Title: A Girl's Guide to Moving On
Author: Debbie Macomber
Series: New Beginnings, book 2
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
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.
For over thirty years, Leanne has ignored her husband’s cheating, but everything changes the day she realizes her son, Jake, is cheating on her daughter in law, Nichole, and is asking his father for advice after leaving a girl pregnant. Leanne blames herself for the example she set at the house, but unlike her, as soon as Nichole learns of Jake’s cheating she leaves him and asks for a divorce. Taking strength from Nichole’s actions, Leanne also asks for a divorce from her husband.
Nichole and Leanne have a great relationship; they are almost like mom and daughter. Leanne supports Nichole hundred percent; she wants what is best for her and for her grandson, Owen.
Finding comfort and strength in each other they decide to live in the same building in apartments across the hall from one another.
Two years have passed, they are slowly moving on with their lives and finding new things that gives them pleasure and satisfaction. Apart from raising her kid, Nichole is working at a high school and volunteering on the weekends. Leanne is also volunteering, she is teaching English as a second language to adults in a Community Center. Leanne also helps Nichole with Owen.
Nichole and Leanne’s lives change when Rocco and Nikolai enter their respective lives. Rocco is very different from what Nichole is used to and despite his rough exterior Nichole is able to see the great man he is.
After living decades in a loveless marriage and thinking she didn’t deserve much, Nikolai gives Leanne the love and attention she so much craves and deserves.
Things get complicated for them when both of their exes come into their lives with the intention of winning them back, no matter the cost.
A Girl's Guide to Moving On is told with Leann and Nichole's alternating points of view. I think Macomber did a great job because it made us see how despite their difference in age, what Nichole and Leanne experience with their divorces was very similar.
I liked Nichole, I liked that she was a good mother, a good friend and a good person in general; but Leanne was the one who stole my heart. I loved everything about her. I loved that she was honest enough to admit her fault in her son’s behavior. I loved what she did for her ex-husband and how supportive she was of her daughter in law and grandson. I was very happy to see her finding love again with such a special man, as it was Nikolai. If I talk about Nikolai I have to talk about Rocco. I liked him too; I liked his rough exterior and his soft character. I loved that he was direct and very honest about his past and his feelings.
Another character I liked was Rocco’s daughter, Kaylene. I think she was perfectly portrait for her age and I loved that she wanted her father to be happy.
A Girl's Guide to Moving On is a heartwarming story about finding yourself while moving on. It’s also about the importance of friendships and the power of second chances.
A Girl's Guide to Moving On was my first book by Debbie Macomber, but it won’t be my last. I recommend it to women’s fiction and contemporary romance fans.
Although A Girl's Guide to Moving On is part of a series it can be easily read as a standalone.
My verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
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A Girl's Guide to Moving On
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