Let’s chat Debbie Macomber for a bit. This woman is a superstar in the world of romance. Her debut novel was in the 1980s, so there are a lot of titles under her belt. When I made the leap and decided to give reading romance a try, I started with Debbie Macomber’s holiday romances. I was hooked! It’s going on 2 years now since I began my romance reading journey and obviously my tastes have grown and broadened. There is something cozy about returning to the world of Macomber, but with my experience of reading A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, I’ve been questioning if my tastes just aren’t feeling sweeter romances? Are they just not feeling her anymore? Or, was it just this romance in particular?
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On By Debbie Macomber
Published February 23, 2016 by Ballantine Books
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.5 Stars
My Rating: 3 Stars
In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Debbie Macomber, 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.
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On has all the makings of a film Hallmark needs to adapt if they haven’t already. It was a very easy story to quickly get entangled in. Not only was this a moving on story, but it follows both a woman and her soon to be ex mother in law. I thought Nichole and Leanne’s relationship put a different spin on the dynamic you may typically see in a story like this.
Leanne was put in a pretty tough spot due to her closeness with Nichole. Both men in these women’s lives didn’t make moving on easy for them, and this was even more complicated for Leanne. There were instances where she found herself in the middle of things with Nichole and her son Jake, whom Nichole was divorcing. I saw how Macomber wanted to add a bit more complication with this spin on things.
The two women make a list of ways to help themselves move on which helped in leading them to their new romances. I think in a story like this where you are following two characters and rooting for both, sometimes one character’s situations completely overshadow the others, but in this story I never felt that way. I think that can be attributed to the fact that even though each woman’s situations were separate, they still felt very related because of the circumstances.
This book did have some sad moments toward the end that really made me reflect on being careful how you treat people because you never know who you’ll need in your corner. It was nice to see certain characters come to their senses about things. It also shined the light on how when you’re young, you view your parents and this is where you learn and base right and wrong..and how this plays into decisions you make as an adult.
Debbie Macomber did a lot in this story. It was well written and honestly what I expected of her. I gave it three out of five stars though because I started reading it and made it a few chapters in, but honestly spent about two weeks before picking it up again. I don’t know if I have out grown the cozier Side of romances..if Debbie Macomber doesn’t have the affect on me that she has before or if it’s just this book. I’m hoping it’s just this book though.