Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber Reviewed

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blurb

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.

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 thoughts

I have heard a lot of good feedback about the books of this author. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, the title pulled me to request this book and I was thinking that because it was this author, then I won’t have problem with it.

I tried really hard to like this book. I have read up to 50% when I finally decided that it’s not working out for me. I expected so much with the kind of title it has but I just got disappointed. Somewhere along 30% it sounded no different from a normal romance novel I had to wonder why the author decided to give it this title.

Aside from that, the pace was so slow and the characters were all monotone I can hardly differentiate Nichole and Leanne. It also lacks the character growth I was expecting from the kind of past the two of them had.  The telling of the story also lacks life. I just want to flip through the pages and go right to the end. I can hardly focus on this book I almost thought that Nikolai was a kid and I was surprised that there was suddenly a budding romance. I probably wouldn’t even get to fifty percent if it weren’t for Owen and the daughter of Rocco who’s name I can’t even remember.

It’s probably a good book, but clearly it wasn’t for me.

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purchase links

AMAZON | Barnes and Noble

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