Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

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Summary by Goodreads:

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.

***I received a copy of Debbie Macomber’s last novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  ***

Never having read any of Macomber’s books before, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.  It was a perfect “beach” read while on spring vacation.  It was light enough that I could pick it up and put it down without fear of having to review what I had just read. I enjoyed that both Nichole and Leanne are strong female characters who stand up for what is right.  Even when their ex-husbands try to sway them in back into their lives, both woman follow love instead of the known and comfortable.  I also appreciated Macomber’s ability to write about love and passion between couples without the raunchiness that many adult novels have come to include.  There was something innocent about these stories (and not preachy like many Christian novels can be.)

If you are looking for a light read, something to make you feel good about life, take a moment and read A Girl’s Guide to Moving On.

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