Washington state author Debbie Macomber has built an entire series around the town of Port Orchard, WA, which she calls Cedar Cove in her novels. In the Foreward, she says that 1225 Christmas Tree Lane is the last installment in that series of heartwarming, small town stories.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve read any of the novels in this series. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, which has made all the major bestseller lists, works extremely well as a stand-alone novel. You will quickly feel like you’ve known the people of Cedar Cove your entire life. You may find you like this little town so much you’ll want to know more about it, so here’s a link to the Cedar Cove Association of Port Orchard, WA.
Beth Morehouse moved to Cedar Cove from California after her divorce but her daughters, Sophie and Bailey, attend college in California where their dad, Kent, lives. Beth isn’t sure how to feel when they tell her that he wants to spend Christmas with them, and beg her to say yes. What she doesn’t know is that they’ve told their dad that Beth wants him to join them for Christmas. Yep, the girls are plotting to get them back together again.
Beth owns a small Christmas tree farm in Cedar Cove and has made a lot of very good friends in this small Washington coastal town. One person she’s become extremely close to is the local vet, Ted Reynolds, with whom she shares a lot in common since they both love dogs. She isn’t sure where that relationship is going, if anywhere, but she’s glad to have the possibility of romance in her life again.
Everyone in town knows that she has a special gift for working with dogs, so Beth probably shouldn’t be surprised when someone leaves a basket filled with 10 lab-mix puppies on her doorstep just before Christmas. Still the timing couldn’t be worse since this is her busiest time of year and her family will be there soon. She’s equally determined to have this be a special Christmas and to find homes for every one of the puppies.
“’I didn’t have a choice. They showed up on my porch in a basket a week ago.’ Beth didn’t say that discovering the puppies had been the proverbial last straw. They’d literally appeared on her doorstep the same day she’d learned Kent was coming here for Christmas. For an insane moment, she’d considered running away, grabbing a plane to Fiji or Bora-Bora. Instead she’d run over to the Hardings’ and ended up spilling her heart out to Grace.”
The girls meanwhile are convinced that if they can just get their parents together for Christmas, with all of the family memories and traditions developed over their long marriage, then they will see that they belong together. They know in their hearts that their parents still love each other, so this should be a piece of cake, right?
Of course it wouldn’t be a fun read if everything went according to plan. And there are tons of subplots spinning throughout the book with various Cedar Cove residents as well as with the puppies. Will Sophie and Bailey’s plot succeed or will they be disappointed? Will Beth and Kent rediscover their love for each other or will they move on to new potential relationships? Will all of the puppies find loving homes?
1225 Christmas Tree Lane is a heartwarming holiday story that’s a fun, quick read you’ll enjoy savoring. I sat in front of my fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa while I read it and I highly recommend you do the same. This one will really do the job to help get you in the holiday spirit!
1225 Christmas Tree Lane was released on September 27, 2011, so it should be available from your favorite bookseller below. Just click on the button to go there to get it.
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