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. (Goodreads)
I have read many books by Debbie Macomber and I have enjoyed them all. This book was no different and it is a great addition to the many titles that she has written.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Nichole and Leanne are mother-in-law/daughter-in-law who could not be any closer if they had been related by blood. Both have divorced their spouses, both because of cheating and womanizing. They both moved into an apartment building and live across the hall from each other. They are each other’s support group and they have written a guide to help them put their lives back together. I think this guide would be helpful for anyone finding themselves in the same situation. Nichole and Leanne are strong independent women who had to dig deep to find out just how strong they were. Shawntelle was my favorite character, she was funny and did not take any garbage from anyone. I would love to see her have her own book.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author seems to understand what makes a woman tick and she seems to be able to see into the hearts and minds of most females. At times the book is funny, sad, heartwarming and thought-provoking. These elements are perfectly blended and makes for a touching read.
The only thing that I was not thrilled with is the fact that Nichole and Leanne did not spend very much time exploring the dating pool. They seemed to be content to enter into a relationship pretty quickly after leaving their husbands. To me this seemed a little unrealistic and I would have rather seen them date more people before deciding if they had found Mr. Right the second time around. This is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s fiction. As I stated earlier, I have never read a book by this author that I have not enjoyed and I will continue to read her work. You should too.
I received a free copy of this book from this author in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.