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Debbie Macomber
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Jan. 20 2008 Cedar Cove Series (Book 1)

Olivia Lockhart
16 Lighthouse Road
Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Listener,

You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories—maybe even their secrets!

I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather…difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there's my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them.

Here's an example: I'm a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work—and I agreed. So I rendered my judgement: Divorce Denied.

Well, you wouldn't believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn't mind seeing more of!), everyone's talking.

Cedar Cove—people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!

See you soon….

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Perennial favorite Debbie Macomber does what she does best in 16 Lighthouse Road, introducing fans to the scenic Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, Washington, and its panoply of characters, including family court judge Olivia Lockhart who makes news when she denies the divorce petition of Cecilia and Ian Randall. Decreeing that the young couple had not tried hard enough to make their relationship work following the tragic death of their newborn daughter, Olivia's decision brings her to the attention of recent Cedar Cove arrival, newspaper editor Jack Griffin. And Jack's attentions are not entirely unwelcome for the long-divorced Olivia. In addition to her continued involvement in Cecilia and Ian's ongoing negotiations, Olivia's life is further complicated by her mother, Charlotte, her daughter, Justine, and her best friend, Grace, as they struggle with the difficult situations life tosses their way. Charlotte becomes enmeshed in trying to solve a mystery left to her by a mute stroke victim she befriends just before he dies. Justine has found the perfect man for her, one who shares her ambitions and thoughts on relationships, but why does she keep thinking about the boy she knew in high school who has grown into quite a man? And Grace's husband, Dan, has disappeared--again--and Grace has no idea where he is and when or if he'll be back. The multiple story lines and numerous relationships make reading at times challenging, but Macomber fans, old and new, will stand up and cheer as the prolific author lodges her protest against the disposable personal relationships all too common today. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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As a family court judge, Olivia Lockhart has dealt with numerous divorce suits but none as peculiar as Cecilia and Ian Randall's. Before the young couple was married the year before, Cecilia and Ian signed a prenuptial agreement stating their marriage would last a lifetime, but now, after the tragic death of their infant daughter, the two wish to rescind the agreement. Sensing that Cecilia and Ian are still in love, Olivia lets her heart guide her decision, and denies their petition. Olivia's decision makes headlines in The Cedar Cove Chronicle and earns her the admiration of the paper's editor, Jack Griffin, a newcomer to the small Washington town. While Jack courts Olivia, and Ian and Cecilia try to repair their marriage, Olivia's daughter is forced to decide whether she should marry a man whom she doesn't love; Olivia's best friend grows frantic over the disappearance of her husband; and Olivia's mother befriends a stroke patient who harbors a secret he would share if he could speak. Despite the novel's fragmented structure, readers will warm to its endearing characters. Prolific Macomber (Thursdays at Eight, etc.) is known for her honest portrayals of ordinary women in small-town America, and this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre. (Sept.)Forecast: A national print advertising campaign and a Northwest author tour scheduled to coincide with the publication of Macomber's latest offering will boost sales, and a rosy real-estate cover will increase the book's appeal to its target readership.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.... Dec 1 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
16 Lighthouse Road is a series of subplots within one book, where not one single subplot takes the lead. There are several stories found in this Macomber title. Olivia is a 50-something judge who presides over a divorce hearing and refuses to grant the divorce. The couple in question is Cecilia and Ian Randall, who have gone through their own private hell - loss of a baby which leads to their mess of a marriage.
Olivia herself is the focus of a subplot. She has been divorced for many years but has not remarried as her ex-husband has. Then, she meets Jack Griffin, newspaper editor of the local paper, and she finds herself interested. The feeling is mutual.
Another subplot is Charlotte, Olivia's mother, who is involved with many social groups including helping out at the hospital, where she meets an elderly man who cannot speak, because of a stroke.
Yet another subplot is the story of Justine, who is dating a much older man, and her mother is Olivia. She has no desire to settle down, but then starts to have conflicting emotions when she meets up again with an old high school mate, Seth.
There is nothing wrong with having several subplots in one book. The problem was that there was no main story, and the book reads like a soap opera. Debbie Macomber can write, but I have a feeling the fault here is her editor. There are repeated passages all over the book, where things could have been nicely condensed. Transitions from one scene to another are not very smooth. I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if someone had taken the time to proof read the book and do it right!
I have the second book in this series of books, 204 Rosewood Lane. I am hoping to find this book a much better edited book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it straight through Dec 31 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading lots of romances lately. Some have been so awful that after 50 pages, they go to the used bookshop. So it is was pleasure to find one that was so readable and enjoyable. Of course, with Debbie at the keys, this is not surprising.
While there is some fragmented areas, like the transition between characters, it didn't matter. I just could not stop. The little town of Cedar Cove is charming and the people are real people, doing things that most of us do each day. Work, workout with a friend, shop and run to the cleaners. And none of us live in a fairy tale world. These women don't either. However, Jack's friend Bob does seem to have the one stable marriage in the book. And at least Olivia and Stan have a civil relationship.
