Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber

Posted January 12, 2024 by jrsbookr in Romance / 0 Comments

by Debbie Macomber
Must Love Flowers by Debbie MacomberMust Love Flowers Published by Random House Publishing Group on July 11, 2023
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
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Format: Ebook Arc
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two women at different stages of life find themselves on a journey of renewal after undergoing hardships in this uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

“Wise, warm, witty, and charmingly full of hope, this story celebrates the surprising and unexpected ways that family, friendship, and love can lift us up.”—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Four Winds

Joan Sample is not living the life she expected. Now a widow and an empty-nester, she has become by her own admission something of a recluse. But after another birthday spent alone, she is finally inclined to listen to her sister, who has been begging Joan to reengage with the world. With Emmie’s support, Joan gathers the courage to take some long-awaited steps: hiring someone to tame her overgrown garden, joining a grief support group, and even renting out a room to a local college student. Before long Joan is starting to feel a little like herself again.

Across town, Maggie Herbert works mornings as a barista, tending to impatient customers before rushing to afternoon nursing classes. She lives with her alcoholic father, ducking his temperamental outbursts and struggling to pay the household bills. But her circumstances brighten when she finds a room for rent in Joan’s home. In the unexpected warmth of her new situation, Maggie finds a glimmer of hope for a better life. But will Maggie’s budding attraction to one of her favorite customers ruin the harmony she’s only recently found with Joan? Meanwhile, what is Joan to make of the mysterious landscaper who’s been revitalizing her garden—a man who seems to harbor a past loss of his own? 

As Maggie and Joan confront difficult life choices, they draw strength from this new friendship in surprising ways—discovering in the process that “found family” is often the very best kind.

Reading Challenges: Netgalley Backlist

Why I Picked This One:

I joined a reading group on goodreads and one of the options is to be paired with another person for the month.  We picked Must love flowers by Debbie Macomber.  It was an excellent choice and it counts for my goal to tackle some of backlist netgalley arcs.




Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber is a breath of fresh air. I mostly read fantasy, but I love a good Debbie Macomber when I want something light-hearted, with friendships and a cute puppy or guy. Must Love Flowers ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for then. Sometimes, you must be emotionally in the right place for a book. Must Love Flowers deals with the loss of loved ones, emotional parental abuse, and moving on from the death of a loved one. Our main character lost her husband four years ago and shortly before the pandemic, so like a lot of us, she is recovering from the death of her husband but also from being forced to stay at home, which has caused a lot of people to become isolated. But events transpire to pull her out of her isolation and grief, and doors are opened to so much more than she could have ever expected. Debbie Macomber’s books are stories that pull at your heartstrings and usually bring you out smiling on the other side.

About Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Fifteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2023, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publication includes Must Love Flowers (July). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published three bestselling cookbooks, three adult coloring books, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and six have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley Backlist