Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review ~ A Girl's Guide to Moving On Debbie Macomber


A heart-warming tale of women of two different generations helping each other to learn to love themselves!


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Leanne has been living with a philandering husband for years. When she learns that her son, Jake, has followed in her husband, Sean's path.  She finds the courage to tell Nichole, because she doesn't want to her grandson Owen to learn from them that it's normal to disrespect his wife by stepping out on her. [br]  [br]


Leanne takes courage from Nichole and they both leave their husbands to start a new life. They come up with some essential rules to help them move on.

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A Guide to Moving On



1. Don't allow yourself to wallow in your pain. Reach out. Volunteer. Do something you love or something to help others


2. Cultivate new friendships


3. Let go in order to receive


4. Love yourself


5. Be open to new experiences. Don't let the past taint the future.




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I found this story to be inspiring. I believe Debbie Macomber does an excellent job of telling their path to love themselves. While I found Rocco and Nikolai to be romantic and good for both women, they were such opposites of their exes that it was a little hard to believe. They were both stereotyped a bit too much. Rocco, as a hard working man with a criminal past and Nikolai, a Ukraine immigrant that was helped over to the U.S. by a mysterious man under mysterious circumstances. [br]  [br]


Notice I said telling earlier? There wasn't as much showing as there was telling and that made the book seem a little bit like a self-help book. While it was coached to be like that, it was and interesting novel. I'd recommend this to anyone currently fighting to leave this kind of situation, recent divorcees or basically anyone dealing with grief.


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Synopsis


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.

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