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1225 Christmas Tree Lane (Cedar Cove) (edition 2012)

by Debbie Macomber

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Title:1225 Christmas Tree Lane (Cedar Cove)
Authors:Debbie Macomber
Info:MIRA (2012), Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Collections:3 star reads, read in 2013, archive, Your library, kindle
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The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.But...someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.As always in life ? and in Cedar Cove ? there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending What would the holidays be without a new Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

Number 12 in the Cedar Cove series and given to me as part of a Christmas present from a friend.

Lots of characters from previous books, many of them getting the odd precis of their previous story to remind old hands who is who, and to allow new readers to catch up and put people in context.

The primary focus of this book is Beth, who has been in Cedar Cove for just under 3 years, after her divorce from her husband Kent. She has a casual relationship with Ted, the local vet, but her daughters have invited Kent over for Christmas in a desire to have then reconcile. Unfortunately, Kent brings his "friend" Danielle along for the trip, and there are multiple chances that are missed between Beth and Kent in the run up to Christmas Day.

Meanwhile other members of the Cedar Cove Community are involved, as Beth has found herself in possession of 10 puppies that have been abandoned on her doorstep, and she wants to find owners for them before she goes on holiday just after Christmas. This allows all the families to get a short inclusion in this story as they search for presents.

As this is number 12, and written specifically for Christmas, there are no new characters to be introduced in this book, and it does feel a bit like a "holding pattern" book, that can either finish off the series or gather it together to start for a new beginning. It's nothing groundbreaking, but is a reasonable inclusion in the Cedar Cove and Debbie Macomber stable
  nordie | May 24, 2014 |
The story was cheezy and I was very disappointed with the plot and character development. ( )
  berthacummins | Apr 11, 2014 |
Very nice conclusion to the Cedar Cove series. Beth moved to Cedar Cove after her divorce three years earlier and took over the Christmas tree farm. Things are going very well and she's looking forward to her college age daughters visiting for the holidays. She has a nice friendship going with the local vet and the potential for it to be more.

But things are getting a little stressful. Someone left her a basket of ten puppies that she needs to find homes for before Christmas. And her daughters have invited their father to Cedar Cove to spend Christmas with them, with the intent of getting them back together.

The main plot of the reunion between Beth and Kent was very nicely done. The more she thinks about seeing him again, the more Beth realizes that she regrets their divorce. She wishes she had tried harder to save their marriage. She's just starting to get excited about seeing him again, when Kent arrives with another woman. This brings her dreams to a screeching halt. Something seems a little off, though, as Danielle is the complete opposite of the type of woman Kent would care for. There also doesn't seem to be much affection displayed between them. It was sometimes fun and sometimes painful to see the way the two girls tried to push Beth and Kent together while at the same time keeping Danielle away. When they were together their feelings were obvious to others but not necessarily to them. I loved seeing the way that they reconnected as they reminisced and got to the point where they could talk about what went wrong. There was an interesting twist involving Danielle at the end.

The rest of the book was made up of visits with previous characters from the books. I enjoyed seeing where each of them is now. It was fun seeing the ones who decided to get puppies from Beth. I also liked catching up with the ones who had potential romances in the works and see if they panned out. I will miss the Cedar Cove series, but will eventually read the new series that takes place there. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Mar 23, 2014 |
Debbie did an excellent job of finishing up this 12 book series. As sad as I am to see it end, I love how she brought it all together and let us know how each and every family from the beginning, 16 Lighthouse Road, to the end 1225 Christmas Tree Lane will be ok and live on if we let them.

This was the story of Beth Moorehead and her family. She had divorced her husband after her children grew up and moved from CA to Cedar Cove. The children decide that their parents should spend Christmas together and work out a plan to get their dad to Cedar Cove, he arrives with a girl friend in toe.

Besides this story we have the puppies that Beth is trying to find homes for and the revisit of all the other cedar cove residents.

Great job of closing out the series, that will be missed greatly.


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  jnut1 | Mar 4, 2014 |
Well, I hate to see this series end. Not entirely sure how to feel about this book.
You get to know the entire town throughout the series and fall in love with the characters.


This book just felt like a recap of the first 11 books in the series with just an added family storyline.

Still can't wait to see what Debbie Macomber has next. She's a wonderful author and will always read and suggest her to my patrons at the library. ( )
  eswaim | Feb 17, 2014 |
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Beth Morehouse is expecting this Christmas to be one of her best. But complications arise that may change that. First, someone leaves a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep. Then, her daughters invite their dad, her long-divorced husband, Kent, to their home for Christmas without conferring with her first. As always, life in Cedar Cove is full of surprises.
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The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.

But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.

As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!

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"The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But-- someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads. As always in life--and in Cedar Cove--there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!" -- from author's web site.… (more)

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