Romance blooms like an old-fashioned seaside cottage garden among the residents of Cedar Cove, and Debbie Macomber's 50 Harbor Street is a fresh bouquet of budding relationships and a long-time marriage about to be tested by the intrusion of the past. Corrie and Roy McAfee have been married for years, but lately Corrie's worried about a series of puzzling, anonymous postcards. The strains that her fears and Roy's stoic I'll handle it' attitude bring to their marriage aren't enough to stop Corrie from playing matchmaker for their daughter, Linette, who's recently returned to the picturesque Northwest village. Macomber's distinctive homespun touch moves deftly among courtships and relationships tested and renewed in Cedar Cove with sweet-honeyed languor that always delights.

Sandy Huseby writes from Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in Minnesota.

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