Reading Sweet Tomorrows: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber is like visiting some very good friends you haven’t seen for a while. Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye to them.
It is the fifth and final book in the Rose Harbor series. In the series, Jo Marie Rose is a young widow who impulsively quits her banking job and buys a bed and breakfast in the fictional town of Cedar Cove. Jo Marie has become a well liked member of the community. She fancifully suspects that the Inn at Rose Harbor has healing powers. Almost every guest who has come to the Inn experiences soothing and healing.
Previously, Jo Marie has miraculously fallen in love for the second time with her handyman, Mark Taylor. Mark is a prickly, grumpy, unlikeable guy with secrets and an unhappy past. He tells Jo Marie that he loves her but must return to Iraq to right a wrong before he can deserve her love.
Mark has been gone for over 9 months and Jo Marie feels that she needs to get on with her life. She tries to forget about him and go on with her life. She starts dating again and putting her energy into her business. It doesn’t feel right, but it seems to be the best thing to do.
Jo Marie accepts a boarder for the summer. A young school teacher named Emily Gaffney is new in town and needs a place to stay until she finds a house. Emily and Jo Marie are both healing from broken hearts and they support and encourage each other.
Healing, both physical and emotional, seems to be the theme of this book. Jo Marie believes The Inn has healing powers. The Inn and it’s location are beautiful and serene. Restful. A good place for healing. Jo Marie tells Emily about all the people who have come to the Inn and were healed as they left.
The story is told from the viewpoints of the four main characters which is kind of different and interesting. This allows the reader to see into the personality of the characters, what they are thinking, and what is motivating their behavior. They each have their own troubles and you wonder if any of the couples are going end up together.
I have enjoyed the whole series and am very sorry to see it end. I’m hoping to see Jo Marie and The Rose Harbor Inn reappear in some of Debbie Macomber’s next books. Maybe it will be the next series on the Hallmark Channel.
There are five books in this series:
The Inn at Rose Harbor: a Novel (2012)
Rose Harbor in Bloom: a Novel (2013)
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel (2014)
Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel (2015)
Sweet Tomorrows: A Rose Harbor Novel (2016)