Cedar Cove, Washington
Believe it or not, we have another mystery in Cedar Cove! This one, ironically enough, involves the McAfeesRoy, who's a private investigator, and his wife, Corrie. They've been receiving anonymous postcards and messages asking if they "regret the past." Corrie says she has no idea what any of it means .
On a more positive note, they're both delighted that their daughter, Linnette, has moved to Cedar Cove to work at the new medical clinic. And when Corrie attended the humane society's "Dog and Bachelor Auction," she bought Linnette a date with Cal Washburn, who works at Cliff Harding's horse farm. Unfortunately, Linnette seems less enthusiastic about this than Corrie is.
Speaking of Cliff, the romance between him and Grace Sherman is back on. But that's only one of the many interesting stories here in town. Corrie's invited you and me for a coffee at the McAfee housethat's 50 Harbor Streetand we'll tell you everything we know!
About the Author
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a leading voice in women’s fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, with more than 170 million copies in print, and she is a multiple award winner. The Hallmark Channel based a television series on Debbie’s popular Cedar Cove books. For more information, visit her website, www.debbiemacomber.com.
Hometown:Port Orchard, Washington
Date of Birth:October 22, 1948
Place of Birth:Yakima, Washington
Education:Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
Read an Excerpt
Corrie McAfee was worried. And she knew that her husband, Roy, was too.
Who wouldn't be? Starting in July, Roya private investigatorhad received a series of anonymous postcards, and while the messages weren't overtly threatening, they were certainly distressing.
The first communication, which had been mailed to the office, spoke of regrets. During the intervening weeks, there'd been several others. Corrie had read each postcard so often she'd memorized them all. The first one stated: EVERYONE HAS REGRETS. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'VE DONE YOU WISH YOU COULD DO OVER? THINK ABOUT IT. There hadn't been a signature then, or on any of the other cards. They'd arrived at infrequent intervals and been mailed from different locations. The cryptic messages kept playing in her mind. The passing of time hadn't helped; she was as much in the dark now, in October, as when she'd seen that first postcard.
There was a final gasping, gurgling sound as the coffee drained into the glass pot. The noise distracted Corrie from her worries for a momentlong enough to glance out the wide office window that overlooked downtown Cedar Cove, Washington. Serving as Roy's secretary and assistant had its advantages, and in this instance, disadvantages. Sometimes ignorance truly was bliss; the current situation was definitely one of those cases. She'd sleep better if she'd never learned about the mysterious postcards.
And yet even if Roy had managed to keep them hidden from her, she would still have knownbecause the last message had been hand-delivered, at night, to their front door. Not to the office like the others, but to their home. Late one evening, someone had walked up the sidewalk and onto the porch of their house. As it happened, Roy and Corrie were entertaining dinner guests that nightand had opened the door to discover that an unknown person had left a fruit basket and an accompanying note. Chills raced up Corrie's spine at the thought that this person knew their home address.
"Is that coffee ready yet?" Roy called from inside his office. Apparently she hadn't delivered it fast enough.
"Hold your horsesit's coming." Corrie didn't mean to snap at her husband. Normally she wasn't short-tempered. This uncharacteristic outburst revealed how upset she was by everything that was happening to them. Sighing, she filled a clean mug for Roy and carried it, steam rising, into his office.
"Okay, that does it," she said, putting the coffee on the corner of his desk. "We have to talk."
As if he didn't have a care in the world, Roy leaned back in his chair and locked his fingers behind his head. They'd been married nearly thirty years, and Corrie found him as attractive now as she had in college. Roy had played football for the University of Washington and been a "big man on campus," as they used to say. He was tall and broad-shouldered, still muscular, his posture as straight as ever.
He stayed in good shape without apparent effort, and Corrie envied, just a bit, the fact that he'd never gained any weight. His dark hair had thinned and was streaked with gray, which only added a look of dignity to his appearance.
Of all the women he dated during college, he'd fallen in love with her. Theirs hadn't been an easy courtship, though. They'd broken up for more than a year, and then reunited. Once they were back together, they realized how much they loved each other; there'd been no uncertainty about their feelings. They were married shortly after graduation and their love had endured through trials and tribulations, through good years and bad. They'd had plenty of both.
