NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over.
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.
Praise for A Girl’s Guide to Moving On
“Macomber is a master at pulling heartstrings, and readers will delight in this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and second chances. Leanne, Nichole, Rocco, and Nikolai will renew your faith in love and hope. The perfect read curled up in front of the fire or on a beach, it’s as satisfying as a slice of freshly baked bread—wholesome, pleasantly filling, and delicious.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns
“Beloved author Debbie Macomber reaches new heights in this wise and beautiful novel. It’s the kind of reading experience that comes along only rarely, bearing the hallmarks of a classic. With characters as warm and relatable as your best friends, it’s a novel of connection, exploring life’s unexpected twists and turns—friendship, betrayal, passion, heartbreak, and healing. The timeless wisdom in these pages will stay with you long after the book is closed.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A woman and her mother-in-law both leave marriages plagued by infidelity and betrayal—and rely on each other as they rebuild their lives and careers and mend their hearts. Bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s 151st novel celebrates second chances. Poignant and heartwarming, A Girl's Guide to Moving On explores true love in all its forms, from passionate romance to life-changing friendships.
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber is a novel about women getting on with their life after divorce. Nichole Patterson and her mother-in-law Leanne Patterson have just divorced their husbands. They have moved into apartments next door to each other in Portland, Oregon. They have come up with what they call “A Guide to Letting Go and Moving On”. It is easier to say than to do.
Nichole was married to Jake. They have a son, Owen. But then Jake (just like his father) cheated on Nichole with another woman and the other woman became pregnant. Jake has done everything possible to delay the divorce. They are still working out the details almost two years later. Nichole just wants to get on with her life. She is a substitute teacher and also volunteers at a dress shop that helps woman gets clothes who are going into the work force for the first time. Nichole meets Rocco Nyquist on day when her car goes into a ditch. Rocco is kind, hardworking, and a good man. Can the new relationship survive the interfering ex-husband?
Leanne Patterson was married to her husband, Sean for thirty-five years and he cheated for the majority of the marriage. Leanne always looked the other way. Now she sees that it gave her son, Jake the wrong idea (that his wife would put up with it). Nichole gave her the courage to file for divorce (they did it together on the same day). Leanne is now living on her own (a first) and teaches English as a second language at the community center. It is in the class that Leanne meets Nikolai Janchenko from the Ukraine. He is a wonderful baker with a great personality. He cares very much for Leanne, but then Sean needs assistance. Will Leanne ever get happiness? She will need to have faith that everything will work out according to God’s will.
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On was a sweet (though predictable) book. It was a beautifully, crafted novel. My interest was held throughout the whole book. It is easy to read with entertaining characters (especially Nikolai). The ending was just wonderful. Fans of Debbie Macomber will love A Girl’s Guide to Moving On. I give A Girl’s Guide to Moving On 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it, but I knew how it would end). There is just the right amount of faith and God in this novel (it is not pushy or in your in face).
I received a complimentary copy of A Girl’s Guide to Moving On from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I can't even finish this book. It's silly and I could care less about these characters, no depth, just plain silly and a bit annoyed with the "perfect" women the main characters are portrayed as. Blech!
Waste of money
Reading about Leanne falling in love with a controlling immigrant was more than I could bear. This story was painful to get through and I found myself constantly rolling my eyes at the childish nature of the characters and the writing style