Fans of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove contemporary romance series will soon get to see their favorite characters on screen. The Hallmark Channel has given the go-ahead for a prime time adaptation, with a two-hour pilot set to kick off the series. The series, not surprisingly entitled “Cedar Cove”, will star actress Andie McDowell.
The book series, which currently comprises twelve books, centers around the fictional town of Cedar Cove. It’s loosely based on Macomber’s own hometown of Port Orchard, Washington. McDowell will play Olivia Lockhart, Cedar Cove’s family court judge. The divorced mother of grown children, Olivia has to juggle her family, her opinionated mother, and a love interest.
Cedar Cove will make its debut on the Hallmark Channel at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.
In Part 2 in our series on Caris Roane, our romance book author of the month for August, we’re turning the spotlight on Caris’ Guardians of Ascension paranormal romance series.
Romantic Times says that “Roane’s worldbuilding is complex and intriguing, and in addition to her compelling protagonists, she serves up a slew of secondary characters begging to be explored further. The Guardians of Ascension is a series with epic potential!”
Read on to find out more about the five books in the series (a sixth will be published at the end of this year). Be sure also to check out our earlier author spotlight article on Caris!
I’m a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and have had her latest offering, The Great Escape, on my wish list for months now. Truth be told, I bought the book the day it came out, but have taken some time to reflect on how to write the review. I wanted to like this book. I really did. But to be honest, I’ve found SEP’s latest books rather disappointing. I wasn’t terribly impressed by Call Me Irresistible, and The Great Escape, which has been touted as the follow up to Call Me Irresistible, was similarly rather flat.
Lucy Jorik is the adopted daughter of a former President of the United States, and has always tried to live up to what’s expected of the POTUS’ daughter. Of course, it all goes spectacularly wrong – and in the public eye – when Lucy runs away from her own wedding, leaving her husband-to-be at the altar. Lucy hops onto the back of a stranger’s motorcycle, and embarks on an adventure that sees her spend summer at a rustic beach house on an island in the Great Lakes. As summer unfurls, Lucy finds herself embroiled in the lives of a young boy and his guardian, dealing with a bitchy has-been TV personality, and struggling with her attraction to Panda, the sexy man who swept her away on his iron steed.
There’s a lot going on in this book, not just Lucy and Panda’s story, and while it’s always nice to get value for money, a few less moving parts might have kept the focus a bit better. There were the characteristic SEP tear-jerker moments which I enjoyed, but my enjoyment of the book was a bit hollow. A big part of that was because I really didn’t like Lucy and kept wanting to slap her and tell her to get over herself already. Still, The Great Escape is a romance novel, so all’s well that ends well, and everyone in the book got their happy ever after, even the bitchy TV personality.
The Great Escape is definitely not SEP’s best, and I much prefer her Chicago Stars books. Still, fans will enjoy catching up with the characters from SEP’s past books, and yes, there are some lines that remind you of how good SEP’s writing can be.
Julie Garwood has a new book out featuring yet another feisty heroine. Regular readers should be familiar with Garwood’s brand of romantic suspense that skirts around topical issues, while remaining light and entertaining. Sweet Talk features IRS agent Olivia MacKenzie. Olivia is in the middle of trying to bring down a Ponzi scheme, when she stumbles into an FBI sting. FBI agent Grayson Kincaid has to intervene to save the young attorney, and in so doing, throws away months of work and ruins months of work. Despite his partner’s ire at Olivia for inadvertently destroying their sting operation, Grayson finds himself drawn to the tough young woman whose drive to bring down the perpetrators of the Ponzi scheme have roots in her own past. And when there are attempts on Olivia’s life as she delves deeper into her investigation, it’s Grayson who she turns to for help. While not technically a part of the Buchanan series, there are links between Kincaid and the characters from Garwood’s earlier romantic suspense books.