Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Cedar Cove Christmas

A Cedar Cove Christmas
Debbie Macomber
256 pages
Rating: 3/5

Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn.…So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals—including a donkey and a camel—for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).
When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers—the three Wyse men—show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love…

My Thoughts: 

I went against my usual code of not reading series out of order soley with this book because it was a Christmas book.  I have to say that I shouldn't have because  I didn't enjoy the novel as much I think I would have had I been familiar with Cedar Cove. 

I thought this was a cute retelling of the Christmas story in a modern sense.  The different ways the characters are portrayed made me laugh, with the Wyse brothers creating the most giggles.  Though predictable, it was a fun read.

Though this was a cute novel, I have to say that I did not enjoy it as much as other Macomber books I've read.  I got frustrated with the side stories, and I was highly confused at times about the many people involved from Cedar Cove.  It was one of those books that I just kept reading and skimming at times because I wanted to get to the end of the novel to find out the rest of the story.  I did enjoy the "love story" (or beginning love story) between Mary Jo and Mack.  They seemed cute together, and I wondered at the time if Macomber will write another story about the two. 

Overall, I thought it was a cute story.  I feel that I didn't enjoy it as much as I could, but I think that's my fault for reading something out of order.  Those who love Macomber and Cedar Cove will thoroughly enjoy this fun retelling.  It was a great reminder of the true reason for Christmas, as well as the hardships a young mother like Mary went through.  I would recommend it to anyone who reads the Cedar Cove series or who won't mind some side-stories.  It's a good romance story, perfect for this time of year.

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