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Discovering Cedar Cove,
This review is from: 16 Lighthouse Road (MIRA) (Paperback)
This is the first book in Debbie Macomber's series. And sets the scene for subsequent books. No matter if you have picked up subsequent books before reading the first, they are easy to get into and all it will do is make you want to come back and read them all! It did me!
A quick introduction to a few characters then; Olivia Lockhart is the local judge who is not afraid of making a decision which might raise a few eyebrows and lower some lawyer's bills! Her mother Charlotte, widowed keeps herself occupied with everything that goes on at the Senior Center (I have used the American spelling here as these books are based in the US and written by an US author) and visiting people in a local nursing home. She also becomes a newspaper columnist when Jack takes a fancy to Olivia, but is she really that interested and what would her children think James and Justine? However their lives are being taken over by events which leave Olivia a bit behind.
Olivia's oldest friend Grace has to come to terms with a major change in her life, and despite holding it together for her grown up daughters, it is not always as easy it may seem.
We are introduced to Cecilia and Ian who have a decision to be made about their future, but being in the US Navy makes communication very difficult especially when a personal tragedy changes both their lives.
I admit to skim reading these books in part, I think because I know what the gist of the story is, and this makes me feel guilty in some ways, but in some ways not because I still feel I have read a lovely warm hearted tale where although there may be some upset along the way, everything carries on as normal around Cedar Cove. I have resisted looking on Debbie Macomber's website at the map of Cedar Cove, based on her home town, Port Orchard. I have the images in my head which I can return to whenever I pick up one of her books, sometimes reality is not quite as good as fiction.