Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: 1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

SYNOPSIS:  
You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says that she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her – Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is. . . when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I’m not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse’s father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she’s becoming forgetful, and the family’s worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on – but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, please give me a call. Please. —Bruce Peyton  

MY REVIEW: 
I've come to love the Cedar Cove Series so much that I hate for it to end...This town and all its people have brought me joy in so many ways. It feels like I'm leaving my hometown and I have to move someplace else. It's really sad but according to Debbie, we will see these characters on her new series. I think the first book is entitled, The Inn at Rose Harbor. More on that on the coming days ahead.  The last book I've read from this series was 1022 Evergreen Place, and I kinda have to admit that I've forgotten about that book already. There's a gap of one year from each book release and that's a lot of time right? No worries though, the good thing that Debbie does, is that she manages to give the readers the right information about the previous book for you to be able to bridge the story together and I love that about her...

Let's now focus on this particular book, 1105 Yakima Street. This is the story of Bruce, Jolene and Rachel. Like all the Cedar Cove novels, this one is as good like its predecessors. I get an update on all the characters and what they've been up to. It's nice to learn that everything is well and in order when it comes to their lives. I love happy endings! Unlike the other people in Cedar Cove, Bruce and Rachel are having problems with Jolene, I'm really annoyed with this kid. Before Rachel and Bruce got married, Jolene was very close to Rachel, they became friends and were inseparable ever since. They go out and did things together. Bruce and Rachel also thought that it was the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. After they got married, things changed for the worse. Jolene suddenly had an abrupt change of heart. She became jealous of Rachel and tried outrageous pranks to get Bruce's attention and love. 

This kind of behavior is common when a single parent finds a new partner in his/her life. The children usually will not be receptive to big changes especially if it were to happen suddenly and without even considering the child's feelings. So I can understand where Jolene is coming from. But I don't agree with her ways in getting her father's attention. It's childish and selfish at the same time. Rachel was greatly affected in all of this and decided not to live with Bruce anymore, towards the end of the book, Jolene started to warm up to the idea that Bruce loves Rachel too much and I can only hope that things will get better on the next book entitled 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. I am hoping that Bruce and Rachel will have their happily ever after.

My Rating: 4 Stars

5 comments:

La Toya said...

Great review!!! I haven't read any in the series but I'm sure that if you recommend them, they must be good!! And yeah I think a year between books will cause you to forget about some things! But good that she summed everything up the way it needed to be!

xo,
La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

Ruperto Prieto said...

Hi Lah! This series is to die for. Really great characters and each book promises a lot of great storytelling. Try it! :-)

Ruperto Prieto said...

Hi Lah! This series is to die for. Really great characters and each book promises a lot of great storytelling. Try it! :-)

Paraseki said...

Hello there!I read the 2 Debbie Macomber books that you referred. I'm hoping to get more book referrals from you. ;)

Paraseki said...

Hello there!I read the 2 Debbie Macomber books that you referred. I'm hoping to get more book referrals from you. ;)

Truly,
Eki, http://willpaintthetownred.wordpress.com/

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