I am a fan of Debbie Macomber’s, both as a person and as a novelist. Her books don’t appear in Christian bookstores, but many of them would qualify. They are engaging, uplifting and thought-provoking.
She is on the advisory board for Guideposts (a series of Christian daily devotionals) and is a spokesperson for World Vision (a wide-reaching philanthropic organization).
I am also a huge fan of the Hallmark Channel. It came as no surprise to me when Hallmark made her Cedar Cove series of books into a TV series on their network. Perhaps I was drawn to this series in particular because Steve and I lived in the Cedar Cove area of Hartselle, AL for 14 years, and that is where our children were teenagers and where both daughters held their wedding receptions.
I also love Hallmark Christmas movies and at least five of them are based on Debbie’s books: Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, Trading Christmas, Mr. Miracle and Dashing Through the Snow.
Debbie is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. I consider myself to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She blogs. I blog. She collects recipes. I collect recipes. But, there the similarities end. She is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 200 million copies of her books in print around the world. I’ve written ONE book, and I hope to break 100 copies sold within the next few years. She’s also a prolific knitter, and I’ve never knit a stitch.
But I digress.
When my Silver Fox and I were planning our trip to Alaska, I requested that we include Port Orchard, Washington on our post-cruise itinerary. I knew it was where Debbie lived and that Port Orchard was the inspiration for her Cedar Cove series. I learned that Debbie owns a cafe/tea/gifts place in town, so we headed there to browse and have lunch.
The Grey House was delightful. The food was delicious, and the menu was very Debbie-ish, especially the extensive tea menu which included an assortment of black, green, herbal and white teas.
I ordered the loaded potato soup with an herb and cheese scone and house salad. Steve chose the club sandwich and soup.
We both had dessert! I ordered the fruit of the forest pie, because I wanted to taste marionberries before I left Washington State. Steve chose bread pudding, because he LOVES bread pudding. Everything was fresh and served so attractively.
Attached to the cafe is a Hallmark store — a natural connection, don’t you think? But, this Hallmark store had a few unique-to-Port-Orchard areas. One was a large display of Debbie’s books. I became the proud owner of an autographed copy of Debbie’s Cedar Cove Cookbook.
The other area was a display of her latest books in a tea party setting. I couldn’t resist sitting there and wishing fervently that Debbie would come walking in the door and join me for a nice chat about books while we drank tea.
Alas, that didn’t happen, but I did learn that she comes in several times a week and that her corporate headquarters was in the adjoining parking lot. Naturally, I headed that way for a photograph. I was told that Debbie often writes from the third story turret room, perfect for looking out over her hometown while she weaves another tale.
Note to Debbie: If you looked out your window a few weeks ago and noticed a prissy grandmother-type straining to get a closer look, that was me. And, thank you for the Bible verse included with your autograph. It is one of my favorites.
2 Timothy 1:7 — “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”
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