A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber’s for years. I remember when I discovered her Cedar Cove series and her Blossom Street books. She is truly a talent when it comes to writing real life stories that touch your heart, make you laugh and have you rooting for the characters that literally become a part of your life while you are with them. Her latest novel, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is no exception. In fact, in my opinion, this is her best one yet.

The story follows Leanne and Nichole as they traverse life after divorce. Their relationship is a unique one as Leanne is Nichole’s mother-in-law. Nichole leaving Leanne’s son, Jake is what gives Leanne the strength and courage to finally leave her husband, Sean after decades of living in an adulterous marriage. Their relationship is reminiscent of Ruth and Naomi from the Old Testament. The two ladies move into apartments across the hall from each other and together create a list of ways to heal and move on.

True to Macomber’s style, both Nichole and Leanne find love again. What I appreciate most about their love stories is that they don’t come until after each of them has had time to create a new life and find out who they are and what they want for their futures. Nichole meets Rocco when she finds herself needing a tow service. Leanne meets Nikolai while teaching an English as a second language course for adults. But don’t think that Sean and Jake will go away quietly. Divorce is often messy, and this father and son duo do their best to amplify the drama.

~ L.M.