This is the 2nd book by Debbie Macomber that has found its way to my shelf, and just like the first one, it was part of the small stack of books my mother-in-law gave me to take home when I went to see her in England earlier this year. You can read more about the author and find a link to her website in my first review.
6 Rainier Drive is the 6th book in a series about a town called Cedar Cove; it is not necessary to know the first five books in order to enjoy this one, but I suppose it would have helped me to feel a bit closer to the various characters. As it was, I never really got "into" the story; I'm afraid I hardly cared about how things were going to turn out for everyone.
Maybe the main "problem" for me with this book was simply that there were too many characters to follow, too many plot lines to keep up with, each of the 46 chapters dealing with one family or household, taking turns between enough of them for me to sometimes come across a name, stop for a second and think "Who's that Gloria again?"
Admittedly, there is a list of characters at the start of the book, almost 3 pages long, but I couldn't be bothered to consult it while I was reading, and after a few more sentences, I always remembered who was who; this certainly took away something of an otherwise pleasant reading experience for me.
The things the characters are going through range from the mundane to the dramatic; there are family reunions, births (no deaths), a crime is solved that was commited already in the previous installment of the series, romances begin and end. Only one relationship between a male and a female character does not go the way the woman would like it to go; everything else really ends well, which is probably one reason why Debbie Macomber's books are so popular.
Someone who has been following this series from the start is probably eagerly looking forward to more stories from Cedar Cove; I doubt I'll read another one anytime soon.
A question to everyone who knows anything about horses: Can you really say that a horse is "pawing frantically" the air when upset? Last time I looked, horses had hooves, not paws...
And if you were to ring your daughter-in-law, would you say "This is Ellen Bowman, your mother-in-law", instead of just saying "Hello, it's Ellen", trusting that your daughter-in-law would know which of the dozens of Ellens she knows is on the phone?
(Yes, I know - that's again me being a bit particular about details.)