16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1)

16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1)

by Debbie Macomber

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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…


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778316886
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Cedar Cove Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 93,372
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 6.52(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a leading voice in women’s fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, with more than 170 million copies in print, and she is a multiple award winner. The Hallmark Channel based a television series on Debbie’s popular Cedar Cove books. For more information, visit her website, www.debbiemacomber.com.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Cecilia Randall had heard of people who, if granted one wish, would choose to live their lives over again. Not her. She'd be perfectly content to blot just one twelve-month period from her twenty-two years.

    The past twelve months.

    Last January, shortly after New Year's, she'd met Ian Jacob Randall, a Navy man, a submariner. She'd fallen in love with him and done something completely irresponsible—she'd gotten pregnant. Then she'd complicated the whole situation by marrying him.

    That was mistake number three and from there, her errors in judgement had escalated. She hadn't been stupid so much as naïve and in love and—worst of all—romantic. The Navy, and life, had cured her of that fast enough.

    Their baby girl had been born premature while Ian was at sea, and it became immediately apparent that she had a defective heart. By the time Ian returned home, Allison Marie had already been laid to rest. It was Cecilia who'd stood alone in the unrelenting rain of the Pacific Northwest while her baby's tiny casket was lowered into the cold, muddy earth. She'd been forced to make life-and-death decisions without the counsel of family or the comfort of her husband.

    Her mother lived on the East coast and, because of a snowstorm, had been unable to fly into Washington State. Her father was as supportive as he knew how to be—which was damn little. His idea of "being there for her" consisted of giving Cecilia a sympathy card and writing a few lines about how sorry he was for her loss. Cecilia had spent countless days and nights by their daughter's empty crib, alternately weeping and in shock. Other Navy wives had tried to console her, but Cecilia wasn't comfortable with strangers. She'd rejected their help and their friendship. And because she'd been in Cedar Cove for such a short time, she hadn't made any close friends in the community, either. As a result, she'd borne her grief alone.

    When Ian did return, he'd blamed Navy procedures for his delay. He'd tried to explain, but by then Cecilia was tired of it all. Only one reality had any meaning: her daughter was dead. Her husband didn't know and couldn't possibly understand what she'd endured in his absence. Since he was on a nuclear submarine, all transmissions during his tour of duty were limited to fifty-word "family grams." Nothing could have been done, anyway; the submarine was below the polar ice cap at the time. She did write to tell him about Allison's birth and then her death. She'd written out her grief in these brief messages, not caring that they'd be closely scrutinized by Navy personnel. But Ian's commanding officer had seen fit to postpone relaying the information until the completion of the ten-week tour. I didn't know, Ian had repeatedly insisted. Surely she couldn't hold him responsible. But she did. Unfair though it might be, Cecilia couldn't forgive him.

    Now all she wanted was out. Out of her marriage, out of this emotional morass of guilt and regret, just out. The simplest form of escape was to divorce Ian.

    Sitting in the hallway near the courtroom, she felt more determined than ever to terminate her marriage. With one swift strike of a judge's gavel, she could put an end to the nightmare of the past year. Eventually she would forget she'd ever met Ian Randall.

    Allan Harris, Cecilia's attorney, entered the foyer outside the Kitsap County courtroom. She watched as he glanced around until he saw her. He raised his hand in a brief greeting, then walked over to where she sat on the hard wooden bench and claimed the empty space beside her.

    "Tell me again what's going to happen," she said, needing the assurance that her life would return to at least an approximation of what it had been a year ago.

    Allan set his briefcase on his lap. "We wait until the docket is announced. The judge will ask if we're ready, I'll announce that we are, and we'll be given a number."

    Cecilia nodded, feeling numb.

    "We can be assigned any number between one and fifty," her attorney continued. "Then we wait our turn."

    Cecilia nodded again, hoping she wouldn't be stuck in the courthouse all day. Bad enough that she had to be here; even worse that Ian's presence was also required. She hadn't seen him yet. Maybe he was meeting somewhere with his own attorney, discussing strategies—not that she expected him to contest the divorce.

    "There won't be a problem, will there?" Her palms were damp and cold sweat had broken out across her forehead. She wanted this to be over so she could get on with her life. She believed that couldn't happen until the divorce was filed. Only then would the pain start to go away.

