aside Review – A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

About the Book

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Romance

In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling 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.

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.

My Review

For Nichole and Leanne it is the end of an era.  When Nichole leaves her cheating husband, Jake (Leanne’s and Sean’s son) with their son Owen , Leanne quickly follows in her daughter-in-law’s footsteps and also leaves her cheating husband, Sean. Together they give each other the support and courage to embark on a new chapter of their lives.

This is a story that would resonate with many, with the rate of divorce being what it is. Nichole was admirable in the face of Jake’s bullying, and even though Leanne being way further along in her marriage to Sean, I could see where her head was to some degree. It was a welcome read, that balanced the emotional and mental aspects of marriage, that not every marriage is the same.

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