The approach to the solution for Cecilia's and Ian's marriage allows for much growth in their maturity level. Actually we see alot of growth in the book. The grandson of Tom Harding overcoming his reluctance to take his grandfather's mementos, Grace developing some independence and Justine, looking past the glitter of a superficial relationship and finding true love in someone crystal clear and wholesome.
I think that some loose ends were left at the end intentionally and that in the next book ( which is hinted at), we will probably find out what happened to Grace's husband and see Jack and Olivia weather some ups and downs. Of course, I am just guessing, but that is what I would like to see.
This one is a keeper and I will read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but leaves you wanting more! Oct. 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
16 Lighthouse Road is a unique compilation of stories about friends and acquaintances of Olivia Lockhart, Family Court judge, in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, Washington. With her usual writing skill, Debbie Macomber takes chords of real life circumstances (divorce, a child's death, alcoholism, strained familial relationships, disappearing spouses, and military service separation) and entwines them with love, hope, and reconciliation. Unfortunately, all of them can't be fully developed in one 377 page paperback.
Macomber paints wonderful and evocative word pictures of the Washington landscape and the personalities of her characters. The dialogue and honest interaction of the characters draws you immediately into the storylines and keeps you reading in spite of the fragmented structure of the book.
Ian and Cecilia Randall, the young newlyweds struggling with the death of a child and separation because of his Navy career, appear in her courtroom. Jack Griffin, newly arrived editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle, and love interest. Her busybody mother Charlotte Jefferson, who collects recipes at funeral wake. Tom Harding, stoke victim and mysterious new resident of Cedar Cove Convalescent Home, who gives a key to her mother. Grace Sherman, the best friend whose husband keeps disappearing; and Justine, her daughter, in a relationship with a man twenty years her senior. All endearing characters that capture your heart.
Switches between the stories and her believable, engaging characters will keep you turning the pages to see how each saga ends, but you do long to spend more time with them. Or, perhaps re-visit with them in a sequel. After all, we never do learn what happened to Grace's husband!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's an OK book Oct. 8 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I should have known, by reading the blurb on the backcover, that this book was more into events happening rather than characters developing. In fact, Olivia, who I think may be the main character, but can't say for sure, is never described. You never know what she looks like! Her daughter Justine, whom is never developed either, is so irrational and selfish you have to wonder why she is like that. Give me a break - she keeps saying she wants to marry Warren - 20 yrs older than her, and impotent - over Seth who is gorgeous and loves her very much. Where's the reasoning in this? Because she thinks she will have to live in a boat? Isn't she the manager of the bank, I am sure she can afford a house. I also felt Grace and Dan's story needed closure, how is she supposed to get a divorce and get on with life if he never shows up again. I honestly believe he wouldn't have left all of his clothes. He seems too stingy to spend money on a new wardrobe, or let his girfriend do so. Charlotte would have been a nice character, in fact we know more about her - the way she looks and acts and why - than anyone else in the story, however she was too much of a busybody for me. I don't enjoy reading about busybodies. All in all, I felt like I was reading an article out the Star newspaper rather than a book. Books are supposed to draw you in, develop characters, make you feel what they feel and move you towards a conclusion that make sense, not give just the events. This author must have gotten good grades in her newswriting class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
This book was a wonderful summer read, easy and enjoyable. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Metcalfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cedar Cove series
My sister has already read the first 3 books in this series and she can't put it down. Can't wait to start.
Published 11 months ago by Mary Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Debbie Macomber
I found it very easy and pleasant reading, and would love the whole series of cedar cove at lower price.
Published 15 months ago by Jannie Ensing
5.0 out of 5 stars Cedar Cove Series
I have read all the stories in the books of the Cedar Cove Series, and I could not put any of the books down until I had finshed reading them. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2005 by Joyce M. Rushton
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par read
I 'abandoned ship' on this book towards the end when there was an explosion on the aircraft carrier - the same thing happened in one of Macomber's 'Navy' books. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by K. Stuckey
4.0 out of 5 stars OK book
This book was good. I did think the characters Cecilia and Ian were sort of weak. They did not come across strong at all. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by B. Kimble
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is an excellent book. I couldn't put it down. If you prefer reading a heartwarming story about a comfortable and cozy small town rather than a big city thriller, this book is... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by K. Doll
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to be a great series!
Many reviewers have written about the content (characters) of the book so I won't delve too much into it for my review. I haven't read too many of Ms. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, awesome
My husband is in the Navy and we live in the area where the book is based. I recognized so many of the things that she talked about so I know how special and great they are,... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by "mjalyn"
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of town
Cedar Cove is filled with people just like you and your next door neighbors, people easily identified with. Read more
Published on July 30 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
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