A Girl’s Guide To Moving On by Debbie Macomber Review

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A Girl’s Guide to Moving On: A Novel

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.

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This was a good book…. I’m surprised! It’s not one of my usual reads. I was looking for something different to read and I got it with this book.
The synopsis really grabbed me. 2 women one younger and one older. Trying to find their way in life after divorce. The differences they go through at different stages in their life & the choices they make.
It’s was a good read!

Both women have been through a lot.
Leanne had been married for 35 years to her husband Sean. Finally getting the courage to leave her cheating husband when she finds out her son also has been cheating on his wife.

Nichole is Leanne’s daughter-in-law.
Her mother-in-law just told her that her son Jake has been cheating on her.
So together they both leave their husbands and starting a new life.

The story takes you along the day to day life of both women. They both lean on each other and support each other through all the hard times and good times.

I loved reading about how both women moved on.
Finding new friendships and new love interest.
Nichole found Rocco when she least expected it. And Leanne found Nimolaj. A student in her learning to speak English class she taught at.

But… I must admit.
The Book plateaus around the 43% mark. I had to push a little bit to move on. I understood why these women were taking it slow and really thinking about things.
But also…. These women knew what they were doing. It almost felt like they were playing games a little bit with these new men in their lives.
Leanne especially with Nikolaj. I felt bad for the guy.

And Nichole…
I don’t know if Rocco was the right guy for her first relationship after her divorce.
I thought I would warm up to him as I kept reading.
But… I just wasn’t feeling the way he talked to Nichole. He was always so cold & rude. It was just hard to see him as the one for her. It’s like he had this permanent attitude.
Yes… He was nice when he wanted to be. But it just wasn’t enough for me to fall in love with his character.
After everything her ex put her through… Why would she even want to put up with someone else’s attitude?

The ending of the book was perfect. Both Leanne and Nicole finally found their happiness.

I’m so glad I took a chance on this book. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author. I will diffidently be checking out her other books.

*ARC provided via Netgalley for an honest review*

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About this author


Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that embrace family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

Macomber is the author of more than 100 novels, most recently the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Starting Now, and The Inn at Rose Harbor; two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; two acclaimed children’s books and the Mrs. Miracle Christmas novels. She is also the author of beloved and bestselling series of novels set in Cedar Cove, Washington (such as 16 Lighthouse Road, 204 Rosewood Lane, 311 Pelican Court) on which Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, is based. She is the recipient of a RITA® award; an RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Macomber with their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her next novel to be published will be ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM (August 13, 2013).

In addition to her bestselling novels, Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she was recently named 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 State (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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