A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

Although I have read one of Debbie Macomber’s shorter stories, this is my first of her full length books that I have read, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did feel that the beginning was a bit slow, and the physical ‘guide to moving on’ around which the story was based had no real strength behind it; it seemed to get lost amongst all the activity until it was remembered occasionally and tossed into a comment somewhere in the story. I think the strong story of betrayal, divorce and finding new love and moving on was powerful enough to carry the story alone.
The theme of divided loyalties was a strong one creating endless opportunities for conflict, sadly, an oh-so-real occurrence in the modern world of relationships; conflicts between family, friends, new lovers and different worlds.
Leanne and Nichole are family by marriage only; as Nichole leaves her cheating husband, so her mother-in-law takes strength and likewise leaves her own cheating husband. The unlikely pair move into the same apartment block with son/grandson, Owen, and support each other through the difficult early days of rebuilding their broken lives. Inevitaably the two find new love in worlds that couldn’t be more different from that from which they came; new love that is constantly under threat from the lives they’ve left behind.
I found myself completely caught up in the stories of the two women, and applauding their strength and capability in dealing with the new and unfamiliar, moving on despite all that they were up against.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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