Monday, July 21, 2014

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

Title: 16 Lighthouse Road
Series: Cedar Cove #1
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2001)
Length:  368pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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…


My Review:

What a vividly real story. Macomber develops this world with a downplayed vigour that draws you right into the heart of Cedar Cove. I also appreciate the fact that although this town is very well developed throughout this first novel of the series, Macomber doesn`t reveal all of its secrets, leaving more to be explored in future instalments of the series. Through this town she tells a brilliantly crafted tale that will go straight to your heart. Macomber evokes your imagination and your emotions throughout. By the end you are left with a sense of completion & happiness while still needing to return to the town of Cedar cove for yet another adventure, making this the perfect introduction to a series that stands out in the crowd.

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.

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