Book Review: Debbie Macomber – 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series Book #1)

Sometimes I find new authors in strange ways. I attended a craft class a few years ago to learn how to make a mosaic bird bath (which, by the way, I love and still own!) and another attendee talked almost non-stop about author Debbie Macomber. Imagine my delight when I realized she is a prolific series writer! If you’re familiar with my love of series-type books my excitement will come as no surprise.

I decided on the Cedar Cove series, choosing it deliberately because it seemed fairly current and also ongoing (the ongoing part isn’t entirely true … the series is complete however the town lives on in a new book published this year.) I’m a huge fan!

16 Lighthouse Road kicks off the series and introduces us to the major characters and Cedar Cove itself, a close-knit Pacific Northwest town. Olivia Lockhart is a family-court judge who denies the divorce petition of young Cecilia and Ian Randall. Jack Griffin, the newly arrived newspaper editor, hears about the story and runs with it. Meanwhile, Olivia’s best friend Grace Sherman is coping with the mysterious disappearance of her husband Dan. Olivia herself is working on her relationship with her daughter Justine, and her mother Charlotte is uncovering a mystery of her own. There are many stories interacting and converging at once but they are easy to follow and while some come to satisfying conclusions, others await resolution in a future installment. I immediately wanted to begin book #2 (but, alas, I try to pace myself!)

As a side note, the press-release descriptions for the Cedar Cove books are so endearing I will include them as well. They’re written by characters in each novel, addressing potential readers.

Dear Reader,

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 judgment: 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…

Olivia Lockhart


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