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74 Seaside Avenue [Paperback]

Debbie Macomber
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Sept. 1 2008 MIRA tradesize
Dear Reader,

I'm living a life I couldn't even have dreamed of a few years ago. I'm married to Bobby Polgar now (you know, the famous chess champion who just happens to be the man I love!). And we've got this beautiful house with a view of Puget Sound.

But lately something's been worrying Bobby. When I asked, he said he was “protecting his queen”—and I got the oddest feeling he wasn't talking about chess but about me. He wouldn't say anything else.

Do you remember Get Nailed, the beauty salon in Cedar Cove? I still work there. I'll tell you about my friend Rachel, who's got two men interested in her (count 'em, two). And I'll let you in on what I've heard about Linnette McAfee, who left town when her love life fell apart. (That kind of trouble I know all about.) Come in soon for a manicure and a chat, okay?

Teri (Miller) Polgar

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Macomber's bestselling multigenerational series returns (following 6 Rainier Drive), interweaving drama and romance from all corners of fictional Cedar Cove, Wash. The focus this go-round is international chess champion Bobby Polgar and his hairdresser wife, Teri. Veiled threats from a Russian opponent have caused Bobby to drop out of tournament play and keep a close watch over Teri, but she's more concerned about the antics of her predatory sister, Christie, who is growing ever more distant. As in past volumes, a raft of supporting characters' subplots run parallel to the leads', among them widowed sheriff Troy Davis, torn between his daughter's needs and a budding romance; physician's assistant Linnette McAfee, leaving town and a broken heart behind; and a love triangle involving Teri's best friend, Rachel. Fans will pick up the threads easily, and newcomers will find most of the relationships self-explanatory (though a chart of characters would prove helpful). As usual, Macomber's unique mix of naïveté, soap opera plotting and smalltown charm is virtually guaranteed to please. (Sept.)
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"[Debbie Macomber is] a bona fide superstar." -Publishers Weekly

"[Debbie Macomber] is skilled at creating characters who work their way into readers' hearts." -RT Book Reviews on Dakota Home

"I've never met a Macomber book I didn't love!" - #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

"Popular romance writer Macomber has a gift for evoking the emotions that are at the heart of the genre's popularity." -Publishers Weekly

"Debbie Macomber's name on a book is a guarantee of delightful, warmhearted romance." -Jayne Ann Krentz

"Macomber offers a very human look at three women who uproot their lives to follow their true destiny." -Booklist on Changing Habits --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In Debbie's newest release, Cedar Cove Series #7. Sept. 13 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story centers around an international chess champion, ( Bobby Polgar,) who receives threats if he plays in a match which he is favored. Fearing his wife, (Teri,) will be killed, Bobby drops out of the tournament. Terri feels in her heart that something is amiss, but her questions, as of yet, remain unanswered. Enter Terri's sister, Christie, who seems more content with departing from her sis, and you have small-town folk struggling within Washington's Cedar Cove. Through in a sheriff, who can't decide between his daughter and a new fling a broken heart and a love triangle, and you'll soon realize why the small-town charm of this series attracts so many fans. I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's hot new novel--THE FATES.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  150 reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soap Opera Continues With Seventh Cedar Cove Book Sept. 23 2007
By Antoinette Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. Reading each book is like sitting down to cake and coffee with friends and catching up on the town gossip. Debbie has created an idyllic little town and peopled it with people you can come to truly care about. Get involved with their problems, agonize over their dilemmas, and delight in their triumphs as their most intimate stories captivate your imagination.

The home of Teri and Bobby Polgar is the focal point of this addition to the series. As with all Cedar Cove books, the home is pictured on the cover, and Debbie tells us in her intro that this particular home just happens to be the one she shares with her real-life hubby.

The characters you have grown to love in previous entries are all moving forward. Olivia and Jack face a problem they never anticipated, Grace adjusts to married life and deals with her embarrassing past, Maryellen gets great news, Rachel finds herself in a troubling triangle, Sheriff Troy Davis reacquaints himself with a past love his daughter will not abide, and Linnette McAfee takes her broken heart and runs away. A dangerous kidnapping involves several residents and a cliffhanger ending sets the stage for Dave and Emily Flemming to share their story at 8 Sandpiper Way with readers in September, 2008.

If you like light romances with surprising twists and mysterious turns, you'll be charmed by this series and relish each new peek into the lives of the people of Cedar Cove.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie Delivers Again ! Aug. 29 2007
By Jo Ana Starr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love books that have a folksy, down home, what's happening in the neighborhood kind of feeling, then you'll love this series, including the newest addition - #7.

Honestly, Debbie writes just as if you were sitting there sharing a coffee and she was filling you in on all the happenings in Cedar Cove.

I don't know how she creates the intimacy she does, but honestly, you feel like one of the locals just catching up on the news.

And there's a lot of good news. The local hairdresser, on her own too long, unintentionally snags the wealthy successful International chess champion, and the sweet girl-next-door finally gives up on Cedar Cove and its men and heads back to the city, leaving her family still on the island. The turns and twists that these girls experience and all the other convolutions that occur in Cedar Cove are shared in such a comfortable, easy way that you feel like you're sitting in the beauty shop hearing it all face to face.

Debbie does a great job as usual on this entertaining book !
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Entry in Cedar Cove Series Oct. 11 2007
By drebbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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".
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Cedar Grove Nov. 6 2007
By Wendy Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of us hooked on Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove series, this is one of the best, and that's saying something, as all are good and entertaining. But for some reason, I enjoyed this more.

Except for one highly improbable (but enjoyable anyway) plot line about a chess match and Russian threats, the book was a wonderful reunion with the characters we have come to know and love. And even the chess match reunites us with loveable hairdresser Tami and her intellectual powerhouse chess champion husband, Bobby.

There are some sad and serious issues in this book too, from lost love to life-threatening illness, but all are handled with Macomber's warm and compassionate style. On the last page of the book, I wanted the next--it's going to be hard to wait!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life in Cedar Grove Sept. 28 2007
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I should have been forwarned when an editorial review said it was "gossipy writing." I could not find a central plot to focus on as the story switched from one person to another carrying forward the lives of various people. It is well written, and I would recommend it for soap opera fans, but it is not my type novel.
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