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girl's guide to moving on book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Nichole and Leanne are working together to keep each other strong as they try to overcome the stresses they endured during their recent divorces. Nichole was married to Leanne’s son for a few years until she discovered he’d been cheating on her…and Leanne was the one to tell her! Leanne had dealt with her husband cheating on her for years so when she discovered that Jake was cheating on Nichole, she knew she had to do something about it. The two women left their husbands, found apartments in the same building, and began the process of recovering and overcoming their pain. To do that, they came up with rules to guide them: don’t allow yourself to wallow in your pain, cultivate new friendships, let go in order to receive.

Nichole and her young son, Owen, are doing well together. Nichole has found a temporary job teaching at the local school and Owen seems happy. When Nichole needs to be pulled from the ditch, a handsome and rugged tow truck driver comes to her rescue. Rocco is nothing like any man she’s been connected with, but he’s also not at all what he seems on the outside. Rocco’s daughter, Kaylene, becomes a way that Rocco and Nichole can connect, but it doesn’t take long for them to be very attracted to each other.

Leanne begins teaching a language course for adults and catches the eye of Nikolai, a handsome baker from Ukraine. But can she allow herself to be loved? Can she overcome the low self-esteem that she’s been dealing with because of the nasty things her husband had said to her? Leanne discovers a love of baking bread, thanks to Nikolai, and she begins to find new joy in things she’d never tried before.

When Jake threatens a custody battle with Nichole if she doesn’t give up her relationship with Rocco, things get dicey and depressing. Instead of standing up to him, Nichole gives in! Then, as things are getting nasty, Leanne’s ex-husband finds out he’s very ill which puts a huge strain on her relationship with Nikolai. Can two women truly find their way back from marriages where they were treated so badly?

I love all things Debbie Macomber. Her books have been favorites of mine for nearly 15 years and Girl’s Guide is another winner. Filled with honesty, real marriage issues, passion, and attraction, you won’t be disappointed after finishing A Girl’s Guide to Moving On. While I realize this is a stand-alone novel, I would greatly love to see more from some of the side characters like Nichole’s sisters and even her ex-husband, Jake!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Ballantine Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.