Although I have posts other than book reviews, I did want to share this one with you. Debbie Macomber’s latest book is the story of two women in the aftermath of divorce. In the next post, we’ll have a little chat about some of the topics in the book: fidelity, divorce, forgiveness and love.
There is a lot of goodwill in the purchase of a book by Debbie Macomber. Her name alone generates sales and the expectation of a good, clean read. There are homespun, likable characters, some of the older ones have a bit of vinegar and spice, and occasionally there is a precocious child or two.
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On has the flavor of some of her previous works, but the outcome is probably more true to life. Who knew a book about the aftermath of divorce and rediscovery could be so much fun? It reads like a good drama, with pathos, heartbreak, romance, conflict and humor. There were moments when I found myself laughing aloud and reading parts of the dialogue to my daughter.
Nichole was married to Jake, the son of Leanne. When Leanne discovered that her son was following in his father’s footsteps by cheating on his wife, she tells her beloved daughter-in-law. Nichole files for divorce, takes their toddler Owen and leaves Jake. This is the catalyst Leanne needs to finally leave her serially unfaithful husband Sean.
Together, Leanne and Nichole decide to make and keep an ever growing list of things necessary to successfully move on.
While the former husbands create old drama, new love prospects appear with more complications for both women. Nichole meets down-to-earth Rocco and his daughter Kaylene. Leanne receives gifts of baked bread from immigrant Nikolai, one of her night school students.
The dialogue is edgy, thought provoking, realistic and a bit shocking at times. I could not put this book down.
If you prefer your Debbie Macomber to be soft and sweet, this read is not for you. But if you like vinegar and spice and not everything nice, I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary advanced reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.