Teri Polgar thinks her husband, Chess Champion Bobby, is being overly protective of her. But he has good reason to - someone wants him to throw a match and has threatened to harm Teri if he doesn't. Despite the threat, Teri tries to go about her life normally - working at the hair salon and trying to play matchmaker between her sister Christie and Bobby's driver/bodyguard James. In the meantime, other residents of Cedar Cover are going through changes in their lives - Linette McAfee has left town and is trying to rebuild her life after Cal dumped her; Sheriff Troy Davis is starting to date after the death of his wife, much to the dismay of his daughter Megan, who desperately wants to have a baby; Rachel Pendergast can't understand why her relationship with Bruce Payton is changing when she knows she is in love with Nate Olsen; and Olivia Lockhart Griffin is facing a major health crisis.
"74 Seaside Avenue" is another nice entry in Debbie Macomber's ongoing Cedar Cove series. This is the seventh book in the series and you don't have to have read all of them to read this one, although it does help. The series is like an ongoing soap opera and it's always nice to catch up with favorite characters from past books. "74 Seaside Avenue" focuses on Teri and Bobby Polgar, an endearing if odd couple. While Bobby is one of my favorite characters in the series, I think Macomber could have done a better job with his dialogue. It's stilted, which I think is meant to show that he's not comfortable when he's out in public, but surely he's able to speak complete sentences around his wife at this point in their relationship. My favorite developing romance in this book is the one between Christie and James. Macomber's left readers hanging at the end of this book as to what happens between them and I can't wait to see what happens to them next. Macomber brings readers up to date on several characters and it's nice to have the Grace-Cliff-Will "triangle" come to an end. It's also nice to see that having played the Rachel-Nate-Bruce triangle over several books, Macomber brings it to a satisfying end (at least for me). It was also nice to see Linette grow and mature by the end of this book, although her actions still seem a little too hasty. Megan's worrying over her father's dating so soon after the death of her mother is well done. Megan is a bit selfish in wanting her father for herself, but it's understandable as she is still dealing with the loss of her mother. The Olivia health scar is a very real one for many women and kudos to Macomber for bringing it into the book.
"74 Seaside Avenue" is a nice, cozy read. My biggest complaint is that the Cedar Cove series already has a lot of characters and Macomber keeps adding more. It's hard to keep track of all the characters at this point. And it's a bit disappointing to have some characters that have figured prominently in other books in the series barely mentioned at all in this one. Allison and Anson show up in one brief chapter and that's it. Still, Macomber is a good writer who keeps you interested in all the characters old and new.
Debbie Macomber fans will love "74 Seaside Avenue".