Monday, May 2, 2016
A Girl's Guide to Moving On/Debbie Macomber/339 pgs.
Nichole, and her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law, Leanne, are both "moving on" after divorcing their husbands. Jake, Nichole's ex, (and Leanne's son) has followed in his father Sean's footsteps: while married to Nichole, he cheated on her with several women. Sean, with Leanne's knowledge, cheated on her throughout their 35 years of marriage. When Leanne learned that Nichole was divorcing Jake, she decided it was time for her to divorce Sean. The novel is told in alternating Nichole and Leanne chapters. They move into apartments across from each other, and support each other in this new stage of their lives. Along their journey, they each meet a new male "interest": Rocco for Nichole, and Nikolai for Leanne. This is where the story becomes a long stretch for me: neither man seems a believable match. There are some unexpected turns, but on the whole, I don't think it's one of Macomber's best efforts. BTW: it somewhat follows Macomber's Last One Home.