by Debbie Macomber

September 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2334-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

As summer fades into a pleasant memory, and the rush of fall activities begin Debbie Macomber offers fans of her popular Cedar Cove series the latest installment of the series…6 Rainer Drive.

In this installment readers will be reunited with long favorite characters, and introduced into new characters that will be featured in future stories. As the story opens Seth, and Justine, owners and operators of the popular Lighthouse restaurant our feeling at loose ends. The investigation into the burning of their restaurant is still under investigation, and the strain is beginning to affect their marriage.

Anson Butler a young teen known to have set fires is a prime suspect in the burning of the lighthouse, but has disappeared, and no one seems to know where he is gone. Occasionally he will call his one time girlfriend Allison Cox and speak ever so briefly, but refuses her attempts to coax him home, or to tell where he is. His inability to appear in person to defend himself makes even Allison begin to suspect his guilt.

Readers will be surprised as the arsonist is revealed, and the plans for the land come to light. Justine and Seth have traveled a path that could have destroyed their lives and loves, but seem to have reached the end stronger and more aware of the needs of one another.

As Cedar Cove is a thriving community readers are also given peeks into the lives of other residents of the town. It was these small peeks into the lives of so many residents that left me a bit frustrated. I felt as though there were almost too many storylines to follow. I was also left dissatisfied with the storyline involving Linnette and Cal.

Ms. Macomber has introduced yet one more new character…the elusive Bobby Polgar. Bobby is a chess whiz kid, and attracts the attention of Teri Miller, and their story will be the focus of the upcoming 74 Seaside Avenue.

I do look forward to coming back to Cedar Cove to meet up with old friends. I will be looking forward to finding out more about Bobby, and what happens as the George Washington is transferred. However, if the story again seems as varied and doesn’t have the flow I’ve come to expect from Ms. Macomber I’ll be left wondering if it isn’t time to bid fond friends farewell.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Sandi.

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