"Talk about what?" Roy asked casually.
His nonchalance didn't fool Corrie. Her husband knew exactly what was on her mind. "Does THE PAST HAS A WAY OF CATCHING UP WITH THE PRESENT tell you anything?" she murmured, sitting down in the chair normally reserved for clients. She wanted Roy to understand that she wouldn't be put off easily. She was afraid he knew more about these postcards than he'd let on. It would be just like him to try to protect her.
Roy frowned. "Those messages don't have anything to do with you, so don't worry about it."
His answer infuriated her. "How can you say that? Everything that happens to you affects me."
He seemed about to argue, but after all these years, he recognized that she wasn't going to be satisfied with glib reassurances. "I'm not sure what to tell you. I've made enemies and, yes, I have regrets, but who doesn't?"
Roy had reached the rank of detective for the Seattle Police Department and been forced into early retirement because of a back injury. In the beginning, Corrie had been excited to have her husband at home. She'd hoped they'd be able to travel and do some of the things they'd always planned, but it hadn't worked out that way. Roy had the time now, but their finances had been adversely affected when he'd had to take early retirement. Their income was less than it had been by at least twenty percent. In a money-saving effort, they'd moved from Seattle and across Puget Sound to the community of Cedar Cove. The cost of property was much more reasonable in Kitsap County, which also offered a slower pace of life. When the real estate agent showed them the house at 50 Harbor Street, with its wide front porch and sweeping view of the cove and lighthouse, Corrie knew immediately that this house and this town would become their home.
They'd moved from the big city, and it hadn't been as much of an adjustment as Corrie had feared. Folks in town were pleasant, and Roy and Corrie had made a few good friendsnotably the Beldonsbut kept mostly to themselves. They knew their neighbors' names and exchanged greetings, but that was about it.
To Corrie's disappointment, Roy had grown restless with retirement. His moods had reflected his boredom, and he was frequently cantankerous. Everything changed when he decided to rent office space and hang out his shingle as a private investigator. It was a decision Corrie had encouraged. Soon her husband was busy and looking forward to each day. He took on the cases that suited him and turned down those that didn't. Corrie was proud of Roy's skills, proud of his success and the way he cared about his clients. Never did it occur to her, or apparently to Roy, that one day he'd be solving his own mystery.
"You could be in danger," Corrie murmured, letting her anxiety show. She refused to hide her feelings, refused to pretend all was well when it wasn't.
Roy shrugged. "I doubt I'm in jeopardy. If anyone wanted to do me harm, they would've done so before now."
"How can you say that?" she asked irritably. "Bob was followed, and we both know it wasn't Bob they were interested in. He was driving your car. They thought they were following you."
Bob Beldon, together with his wife, Peggy, was the owner of the local bed-and-breakfast, Thyme and Tide. Bob had borrowed Roy's car and phoned in a near panic, sure he was being followed. Roy had advised him to drive immediately to the sheriff's office. As soon as Bob had pulled in to the station, the tail had left him. Only later did Roy and Corrie figure it out. Whoever had shadowed Bob had assumed it was Roy driving.
"The letter said we're in no danger," her husband reminded her.
"Of course! That's what they want us to think," Corrie argued. "Whoever's doing this wants us to lower our guard."
She cut him off, rejecting any further attempts to pacify her. "That basket was delivered to our front porch. This stranger walked right up to our home and left it, and now you're telling me we have nothing to worry about?" Her voice quavered, and she realized how close she was to losing control of her emotions. She was tired of being afraid, tired of waiting for the next messageor worse. Tired of waking up with her eyes burning from lack of sleep. Her first conscious thought every morning was fear of what might happen that day.
"The basket came over a week ago, and we've heard nothing since." Roy said this as if this was supposed to comfort her. It didn't.
"There was no postcard in the mail today, was there?" he asked, and she heard an unmistakable hint of tension in his voice.
"No." Corrie had collected the mail, flipped through it and tossed the bundle of bills and circulars on her desk. Roy nodded, as if to say Well, then?
"Roy," she said with deceptive calm, "I can't remember the last time I slept a night straight through. You're not sleeping well, either."
