Twelve Days of Christmas book rview

 

I confess I have never been a Debbie Macomber fan. Her books have struck me as more goody two shoes than I could bear. i always turned to the tales of dukes and earls for my leisure reading.

Now, however, I find myself writing stores that are similar to those Macomber has long been famous for. I am all about good people, happy ever after, and small town charm.  I don’t presume to have her skill; I’m still very much a novice novelist. But in trying to approximate what she does, I have gained respect for her as an author.

Twelve Days of Christmas hits just the note we need  for the season and for the climate of the country right now too. The heroine is impossibly cheery and sweet. The hero is a modern day Scrooge who falls victim to being “killed with kindness.”

As a blogger myself, I could also relate to the heroine’s struggle to gain readership.

If only real life could be as  wholesome as the world Macomber creates, we’d all be a lot happier.

P.S. Southern Hospitality, the second book in my Calusa series will be out this week.

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Last One Home book revie

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It’s been a long time since I read a Debbie Macomber novel. I strongly favor the Regency period and the like. However, I am finally working on a book of my own-gasp!-and it is contemporary and “clean.” Who better to draw inspiration from than Macomber?

I decided to check out Last One Home. It has more than 1000 reviews on Amazon, and 87 percent of those are either 4 or 5 stars. Would that I could do as well.

Oh, the writing was top notch. You don’t sell 170 million books without having extraordinary skills. But the characters were stereotypes and the plot was predictable.

The redeeming quality, and the one that makes Macomber a best-seller, I suppose, was her willingness to tackle spousal abuse in a realistic, albeit subdued, manner. Cassie’s ill-fated marriage displayed all the warning signs. And her inability to escape until her life was threatened was sadly typical of many women in her situation.

The family dynamics with the other two sisters rang true. Cassie had been her father’s favorite; when she needed help, her sisters turned on her. Sometimes those sibling rivalries do last a lifetime. The reunions and forgiveness happened a bit too easily to be totally believable to me.

The fact that Cassie didn’t jump right in to a happily ever after was a pleasant surprise.

Macomber hasn’t become my first choice in reading material, but I give her the respect she deserves for integrity and longevity. Is she one of your favorites?

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