Sweet Tomorrows (Rose Harbor #5)by Debbie Macomber

Published August 2nd 2016 by Ballantine Books

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: The much-anticipated conclusion to Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series, set in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove,Sweet Tomorrows is a vibrant and poignant novel of letting go of fear, following your heart, and embracing the future—come what may.

Nine months ago, Mark Taylor abruptly left Cedar Cove on a perilous mission to right a wrong from his past. Though Mark finally confessed his love for her, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose is unsure if he’s ever coming back. The Rose Harbor Inn barely seems the same without Mark, but Jo Marie can’t bear to lose herself in grief once more. Determined to move forward, she begins dating again, and finds companionship when she takes on a boarder who is starting a new chapter herself.

Recovering from a twice-broken heart, Emily Gaffney, a young teacher, is staying at the inn while she looks for a home of her own. Having given up on marriage, Emily dreams of adopting children someday. She has her eye on one house in particular—with room for kids. Although Emily’s inquiries about the house are rudely rebuffed, her rocky start with the owner eventually blossoms into something resembling friendship. But when the relationship verges on something more, Emily will have to rethink what she truly wants and the chances she’s willing to take.

The inn seems to be working its magic again—Emily opening herself up to love, Jo Marie moving on—until Jo Marie receives shocking news.

With Debbie Macomber’s trademark charm and wisdom, Sweet Tomorrows brings to a close the journeys of cherished characters who feel like old friends. Macomber has created an enchanting place in the Rose Harbor Inn that readers will never forget.

My Review: This is the fifth and final book in the Rose Harbor series. Even though this is a series, this book can be read as a stand alone novel. There is enough background given from the previous stories that readers will not be lost. This book was just a little different than the others in the series in that it is narrated by four different characters, Jo Marie, Mark, Nick and Emily. Once again, the Rose Harbor Inn is a place for healing, even for those who are not staying there. This is a novel about love, taking chances, believing in others and embracing life.

In this book, Jo Marie is finally dating again after not hearing from Mark in a year. She does not even know if he is alive or was killed in Iraq. She has met a friend of her brothers and they hit it off unexpectedly and she is finally starting to be happy again, when a postcard arrives that turns her life upside down. This storyline is told by both JoMarie in Cedar Cove and Mark in Iraq. The second story is about a young teacher, Emily Gaffney. She has had two broken engagements and has taken a job in Cedar Cove to get away from everything and everybody. She has decided that she will not get married as she is unable to have children, and will eventually adopt a child. She is staying at the Inn over the summer until she finds a house to purchase. She stumbles upon an old house while out jogging and something clicks, she wants this house. While trying to find out if the house is for sale, she butts heads with the owner, Nick, a recluse with issues of his own.

The characters play very nicely off one another and as usual, Debbie Macomber has written very believable characters. Her story is very down to earth and could happen to anyone. It is a quick read, especially good for the summer. It ties up Jo Marie’s story nicely and of course almost everyone has a happy ending. I will miss Rose Harbor Inn, the guests and their interesting stories. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes happy endings, romance and chick-lit as a great summer read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.