- Publisher: Mira Books
- Format: Paperback | 366 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 168mm x 20mm | 181g
- Publication date: 31 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills
- ISBN 10: 0778328066
- ISBN 13: 9780778328063
- Sales rank: 10,205
New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author Macomber returns to Cedar Cove in the tenth novel of her beloved series. Original.
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By Shelley Cusbert 21 Sep 2010
Each year (for ten years) Macomber revisits Cedar Cove and the community she has built. The characters in all of the books entertwine in a morass of family, relationships and friendships and each year she focuses on the emotional connections of primarily one couple. In the spirit of true community though, there is an opportunity to catch up with the latest gossip about characters from previous books in the series. This is truly a strength of this series, that Macomber is able to achieve an almost seamless stand alone novel that has a much broader context.
At 1022 Evergreen Place, Mack and Mary Jo are feeling their way through their new relationship, complicated by Mary Jo's ex husband's legacy of fear and spite. Both are likeable characters, Mack is honorable and protective, Mary Jo is a bit spineless, but sympathetic. It's a pleasant if not passionate romance between the two, sweetened by their search for the author of WW2 love letters found hidden in the duplex.
In and around their story, Mack's sisters both have secrets to reveal, there is a new romance for Shirley while Bruce and Rachel are struggling to keep it together.
It's nice to have these vignettes of other characters and their lives though in some ways they overshadowed Mack and Mary Jo's story.
While romance is a big part of these stories , Macomber does explore some interesting family dynamics and characters of a range of ages have a voice in this novel.
1022 Evergreen Place is an undemanding, enjoyable light read with engaging characters and small town appeal. It's almost like chatting with a friend on a lazy afternoon over a cup of coffee.