1105 Yakima Street

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Press: Camden; Large type edition edition (August 6, 2012)
ISBN:9781445865638
Author Name:Macomber, Debbie
Language:English

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Dear Reader,You've probably heard that my wife has left me. 
Rachel's pregnant, and she says she can't handle the stress in our household anymore.
My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her.
Maybe it's my fault.
As a widower I spoiled her—Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true.
She claims Rachel ruined everything.
But that's not true.
The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is.
She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon.
The other question is…when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat?Of course, I'm not the only one in town with problems.
Linc Wyse's father-in-law is trying to destroy his business.
And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful, and the family's worried about her and Ben.
Lots of other stuff going on—but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am.If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call.
Please.Bruce Peyton

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. 
The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books.
Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times).
Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Sunshine splashed into the windows of the Bremerton waterfront café. 
Rachel Peyton sat in a booth, gazing out at the street and taking occasional sips of the apple juice she'd ordered.
It was Friday, late afternoon, and she'd come here after work to meet a friend.
She couldn't stop thinking about her marriage to Bruce, wondering how it had disintegrated so fast.
They'd gone from an impromptu wedding last December to separation less than ten months later.
She turned her head to look in the direction of Cedar Cove.
The town was situated on the other side of Sinclair Inlet but might as well have been across the Pacific.Rachel felt she couldn't go back home to Cedar Cove—to Yakima Street—and yet she had no other viable choice.
She'd left after the latest argument with her stepdaughter, Jolene.
Although Bruce was aware of the tension between her and Rachel, he'd never adequately addressed it, believing it would eventually resolve itself.
Oh, sure, he'd made a halfhearted offer to go to counseling with, or more likely without, Jolene.
But that was too little, too late.
Nothing had changed, and, as a result, the stress in their home had become intolerable.
Now that she was pregnant, Rachel had decided to leave…for the sake of her sanity and for her own health and that of her baby.She'd lied to Bruce, saying she had a place to stay—with an unidentified friend.
Instead, she'd checked into a Bremerton hotel.The problem was, she needed her job if she was going to support herself, which meant she'd need to find an apartment in Cedar Cove or at least nearby.
Everything was complicated by the fact that this hadn't been an easy pregnancy.
She had severe morning sickness and her blood pressure was dangerously high.
That was understandable, considering the tension in the house.
If not for the baby, Rachel might have found the strength to deal with Jolene.
She might've been willing to devote all her energy to sorting out the complicated tangle of the girl's emotions, giving her the constant reassurance she seemed to require.Since Jolene had learned about the baby, the whole situation had become that much more difficult.
Not only did her stepdaughter see her as competition for Bruce's affections, but now Rachel had committed an even worse crime by bringing another child into the family, robbing the girl of his undivided attention.What shocked Rachel was how close she and Jolene had been before she married Bruce.
As a motherless child herself, Rachel had taken a special interest in Jolene, part maternal, part friendly.
They'd bonded when the girl was just six, a year after Jolene's mother was killed in a car accident.
Bruce had brought Jolene into the salon for a haircut and Jolene had sadly told her how much she missed her mommy.
Rachel had been drawn to the child because she'd identified with Jolene.
She still recalled in vivid detail how she'd felt when her own mother had died and she'd gone to live with her mother's sister, a woman she barely knew.Through the years, the closeness between Rachel and Jolene had grown—until she'd made the mistake of marrying Jolene's father.
To be fair to the teenager, Jolene had wanted Rachel and Bruce to wait until she'd had time to get used to the idea.
Bruce, however, wouldn't hear of it.
He'd wanted them married.
Well, so did Rachel, although she'd asked Bruce to delay the wedding because of Jolene's qualms.
But by then…the momentum of their plans had taken over.In the beginning, after first meeting Bruce, she hadn't considered him anything more than a friend.
He was Jolene's dad.
He relied on her help with his daughter.
For years there hadn't been the slightest indication of romantic interest on either part.
Rachel was seeing Nate Olsen, a navy warrant officer she'd met after bidding on him at a fundraiser for the local humane society—the Dog and Bachelor Auction.
Shortly after the wedding, Nate was deployed out of state, but now he was back.
They'd been in contact recently and, in fact, he was the friend she'd arranged to meet here.For a while she and Nate had seriously thought about marriage.
However, by the time he'd asked her to make a decision, Rachel had come to realize she was in love with Bruce.
Surprisingly, miraculously, Bruce loved her, too.
From there everything had moved quickly.
Too quickly…She had to acknowledge the truth of that old cliche about marrying in haste.
Rachel had been all too willing to accept Bruce's assurances that Jolene would adjust.
After all, he'd pointed out, it wasn't as though Rachel was a stranger.But Jolene hadn't adjusted.
Whatever affection she'd had for Rachel had changed into passive-aggressive behavior and then escalated to open antagonism.
Not wanting to distress her husband, Rachel had done her best to deflect Jolene's hostility.
The pregnancy was unplanned, and she'd hoped to keep it a secret for a few months, but Bruce insisted it was only right to tell Jolene.
That, too, had backfired.
