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A sweet novella: Jo Marie and Mark (Rose Harbor Inn)
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2015
**** "Falling For Her: A Rose Harbor Short Story" by Debbie Macomber
Jo Beth Rose has just moved to Cedar Cove and is opening up a B and B, The Rose Harbor Inn. She hires handy man Mark Taylor to do work around the Inn to get it ready for its opening. Little by little, he ends up spending more and more time with Jo Marie at the end of each day. Only after he falls and breaks his leg and has to rely on Jo Marie, does he realize that not only has she become a friend, but that he has let her into his heart. Something he never wanted to let happen.
Debbie Macomber has written a delightful and heartwarming short story to introduce the reader to Jo Marie and to provide the general premise upon which Mark realizes he has fallen for Jo Marie. What we don't know is if she feels the same way about him.
The characters are both written as relatively shy and quiet individuals who speak only when they need to, not to just fill up or avoid quiet interludes. Yet, they are able to communicate and understand one another at a deeper level, be it via body language or what isn't said in the quiet spaces. The author writes these character traits in both Jo Marie and Mark very clearly and in a well defined manner, without taking away from the characters or their interactions with one another. She also does a great job of really bringing out the individual qualities and characteristics of both Jo Marie and Mark -- how they are different in their communication styles, and yet very similar. She also allows the reader to infer that they have a means of communicating via body language and what isn't said by nuances and vocal communication between the two.
While the story line is quite basic, as it is a short story and written mainly to introduce is to Jo Marie and lay the groundwork for her relationship with Mark, it is not lacking in detail and strength. Utilizing an accident which leads to a broken leg for Mark, she creates a story line in which he must rely on Jo Marie for assistance, even when his pride would rather not do so. And while Jo Marie is more than willing to help Mark, she is also confused by his mixed signals. What Mark comes to realize is that just as he has had to rely on Jo Marie during his injury, she had relied on him for other things and that they mutually help one another. It is an eye opening insight for Mark...which then leads him further to the insight that he has let Jo Marie into his life and into his heart...
This is a good introductory novella for Jo Marie and Mark. It is sweet and moving; insightful and engaging. It provides the reader with a good background between the two for the upcoming novel "Silver Linings."
I would recommend this novella as a good introduction and groundwork for the opening of the Rose Harbor Inn, it's new owner Jo Marie Rose and her relationship with Mark Taylor. I am interested to see where this relationship takes them both, to learn more about their backgrounds, and how they will grow individually and as a couple in the author's upcoming novel.