|Recommendation by Suzie Johnson|
If you've ever read any of Debbie Macomber's books, you know they feature everyday, hometown, next-door characters. Whether they live in the "big city" of Seattle, the small town of Leavenworth, the navy town of Bremerton, or the fictional town of Cedar Cove (a.k.a. Port Orchard), Debbie's characters are as down to earth as most of the rest of us. Well, unless their names are Shirley, Goodness, or Mercy.
I read a wide variety of genres, but Debbie's books soothe my soul and I always turn to them when I need to hide within the healing balm of fiction. Perhaps it's because I'm a hopeless romantic. More likely, it's because her characters are such a reflection of herself that when I read her books I can hear her voice. Her speaking voice, that is. Just as if she's sitting across from me, reading me the story.
Currently, I'm reading Starting Now. It's about a dedicated, hard-working attorney named Libby who loses her job and receives the following advice: "I hope that you will take this time to find some balance in life. Starting now." I can't wait to see what Debbie has in store for Libby. I haven't read enough to do a review, but I'm experiencing one of those "seasons" where I need to read a Debbie-book.
Or maybe what I really need is a Debbie-television show. And I'm in luck, because tomorrow night is the debut of the television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, starring Andie MacDowell. On the Hallmark channel, it's based on Debbie's Cedar Cove books.
The books feature an ensemble cast, and weave you through their lives. Some characters get their happy endings, and others - well, rest assured, Debbie hasn't forgotten about them. But they might have to hang on for another book or six before they get the happy ending they couldn't have otherwise imagined.
I'm not sure how close Hallmark will stick to the books. But since they're borrowing from Debbie's imagination, I'm sure her readers will be more than satisfied.
And for anyone in Northwest Washington, KOMO News is airing Elisa Jaffe's interview with Debbie at 4 and 6pm tonight.
Do you have a favorite Debbie Macomber book or series?
Will you be watching the Cedar Cove series?
True North is Suzie Johnson’s second novel. Her first novel, No Substitute, a contemporary inspirational novel, is out now from White Rose Press of The Pelican Book Group. She is a regular contributor to the Inkwell Inspirations blog, a member of ACFW, RWA, and is the cancer registrar at her local hospital. Suzie and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest with their naughty little cat on an island that is definitely not tropical. Together, they are the parents of a wonderful grown son who makes them proud every day – even though he lives way too far away. You can visit Suzie at the following places:http://www.pinterest.com/suziejohnson1