Title: A Girl's Guide to Moving On
Author: Debbie Macomber
My Rating: A-
Genre: Women's Fiction
Main Characters: Nichole and Leanne
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Sexual Intensity: mild
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.
If you've been reading my reviews for a while, then you know that women's fiction is not my norm. In fact, I've only read a couple of Debbie Macomber's books before, too. But something about this story description drew me to it. I'm so glad I took a chance on it. I really enjoyed this book.
The story follows the lives of two women who have just divorced their husbands...
1. Nichole who was married to Jake for five years
2. Leanne, Nichole's mother in law, who was married to Jake's father, Sean, for thirty five years.
Father and son were too much alike...cheating jerks. So the girls left using one another as their support system.
I love the way this story is set up because it's so unexpected. After Leanne found out that Jake also cheated on his wife, she suddenly realized how bad of an example she'd set for her son by accepting her husband's cheating and living in a loveless marriage for decades. She decided that she had to break that mold, before her grandson became the same as the other men in the family.
Leanne and Nichole live in apartments across from one another and are truly best friends. They set up rules for living and recovering from this devastating life change...and to make sure they don't lose themselves along the way.
Their stories are similar as they begin to live again. They are each finding their way, and that is the hope in the story. Life does get better, even when it doesn't go the way either of them expect it to. There was a lot of drama and emotion to the story. Both women meet new loves, but with that comes its own set of new risks and conflicts.
Often times when there is a dual story line like there is in this book, I'm much more drawn to one story over the other. But I thoroughly enjoyed both these stories. I didn't ever have a new chapter start and wish the story was about the other character. I was equally invested in both their lives and enjoyed reading all of the highs and lows.
It was a good story with a good overall message. I'd definitely recommend the book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.