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16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  18,986 Ratings  ·  1,153 Reviews
Perennial favorite Debbie Macomber does what she does best in 16 Lighthouse Road, introducing fans to the scenic Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, Washington, and its panoply of characters, including family court judge Olivia Lockhart who makes news when she denies the divorce petition of Cecilia and Ian Randall. Decreeing that the young couple had not tried hard enoug ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I have this really cool friend. She is known as the book whisperer.

She willingly lugged the first 6 of this series – amongst probably 20 others – up to my city on public transport to lend me these books, and others, with her reading friends. I keep saying my reading friends are lovely..

It’s such a sweet story – I can see the beginning of a very easy going series. Things fall into place very easily here!

Sometimes I got an English feel as I read along, but it’s actually set in Washington. The matr
Sometimes only Debbie will do.

I just have to say it! I love Debbie Macomber! There's just something about these books of hers that is so darn cozy and comforting. My favorite characters are always "les femmes d'un certain âge". Sometimes the younger dames can get a tad frustrating. They're always doing this thing where they run back and forth to their dude like 25 times before they finally give into their burning lust and settle down for a life of love and commitment (Kandice, you know what I'm
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My last completed book of 2014:):

What did I think?

Welcome to Cedar Cove :) My new fictional hometown... I may spend my time going between there and Boonsboro...

"A letter" on the back from Olivia welcomes us to step into her world and meet everyone. We open with a day in Olivia's courtroom where she's hearing a petition from a young married couple who want to dissolve a prenuptial agreement so they can get a divorce.

Right away, we're plunged into the lives of Olivia and her mother Charlotte, her
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Cedar Cover series and also my first read by Debbie Macomber. Let's just say that I am hooked. I adore Macomber's writing style. This is one of those books you curl up with on a cold night with tons of blankets and a cup of cocoa and just enjoy reading. I read this right after finishing Insurgent and it was perfect to clear my mind and lighten the mood.

There are so many characters and stories told in this book and Macomber does an excellent job with each one. There
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I forgot how back in the day Debbie Macomber would have love scenes in her books. It's been a while so it actually shocked me for a second. This is the first book in the Cedar Cove series that I haven't read in years. I still have a bunch of these on my shelves at home, but since I was traveling and got stuck in Boston, decided to re-read the first three since I had some free time.

"16 Lighthouse Road" stars a whole cast of characters, but focuses mostly on two couples, couple number one is
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
Well my mother was right. I finally read the first of the Cedar Cove books and loved it. Debbie Macomber has created a memorable place full of heartwarming people.

16 Lighthouse Road is the home of Olivia Lockhart. She is a family court judge. When Cecilia and Ian Randall seek a divorce in her courtroom, she denies them the divorce feeling they have not tried hard enough to make their marriage work. Sitting in the courtroom is her mother Charlotte. A woman who's heart is in the right place and lo
I've never read Debbie Macomber before and one of my twitter buddies suggested that I try her Cedar Cove series so I requested the first book in the series from my library.

It was interesting. The writing was emotional and compelling. When I opened the novel, I got sucked into the situation with Cecilia and Ian a young married couple having to deal with the loss of their child, their new marriage, and Ian's military career. I think those two resonated with me the most because when I was a Sergean
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
This type of light, contemporary romance isn't my normal type of reading material but, after stumbling upon and enjoying the Cedar Cove television series on the Hallmark Channel and then discovering it had been cancelled, I decided to get a copy of 16 Lighthouse Road from the library. I was hoping to find that the television series is true enough to the book series that, at some point, the loose ends left dangling in the television series may be tied up in the book series. For the most part (at ...more
Lisa Kay
This is a review of the audio version of this book. Note: Narrator Sandra Burr does a good job on all the various voices necessary for the first in this small-town series.

I selected this book to fulfill a “Featured Author” challenge read. I fell into the B category: Familiar with her work, and wouldn’t mind reading her again. After finishing this sweet story, I would say I’m in the A category: Would definitely look at her other books, since I've enjoyed this one very much.

This is a nice story, w
Lynn Spencer
This book is pretty much the literary equivalent of dinner at my in-laws' house. What do I mean by this? Well, my MIL has a tendency to go on and on for hours at a time telling stories about her neighbors, fellow church members, etc... in minute detail. Often she is the only person at the table who knows any of these folks. So, while the tales might be marginally interesting, it's basically a lot of gossipy news about strangers so it doesn't really grip the emotions or imagination.

And that's wha
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
What a gem of a book this was! I enjoyed reading this book so much that I finished it in 2 days! Debbie Macomber truly has a gift in novel writing. I was emotionally attached to this story for many different reasons. This is the first book in the Cedar Cove Series and I am super delighted that I finally got around to reading it!. I loved the town of Cedar Cove and the residents in it! I also loved that the storyline had Navy in it! Being a Navy Wife myself, I can relate somewhat to the deploymen ...more
Wonderful emotional story of love,betrayal,pain,loss,friendships,confusions,anger and second chances.Each character's emotion was brought out so beautifully.I was really happy Cecelia-Ian both did not throw away their marriage the second chance that they got they made an effort and got their HEA,Grace my heart goes out to her after 35 years of marriage such loneliness pain anger but looking forward to see why Dan went away,Olivia glad she and Jack cleared out their misunderstanding.Looking forwa ...more
DNF at 45%

I hate DNF'ing. I swear it physically pains me to DNF but mother of god...

I was in the mood for something a little different and the mother likes this stuff so I decided to give it a shot. Not. For. Me.

