Title: 16 Lighthouse Road
Series: Cedar Cove #1
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2001)
Genre: contemporary romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
Getting to know the characters in this town is priceless. Although there is a `main couple` who`s story we live alongside them, readers also get to know many other individuals from the town. Macomber`s cast is as varied as the town itself. You can`t help but be drawn to a favourite character and to try to insert yourselves in the lives of those you`ve come to know so well. (Yes, I definitely found myself trying to give individuals advice more than once). Macomber doesn`t simply develop her characters, but also the town itself. I love how the town of Cedar Cove becomes a character in its own right. It comes alive under Macomber`s careful tutelage.
This is a well written and solidly put together novel that will worm it`s way into your heart. The town and characters are absolutely unforgettable. This is a must read for romance enthusiasts.