16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove #1) by Debbie Macomber

16 Lighthouse Road (A Cedar Cove Novel)


Olivia Lockhart 
Cedar Cove, Washington

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 my mother's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work and I actually 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!


After watching the Cedar Cove TV show I thought I should check out the books and see what they were like. I loved the TV show, I love Hallmark channel cheesiness, and 16 Lighthouse Rd is the first book in the series. I was curious to see if it would be a bit about everyone like the show, or if it would focus on one set of people like a lot of series do. 

16 Lighthouse Rd was a good read. You get to know a lot of different characters, get to see how everyone knows everyone else and how they all interact with each other. There is bit of a main storyline with the couple who wants to get divorced but maybe not really. It is not really a main storyline like most books, but you get some resolution to it and they keep popping up. They were sweet. The guy is in the service and the lady was all alone trying to deal with the death of their newborn while he was away. Since then she has not been able to deal and keeps lashing out at him even though it was not his fault. It was obvious to Olivia, the judge hearing their case, that they still love each other and she wanted to give them a bit more time to try and work everything out. It was sweet really how everything happened. 

The main character, like in the TV show, is Olivia. She is a judge in Cedar Cove and always trying to help everyone as much as she can. You get introduced to newcomer Jack who seems to like Olivia, but is hesitant to do much about it. He has secrets and Olivia is not sure what to make of that.

You meet Olivia's friends and family and just get a feel for the town. It follows the show pretty much so it was an interesting read. It is kind of cheesy Hallmark style, but I love that. I will have to read more to find out what will happen next! There are so many characters and I love that they are all just mixed into the same storyline. A pretty good read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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