Macomber manages to infuse her trademark humor in a more somber story that focuses on love, loss and faith. Readers can definitely tell this is a series closer, thanks to all those characters who came before and are interwoven throughout the story. New readers can feel free to jump in, since the old characters are cleverly mentioned to add to the lure of the Rose Harbor Inn. This one will appeal to those looking for more mature heroines and a good, clean romance. They’ll certainly be rooting for a happily-ever-after.
Jo Marie finally opens up to love again, only to find that Mark has left on a dangerous mission, similar to the one where she lost her husband. Emily plans to start over after giving up on love, but finds herself drawn to Nick, who hiding from his own ghosts. Both heroes have to combat strong women who do not want to risk their hearts again, but these heroes prove they are worth the risk. (BALLANTINE, Aug., 352 pp. $ 26.00)