16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Grace Sherman, Olivia's best friend, plays a large part in the storyline. Her relationship with her daughters, Maryellen and Kelly, was interesting. Although the two girls disagreed with the right choice for Grace to make when her husband and their father, Dan, disappeared, they still supported one another.
This novel left me with a satisfied feeling that all was well in Cedar Cove!
And now I have to tell you that the reason I chose this book to read, silly though it may sound. I am fascinated with Lighthouses, and have a pretty large collection of them, including large and small figures, paintings, pictures, and yes, even a Lighthouse Encyclopedia, complete with photos and histories of actual lighthouses from all over the world.
What happened to the missing husband?
What happened with the grandfather's possessions and his grandson?
No interest in re-reading this story. I may be interested in this series if it is bundled or available via the library.
I am always interested in works by this author.
16 Lighthouse Road is is the first book in the Cedar Cove series. The whole book revolves around the life of Olivia Lockhart and the people that are most important in her life. As a family-court judge, Olivia has to deal with a lot of divorce cases but recently a young couple, who are well known within the community of Cedar Cove, find themselves standing next to their attorneys in court. Olivia finds this case a bit peculiar because a year before their marriage they signed a prenuptial agreement which stated that their marriage would last a lifetime.
Olivia believes that their marriage might still be intact if it wasn’t for the tragic loss of their infant daughter, Allison. Olivia also believes that this is no reason to end a marriage seeing as she lost her son a few years back and that was the reason her marriage ended as well.
Sensing the love that Cecilia and Ian still have for eachother, Olivia decided to make her decision using her heart and not her head. She then denies their petition for divorce. Little does she know that this news will soon be all over town.
The newspaper had just recently hired a new editor for the chronicle. This editor has made it his mission to make the weekly newspaper more important and more engaging for the citizens of Cedar Cove. Olivia was unaware of Jack Griffin’s ambition and apparently didn’t recognize his face in the courtroom either.
The next morning Olivia sees that her decision made the headline of the column and actually enjoyed reading his perspective on her decision. Over the next couple of weeks Jack and Olivia fall into a relationship while Cecilia and Ian try to repair their marriage.
Although things seem to being going great in Olivia's relationship, her daughter Justine is faced with a tough decision. Should she marry a man whom she doesn’t love in order to be financially secure or allow herself to fall for her high school lover. Meanwhile, Olivia’s mother befriends a stroke patient who hides a secret that he might share, if only he could speak.
While Olivia tries to help everybody who is closest to her solve their problems, she finds herself relying on Jack to provide her with advice when everyone in her life seems to be losing hope.
As her best friends marriage begins to fall apart she is now reflecting on the years that she was married to her ex-husband Stanley. She thinks about her son’s tragic death and realizes that she understands what Cecilia and Ian are going through, but has hope that they can work through the problems.
I really enjoyed reading this book and engaging with the characters’ past and their stories that the author illustrates so beautifully and with so much detail. One of the things I really love about Debbie Macomber’s writing is that she does a really great job of pulling you out of reality and placing you into the characters lives through her writing.
The character development throughout her books is astonishing to me. She does such a great job at creating an emotional connection between the character and the readers. Her books are amazing romance novels that include just enough fiction so that you can still relate what the characters are going through to your own life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an escape from everyday life.
The continuing theme throughout this book is definitely perseverance. This book teaches you that even when times get hard and you feel like there is nothing left for you to make things better, things will always get better. With the people that love you by your side, nothing is impossible.
There are a lot of historical events that occur throughout this book. The book takes place during world war 2 and so there is a lot of drama going on throughout the book just based off of that aspect. Cecilia’s husband Ian was deployed when she gave birth to their daughter Allison and in addition to that he was still deployed when they lost their child as well.
I find this interesting because I was researching more about what was taking place in the lives of the women whose husbands were deployed I discovered that a lot of women experienced the things that Cecilia went through while Ian was deployed. I feel like this is an important aspect to have in books like these because people can really connect with the characters emotions and they understand what they are going through.