He didn't agree or disagree.
"We can't go on pretending everything's all right." Roy's handsome features tightened. "I'm doing everything I can," he told her curtly.
"I know, but it isn't enough."
"It has to be."
Corrie wasn't an expert in the area of investigations, but she knew when it was time to seek help, and they were well past that point. "You need to talk to somebody."
"Who?" he asked.
The only person she could suggest was the local sheriff. "Troy Davis."
"Not a good idea," Roy said. "Whatever this is about happened long before we moved to Cedar Cove."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Regrets. Every postcard mentions regrets. There isn't a cop who doesn't have regretsabout things we've done or haven't done or should've done differently."
She thoughtbut didn't saythat every human being had regrets. It wasn't restricted to cops.
"The last message said I JUST WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID. DON'T YOU HAVE A SINGLE REGRET? To me, that implies I did somethingarrested someone, testified against someonewhen I was a detective for Seattle."
Her voice fell to a whisper. "You were on the force a lot of years. Surely there's a case or two that stands out in your mind."
Roy shook his head. "Do you think I haven't thought about that? You've seen me read through my files and notes, going all the way back to my first year on the force, and there's nothing."
"I don't know. You haven't talked to me. You block me out."
"I'm protecting you."
"Don't!" she cried with barely controlled anger. "I need to knowI have to know. Don't you see what this is doing to me?"
Roy leaned forward then, bracing his elbows against the desk. "I'm sorry," he whispered. "I've racked my brain and I can't think of anyone who'd come after me like this."
"But there must be some case. One you might've forgotten."
Obviously at a loss, Roy shook his head again. "Clearly I have. I've put murderers away and received my share of threats over the years, but I can't think of anyone who'd do this. Yet who else could it be?" he said, almost to himself.
"What do you mean?" She was more in control now. Clutching a wadded tissue in her hand, she inhaled a calming breath.
"The type of people I dealt with weren't subtle. If they wanted revenge, they wouldn't bother with postcards."
"A relative of some criminal you sent to jail? Or a victim?" That was a possibility she'd entertained more than once.
He raised his shoulders in a slight shrug. "Could be."
"What are we supposed to do now?" It was this constantly being on guard, not knowing what to expect, that had driven Corrie to such an emotional extreme.
"We do nothing."
"Nothing?" This wasn't what she wanted to hear. "How can we?"
"We have to, for now, until they make a mistake. That'll happen, sweetheart, I promise you, and once it does, this nightmare will be over."
"You promise?" she repeated.
Roy's expression softened and he nodded. Offering her further reassurance, he extended his arm across the desk. Corrie reached for his hand and laced her fingers through his. Her husband gazed deep into her eyes. She felt his love, his comfort, and for now it was enough. For today, for this morning at least, she would be fine. Her problem, Corrie decided, was that she was just so tired. Everything would seem less frightening if she could get even one decent night's sleep.
The front door to the office opened, and Roy abruptly released her and stood. From his years of police work he was always on the alert, never more so than now.
"Mom, Dad?" Their daughter's voice rang from the outer office where Corrie's desk was situated.
"Linnette," Corrie cried eagerly, although her enthusiasm might have seemed a little strained. "We're in here."
Their daughter came into the room, then paused, an uncertain expression on her face. She was petite like Corrie, with dark hair and eyes. Also like Corrie, Linnette had excelled in school, and because she was the daughter of a policeman, she'd always been sheltered. Her studies had kept her from pursuing much of a social life, but Corrie hoped that would change now. Linnette had never had a serious boyfriend.
"I'm not interrupting anything, am I?" Linnette glanced suspiciously from Corrie to Roy and back again. "Is everything all right?"
"It's fine," Corrie assured her in a rush. "Why shouldn't it be?"
Their daughter was far too intuitive to be easily fooled, but thankfully she let it pass. "I've found an apartment," Linnette announced and did a small jig around the office.
"Where?" Corrie asked, hoping it was in town. Linnette had been hired by the new Cedar Cove Medical Clinic as a physician assistant, and Corrie was thrilled to have her closer.
"It's on the cove, just down from the Waterfront Park," Linnette explained. "The complex next to the Holiday Inn Express."
