- 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: 9,931
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 Marianne Vincent 30 Oct 2012
1022 Evergeen Place is the tenth full-length novel in the Cedar Cove series by popular US author, Debbie Macomber. Fans of the series will be pleased to once again join this delightful small town community in Washington State. The address is the duplex belonging to Mack McAfee, where Mary Jo Wyse also lives. Mack has been in love with Mary Jo ever since they met at baby Noelle's birth, but Mary Jo is wary of involvement since David Rhodes abandoned her to her fate. Mack learns that lying is not the way to build trust. But together, they have also been researching the origin of some World War II letters found under the floorboards. Mary Jo's brother Linc is newly married to Lori Bellamy, but is having problems convincing her influential father that he is no gold digger. Has Will Jefferson turned over a new leaf? The Gallery owner has been trying to court local artist Shirley Bliss, but he is in for a surprise after he takes her to a showing by artist Larry Knight. Shirley's daughter Tanni is missing her boyfriend Shaw, but gets some good advice from an unexpected source. Christie Levitt's relationship with James Wilbur is still rocky, and Deputy Sheriff Gloria Ashton finds herself irresistibly attracted to Dr Chad Timmons. Corrie and Roy's desire to become grandparents is fulfilled when they learn of Linnette's wedding and pregnancy, but another present-day situation opens old wounds, and Roy is determined not to let history repeat itself. Long-standing characters like Corrie, Peggy, Olivia and Grace bring the reader up to date with events and people as they chat. Rachel Peyton is having difficulty coping with her step-daughter Jolene's attitude, especially now that she is pregnant, and Bruce seems oblivious to it all. Eventually, the tension builds until the climax that erupts is Bruce's worst nightmare. Macomber's strength is her characters, people the reader will come to care about, and her realistic and occasionally unpredictable plots. Her novels always leave the reader wanting more, and fans will look forward to finding out what happens to the Cedar Cove residents in the next instalment, 1105 Yakima Street.
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.