#BookReview: 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

16lighthouseDear 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

I received this as a paperbook yesterday and had finished by this morning.

This is the start of another series by Macomber about a community just outside Seattle. It starts with two young people who married fast and young and whose relationship is on the rocks after the premature birth and death of their daughter – which the husband wasn’t around for due to being on a submarine for the Navy. Up in divorce court, the judge decides to deny them a divorce, and the stories go from there.

There are plenty of different relationships – those who have been divorced or widowed for years, those whose long time marriage dissolves when he walks out, sudden marriages and pregnancies, reconciliations. Not all are finished cleanly by the end of the book, allowing for further books to come alone (are you surprised? really?), whilst also displaying that life doesn’t always finish cleanly.

ETA: This was developed into the Cedar Cove TV series in 2013 with Andie MacDowwll as Olivia. The episodes I have watched seem to follow the books fairly closely, at least at the beginning.

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