2006: #87 – 44 Cranberry Point (Debbie Macomber)

44.gifBook #87 was 44 Cranberry Point, the 4th book in Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Grove series. The back of the book reads:

Peggy Beldon
Thyme and Tide B and B
44 Cranberry Point
Cedar Grove, Washington

Dear Reader,

I love living in Cedar grove, but things haven’t been the same since a man did in our B and B. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and Bob had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don’t have any idea why he came here and — most important of all — who killed him. Because he now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon!

Not that we’re providing the only news in Cedar Cove these days. I heard that Jon Bowman and Maryellen Sherman are getting married. And Maryellen’s mom, Grace, has more than her share of interested men! The question is: Which one is she going to choose? Olivia — I guess it’s Olivia Griffin now — is back from her honeymoon, and her mother, Charlotte (who’s in her mid-seventies at least), seems to have a man in her life, too. I’m not so sure Olivia’s too pleased. . . .

There’s lots of other gossip I could tell you. Come by for a cup of tea and one of my blueberry muffins and we’ll talk.


This was pretty good, but a little confusing. Basically, it’s a soap opera in novel form. And, like most soap operas, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of who everyone is and how they’re related to each other. And I hate referring to guides or glossaries — I’m not going to keep flipping back and forth to see who such-and-such is. So, I just wing it. I guess I didn’t get confused *too* much. Not so much that I won’t read the other books in the series. It was entertaining! Lord knows I don’t get to watch soaps anymore, so it was a nice fix!

Book count: 87
Pages in book: 377
Page count: 37,346
Words in book: 101,790

Word count: 11,154,711

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