In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.
When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.
Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.
An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.
Have you ever read a book, really liked it and yet were unable to come up with anything more than “I really liked it” when you went to start your review?
If not, then I am totally jealous of you because it happens to me from time to time and it happened here with A Girl’s Guide to Moving On. I finished the book a couple of days ago and still find myself without a real plan on how to tackle this review, so I’m just going to wing it.
Divorce is a word that doesn’t bring out warm and fuzzy feelings from most people, something that I’m well acquainted with though maybe not for the reasons one may assume, but that is a story for another time. So, when I read the description I was curious to see how the author would tackle the subject especially since I had never read a Debbie Macomber book before and I really enjoyed it. I felt the topic of divorce was handled respectfully.. There was a good balance between the bad and ugly moments and the sweet and hopeful moments that kept things realistic.
The journey’s that Nichole and Leanne went on were well thought out and fit who they were and what they had been through because as much as they both dealt with cheating husbands, the situations were very different. I found Nichole’s storyline more interesting of the two because she stepped out of her comfort zone more and followed “The Guide” by meeting new people and forging relationships with them. Her road was also more difficult of the two since her ex was being a jerk and while there were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her, I also couldn’t fault her for her reactions. As for Leanne’s story, I may not have been as invested in it, it still pulled at my heartstrings because she faced very different challenges and after living one way for thirty five years it was definitely like being the new kid in school trying to figure out where you belong.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found the writing engaging and most of the characters likable, though each one does end up growing throughout the book, which kept things interesting since it is a character driven story. The steps in the “Guide” were ones that I think everyone should find a way to add into their lives and see what can come out of stepping out of your comfort zone and taking control of your life and happiness. Also, this one falls firmly on the ‘more sweet than smexy’ side of the spectrum which was a nice change of pace considering what I typically read.
The Bottom Line: Despite the topic, this was a sweet, well written read and I’ll be looking to add more of the author’s books to my TBR pile.
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.
In 2015, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications included Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October) and paperback editions of Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters (July), and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Macomber’s beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, which just completed its third season at #1 on Saturday nights. In addition, Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark during the 2015 Christmas season. The Hallmark Channel has produced four other successful Christmas movies based on Macomber’s bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, Trading Christmas, and Mr. Miracle.
Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series. These include the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.
She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.