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Shadow Chasing: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)

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Debbie Macomber’s signature charm shines in this classic novel about a young woman whose encounter with true love is twisted by a heartbreaking dilemma. With only seven days to unwind in the sun-drenched splendor of Mexico, Carla Walker isn’t expecting to find “Mr. Right.” Then she meets Philip Garrison, and all her plans for a casual vacation fling melt away. But when Car Debbie Macomber’s signature charm shines in this classic novel about a young woman whose encounter with true love is twisted by a heartbreaking dilemma. With only seven days to unwind in the sun-drenched splendor of Mexico, Carla Walker isn’t expecting to find “Mr. Right.” Then she meets Philip Garrison, and all her plans for a casual vacation fling melt away. But when Carla finds out that Philip is a cop—just like her father—she’s devastated. She’d always vowed to stay away from police officers and the tumultuous lifestyle that comes with them. Despite their chemistry, and Philip’s persistence, Carla ends the affair. Only when she returns home to Seattle does Carla realize that it hadn’t just been the tropical sun that set her blood afire; it had been Philip. Now she wants him back. But is Carla willing to sacrifice her biggest deal breaker for true love?


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Debbie Macomber’s signature charm shines in this classic novel about a young woman whose encounter with true love is twisted by a heartbreaking dilemma. With only seven days to unwind in the sun-drenched splendor of Mexico, Carla Walker isn’t expecting to find “Mr. Right.” Then she meets Philip Garrison, and all her plans for a casual vacation fling melt away. But when Car Debbie Macomber’s signature charm shines in this classic novel about a young woman whose encounter with true love is twisted by a heartbreaking dilemma. With only seven days to unwind in the sun-drenched splendor of Mexico, Carla Walker isn’t expecting to find “Mr. Right.” Then she meets Philip Garrison, and all her plans for a casual vacation fling melt away. But when Carla finds out that Philip is a cop—just like her father—she’s devastated. She’d always vowed to stay away from police officers and the tumultuous lifestyle that comes with them. Despite their chemistry, and Philip’s persistence, Carla ends the affair. Only when she returns home to Seattle does Carla realize that it hadn’t just been the tropical sun that set her blood afire; it had been Philip. Now she wants him back. But is Carla willing to sacrifice her biggest deal breaker for true love?

30 review for Shadow Chasing: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Drumm

    Predictable but a cute, fun read

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alida Arabelle

    Just a fun vacay read. Could have been better though. Carla was one irritating person. They just seemed so off together no real chemistry amongst the 2.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Bought at church rummage sale. Carla and her friend are on vacation in Mexico. Other trips have been nice but they didn't have any chance at romance. The next two men who enter the bar and order a margarita will be their "targets". They are both out of their comfort zones but end up having very nice vacations, but can these men really be their soul mates? Easy read Bought at church rummage sale. Carla and her friend are on vacation in Mexico. Other trips have been nice but they didn't have any chance at romance. The next two men who enter the bar and order a margarita will be their "targets". They are both out of their comfort zones but end up having very nice vacations, but can these men really be their soul mates? Easy read

  4. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I would have given this one 2.5 stars if it was an option, only because of the 2nd story in the book. The first story, Shadow Chasing was awful. I really didn't like Carla, the main character. She really, really didn't want to date a cop, and had a ridiculous reaction to finding out that the guy she meets is a cop. But at the same time, she keeps interacting with him, even when they return home. Then once they do decide to date or marry whatever, she completely freaks out that he has been shot ev I would have given this one 2.5 stars if it was an option, only because of the 2nd story in the book. The first story, Shadow Chasing was awful. I really didn't like Carla, the main character. She really, really didn't want to date a cop, and had a ridiculous reaction to finding out that the guy she meets is a cop. But at the same time, she keeps interacting with him, even when they return home. Then once they do decide to date or marry whatever, she completely freaks out that he has been shot even though she hasn't been told that at all by his partner. Ugh. I was relieved when this one was over. The 2nd book was a bit better in that I didn't really hate the lead Julie. She was a bit more likable, even though Daniel was kind of a jerk and not very agreeable. I mean from the beginning, you knew they would end up being in love again, but it wasn't a horrible read to get to that point. I've really liked the other books by Debbie Macomber, maybe it's just her stand alone stories that are bad?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I found this book in a used book bin and thought I had read and enjoyed some of her work in the past. I forced myself to finish this book, as I realized it was one of two stories in “A Second Glance”. It was horrible. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Giving two stars instead of one simply because it wasn’t bad enough to entirely ditch, and I was able to at least finish it. But I will definitely not be recommending this book to anymore, nor will I be reading any more of Debbie’s work in the future. Back to the used book bin I found this book in a used book bin and thought I had read and enjoyed some of her work in the past. I forced myself to finish this book, as I realized it was one of two stories in “A Second Glance”. It was horrible. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Giving two stars instead of one simply because it wasn’t bad enough to entirely ditch, and I was able to at least finish it. But I will definitely not be recommending this book to anymore, nor will I be reading any more of Debbie’s work in the future. Back to the used book bin you go! Maybe someone out there enjoys her....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda A.

