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.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published: February 23rd 2016 by Ballantine Books
Four stars: An uplifting book about friendship, fresh beginnings and new loves.
Nichole and her mother in law, Leanne, are through with their cheating husbands. They have moved out, gotten divorced, and the two are in the process of starting over. Together, Leanne and Nichole make a pact to be positive, try new things and let go of their pasts. What neither expect is to find new loves in unexpected places. Can Leanne and Nichole really make a fresh new start and find happiness, or will their pasts come back to haunt them?
What I Liked:
- For those who want a nice, light chic lit read, A Girl's Guide to Moving On is a good read. I loved the strong focus on new beginnings, family, friendship and forgiveness. The romances are rather nice as well. If you need an uplifting read for winter, this is a good one to try.
- I loved the relationship between Nichole and Leanne. Leanne is Nichole's mother in law, and the two are best friends, just like mother and daughter. I loved the way they leaned on and supported one another. I especially liked the way that Leanne sided with Nichole, even over her own son when he was behaving badly. It isn't often you see a positive in law relationship, and I appreciated that this one was so loving and uplifting.
- Both women have been cheated on, but they aren't negative or bitter. I liked that both women were ready to put their cheating husbands and their pasts behind them and move forward into the future with hope. I loved that this never got ugly are revengeful, and that the women were able to forgive.
- There are two new romances in this book, and I liked watching each one unfold. Each relationship takes its time to establish a friendship before moving into something more, and there is a lot of buildup before the friendships turn romantic. I was happy that the romances were slow building and realistic.
- I was surprised at the turn of events regarding Leanne's ex husband, and I admired the way she handled everything. She was nothing but classy and kind. I loved Leann.
- The book ends nice and neat with an Epilogue three years down the road. I loved catching up with the characters and seeing how everything worked out. No nagging questions or cliffhanger endings.
And The Not So Much:
- I had no idea going into this book that it is the second book in The New Beginning Series. It is a companion novel so it isn't an issue. The only thing that clued me in that I had missed something was when the author was recapping events that had happened with Nichole's sisters. I was a bit confused until I looked it up and realized that this was companion book. No worries, you can read this as a stand alone, but you may wonder when you get to the recap sections. In all honesty, the recap sections could have been done away with because they felt out of place since they weren't pertinent to the story.
- Even though I liked that both romances were slow burning and they took their time developing, I wasn't a fan of the all too familiar stumbles that occurred near the ending. Especially the issues that developed with Nichole's relationship. She handles it very poorly, and it all could have been avoided if she had taken the time to communicate what was going on. Props to Rocco, when he learns the truth, he handles the situation graciously and with class.
- This is a minor issue, but I felt like there was a bit too much repetition. The book is told with Leanne and Nichole's alternating view points, and I found that the author would mention minor things that already been discussed in a previous chapter. Not a big deal, but I felt like I was rereading some things.
A Girl's Guide to Moving On is a nice, feel good read that has a strong focus on family, friendship, new beginnings and romance. I liked that this book had a positive vibe throughout, and I enjoyed both the main characters. If you need a light, pick me up read, this is a good one to grab. It is perfect for winter, or for when you need a reading vacation.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.