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A Girl's Guide to Moving On: A Novel Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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“A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is Debbie Macomber’s finest novel. Betrayal and sorrow can happen in any stage of life and, in this wonderful story, her very nimble hands weave a spectacular kaleidoscope of courage, struggles, and finally joyous redemption and reinvention. Macomber totally understands the human heart. I absolutely loved it!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies
“Debbie Macomber’s beguiling new novel, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, whispers a message of love, hope, and, yes, reinvention to every woman who has ever wondered ‘Is that all there is?’ I predict every diehard Macomber fan—as well as legions of readers new to the Macomber magic—will be cheering for Leanne and Nichole, and clamoring for more, more, more.”—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, and Summer Rental
“Macomber is a master at pulling heartstrings, and readers will delight in this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and second chances. Leanne, Nichole, Rocco, and Nikolai will renew your faith in love and hope. The perfect read curled up in front of the fire or on a beach, it’s as satisfying as a slice of freshly baked bread—wholesome, pleasantly filling, and delicious.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns
“Beloved author Debbie Macomber reaches new heights in this wise and beautiful novel. It’s the kind of reading experience that comes along only rarely, bearing the hallmarks of a classic. With characters as warm and relatable as your best friends, it’s a novel of connection, exploring life’s unexpected twists and turns—friendship, betrayal, passion, heartbreak, and healing. The timeless wisdom in these pages will stay with you long after the book is closed.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake
“Debbie dazzles! A wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and the power of love. I devoured every page!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep
“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 fans will love her latest novel. If you haven’t read Macomber before, this is a lovely book to start out with.”—Night Owl Reviews
“A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is truly a story of love, friendship, hope and a woman’s capacity to make a fresh start. Whether you are in a rock-solid relationship or have faced a break-up or divorce, you are sure to connect with the joys and trials faced by Leanne and Nichole as they support each other in their individual quests for a brighter tomorrow. Readers will find the book full of the tender moments, humor, drama and emotion for which Debbie Macomber’s novels are famous.”—Bookreporter
“A Girl’s Guide to Moving On definitely hit the right buttons on how a good, strong, and happy relationship should be. . . . Pick up this beautiful story.”—Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Debbie Macomber, the author of Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
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Leanne has been married for thirty-five years and always turned a blind eye to her husbands infidelities. She thought that was what wives did. She lived the good life, belonged to the country club and took care of their beautiful house.
Nichole was married to Leanne's son, Jake. Jake took after his father and also had many infidelities. He was never found out until he got the last one pregnant. Leanne did not want Nichole to go through life as she did by turning her back on her husbands indiscretions. She over heard Jake talking to his father about the pregnancy and decided to tell Nichole.
Nichole was heartbroken. No matter what he said Nichole knew she would never trust Jake again and left him and filed for divorce. Jake didn't believe she would go through with it and that after she calmed down they would be back together. For two years Jake did all he could to stall the divorce. He loved her and wanted her back. He was desperate and ended up using their three year old son to get to her. But it did not end up the way he thought it would.
When Nichole left Jake, Leanne got the strength to leave Sean, her husband. This is the story of how they move on....life after divorce. They each find someone new but have a hard time learning to trust. I really enjoyed this story. If you love a really good romance with a nice happily ever after, then this is the book for you
1. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in your pain.
2. Cultivate new friendships
3. Let go in order to receive
4. Love yourself
At a glance, I assumed this book would revolve around the list and be an actual guide to how to move on from a relationship. However, once you read further into the book, you can easily connect the points on the list to actions the women are taking in their lives and creating their new paths in life.
I found myself connecting with Nichole more than Leanne but both characters are easily relatable. This book is very character driven and that is what makes it so great. I especially liked how Macomber brings the ex-husbands into the book because it gives a great perspective of how the women were in their marriage.
Macomber truly highlighted the women’s struggles through their divorce and strives to become independent, strong women. I loved seeing Nichole come out of the situation she was in and truly enjoyed seeing Leanne learn more about herself. No matter how hard their struggles, the two women stayed true to themselves and each other. You can drastically see the growth of these women through the book. In the beginning, both felt unloved and insecure because of how their ex-husbands treated them. By focusing on themselves and living by the “Guide to Moving On” both were able to find exactly what they were looking for.
Both women also find wonderful men along the way named Nikolai and Rocco. The two men couldn’t be any more different but are just perfect for Leanne and Nichole in their own special way. Nikolai is an immigrant from Ukraine and has a very old fashioned outlook on love. I enjoyed his small gestures of love that he showed Leanne. Rocco is a bit rough around the edges, has been incarcerated and belongs to a motorcycle club. Of course, I was drooling all over him through the pages. The way he showed his love for Nichole was simply amazing and I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT.
This truly is “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.