The characters were just so rigid and a bit too proper. I mean there is a 22 year old women who uses the word 'vehicle' and wears slacks and reads like a 102 year old. To be fair she goes through something horrendous that would age anyone but she sounds just like our family matriarch wh
I will admit I'm a latecomer to Debbie Macomber and her Cedar Cove stories. I was lucky enough to pick one up to read on our community loaner library shelf, and I discovered a writer with a sweetly sentimental contemporary voice. When I'm in the mood for a straightforward romance with warm feelings of home, I now reach for one of Debbie's books.

16 Lighthouse Road is my first foray into the lives of Judge Olivia, her mother Charlotte, and her selection of friends and family. I was very happy with
I have many issues with this one. The only reason it is a 3 starrer and not 2 stars is I finished it rather fast and Debbie Macomber happens to be one of my favourite authors. The storytelling was good but the story or rather the characters fell flat. The only lady who got some admiration from me was the Judge Olivia.

Grace's story was incomplete and all wrong. (view spoiler) And I was tired of Cecilia and her hubby's incessant tifftaffs over nothing.

Basically I don't like books with incomplete
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Briansgirl
Wow I have just finished reading this book for the second time ! I would happily give it 6 stars if it was possible.
I found I could really relate to all the characters and liked them all too. Based on 4 families and 5 pairs of characters it was a pure delight to read.
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Miniseries: A Cedar Cove Novel
Category: Contemporary Romance
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Sarah Smith
16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD, the first novel included in the Cedar Cove series, is the first novel that I have ever read by Debbie Macomber. Because I consider myself an avid reader, of course, have heard Debbie Macomber's name, but I have not had the pleasure of looking into any of her works until now. I was looking for a light, playful romance novel to read in order to balance the tone of the last 6-8 novels that I have read lately. And... After having finished 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD, I was pleased to find ...more
I enjoyed the TV series Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel and was disappointed when Hallmark decided not to continue with the series, so I decided to try reading the books to revisit the characters and see how they differed from the TV series. I had heard there were quite a few differences and so far, after finishing the first book in the series, there are some minor ones compared to the TV pilot.

I will say that I liked the TV series better, but maybe that's because it's what I knew first. It was

16 Lighthouse Road is book #1 in the famous Cedar Cove series. Cedar Cove series is a secular series, and I chose to read these books because so many people have been gushing about how wonderful the Cedar Cove series is on the Hallmark Channel. I have not seen the TV series, though.

Cecilia and Ian Randall have not even been married for a year. During that time, they’ve been mostly separated because of Ian’s Navy duties. Cecilia gave birth their baby daught
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julia by: Romance Readers Reading Challenge for April
I found this book really weird and certainly not what I was expecting. It follows the love lives of several women linked by circumstance and friendship in an idyllic medium-sized community. It starts when Cecilia, who is trying to get a divorce after less than a year following the death of her baby, is told by the presiding judge that she will have to go to a hearing, and in the meantime they should try mediation. The Judge, Olivia, is falling in love with the local newspaper editor, a newcomer ...more
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This is not a typical Macomber book. After reading it, I'd be hard pressed to recommend it. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just what is it, which felt like a soap opera. She had too many main characters with active storylines. She flipped to each person's point of view, so you were inside nearly everyone's head at some point. It took a long time for the book to get going. In the beginning it was just too confusing. I didn't care about any of the characters til halfway into the boo ...more
Jill Robinson
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is my new night time reading series. Not violent. Not too much action or drama. Just like a sweet Hallmark movie to send me off to sleep!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
From the synopsis I thought this was going to be a series that I’d enjoy. Unfortunately, this book was a bit too superficial, and dare I say, simplistic for me. I like to connect with characters but most of them here lacked depth and reach. I didn’t give up though and gave Judge Olivia Lockhart, her daughter Justine, her mother Charlotte, and her friend Grace Sherman a chance. Out of all of them, I think I liked Grace best. As for Cecelia, I could definitely not relate to her, or to her husband ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting book, when I started reading it and learned about the characters I wasn't very excited about it since the main characters are divorced who are about 50 years old.
I thought it was going to be a very very boring story about old people... it wasn't quite that.
There were several main stories and they all were developed aside from each other but also connected since everybody lives in Cedar Cove).

I'll be reading the next one soon since I am curious about Dan.
I enjoyed reading this book. It's the first book I've read by Macomber, it was recommended to me by the peolpe at my favorite used book store. Said to be be clean and fun. The first in this series with many other books and series to read. Definately a great recommendation. It is fun to read a little slow paced in parts but interesting at the same time. I will read the rest of the series as I come to find them at the library or used book store.
Michelle Burgard

I am an adamant lover of this tv show, so I figured I would give the books a try. Needless to say, I am not disappointed by my choice! The story was wonderful. Full of light drama and loads of humor. Not full of sex - which is sometimes refreshing anymore- but an all around family tale. I will definitely be reading more.
Lynne Spreen
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midlife
I'm hooked on the Cedar Cove series. They're pretty addictive. I'm up to the fourth one now. I'll review them later, but for now, it's like a guilty pleasure, a soap opera. Fun!
Robin Kempf
This is a book about people's lives. Nothing really happens as relationships develop and end. There are some interesting ideas that you want to keep reading about, such as the storyline where a woman's husband of 35 years walks out, but it's really just so mundane. I could see the attraction of a light read, but it's not an escape from everyday life, because it is everyday life.
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“I don’t think you need to worry about me marrying Jack,” she assured him. He parked at the curb and cut the engine and then said the oddest thing. “Good.” Good? He didn’t want her to remarry? What a strange reaction, considering that he’d been married to Marge for fourteen years.” 0 likes
“It wasn’t only his business practices that distressed Olivia. Everyone knew that Warren had cheated on his wife—correction, wives. He’d flaunted his affairs until both women had filed for divorce and left town.” 0 likes
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