Corrie knew the apartment building, since she passed it nearly every day when she went for her afternoon walk. The building was close to the marina and a short distance from the library. The two-story complex had a fabulous water view of the cove and lighthouse, with the Bremerton shipyard in the distance. As far as Corrie was concerned, this was perfect.
"I hope they aren't charging you an arm and a leg," Roy cautioned, but Corrie could tell he was pleased.
"The rent, compared to what I was paying in Seattle, is a bargain."
Roy was still protective of his little girl. Unfortunately, he had a difficult time expressing his feelings for his childrenespecially their son. Mack and his father were constantly at odds. In Corrie's opinion, they were too much alike. Mack seemed to know exactly what to say to irritate Roy. And Roy wasn't blameless, either; he seemed to go out of his way to find fault with their son. Because of the tension between them, they generally avoided each other. Corrie didn't like it. Most of the time, she felt trapped in the middle. Thankfully that wasn't the case with Linnette, who was two years older than her brother.
Linnette was talking about the apartment and the move-in date and her job at the clinic. Corrie nodded at the appropriate moments but only listened with half an ear. Roy returned to his work while Corrie walked back to her desk, Linnette following her.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
50 Harbor Street is the fifth book in the Cedar Cove series and it doesn't disappoint. There are some really unexpected surprises here and tje characters are well developed. I'm really enjoying this series; the characters are like people you might know.
I enjoy Debbie's books very much. They are the kind of book that once you start to read you cannot put the book down. Very down to earth.
I recommend reading the series in order.There are many characters who a person becomes familiar with. Reading out of sequence can become confusing. Good book as it puts the characters in the present while having knowledge of their lives in the past.
I love the series. It is easy to get wrapped up in the story and you have to keep reading to see what happens next.
Wonderful! I enjoyed all the stories about all the different people living in Cedar Cove. I can't wait to read the next one.
There¿s never a dull moment in Cedar Cove. Grace is trying to win Cliff back after her crush on best friend¿s brother ends their relationship. Linnette moves home only to have her mom fix her up with Cal, a man she is definitely NOT attracted to. Olivia and Jack settle into their new marriage until an emergency causes them to really think about their feelings for each other. Finally, the reader learns the truth behind those mysterious notes Corrie and her husband Roy have been receiving.As always, I enjoyed this addition to the Cedar Cove series.
Someone is sending anonymous postcards to Corrie and Roy McAfee who live at "50 Harbor Street" in Cedar Cove, Washington. Roy is a private investigator who initially thinks the postcards refer to a past case of his, but he soon suspects otherwise. Their daughter Linette recently moved to Cedar Cove to work at the new health center. She is attracted to Dr. Chad Timmons, but much to her dismay, while he doesn't seem interested in her, ranch worker Cal Washburn is. Other residents in Cedar Cove have their own problems and worries. Judge Olivia Lockhart Griffin worries about her husband's weight and eating habits and pushes him to exercise with disastrous consequences. Olivia's mother Charlotte recently married Ben Rhodes and is pleased when Ben's son David reaches out to her, but Ben warns her that David may not be what he seems to be. Navy wife Cecilia Randall is pregnant, but having lost a baby daughter shortly after giving birth, she is very nervous about losing this baby and it doesn't help that her husband Ian is at sea. Cecilia isn't the only one worried about her pregnancy, Maryellen Bowman is pregnant and having complications that may force her husband Jon to make a painful decision. "50 Harbor Street" is a good soap opera like book. Debbie Macomber is a good storyteller who creates characters that are real and that readers care about. Although the book focuses mainly on the McAfee's, there are numerous subplots going on. Macomber will focus on one set of characters in one chapter, another set in the next chapter, yet another set in the next and so on throughout the book which can be confusing. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for which character is featured and I often had to flip back to see what had happened several chapters back. There is a character guide in the front of the book, which is helpful, but in the future it would be better if Macomber cut back on the number of plots and characters in the books. With so many characters, Macomber does an amazing job of continuity through all the books (this is the fifth in an ongoing series), even referencing things in past books, although there is no mention of Nate's girlfriend which was a conflict in his relationship with Rachel in past books. While some of the plots in the book are unique, like the threatening postcards, other plots are a bit repetitive - isn't there one woman in Cedar Cove that can have a complication free pregnancy? Fans of Debbie Macomber and especially fans of her Cedar Cove series will enjoy this book.