And it had led to this.The café door opened but Rachel didn't look up until Nate Olsen slid into the booth across from her."Rachel?"She glanced up and offered him a weak smile.Nate's blue eyes narrowed slightly.
"You okay?" he asked, sounding concerned."You don't have to say it.
I look terrible.""Not terrible," he said.
"Just…very pale."Nate had emailed her when he returned to Bremerton.
He felt she should know so that if they inadvertently ran into each other, she'd be prepared.
With everything else that was happening, Rachel hadn't paid much attention to his email and hadn't responded.
Nate was someone she'd loved in the past.
She was a married woman now.With time on her hands at the hotel, she'd gone to the business center and logged on to her email account.
She'd impulsively answered his message, telling him that her marriage was falling apart.
After they'd exchanged a few short emails, Nate suggested they meet.
She'd accepted his invitation."At my last doctor's visit I learned I have an iron deficiency." It didn't help that she hadn't been able to keep down a meal.
Her morning sickness lingered for most of the day, making her feel too queasy and uncomfortable to eat.
She'd lost weight when she should be gaining."I'm glad you got in touch.""I probably shouldn't have." Only Rachel didn't know who else to contact.
She couldn't reach out to her friends; they were the first people Bruce would approach.
This separation was difficult enough without dragging her friends into the middle of it."I meant what I said," Nate continued.
"If you ever need anything, call me.
You know I'll do whatever I can."When the waitress came over to the table with a coffeepot, Nate turned over his ceramic mug and she filled it.At his words, tears of appreciation sprang to Rachel's eyes.
"I know.""What can I do?"She wasn't sure.
"Like I said in my email, I…I've left Bruce and Jolene." It went without saying that this fit right into her stepdaughter's plans.
Undoubtedly Jolene was ecstatic about having her father to herself again."So it's come to that?"Rachel's dark hair fell forward as she looked down.
"I…talked to Teri and she wants me to move in with her.""Are you going to?""I can't.
That'll be the first place Bruce goes.
I told him I was moving in with a friend….
At the time I thought I might take Teri up on her offer, but I can't do that to her.
She and Bobby have their hands full with the three babies.""Three?""Teri had triplets."Nate laughed.
That seemed to be a common reaction when people heard about the triplets.
"She always does everything in a big way, doesn't she?" he murmured.He knew Teri, so he also knew that if anyone could handle this, it was her friend.
But capable though she was, Teri didn't need a miserable friend to deal with, in addition to caring for three babies.
"So, if you don't move in with Teri, where will you go?""I.I don't know." All that mattered was getting out of the house as fast as possible.
She got a hotel room, but that was far too expensive to be a permanent solution.
At this rate she'd drain her bank account in a week.
Besides, it wouldn't take Bruce long to discover where she was, and once he did, he'd do whatever he could to convince her to return home.
Rachel couldn't allow that to happen, not while the situation with Jolene was still unsettled.Nate sipped his coffee in thoughtful silence.
Eventually he said, "You could always move in with me."Rachel's head shot up.
That wasn't even a consideration.
If Bruce learned she was living with Nate he'd feel blindsided.
Besides, it would give Jolene more ammunition to use against her.
"I'm grateful for the offer, I really am, but I couldn't possibly do that.""Why not?""Nate, I couldn't….
What would Bruce think?""Do you need to tell him?""I…" She opened her mouth to object, then merely said, "He'd want to know.""Of course he would, but you don't have to tell him everything.
The only important thing here is that you're somewhere safe and that you're taking care of yourself."Rachel stared at him.
"Are you suggesting I lie to my husband?""Not lie, exactly.
I'm saying don't fill in all the blanks.
As it happens, the house I'm sharing belongs to a friend of mine.
I have a room, but there's a third bedroom available.
Unfortunately, Bob's deployed right now, so it would just be the two of us.
If you're uncomfortable with that, I understand."She exhaled, feeling torn.
His idea did seem like a good solution, but she could only imagine how Bruce would react if he discovered the truth.
For obvious reasons, the two men weren't on the best of terms."It might help you decide if I tell you I'm seeing someone."Actually, that did help.
"Is it serious?" Rachel asked.Nate shrugged.
"Serious enough.
I'm out with Emily three or four nights a week.
You'd have the house to yourself most of the time.""What kind of rent does Bob charge?"Nate mentioned an amount that was more than reasonable, then added, "You wouldn't be expected to cook or clean or anything else if that's what you're thinking.""Oh." She nibbled her lower lip as she considered his suggestion.
He'd given her an option she hadn't expected."Before you answer, why don't you come over and check out the place."Still, she hesitated."You want to get away for a while, don't you?" She did, and Nate knew that.
"Someplace where Bruce and his daughter would never think of looking?" She nodded slowly."Don't worry about me," Nate told her once again.
"I loved you, Rachel, I really did, but I've moved on.
However, I care about you, which is why I brought up this arrangement.
If you're concerned about what might result from the two of us being in the same house, then let me assure you right now, nothing's going to happen.""Okay," she whispered.
"I'll go see the place.""Good." He left money to pay for their drinks, then slid out of the booth.Rachel stood and immediately felt dizzy.
