Friday, January 1, 2016

4 Stars - A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Fiction / Family Saga
Buy: AMZ

About the Book

In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.

This is my first Debbie Macomber book. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to pick up a title, but the premise of this one grabbed me. The story reminded me a bit of Kristan Higgins' "If You Only Knew," but the two aren't exactly the same. Here, the two women starting over are an older woman and her daughter-in-law, both divorcing their respective cheating spouses.

It's nice to read a story with romantic elements featuring an older heroine like Leanne. Her story, with Nichole's, is told in tandem and flows nicely in the first person POV. It's a sweet story you can finish over a weekend.

ARC received from publisher via NetGalley.

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