50 Harbor Street is the 5th in Debbie Macomber¿s Cedar Cove series. Once again we join the residents of Cedar Cove in their daily lives. The mystery of the anonymous postcards being sent to the McAfees is finally solved as someone from their past returns to their lives. Olivia¿s determination to get jack fit backfires on her. Newly married Charlotte Jefferson-Rhodes and her family have encounters with her new stepson, David. Grace¿s relationship with Cliff Harding continues on a rollercoaster ride. Maryellen and Jon Bowman run into financial difficulties. Linette McAfee goes on the date her mother won for her, with Cal Washburn, and has to make a choice. Rachel Pendergast, of Get Nailed fame, reconsiders her relationship with sailor Nate Olsen when she learns of his family background. Allison Cox takes up with a young man who looks like a bad boy. And finally, a tragedy befalls Justine and Seth Gunderson. As usual, Macomber solves some mysteries, tantalises the reader with further cliff-hangers, and dispenses small doses of wisdom and romance along the way. Another enjoyable read.
This is one of my favorites of the series so far. I really liked the mysterious cards and such but was hoping it to be a bit juicier than what it turned out to be. I love that we go back and 'visit' with characters from past books, and its like you are living down the street and you are a part of their community. Was so nervous for the Randall's! David Rhodes character is also introduced, and as much as I dislike him, I think he will be a great villain and I loved hearing about the things he was doing. Great read!
(No. 5 of the Cedar Cove series.)If you like Jan Karon's Mitford Lane books, this Cedar Cove series will become your new favorite. Macomber blends real-world drama and situations with quaint, small town idealism. You'll find yourself identify with at least one character here. I loved Lynette and Cal's courtship and the storyline with Allison and Anson is surprising too, making me want to get the next book.
5th in 9 of the series. Saga of people from Cedar Cove continues.
Too many characters to follow easily.
Cedar Cove is an island across from Seattle. A small community with people that meet challenges head on. This book is full of rich characters with problems that anyone could face on a day to day basis. Full of surprises but the way it is written you feel like you are part of the community. To get to know the characters you need to start at the beginning of the series and you won't be disappointed
What a wonderful story! Macomber seamlessly tells the tales of the lives of those who live in Cedar Cove in such an unforgettable manner that I can’t stop thinking about it. She not only told a wonderful story, but was also engaged my emotions. I found myself trying to unravel certain parts of the story while also hoping for the best for others. All the while, Macomber brings this small town to life in such a manner that I felt as if I were actually there. I absolutely love bouncing around between all the characters’ lives. It gives the novel such a small town, homey feel. I finished the novel feeling as if I’d had a wonderful conversation with a close personal friend. This intimate method of character development really gave me insight into who everyone was, where they came from, and what they’re headed to. I appreciated the way that the various points of mystery passed one another. The way that everyone’s lives and troubles were so real and had me completely wrapped up in them. They completely captured my heart. Once again Macomber has painted the world with the wonders of small town life. Her characters captured my heart and invited me into their lives for a short while, also leaving an open invite for a return visit.
Debbie's writing r4eminds me of our daily need to be in contact with God so we make the right decisions.
Loved it- such a great series of books- I keep getting them as they are excellent. Keep me on my toes and guessing what will happen next.
Loved this book and the series!!! Recommend Very Highly!!
I really enjoy the Cedar Cove series. I have already read the prior series and I am looking forward to the next one. I enjoy reading about several people's lives as it makes the story more interesting.
Its keep me reading. I enjoyed this book
I have loved all the 1st 5 books in this series, I am now going crazy trying to find the 6th one.
Debbie Macomber visits a small town in the Northwest of our country in her books centered around the towns people of Cedar Cove. Each story is an interesting tale of the lives and loves of the town Judge and her family and friends. Each is interesting and at times a little mystery is involved making them hard to put town. I recommend these books which give a great flavor of the Northwest to all.