16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1)

16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1)

4.2 351
by Debbie Macomber

View All Available Formats & Editions

Olivia Lockhart

16 Lighthouse Road

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 ou to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories — maybe even their secrets!

…  See more details below


Olivia Lockhart

16 Lighthouse Road

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 ou 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 ...


New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's day starts long before the sun is up: when her alarm clock rings 4:00 a.m., her home on Washington's Puget Sound is still shrouded in darkness. Even her husband's pleas for "just one more snooze, honey" don't dissuade her from focusing on the day ahead.

"I spend so much of my time writing that I hardly have a chance to read," says the talented author, who has written over 100 books to date. "From four to six in the morning is a precious time for me — I get to immerse myself in someone else's words!"

Readers worldwide clamor for her heartwarming stories of home and hearth, lively romantic adventures, inspirational tales of human kindness and even stories of angels with earthly missions. In fact, over 60 million copies of Debbie's boks are in print worldwide!

Debbie is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those around her. Her inspirational lectures urge women of all ages to pursue their "impossible dreams." After all, this woman who had once been called a "hopeless dreamer" has overcome a variety of obstacles in her own life, including financial strain and the demands of four small children, to become one of the world's most popular writers.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Publication date:
Cedar Cove Series, #1
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.03(d)

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.

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 346 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
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.
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!
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
After watching the premier of Cedar Cove I was hooked. Reminds me of my childhood when people truly cared about family and friends. I am reading the entire series, on #5. If you are searching for a charming series start with this book!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great book and wonderful introduction to the Cedar Cove series.  Recommend Very Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Book 1) Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: MIRA Published: 1-1-2001 ISBN-10: 0739420232 ISBN-13: 978-0739420232 E-Book ASIN: B00CJPYDHO Pages: 377 Genre: Women's Fiction Tags: Romance, Contemporary This is the first book in the long running series by Debbie Macomber about the residents of the picturesque town of Cedar Cove. The fictional town is loosely based on the town Ms. Macomber grew up in. 16 Lighthouse Road is the address of Judge Olivia Lockhart and she is the main figure in the book. There are many sub stories in the book that are carried through the series until they are resolved. Olivia is the judge for family court and as such resides over divorces, child custody and the such. She draws the attention of Jack Griffin, editor of the local paper, when she passes an unusual ruling in the divorce case of Cecilia and Ian Randall. Following the birth and death of their daughter, Allison, their marriage disintegrated. Olivia's ruling - Divorce denied. She held them to their pre-nup in which they swore both would not seek a divorce but work through their problems. Jack writes an article praising Olivia's guts for standing up and not making the disillusionment of the marriage easy. To say Olivia is not happy is putting it mildly. Yet they are attracted to each other and try to pretend they are not. Ian is an officer in the Navy and had met and fallen for Cecilia. When she became pregnant they married for love not duty, but with Ian away so much Cecilia was forced to go through the early birth and quick death of the baby from a heart defect. Feeling abandoned in her grief she could not forgive Ian for not being there to help her. Olivia can easily empathize as she lost a thirteen year old son fifteen years earlier from a drowning accident. In shock, they must either take it before a jury or seek counseling. The other sub=plots include a patient in the nursing home, whom Charlotte, Olivia's mother, visits on a regular basis. Tom Hardin is unable to talk or can communicate only partially. Charlotte is determined to find out about the man and locate his family when Tom dies. Then there is the romance between Olivia's daughter Justine and Warren Sagett. Twenty years Justine's senior and a control freak, Olivia does not approve. Finally there is the story of Olivia's best friend, Grace Sherman and her husband Dan. Dan is moody and their marriage is on the rocks which she is trying to hide from her friends and neighbors. Like any small town there is a lot going on below the surface. Book 1, 16 Lighthouse Road just touches the surface. Look for book 2, 204 Rosewood Lane too continue to learn more about Cedar Cove and its many colorful characters. I have read this series many times and have them on audio. I am now watching the series on the Hallmark Channel. My advice is to read the series to find out the full story behind the TV program. They differ in may ways and the television program lost many of the sub-plots. You will get a greater enjoyment from the books and you will definitely fall in love with Cedar Cove and want to visit often. Close your eyes and recall the descriptions Debbie Macomber uses. You will be able to see it clearly in your mind's eye. See you there soon.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters but frustrating situations. Really a soap-opera. And much left unfinished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago