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A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

January 25, 2016
A Girl's Guide To Moving On
Debbie Macomber
women's fiction
Ballantine Books
February 23, 2016
Net Galley


Description of the book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this powerful and uplifting novel, 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.

My Review of A Girl’s Guide To Moving On

Debbie Macomber has written a heart warming story about two women finding the strength to move on when faced with infidelity.

Nichole is young and has been married for five years. She knows her husband is sorry he got caught, but she doesn’t believe he will really remain faithful to her. The other is her mother in law, Leanne. Leanne has been married for thirty-five years and her husband has been unfaithful most of those years. The two form an unusual allegiance.

They know if they are going to survive they are not going to be able to sit in their apartments and cry over their failed marriages. So they made a list or guide to help them move on.

First on the list was to stay busy and reach out to others. Each found a way. Leanne volunteered at a Community Center teaching English as a second language. Nichole became a volunteer at a shop where she helped pick out outfits for women to wear to interviews.

Next was to cultivate new friendships. Both women made new acquaintances through their volunteer work. It was a necessity for both women as they were no longer living in the same area of the city as they once had when they were married.

Then the hardest part was to let go of the past. They knew they could not harbor resentment toward their ex husbands. That was not productive. It would only hurt them.  They would not be able to move on if they were dwelling over the past. They realized they were living in the present and had to have a positive mental attitude about the present and their future.

The last item on the list was to love yourself. After all the mind games and the emotional turmoil of divorce neither woman had a very high self esteem. It took time and the new relationships to restore their self worth.

I loved this story. I admire strong women and these two were definitely strong women. I loved that they supported and encouraged each other along the way. I thought it was very interesting that these two were such good friends given the fact that Nichole’s husband was Leanne’s son. A very tricky road for Leanne. She handled it beautifully.

The characters are wonderfully written. I could feel every emotion as they struggled to move on with their lives only to be pulled back by their ex husbands. I read this book over a weekend. I did not want to put it down. Debbie Macomber writes stories that pull on our heart strings and this story is no different.  I loved it and I hope you will too.

Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy. I am always happy to write an honest review about a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

About the 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. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2015, Macomber’s all-new hardcover novels include Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October). Paperback editions will be issued in 2015 for Blossom Street Brides (March) and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has published cookbooks; inspirational and nonfiction works; as well as acclaimed children’s books.In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books.

Macomber’s Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, now enjoying its third season. In addition, Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be adapted as a Hallmark Channel movie in fall 2015.

Macomber owns the Victorian Rose Tea Room and A Good Yarn Shop, named after those she featured in her novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is 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 (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.



About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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