    "I can't see that there'll be any hang-ups, especially since you've agreed to divide all the debts." He frowned slightly. "Despite that prenuptial agreement you signed."

    A flu-like feeling attacked Cecilia's stomach, and she clutched her purse tightly against her. Soon, she reminded herself, soon she could walk out these doors into a new life.

    "It's a rather ... unusual agreement," Allan murmured.

    In retrospect, the prenuptial agreement had been another in the list of mistakes she'd made in the past year, but according to her attorney one that could easily he rectified. Back when she'd signed it, their agreement had made perfect sense. In an effort to prove their sincerity, they'd come up with the idea that the spouse who wanted the divorce should pay not only the legal costs but all debts incurred during the marriage. It could be seen as either punitive or deterrent; in either case, it hadn't worked. And now it was just one more nuisance to be dealt with.

    Cecilia blamed herself for insisting on something in writing. She'd wanted to be absolutely sure that Ian wasn't marrying her out of any sense of obligation. Yes, the pregnancy was unplanned, but she would've been perfectly content to raise her child by herself. She preferred that to being trapped in an unhappy marriage—or trapping Ian in a relationship he didn't want. Ian, however, had been adamant. He'd sworn that he loved her, loved their unborn child and wanted to marry her.

    As a ten-year-old, Cecilia's entire world had been torn apart when her parents divorced. She refused to do that to her own child. In her mind, marriage was forever, so she'd wanted them to be certain before making a lifetime commitment. How naïve, she thought now. How sentimental. How romantic.

    Ian had said he wanted their marriage to be forever, too, but like so much else this past year, that had been an illusion. Cecilia had needed to believe him, believe in the power of love, believe it would protect her from this kind of heartache.

    In the end, blinded by the prospect of a husband who seemed totally committed to her and by the hope of a happy-ever-after kind of life, Cecilia had acquiesced to the marriage—with one stipulation. The agreement.

    Their marriage was supposed to last as long as they both lived, so they'd devised an agreement that would help them stay true to their vows. Or so they'd thought.... Before the ceremony they'd written the prenuptial contract themselves and had it notarized. She'd forgotten all about it until she'd made an appointment with Allan Harris and he'd asked if she'd signed any agreement prior to the wedding. It certainly wasn't the standard sort of document; nevertheless Allan felt they needed to have the court rescind it.

    Her marriage shouldn't have ended like this, but after their baby died, everything had gone wrong. Whatever love had existed between them had been eroded by their loss. Babies weren't supposed to die—even babies born

