Picking Up the Pieces at Any Age is a Challenge;
We All Need a Girl’s Guide to Moving On
We have all had “the break-up” that leaves us totaled. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to have friends experiencing the same hardships when we need someone to understand.
But what if that someone is your soon-to-be-ex-mother-in-law? (that’s a LOT of hyphenation!)
In A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber, Nichole’s husband is a lying cheat. The problem is that his father is ALSO a lying cheat and has been for most of his married life. When Nichole refuses to stand by and take it when she finds out about her husband’s infidelity, her mother-in-law also finds the strength to leave a decades-long lonely marriage.
Nichole and Leanne must figure out how to leave behind their lifestyle, their homes, their friends, and everything they have known. They must also secure a loving environment for Nichole’s child, and begin the healing process.
So, to the review part….
I have never read a Debbie Macomber book before this one, but if they’re all this wonderfully constructed, I would be really pleased to read more! Macomber seamlessly interweaves the lives of the two women, their individual trials, potential romances and histories. The romances don’t feel forced, or contrived, which is saying a lot given this genre.
What do I mean?
I love reading romance novels, but either the female protagonists in them are desperate to find a replacement man immediately, or they have “sworn off men”. In this case, both women remain at least subconsciously hopeful that they can love again, if their list is any indicator. They have also waited several years from the horrific “ends” of their marriages, and though they aren’t looking for love, they never come off as completely closed off to it either, albeit scared and insecure.
Back to my original point, we can all relate to that lost feeling of a painful breakup, some of us to a broken marriage – or to the horror of someone you love seeking affection from someone else. We’ve all experienced changes in life, or reworking our lives. We’ve all been Leanne or Nichole at some point.
If you can say that, a book has done what it’s meant to do. I suggest you pick this one up; I finished it in one night because I couldn’t help myself and I doubt you’ll have a different reaction. Buy it here.
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