Debbie Macomber is a master at emotional, uplifting, insightful stories and "A Girl’s Guide to Moving On" is one of her best novels. Her characters are well-defined, well written, and so realistic that by the end of the book the reader feels like they are intimate friends with Nichole and Leanne. Macomber explores the challenges of two women starting over after their marriages are shattered. Both face very real challenges, but at different points in their lives, and as they grow in their own inner strength and independence, both are faced with difficult choices. I really enjoyed this book and I’m sure that Macomber fans will love her latest novel. If you haven’t read Macomber before, this is a lovely book to start out with.
Nichole is shattered when she discovers her husband Jake has been unfaithful. She leaves him and she and her son Owen begin to start over and rebuild their lives. Nichole’s actions have repercussions for not only her family but her mother-in-law as well. After seeing Nichole find the strength to confront her husband and not turn a blind eye to his philandering, Leanne realizes that she can’t put up with her own husband’s cheating behavior, which has gone on for decades, any longer. She finds the courage to leave and try to forge a new life. As both women bond further in friendship, they find that no matter what stage of life you are in, starting over takes a lot of courage and is never easy.
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.