16 Lighthouse Road (Thorndike Americana) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Feb 2002
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'Macomber 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.' --Publisher's Weekly
'When God created Eve, he must have asked Debbie Macomber for advice because no one does female characters any better than this author.' --Bookbrowser Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
So I delved into 16 Lighthouse Road, the first in Macombers Cedar Cove series and was immediately captivated by the small Washington State town by the sea where a small town full of warm people weave their tales together. Centered around town judge Olivia Lockhart andthe other residents of the town each book in the series is designed to feature different peoples stories whilst other characters fade in and out.
I loved this first book, sharing the stories of Cecelia and Ian who find themselves denied an easy divorce by Judge Lockhart after the loss of their baby daughter, mixed with the mystery of the nursing home resident Olivia’s mother begins visiting. Finally the story of Olivia’s best friend Grace who’s husband Dan simply vanishes one day after a rocky patch in their marriage.
Simple stories, beautifully told and with the promise of more to come I was hooked with this series. I found that I wanted to move to Cedar Cove just to share a coffee with Olivia and Cecelia and slip into their lives. Each story was individually told yet woven together beautifully. Atmospheric and wonderful. An absolute joy and I’m now even more keen to delve into the tv show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Debbie Macomber brings the characters to life again in this second book about Cedar Cove, with great skill and understanding of human nature. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny Wren
Haven't started reading it yet, love the programme Cedar Cove.Published 3 months ago by christine macdonald
This ne makes the woman on the front the main focus, but introduces other characters who you will come to love.Published 3 months ago by Florabunda
The whole world was developed well and I could see everything clearly in my head. Read more
Just couldn't get into the story, maybe because I watched the tv series on Demand 5 and so the book seemed very slow moving to me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lucy Kelly