84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Fiction
Series: #11 in the Cedar Cove series
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 366
Source: Copy provided by publisher through NetGalley

The Short Version:
Another visit in the town of Cedar Cove focuses on two pregnancies and a family dealing with aging parents.

Why I Read It:
This is one of two Debbie Macomber series I read. I’ve followed the people of Cedar Cove through eleven books and I’ll be sad to see the series end.

The Book
Cedar Cove, Washington is home to many residents that readers have grown to know over the years and 10 previous books. Obviously some of what follows contains potential spoilers for earlier books in the series.

From the publisher:

Dear Reader,
You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says 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, give me a call. Please.

My Thoughts:
Returning to this series is like sitting down for a cup of tea with an old friend and catching up on what’s been happening. I like to have series like this in the mix of my reading. It’s almost like a palate cleanser between heavier, darker or more involved books.

I’ve enjoyed my visits to Cedar Cove over the years. Debbie Macomber has announced the end of this series. The Christmas themed book to be released next month will be the last. I like when an author chooses to end a series rather than keeping it going until reader interest fades away. I agree with her choice to do this now. I like the series but ending it soon is appropriate.

This time around the story focuses on two pregnancies and the troubled relationships of the mothers to be. Since it’s a Debbie Macomber book I knew from the beginning that most of the troubles of her characters would be worked out by the end of the book. There are still a few hanging threads but I have no doubt that the next and final book will end on an upbeat note.

In addition to the pregnancy stories many of the threads that have woven through this series over the years are touched on and the catching up with old friends continues. There are characters I like, some I don’t and while yes there are predictable happy or positive outcomes to most of the storylines it’s a fun light series for the times when that is exactly the kind of book I want to read.

Rating 3/5