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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Don Mills, ON, Canada: Harlequin Enterprises, Limited (2002)
  • ASIN: B002V3TQEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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I read this book in about 24 hours.
Susan L. Duncan
This was a realistic story, with realistic characters, real emotions and genuine human interest.
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The characters were very easy to like.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on June 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It has long been my belief that when an author moves from mass market paperback originals to hardcover, the book needs to be something special - partly to justify the increased price and partly to attract a larger audience. THURSDAYS AT EIGHT is Debbie Macomber's hardcover release and there's no doubt about it being justified.
The very method she uses to tell the story is unique. Each chapter begins with a journal entry by each of the four main characters who have met in a journal-writing class but after the class is completed, they find they wish to continue meeting and their breakfast club, Thursday morning at 8 AM at Mocha Moments Café is born. In the first four chapters we meet each of the women: Clare Craig, Liz Kenyon, Karen Curtis, and Julia Murchison as they chose their word for the year and write it into their journals on January first.
Claire, who has just been through a devastating divorce after 23 years of marriage, choses the word "faithful." She wants the year to be one of new beginnings. She never expects how her faithfulness will be truly tested.
Liz, a 57-year-old widow and hospital administrator has begun the year alone for the first time in her life, both her adult children having moved out of towtn in the last three months. She choses the word "time" - accepting being alone and believing she should take time to learn how to live contentedly by herself. But can she achieve that contentment alone??
Karen Curtis is 28 years old and single. She has long dreamed of becoming an actress despite her parents' disapproval. Her word is "acceptance" that her mother will accept her for who she is and quit comparing her to her sister Victoria who is married to a successful attorney and has a young son.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on August 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Four very different women meet at a journaling class and form a strong bond. Though I was a little perplexed as to why such different women did decide to form a breakfast club, there is no doubt that they cared for one another and were there for each other in good times and in bad.
Claire is a woman whose husband Michael has left her for a much younger manicurist. Bitterness and anger have taken over her life, but a life-altering event leads her and her two teenage sons to re-evaluate their situation.
Liz is a smart and savvy hospital administrator. Can a mature and educated widow find lasting happiness with a womanizing doctor whose top priority is bedding her?
Karen is the youngest member of the group and is constantly at odds with her family. She yearns to be an actress, preferably star in her own sitcom. Her family thinks she needs to be realistic and become a teacher.
Julia is the happily married mother of two children who has just begun her own business. She seems to have it all when a surprise pregnancy disrupts the life she has planned for herself.
This book looks at one year in the life of these friends as they cope with joys and sorrows, romantic possibilites and career challenges. Through it all, they faithfully meet each Thursday morning for breakfast and give unwavering support and encouragement to each other.
Readers will no doubt long to join Claire, Liz, Karen, and Julia each week at Mocha Moments and take part in this warm and sincere support group.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on November 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In recent years a new genre has emerged which I refer to as friendship or bonding books.  These are those books which chronicle the lives of four or five characters who may meet through various venues.  They may meet as college roommates or in book groups or cooking classes, writing classes, or even as tourists on a holiday or the newest place, Internet discussion groups.  Titles like Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik, Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons and Evening Class by Maeve Binchy are fine examples of these kinds of books.  And to this list I now add what I think is one of the best among them, Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber.

Four different women at four different points in their lives and four different ages meet during a journal writing class. While the class proves to be less than worthwhile, these four women bond together and decide to meet weekly. Thus begins these weekly meetings Thursday mornings at 8 am at Mocha Moment a popular coffee shop to continue their friendships. And it is through these weekly meetings the four women learn more about each other, support each other through good times and bad times and ultimately learn more about themselves as well.

Karen is a 28 year old women struggling with her desire to become an actresses and a disapproving mother. Working as a substitute teacher seems to suit her for now as she continues to audition, but is this going to be the sum of her future? Julia at 39 has just opened a knitting shop and with two teenagers in the house can look forward to spending more time with her husband and on herself. But then a big surpass may change all of these plans. Clare is in her 40's and has just been divorced from her husband who fell in love with a 20 year old.
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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 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street 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.

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