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.
I must admit I have never before read a book by Debbie Macomber but glad this was my first! A Girl’s Guide to Moving On was a great read, and brought out all kinds of emotions. Nichole and Leanne are some very strong women, even if they don’t completely feel that way.
Leanne was Nichole’s mother in law, that was until she found out her son had been cheating on Nichole and she just couldn’t let her go through life the same as she had. This brought them even closer. Nichole had the courage to stand up to her husband and file for divorce. Although she had a young son, Nichole was strong enough to start a new life for herself and Owen. It took nearly two years for Jake to finally get the picture and realize Nichole wasn’t coming back. Sucks to be him..not really, he treated her like crap and deserved a lot worse than what he got.
Leanne and Sean were a completely different story, although they were almost the same. Leanne had been married to Sean for 35 years. Through the years he had had many affairs, in and off again flings, and a wife sitting at home trying to hold it all together. She never believed that she would make it without Sean. Thankfully, when Nichole filed for divorce it gave Leanne the courage and push she needed to end her long lost marriage. Although she had been married to Sean for many, many years they were together out of convenience. A good ‘picture’.
That all changed for both of them when they made a list of things to help them move on. I cant recall what all was on the list right now, but you need to read the book for yourself anyway 😉
Nichole met a handsome, kind, caring (after she cracked his shell) man. He was rough around the edges, but a big softie on the inside. Leanne had also met someone. A loving, caring, man who just so happened to be learning to speak English as a second language. And no, I did not add the to show ‘racist’ anything, I added that simply because that is how they met. She was his teacher, and they became fast friends.
Now I’m sorry but that’s all the details you will be getting out of me. I loved this book, and fell in love with the characters. But, you will think I’m psycho if I tried to explain all the feeling that went with this book. From laughter to tears, it all ran the course. Romance, a little bit of suspense and lots of laughter bring it all together. And of course, as with any book, the ending is the best. I only wish it were longer, maybe even a series but I’m sure it will be a movie one day and I can enjoy it all over again(not saying I wont repeatedly read A Girl’s Guide to Moving On). Hope you all enjoy!
I received a complementary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are all mine.