May's Challenge: 50 Harbor Street

For the month of May, we have to read a military/ police themed book in tribute to Memorial Day, and I’ve chosen this book.

May's Challenge: 50 Harbor Street

Title: 50 Harbor Street
Author: Debbie Macomber
Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book?
This book is part of the edar Cove series by Debbie Macomber, and a continuation of 44 Cranberry Street which I read for January’s challenge.  That book ended with a mystery — Roy McAfee had received a couple of mysterious postcards with cryptic messages that hint at a secret past that the retired cop would rather stay buried. The book ended with a McAfees receiving a fruit basket delivered right to their doorstep, which spooked Corrie a little.

The town is a naval base and there’re a few Navy couples who make regular appearances, and there’s the sheriff, retired detective-turned-PI Roy McAfee.  I figured that this would fit the theme.

Do you like the cover?
It’s only so-so, but I guess Macomber doesn’t need a sexy cover to sell her books.

Did you enjoy the book?
Forewarned is forearmed! This one ends with another cliffhanger of sorts — the town is left speculating who’s the culprit of an arson which left its famous restaurant the Lighthouse razed to the ground. So if you hate being left hanging, best to give this book a wide berth!

Aside from that, I found it easier to warm up to the story, having already been introduced to the various characters in Cranberry – there were a few secondary characters in that book whose stories are being told in greater detail here, for example, Navy wife Cecilia Randall was left looking forward to another pregnancy after her first daughter died shortly after birth. But towards the end, she learnt that her husband Ian has to return to duty, and she’s left looking with a little trepidation.

I had already guessed the nature of the McAfees’ mystery involving a long lost family member by the time I reached the middle of the book, and could already foresee some of the plot developments. The endearing characters of this small coastal town just outside Seattle and the ups and downs in their relationships were what kept me going, otherwise I would have dropped this halfway through having already solved the mystery and predicted the outcomes of two of the relationships.

Overall, this is a heart-warming tale that’s suitable for those who’re not looking for ho scenes and heart-thumping action. The folks of this town may seem too nice to be true, but they’ve got their highs and lows in their dealings with the opposite sex as well. So that makes them believable.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?

The author wasn’t new to me, but I may pick up the next instalment just to find out if my hunch for the arsonist is correct.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
Hmm … I may put this up for my Bookcrossing releases.

Anything else?
That’s about it.

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