P.S. Pay another visit to Cedar Cove.
©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"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)
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
I listened to most of this audiobook twice and still haven't found out what happened to the disappearing husband. He's a pretty large part of the whole plot. Men are pretty weakly portrayed, as another reviewer pointed out.
I found this book on sale for $4.99 as the first of a series and tried it out. It's fun, but nothing really happens in the book, so if you are looking for action, look elsewhere. This is about relationships, and can grow a bit tiresome. But, it was definitely worth $5.
It was difficult to guess what this novel was going to unravel just from reading the short description, however I found it enjoyable. It weaved in all the necessary elements of a great drama - deceit, new love, heart break, new opportunities, etc. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a fairly light read.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Grove series starter, 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD, is soon to be a Hallmark Movie. Reading the book first is a must for me. Once again, Macomber serves up a compelling woman's relationship book that introduces us new 'friends'.
Olivia lives at 16 Lighthouse Road, and centered the story as a judge who makes an interesting ruling. A young military couple is seeking a divorce after their baby daughter is born prematurely and dies shortly thereafter. Olivia made a bold decision by requiring them to try working through their issues even though both people wanted the divorce.
Olivia' Mom, daughter, and best friend are also involved in difficult and/or interesting life situations. As these different woman share their lives in this book, the reader becomes more and more emotionally involved with their loves, problems, and real-life situations. The books becomes more like a letter from a friend than novel. Thank goodness, Macomber has already written more 'letters' from Cedar Cove. Now I'm anxious to see how this book plays out in a movie, staring Audie MacDowell.
I have loved all of Debbie Macomber's books and she keeps getting better and better. I use my audiobooks to relieve stress and love her humor and human characters. Hoping for another new one soon!
Old Broad with Keyboard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had read a book by the author prior to this one and broke from my murder mysteries and suspense novels for this. It was a mistake. It's a novel of rather badly misunderstood or mistreated women who have encounters with unrealistically and weakly portrayed men. It's a true confession novel that will put you to sleep or afraid of getting older.
I enjoy the Cedar Cove tv series on Hallmark and found this book an excellent companion. Like most books which make it to TV or movies, there is just enough difference in the plot to make reading the book enjoyable. Very similar in tone to the television series. Light, romantic and fun. Plan to listen to more books in this series.
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