Book Review: Debbie Macomber – 204 Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove Series Book #2)

204 Rosewood Lane is the second novel in Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. It picks up where 16 Lighthouse Road left off. (I reviewed 16 Lighthouse Road here.) We learn more about Grace Sherman and her missing husband Dan, while new characters Rosie and Zach Cox are introduced in the midst of a marriage crisis. Family court judge Olivia Lockhart is being courted by local newspaper editor Jack Griffin, whose son Eric, estranged from girlfriend Shelly, moves back home with Dad.

Meanwhile, Maryellen Sherman, Grace’s daughter, finds herself pregnant after a short relationship with local artist Jon Bowman. What will she do?

It all sounds difficult to follow but it’s not. The characters are so well-developed it’s easy to empathize with them, enjoying their successes and hoping their challenges resolve happily!

As with the previous novel, some situations are concluded while others encourage you to pick up the next in the series!

Note: The press-release descriptions for the Cedar Cove books are so endearing I will include them as well. They’re written by characters in each novel, addressing potential readers.

Dear Reader,

If you’ve been to Cedar Cove before, we’ve probably met. You can usually find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I’ve lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here.

But my husband and I—well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just…disappeared. Where’s Dan? Why did he go? Who’s he with?

Will I ever find out?

My hometown, my family and friends, bring me comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I’m continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone’s been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine—the only daughter of my best friend, Olivia Lockhart—impulsively got married a little while ago. My own daughter Kelly recently had a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. My older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic.

I think she’s seeing a new man, but for some reason she won’t tell me who it is.

Then there’s Jack, who’s been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and his son, Eric, and Eric’s girlfriend, Shelly (I think she’s pregnant), and Zach and Rosie Cox, whose marriage is reputedly on the skids and… Well, just come on over and we’ll talk!

Grace Sherman


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2 Responses to Book Review: Debbie Macomber – 204 Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove Series Book #2)

  1. A.M.B. says:

    These books sound like they might be up my alley. I am interested in books that touch on family law issues.

  2. “Touch on” would be an apt description, A.M.B., I wouldn’t want you to think there’s a whole lot of law here. But you’ll get at least a bit. I have been meaning to ask you, have you read “Defending Jacob” by William Landay? It was getting a lot of attention awhile back and was quite thought provoking. I’ve thought of it often when I read your blog because I know you’d have some interesting perspectives on it!

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