Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel
By Debbie Macomber
Ballantine Books, 2015. 345 pgs. Romance
Debbie Macomber's latest novel will once again whisk you away to the coziest bed and breakfast in the Cedar Cove community – The Inn at Rose Harbor. Silver Linings is the fourth book in the Rose Harbor series, but it could also be your first Macomber novel thanks to a summary in chapter one. Jo Marie is the the owner of the inn and the protagonist of the series, and in this novel she navigates her developing relationship with local handyman Mark Taylor. Coco Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy are best friends who stay at the inn while attending a high school reunion, and the novel is also narrated from their points of view. Both Coco and Katie come to Cedar Cove intent on finding closure in past relationships -- Coco wants to confront the first boy who broke her heart, and Katie wants to reconnect with the soulmate who slipped away.
In an introductory note, Macomber explains that she recently read a few fantastic young adult novels that inspired her to tell Coco and Katie’s stories of young love. It's true that Silver Linings includes more flashbacks than previous novels, but Macomber maintains her signature tone and plot development. I enjoyed Macomber’s experimentation with a younger love story, and as usual the constant change in narration kept me frantically reading to find out what was going to happen next. Silver Linings was the perfect end to my summer reading.