"Enjoyable relationship drama"
Ian Randall was out at sea when his young wife Cecilia
gave birth to a baby with a defective heart. Not long
afterward, Cecilia stands alone burying their daughter.
Unable to cope, Cecilia and Ian agree to divorce, but Cedar
Cove, Washington Family Court Judge Olivia Lockheart denies
their petition. She believes the grief is coloring their
decisions and both remain in love with one another.
The new Cedar Cove Chronicle editor Jack Griffin
attended the court on the day that Olivia issued her
surprising ruling in the Randall case. He writes a
laudatory editorial praising the decision. Jack wants to
start seeing Olivia, who he admires for her courage and
conviction to avoid the easy road of granting the divorce
decree. However, he has quite a road to travel, as she
never recovered from her divorce. Meanwhile her mother
interferes in her cases and her daughter drives her crazy
while her son joins the navy. This is a normal scenario
for Judge Lockheart.
16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD is an enjoyable relationship cozy
that looks at life in a small town, mostly through the
women. When God created Eve, he must have asked Debbie
Macomber for advice because no one does female characters
any better than this author. The story line is somewhat
fragmented between the several different subplots whose
link is Olivia. Still, the cast is superb and the town
seems so real that the audience will stroll through the
pages of this novel and want more Cedar Cove books in the
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 23, 2001
Fans of heartwarming small-town stories will be delighted by close-knit little Cedar Cove, Washington, just a ferry ride from Seattle -- but a world away from big-city life. Don't get the idea that this is a sleepy little town. The local paper may only come out twice a week, but there's plenty happening every day. The citizens of Cedar Cove are full of life, longings, and surprising secrets. The resident of 16 Lighthouse Road is Olivia Lockhart, the judge presiding over the local family court. She has just handed down a controversial decision to prevent naval officer Ian Randall and his wife, Cecilia, from pursuing their divorce. She plans to give the young couple time to work on their marriage in the wake of their infant daughter's death -- whether they want it or not. Between Olivia and her outgoing mom, Charlotte, there's not much that happens in Cedar Cove that goes unnoticed. As you meet their family, friends, and neighbors, you'll see new loves blossom, marriages on the rocks, relationships on the mend, secrets revealed, and old wounds healed -- and this is only our first visit to this charming little community.
Genre: Contemporary Romance