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July 12, 2023

Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I didn't know until I read Debbie Macomber's letter to readers at the start of Must Love Flowers that she had decided to stop writing, but then this story started bubbling up and she couldn't ignore the fact that she loves to write. I'm so glad that she isn't forever putting away her pen. Even if we don't get a new summer or Christmas book every year, I would be sad if there were no more Debbie Macomber books. 

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book cover of women's fiction novel Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber
July 2023; Ballantine Books; 978-0593600559
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); women's fiction

Joan was widowed shortly before the COVID-19 shutdown. She lives in Seattle which was particularly hard hit by the virus and it was just easier to stay at home where it was safe. But four years later, she still doesn't venture out of her house much. A heart-to-heart with her son and a scathing letter from the HOA, Joan knows she needs to make some changes. 

I have long been a fan of Macomber's Christmas books but not as big of a fan of her summer books. However, the last few summer books have had the vibe I enjoy in Christmas books and I've really enjoyed them. Must Lover Flowers features a middle-aged woman and as I age I am becoming more drawn to stories with older protagonists. There is a prominent secondary character who is in her 20s, so I think this novel will appeal to a wide range of age groups. I also think if I'm going to read a second-chance romance, I prefer widowed characters to divorced characters. 

I thought Macomber captured the difficulties and discombobulation that many of us experienced after a long period of isolation. I know what she described was similar to what I felt when I went into a restaurant for the first time after a year of eating only at home. 

The romance is sweet but not truly the focus of the story. It was more about healing and finding one's own path forward. Though the main character is dealing with the death of a spouse, I think anyone who has experienced a loss will be able to relate to the character.

It is a really great book and I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that it is a quick read and I finished it way too fast.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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