by Sandy HusebySeptember 2004
Running a quaint bed and breakfast seems like the perfect not-quite-retired life for Peggy and Bob Beldon until an unexpected guest is poisoned in Debbie Macomber's latest Cedar Cove novel, 44 Cranberry Point. When the stranger proves to be an old Vietnam buddy, Bob believes he may be the next victim, and that a wartime secret has claimed the lives of his comrades one-by-one. In the caring cauldron of Cove family weddings, courtships and everyday living, murder is a harsh intruder. Temporarily closing the B&andB as a precaution, Peggy and Bob feel isolated from the warmth of community and family, and make the life-altering choice to invite the daughter of the murder victim to share their lives. Readers will return to Macomber's Cedar Cove with the ease of fitting back in at the family reunion. Sandy Huseby reviews from Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside Minnesota.