Another historical event that took place within this book was the first time the Mt.Helena erupted. This was probably about half way through when the main character Olivia was telling a story about a memory she had from a couple of years ago. She was talking about how they were in Washington with her ex-husband and her 3 children. They were driving back to Cedar Cove when suddenly everything stopped.
I feel like it is really cool that the author tried to incorporate all of these historical events into a fiction novel because although the characters lives are “fake” these events gives the story an aspect of reality.
I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to start reading the 2nd book in the series, 204 Rosewood Lane. Debbie Macomber does a really great job of adding a sense of reality to fictional stories and I think that it is important to have an aspect of reality in a fictional story because it allows your audience to be able to connect with the stories and the character more. Overall I thought this was a really good book and I was really engaged in the characters and the story.
In the beginning I found it difficult to remember each character and how their story contributed to the overall storyline. However, midway through I noted the pattern and was able to follow along.
I definitely look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Top international reviews
However, if you want a novel which is easy going, light and gossipy then this, the first of a series of novels by Debbie Macomber, is for you. Reminiscent of a short series of Desperate Housewives, you are taken along with the up's and down's in the lives and relationships of four focal, strong willed/stubborn and resilient women.
I enjoyed peeking into their worlds, with the prose written just like a TV script, and was made to feel wanting of things to go right for the characters, which kept me reading. I felt frustrated in parts, when the characters were making life and relationships hard for themselves - which I guess is an indication of how well you get to believe in them. There is nothing too gritty - though some difficult life topics come up - and the type of ending you hope for is waiting.
For the UK reader, you have to transport yourself to the US, with the 'mom's', types of bars and diners, car models and other Americanisms, but this doesn't detract from the themes or enjoyment, even when geography is referred to which you would only have some grasp of by looking at an Atlas.
I would say that this is a chick flick type of read, a great summer holiday time waster and when I want something light and fluffy again I will no doubt move on to Number 2 in the series.
If you liked the T.V series you will love these books.
This is the first book in the Cedar Cove series and, despite being a fan of Debbie Macomber, a book I've been putting off reading. From the blurb it sounds like Olivia rules against Cecilia and Ian fairly randomly, but it turns out their story is heartbreaking. Their whirlwind romance ended in tragedy when their newborn daughter was born prematurely and died while Ian was uncontactable on a Navy submarine. Olivia's judgement becomes understandable as the two have barely spoken since Ian's return. I found myself really rooting for the couple and hoping they'd sort out their issues.
The strength of the book lies in its characters, each of whom is likeable and has their own story to tell. Aside Cecilia and Ian's relationship, there are several other storylines. Olivia finds herself drawn to Jack who runs the local newspaper. He's new to Cedar Cove and is keeping some secrets. Another plot line is given to Olivia's daughter Justine who is in a relationship of convenience, dating an older man as a well kept trophy. Justine has never wanted a long term commitment, but Olivia worries she's missing out.
Grace Harding is Olivia's best friend, and she's having problems of her own. Her husband is becoming increasingly distant, hiding things and changing his schedule. They've been married for 35 years and Grace worries that Dan has found another woman. Olivia's mother Charlotte has her own story revolving around her friendship with Tom, a patient at a local care home.
Cedar Cove itself is a cleverly developed town that really sounds like a place I'd like to visit. Loosely based on the author's own home town, Cedar Cove manages to tie the storylines together keeping the book coherent and well paced. Quite a long time passes during the book (almost a year) so the story has a grounded, realistic feel as problems aren't sorted out magically overnight.
All in all, this was a great read and I'm really looking forward to 204 Rosewood Lane.
16 Lighthouse Road is the first book of the series and I obviously recommend you start with this one, but dont stop there !
A good easy read book ideal for holidays or just feet up and loose yourself in other peoples lives.