomber's mastery of women's fiction is evident in her latest. . . . [She] breathes life into each plotline, carefully intertwining her characters' stories to ensure that none of them overshadow the others. Yet it is her ability to capture different facets of emotion which will entrance fans and newcomers alike."
    • RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars) "Love Letters is another wonderful story in the Rose Harbor series. Genuine life struggles with heartwarming endings for the three couples in this book make it special. Readers won't be able to get enough of Macomber's gentle storytelling. Fans already know what a charming place Rose Harbor is and new readers will love discovering it as well."
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