    Love Trumps All This is a beautiful love story. What begins as a Mexican vacation to find romance, leads to true love. This love is not without its trials and tribulations, but it certainly proves the adage that love conquers all. On a personal level, I feel incredulous at true, undying, marrying kind love being found after a mere six days. However, this is a fun, quick read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    CR

    Shadow Chasing (5 Stars) This story was fabulous! I loved the characters and just how everything flowed so well. This was a very light and clean romance (just kissing). I liked that it was a very fast read so if you wanted to take it to the beach or something this would be a great book to take with you. Yesterday Once More (1 Star) This one after reading about two pages. Just didn't grab me the way Shadow Chasing did. So I decided to DNF it. Shadow Chasing (5 Stars) This story was fabulous! I loved the characters and just how everything flowed so well. This was a very light and clean romance (just kissing). I liked that it was a very fast read so if you wanted to take it to the beach or something this would be a great book to take with you. Yesterday Once More (1 Star) This one after reading about two pages. Just didn't grab me the way Shadow Chasing did. So I decided to DNF it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paola Jaumot

    yikes this was so baaaaad and am not even sorry to say that. The writing was awful, the characters were awful, the plot was awful and on top of all that even the romance was awful. The characters had nothing in common, they had zero chemistry, but somehow ended up falling in love after 2 days???? like whaaat!! Not to mention the amount of times that they fought, "broke up" and got back together 3 seconds later as if nothing had happened was so annyoing. Bleh don't read this. (: yikes this was so baaaaad and am not even sorry to say that. The writing was awful, the characters were awful, the plot was awful and on top of all that even the romance was awful. The characters had nothing in common, they had zero chemistry, but somehow ended up falling in love after 2 days???? like whaaat!! Not to mention the amount of times that they fought, "broke up" and got back together 3 seconds later as if nothing had happened was so annyoing. Bleh don't read this. (:

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lis Sigona

    Interesting story with a curve to it in the storyline. Two people in vacation, taking chances, yet one not sure they really want to commit for one specific reason. Not sure I could believe love would stop over one issue like this but then I wouldn’t know, I don’t have that phobia like Carla did. But I sure would have liked to have known what happened to her roommate and her love that she found on vacation. That was left open ended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Norine Luker

    Ending was good I can't remember the last time I disliked a character as much as I disliked Carla, the heroine of this book. I could not understand why anyone would like her, much less fall head over heels in love, as our hero Philip did. At about the point I was convinced I couldn't stand it anymore, she began to grow past her issues and the ending redeemed the book. Ending was good I can't remember the last time I disliked a character as much as I disliked Carla, the heroine of this book. I could not understand why anyone would like her, much less fall head over heels in love, as our hero Philip did. At about the point I was convinced I couldn't stand it anymore, she began to grow past her issues and the ending redeemed the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Enjoyable! On vacation with her friend, Carla meets Philip, and the two hit it off immediately. However, once she finds out that Philip is a cop, she vows not to be drawn into the same miserable unhappiness as her mother has been, since her father is also a cop. Can she come to terms with her fears or will she lose out on the love of a lifetime? A quick, fun read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristine J

    Shadow Chasing As with all of your book's Debbie you kept me entertained all the way through to the end. I love all your books whether they are stand alone stories as this o n e is or a series. I'm so glad Carla was able to work through her issues for true love. Shadow Chasing As with all of your book's Debbie you kept me entertained all the way through to the end. I love all your books whether they are stand alone stories as this o n e is or a series. I'm so glad Carla was able to work through her issues for true love.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Owens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Carla and her friend both have romances while on vacation in Mazatlan, Mexico, but hers turns out to be a policeman like her father. She’s vowed never to date policemen but this holiday romance with Philip changes her mind and her heart.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Shadow Chasing made me crazy. Carla was so whiny it was like a teenage drama/toddler meltdown over and over again. I love Debbie Macomber so I pushed through it hoping it got better but truly it never did. Yesterday Once More was wonderful, loved the characters and didn’t want to put it down.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathie McManus

    Carla and her friend go on vacation. She meets Philip. Even though he is a cop, she falls for him. She fights her feelings for him. She is stubborn but her family is on his side. Philip is a patient man.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    Originally written in 1986, this was fun to read for something different. Although the female character - Carla - drove me to distraction with her “I will never marry a policeman”, but “I love you” and going back and forth between the two opposites.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ABookAddictHere

    Typical Debbie book. Girl find man with a twist, they fall in love but try to deny it . Realize after they love each other. Still good though

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Defi itely some of her earlier writing. It didn't draw me in like so many of her books have. Defi itely some of her earlier writing. It didn't draw me in like so many of her books have.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Pestill

    Shadow Chasing and Yesterday Once More....2 stories in one book...Titled A second Glance

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Both stories featured whiny characters who were incapable of communication in their relationships

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue Perkinson Hawkins

    Excellent

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A good read by Ms. Debbie Macomber. For full review click here A good read by Ms. Debbie Macomber. For full review click here

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha's Library

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good little book, it takes the girl forever to actually let herself love the man but still a good book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen A

    Not one of Debbie Macomber’s best. A little corny and drawn out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy S

    Book contains 2 stories: Shadow Chasing & Yesterday Once More.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This was one of my favorites. I just wish that it didn't end the way it did. I need more!!! This was one of my favorites. I just wish that it didn't end the way it did. I need more!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tammi Kendall

    Another excellent story from a wonderful author

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Good fast moving book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cws

    F Mac

  30. 4 out of 5

    FayAnn

    Sorry but it was just OK.

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