Book Review: Debbie Macomber – 6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove Series Book #6)

6 Rainier Drive is the sixth book of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. (Reviews of the previous books in the series can be found here: Book 1: 16 Lighthouse Road, Book 2: 204 Rosewood Lane, Book 3: 311 Pelican Court, Book 4: 44 Cranberry Point, Book 5: 50 Harbor Street).

This installment prominently features Justine and Seth Gunderson, who’ve recently lost their restaurant to fire. The investigation suggests arson, and Allison Cox (daughter of previously featured characters Rosie and Zach Cox) knows more than she’s saying. The stress is tearing Justine and Seth apart.

Other characters from the prior novels also make appearances. Jack and Olivia Griffin are enjoying life after a health scare, Grace and Cliff Harding settle into married life at Cliff’s ranch while renting Grace’s former home to none other than Cecilia and Ian Randall of book #1 fame. They’ve recently had a son and are anxious to enjoy their new home. Charlotte and Ben are happy despite Ben’s irresponsible son David. Linnette and Cal’s relationship is tested, while Maryellen and Jon Bowman are struggle through the final months of Maryellen’s high risk pregnancy, having no choice but to turn to Jon’s estranged father and step-mother to help.

Without giving anything away, I will say the arson investigation concludes, the Gunderson’s marriage troubles are resolved, Allison Cox finally understands, Cal finds his way, and the Bowman family survives a crisis. And yet, there’s plenty still going on to encourage me right into book #7!

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,

As you may have heard, we’ve recently had quite a shock. My husband, Seth, and I lost our business, The Lighthouse restaurant—to arson. The investigation continues. The prime suspect is a young ex-employee named Anson Butler, who disappeared right after the fire.

So Seth and I are trying to sort out our lives. (And let me tell you, this kind of crisis is not good for a marriage.) In the meantime, life goes on for everyone else in Cedar Cove—with marriages, births, reunions and even the occasional scandal. One of the most interesting pieces of news is that Cal, who works on Cliff Harding’s ranch, is now rescuing wild mustangs in Wyoming.

I have to run—I’m meeting an old friend, Warren Saget, for lunch. Let’s talk soon, and I’ll fill you in on everything that’s happening in town!

Justine Gunderson

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