Monday, December 1, 2014

Home in Seattle-Debbie Macomber

Home in Seattle
Debbie Macomber
Harlequin MIRA, Nov 25 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778316787

“The Playboy and the Widow.”  In Seattle, playboy Cliff Howard and widowed mother of two preadolescent daughters (Joan and Katie) Diana Collins meet and surprisingly are attracted to each other; a feeling both dreads.  Even more shocking to Cliff and Diana, Joan and Katie give him their approval.

Fallen Angel.”  In Seattle, Harold Johnson retires and expects his daughter Amy to run Johnson Industries.  Unsure she wants to be the CEO instead of just an executive raising a loving family, Amy meets wanderer Josh Powell.  To her astonishment she tells him about her father’s desires; Josh explains he had a similar relationship with his dad, but instead fled the world of finance and his demanding parent to travel the globe.  As they fall in love, each must decide what they want with their respective lives.

These are reprints of two engaging Seattle romances written over two decades ago.  Both enjoyable novels contain pleasing casts though in each case the lead relationships never feel totally plausible; as the early encounters are doubtful and time is not on their sides.  Still Debbie Macomber, even in her early days, shows her skills in authoring charming romances.

Harriet Klausner

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