Excerpted from 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber. Copyright © 2001 by Debbie Macomber. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 372 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are romatic and don't have all the sex stuff a lot of books have. Good family reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And of course harriet klausner ruins another book with her excessive plot reveal. Bn please ban this poster and delete all her plot spoilers. She totally ruins every book she touches. Please do something already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Debbie Macomber, and I absolutely loved it! It was such an easy read. I couldn't put it down. I finished it within a day. I will definitely be reading the rest of the Cedar Cove Series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!! I couldnt put it down. Can't wait to start reading the next ones in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sweet story, well written. I plan to read the whole series.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great plot, good writing and a story that will make you want to read more.
mom4gma4 More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical as to whether or not I would like this book. I am usually not a fan of books that make it to the big screen. However, I decided to give it a try and am I glad I did. I developed a vested interest in the characters and couldn't wait to see how things would turn out. Ms Macomber writes about real people with real joys and heartaches. I will definitely keep reading the series and am already on book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, not one of her best. This one left too much unfinished in 261 pages there should have been more closure. I have read other books by her and they were better. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything that Debbie writes is fantastic. I cannot put my nook down to do my chores or get dinner. I have a sewing business and I find that I read instead of sew. I hope Debbie keeps writing for years to come. SewhappyJS
GwennieGwen More than 1 year ago
I LOVE everything I have ever read by Debbie Macomber! I have been wanting to get this series for a while now, and I am glad that I finally did. I can't hardly wait to get the rest of the books in this series!
Bookacholic More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. I was so excited to find out that there are more in this series, Cedar Cove Series. The more you read and get to know the characters, the more you want to keep reading about them. This would be a great series to start know that winter is coming. You get to know the characters, like they are your neighbors. I don't think that anyone would be disappointed in this series. Romanace and a little mystery to keep the interest.
Elle-Dinnell More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book... I've already started the 2nd book in the series. Reading about ordinary people in everyday cicumstances was enjoyable to me. I felt that it was ordinary happenings, but Debbie Macomber has a way of writing that brings them to life and makes them interesting. Like I said, I found it enjoyable to read.
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pennykaplan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
everyday women of various ages in middle class American - peanuts for the mind - good for distraction, but not much really to think about
pandareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
16 Lighthouse Road is the first book in Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. The series has been around for about ten years now so I thought I would give a crack at the first book and see how well I liked it. I didn't dislike it at all, but I didn't find myself loving it, either. It was fast, quick read with not much plot or character depth. I felt out of touch with the characters. I suspect that's because the main characters were women with grown children, looking forward to being grandmothers, something I certainly can't relate to. I don't know if I'll continue on with this series even though a few things weren't even close to being resolved in the first novel.
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Cedar Cove series about a small town in Washington state. This book revolves around a young couple (Cecilia and Ian), after losing their infant daughter, their marriage starts to crumble. The judge (Olivia) won't allow the divorce to happen as easily as they would like and this is their story of finding the true core to their relationship.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the main characters in this story is a young Navy wife, who marries quickly because she is pregnant, then sees her husband go off to sea in a submarine shortly after their wedding.I DON¿T CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER since it¿s in the first chapter and is central to the plot: When her premature baby dies and her husband is unable to be notified or return to help with the funeral and the grieving, (his submarine is under the polar ice cap) she blames him, and THE NAVY, and immediately files for divorce when he returns.Because I come from a Navy family, I found some of the dialogue off-putting¿Navy people really don¿t talk that way, but the story developed OK. There were two other major plot relationships developing simultaneously, and there was an elderly grandmotherly figure who was a hoot¿reminded me of Estelle Gettes in Golden Girls. All in all it was an OK read..certainly was light enough that I didn¿t have to expend much mental energy (probably expended more than the average reader since I got so personally wrapped up in the story.)I will probably try another in the series when I¿m looking for something light and fluffy.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this series, because they're like little soap operas in book form. Nothing heavy here, and nothing vulgar (not that I have a problem with vulgarity). I like how a different character is the focus of each book, but they're all there nonetheless.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cecelia Randall, grieving from the death of her daughter, decides to divorce her husband, Ian, who was unable to be with her when the baby was born, lived, or died because of his Navy obligations. This is one of several story threads that run through 16 Lighthouse Road, which also follows the stories of other Cedar Cove residents, including divorced judge Olivia, and her friend Grace, over the course of several months.I'm not really sure why I pushed through to finish this book, since it just wasn't working for me. I had trouble following all the different characters - while I could keep track of them all, the story shifts made it hard for me to care about one or the other because when I was getting close, the story moved again. Furthermore, these shifts meant that sometimes changes in a character that happened over weeks were summarized in a paragraph instead of shown through changes in attitude or behavior. A story I may have enjoyed more in a different mood.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great Debbie Macomber book, that looks like it will develop into a great series. This book details the lives of five very different women with very different problems and relationships and weaves them together in the idyllic setting of Cedar Cove. A cozy read that will leave you smiling :-)
Fernandame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Audiobook - This was a good book - different stories intertwined by every day life.
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've had this book on my TBR list for almost 6 years! It's one of those that I keep meaning to read, but haven't yet. When I saw my library had it on audio book, I decided now is finally the time to read it.16 Lighthouse Road is about Olivia Lockhart's family and circle of friends. Each character is introduced as Ms. Macomber allows us a glimpse in his or her life. It's a great start to what I'm sure will be an intimate series. Want to meet some new friends? Read 16 Lighthouse Road. I'm just embarrassed it took me so long to read it.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
16 Lighthouse Road is a romance fallowing four different women. A judge who has been divorced for fourteen years. Her friend who has been married for thirty-five years. The judge's daughter who isn't looking for love. Also a navey wife who is wanting a divorce. All of the womens stories deal in part to the judge. It is a decent romance and has me willing to try the rest in the series.
whidbeysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly interesting read. I usually don't go in for this genre but a friend recommended the series and I found myself enjoying it and getting in to the characters. It is a simple read.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"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.