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16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1 | [Debbie Macomber]

16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

"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!"
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener, 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 Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work - and I agreed. So I rendered my judgement: 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...Olivia Lockhart, 16 Lighthouse Road, Cedar Cove, Washington

P.S. Pay another visit to Cedar Cove.

©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Prolific Macomber...is known for her honest portrayals of ordinary women in small-town America, and this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jenni 03-26-13
    Jenni 03-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Story, Lousy Narrator"

    Many characters, every one with an interesting story. I enjoyed the story enough to continue with the series, but the narrator sounded just like a telephone operator, mechanical and impersonal. I will read the rest of the series the old fashioned way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 06-03-13
    Ann Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator ruined any possibility of an OK story"

    Being a knitter, I have enjoyed Macomber's books in the past. Got this on $4.95 sale. Would be possible to listen to a nice story, but the narrator's tone is that of an old busy buddy with a little bun on top of her head. She simply was too irritating to listen to past Chapter 3. I quit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-23-14
    Cyndi Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Writing style exhausts me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy Ms. Macomber's story lines, but her dialogue is highly improbable. It's stilted and formal. Proper and correct, yes, but much too formal for books like the ones Ms Macomber writes.


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

    TIresome. Her male voices are pompous and forced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 04-20-14
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 04-20-14 Member Since 2002

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Makes you feel Good kind of book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although I love Murders, Mysteries & Action books, sometimes you just need to take a break & find something homey to listen to. Debbie McComber is one of my goto authors when I'm not feeling good, when I'm wrapped in my jammies & laying on the couch. It's that mug of hot cocoa, the pat on the shoulder & your Mom's homemade soup kind of story that makes you feel good in the end, no matter what.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It always works out in the end. Your kids can listen with you & you won't be embarrassed. Your Granny can listen & love them. My husband doesn't like violence on tv but he can sit for hours & listen to Debbie's books without a problem. He's always calling for more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like 19 kids & counting, the Little Couple, 7th Heaven and all oldies like the shows on ME TV & Vision, these stories are for you. They tell a good story, there's rarely any violence & it always works out in the end. It may not work out like you thought, but it always works in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 03-18-14
    Kathryn 03-18-14
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    "Watched the TV show and loved the book"
    If you could sum up 16 Lighthouse Road in three words, what would they be?

    Simple, enjoyable, interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I watched the series on Hallmark but listening to the book, seemed to help me get closer to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tamara Bend, OR, United States 12-16-13
    tamara Bend, OR, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Town of Your Dreams!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this whole series! Debbie whisks you away to a coastal town where if you are looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right you will most possibly meet them here. I love how you feel like you know each character as your own neighbors and friends. If only there were really towns like this where everyone for the most part shows kindness what a great world this would be!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that each character is described so well that you can actually picture them in your head. You really feel like you know them as friends not just characters in a book. Listening to the story really helps to visualize these characters more so than just reading words on a page.


    What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is such a great character reader, she really gives each character a distinct and different voice and is so consistent that you think there has to be more than one reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself looking forward each evening to read about what everyone is doing. I gasp when things surprise me and actually teared up when the characters found lost love ones or if someone you feel you know passed away.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend not only the Cedar cove series but her other series as well. You will be swept away into all the stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 11-13-13
    Anne 11-13-13
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    "Plodding and predictable"

    Sandra Burr does a pretty good job with very little. The characters are self-absorbed and mostly one-dimensional - especially the men. There is no appreciable plot that I can detect and what little content there is to this story unfolds with painful slowness. I'm giving this one back to Audible half finished. I can't risk listening to it while driving for fear I'll nod off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-05-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Small Town, Down Home"

    I really liked the story which includes several families in the small town of Cedar Cove. I appreciated the struggles of the young military couple who had lost their baby girl who was born prematurely. I found myself getting angry at the wife for not "sticking it out", since I am a 22 year veteran "army wife" myself. I cheered for the judge who caused the young couple's divorce to be delayed . . . and happily listened to the progress or lack of progress over the months that followed. This book, like some other reviewers have noted, is not made of HEAVY stuff . . . but sometimes I like that, normal people, normal problems, compassion and healing, and just settling in for a good listen. This book fits the bill nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 10-26-13
    DK 10-26-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "An Interesting Beginning To A Romance Series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got this book on a Daily Deal promotion for under $5. I would not have purchased it at full price or use a credit, as I like my books a bit more racy with more spice and 'bedroom' action.

    That being said, this is a NICE, SWEET romance book, not raunchy or descriptive in the intimate scenes-leaving you to decide how to interpret. A lot of romance, several stories intertwined within the one book. The characters include a judge, her 'helpful' elderly mother, a couple young couples, a disappearing husband, etc. It is funny, feel good and the book does take on some heavy material, characters deal with the death of an infant, another with a miscarriage.

    I look forward to reading more in the series-though I hope to get them on sale.

    Dear Listener, 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 Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work - and I agreed. So I rendered my judgement: 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...Olivia Lockhart, 16 Lighthouse Road, Cedar Cove, Washington


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Charlotte-the elderly mother of the judge. She is clever and funny without meaning to be. She stumbles on to her own mystery and is determined to figure it out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I felt the narrator was above average, though she did sound more believable with the older characters.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: No graphic content nor cursing. A nice, contemporary romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dalton, GA, United States 10-19-13
    Cindy Dalton, GA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Definitely different"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a mix of multiple dysfunctional relationships of a group of people and how their lives cross each other. It is definitely different trying to keep up with the multiple relationships and all of the problems but the majority of them are resolved in the end.

    I rolled my eyes a lot and even shed a few tears. All in all it's a good read but you have to be open to the multiple story lines simultaneously being told. There were a few times I wasn't sure I'd make it though but I hung in there and will say it was worth the read.

    I have to say she did a good job getting all of the relationships to progress together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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