This was a typical latter-day Debbie Macomber, unfortunately. In this case, the movie was better thanks to the charm and the appeal of the actors. And instead of the wacky charm of the movie character of Faith, we have a nice woman, with absolutely nothing compelling, or interesting, or amusing about her. Same with all of the other characters. Very stale. The actual plot had a lot of promise. Some scenes were mildly amusing but could have been laugh-out-loud funny.
Debbie’s tone with the reader is like a kindergarten teacher with her 5-year-olds: over-explaining, keeping it simple so we understand, and repeating constantly lest we forget. It’s almost insulting. It’s too bad because she used to be one of the best. Many of her old Silhouette Special editions were worth rereading several or more times.
I’m about half way through this book but 3 things are bugging me so far that I must get off my chest. 1.) She is a journalist and she knows nothing about the most sensational best seller of the last year? A book that has clubs devoted to it; inspired by it? She has never heard of the author? Come on. that is just ignorant. 2.) She goes to Alaska to spend time in the wilderness and airports and does not bring her E-Reader? Please. Debbie, most people who read your books do not go out the door without a paperback or their E-Reader. 3.) The word “Grizzled” does not mean unshaven. It means gray haired. I could forgive this in a new young author. but for someone of your stature, it beggars belief. This is not some self-published novel done on a shoestring without an editor.
Oh my. Debbie Macomber is certainly a very careful writer. She writes like she is a teacher trying to explain something to a class. Oh so patient, so organized, so so didactic. Yet, she is very easy to read and I finished this book in half a day. The romance was blah and kind of saccharine and predictable. Skipped through most of the formulaic stuff between the heroine and her love interest. But the interaction between the 3 sisters was very realistic and interesting. The happenings to the sisters were actually more engaging and wished for a bit more with the youngest sister. Would have loved to see the final (?) confrontation between her and her husband, Instead of just a footnote of “Oh yeah, and this happened.” Debbie used to be a favorite writer on mine back when she was writing Silhouette Special Editions. Her Navy and other series were examples of some of the best romance being written at that time and still stacks up today. Category romances such as Harlequin, Silhouette, and Candelight Ecstasy, launched some of the most successful authors published, many of which spent time on the New York Times best seller lists: Jennifer Crusie, Iris Johannson, Nora Roberts, Tess Gerrittsen, Sandra Brown, Rosamunde Pilcher, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, I could go on and on. Debbie Macomber was one of the first to break out and be published by a “mainstream” publisher. I lost interest in her books quite some time ago. I felt like her writing and plotting has gotten stale and tired. I thought I’d give her another try. Unfortunately, it was a failed experiment.