Macomber brings readers back into the world of Cedar Cove, Washington. Rosie Cox's marriage has fallen apart. Her comfortable life is shattered after she comes to the conclusion that her husband, Zach, has been unfaithful. Nothing he says convinces her otherwise, and the two divorce. As they work out a custody arrangement for their two children, Judge Olivia Lockhart is up to her usual "judicial" work.

The judge tells the stubborn parents that their children will not be traveling between homes; the parents will. Thus begins a very difficult road that includes teenage rebellion and self-examination as Rosie and Zach must take responsibility for where they are today. Can their efforts possibly lead to reconciliation.

Many favorite characters return, allowing readers to follow the progress of their relationships and the recurring mystery that is the series' common thread. The author has created a comfortable niche for herself, and while it is nice to revisit past characters, the soap opera approach slightly diminishes the impact of the featured romance. (Sep., 384 pp., $7.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson