|Yes, I have this cookbook too! It's fab!|
A place where everyone is friendly, and goes beyond the call of duty to be kind to others. People go to Church on a Sunday as a family, and support local businesses. The women cook from scratch (oh the dishes of food are mouthwatering!) and craft - but they're also feisty, independent women. Not some stereotype, chained to the kitchen sink. The men are gentlemen, they don't cheat, or lie (well, only little white lies, we the readers know why they've done it - for a greater good - but of course it causes massive problems, break ups, but ultimately resolution). Friends are proper friends, dependable with no bitching or backbiting. Everyone meets the love of their life and they marry in quite a short space of time, usually eloping! Christmases are REAL Christmases, the sort I strive (and fail!) to have every year.
It's all completely unrealistic, but I wish I could actually live in a community like Cedar Cove. All I see in this day and age is 'me me me' and 'Every man for himself' and 'What's in it for me'. I don't like it one bit. I'd love life to take a step back to good old-fashioned morals and family values, but in their absence, I can lose myself in the stories of people that have actually come to seem like real people to me. I've read all the books in the series but I'll still read them over again!
Reading up online I see that the series has been made into a TV series for 2013! I should be excited but I bet UK TV won't pick it up - well, not the channels I subscribe to anyway. Andi MacDowell takes the role of Judge Olivia Lockhart (later Griffin).
If you haven't seen it, you can see the trailer via the link below, and see what I mean.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove - Video | Hallmark Channel