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16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
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Dec 11, 09

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"16 Lighthouse Road" is the first book in Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and it focuses on the lives of several people living there. Cecelia and Ian Randall married when Cecelia became pregnant, but their baby died while Navy man Ian was at sea. Now they want to divorce because Cecelia can't forgive Ian for not being there when she needed him the most. Judge Olivia Lockhart catches newspaper editor Jack Griffin's attention when she is reluctant to grant the divorce until the Randall's try to work things out. Olivia is attracted to Jack, but is concerned about her daughter Justine who is dating a much older man. Olivia's friend Grace Sherman is having problems with her husband Dan - after thirty-five years of marriage he has walked out and disappeared without any explanation. Finally, there is Olivia's mother, Charlotte Jefferson, who befriended an elderly man shortly before he died and is trying to track down his family to return the few possessions he left behind.

I really enjoyed "16 Lighthouse Road" and bought the rest of the books in the series as soon as I finished reading it. Debbie Macomber's writing can be awkward at times and the book often sounds like a soap opera. She can be melodramatic to a fault, saying one character will never be a grandfather because his son is sterile - has she never heard of adoption? But despite her writing flaws, Macomber is a great storyteller and she creates characters that readers will care about. The book doesn't focus on any one character but tells each character's story equally. Some of the stories, such as Ian and Cecelia's come to a close, but others, such as Grace and Dan's are left open. This can be frustrating and feel like a cheat to readers who want everything tied up neatly at the end, but Macomber had me caring enough about the characters to make me want to read the other books in the series to find out what happens to them. That's the mark of a truly gifted storyteller.

"16 Lighthouse Road" is a well-done soap opera in book form.
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Helen Macdonald I really enjoy all her books,my friend Heather got me reading these books.


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