She would have stumbled if Nate hadn't grabbed her elbow."When's the last time you ate?"She closed her eyes and tried to remember.
"A while ago.
I'm fine.""No, you aren't.
Listen, no arguments.
Once you've toured the house, I'm fixing you something to eat.""You cook?""I'm surprised you don't remember that I'm a man of many talents."His smile was just the salve she needed, his friendship the mainstay that would see her through this upheaval in her life.She followed Nate to the Bremerton address he gave her.
The house was in a nearby neighborhood, convenient to the navy base.
The two-story structure, built after the Second World War, had a large front porch and shuttered windows.
It was meant for a family.Unexpected emotion swelled up inside Rachel as she looked at the house.
Her mother had been a single parent and her aunt had never married.
All her life Rachel had yearned to be part of a family.
When she married Bruce, she'd felt as if she finally belonged.
She had a husband and a stepdaughter and they were bonded together by love.
It didn't take long for that dream to shatter and now, once more, she was on the outside.
.
The baby stirred, and she pressed her palm against her stomach, hoping her child would one day know the love of a father, a mother and a big sister."Would you like to come in?" Nate asked, again clasping her elbow as though he feared she might crumple onto the pavement.Without answering, she accompanied him up the walkway to the steps."I do my best to keep the place neat, but you have to remember I'm a guy and housekeeping is low on my priority list.""I'll remember," she said, managing a glimmer of a smile.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  •     I LOVE every stories D McComber writes, can't get enough of them...
  •     As all the books I've read of Debbie Macomb I have really enjoyed. I hope t read them all. I would like to know in what order that they were written in. I. have found myself jumping around. I'd love to. have a list of list of the Cedar Cove series in the order the were what.THANKS FOR GOOD READING !!! Jeannebell
  •     Oh I just can't wait until the next story. Just delightful. What a great sequence of events. Can't wait to start new book.
  •     The story just looks like it's tying up the loose ends. It's a great, quick, easy read. The end kind of leaves you hanging a bit. Ends on an odd note.
  •     Love this series.
  •     great buy at a great bargain since I recycle it after I read it.
  •     Series is basically about several unplanned pregnancies, people of different backgrounds making good couples and they want each other/they don't want each other/ they don't want...
  •     Enjoyed the story!
  •     Great,always have loved Debbie macomber, books, well written and very entertaining. I try to read all her books, and my mother in law loved her books,that's who got me started
  •     I've read many of Debbie Macomber's books, and I don't remember being as confused as I was in this one. Since I haven't read all of the Cedar Cove books, the characters were new to me. The way she jumped around from character to character made me spend a lot of time trying to remember who was who and what they were doing. I agree with some other reviewers that I was disappointed in how Bruce never did man up to his responsibilities. Granted sometimes that happens in real life where a situation works out without the people involved acting responsibly, but it would have been more satisfying to the female reader if Bruce did what he should have done from the beginning.I do like that Debbie writes good, clean books. This one was just a disappointment to me, but I will read more of her books.
  •     I enjoy reading Debbie Maccomber's books.
  •     Great easy reading book series!
  •     Another well written book in the Cedar Cove series only one more to go I shall be sorry to end this series
  •     I have largely loved following the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber. I distinctly remember reading that very first one and thinking that when I grew up I wanted to be Olivia. There are still story lines from many years ago that have stuck with me and characters I remember fondly. The series has given me many hours of joy and entertainment and it was with a heavy heart that I reviewed the last book, "1022 Evergreen Place" and gave it a 3-star rating (which I actually thought was pretty generous). Knowing that this is the penultimate novel in the series, I had very mixed emotions about reading this one. I was hoping many of the problems of the previous novel had been fixed, but fearful they weren't. To jump directly to the bottom line --- the old Debbie is back!In this latest novel, the main story features the relationship between Rachel and Bruce. Rachel and Bruce are having marital difficulties stirred up by Bruce's daughter from his previous marriage. Jolene and Rachel got along very well and were close until Rachel married Bruce and then things deteriorated. By the beginning of this novel, things are so bad between them that Rachel decides she can no longer stay in the home. The remainder of the book follows them as they try to figure out if there is any way to make this marriage successful and how they are going to cope with Jolene. Ben and Charlotte are also a major story line along with Lync Wise and his wife.What really bothered me in the previous book was the number of story lines (too many) and the amount of time devoted to back story (too much). I was very concerned that as the books continued to progress, that problem would only get worse and to my great relief, Ms. Macomber "fixed" this issue. "1105 Yakima Street" is back to featuring only a few main couples, allowing enough time devoted to each for the reader to really become involved in their lives. In addition, there is just enough back-story given to refresh your mind as you read along, but not enough to bog down the narrative.Bottom line: I am very happy to say that Debbie Macomber is back to her usual form and has published another highly entertaining read in this latest effort. There is only going to be one more book in the series before it ends - a Christmas book - and I am now eagerly awaiting its publication.
  •     Wow I have made it though eleven books and each one better than the last. I can't wait for Christmas. I know this will be a Christmas better than anyone they have ever had and for us too!!!
  •     I'm a slow reader but finished the book in three days! Really enjoyed! So good!!!
  •     love the series
 

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