Book Review: When hearts and marriages are broken, there is hope that they can heal, and become so much more.


A Girl’s Guide To Moving On

New Beginnings #2  

By Debbie Macomber
When a heart is broken, a marriage trust is betrayed and separation seems the only way, Leann and Nichole find solace in each other’s strength. For decades Leann has looked the other way from her husband’s indiscretions, until their son, Jake, is caught in an affair of his own. Nichole won’t stand by and watch her husband make a fool of her, especially for the sake of their son Owen. 

As Leann sees Nichole move out and begin divorce proceedings from Jake, Leann finds the strength to finally leave Sean and do the same. They find apartments directly across the hall from each other and vow to a Guide to Moving On. Their guide stipulates: Don’t allow yourself to wallow in your pain. Reach out. Volunteer. Do something you love or something to help others. Cultivate new friendships. Let go in order to receive. Love yourself.

They both felt it was a tall order but necessary to grow beyond the pain their husbands caused. As they both lived affluent lives complete with the country club lifestyle, they find love in unexpected places. It is through their compassion for others that they heal and blossom once again. 

While volunteering to help battered women who are reaching out for job interviews, Nichole finds her gift in styling outfits to match the personality of each woman. In conjunction with the thrift store, a salon next door gives them hairstyles and makeup tips to help them be confident on the inside and out.

It is after a Saturday session that Nichole receives a phone call that her divorce is finalized. Feeling confused and distraught, she sits in her car and mistakenly drives it into a ditch. Rocco comes to her rescue in more ways than one. Not only does he own a towing business, he is a devoted father to his teenage daughter. In a deal, he helps her with her car while she helps him navigate his teen daughter’s wardrobe choice for a school dance. Their friendship grows into love as their lives become intertwined. 

Leann accepts a teaching position to teach the English language at a night school. Most of her students are foreign born and English is their second language. 

One student in particular, Nikolai, becomes enamored with Leann. His passion for life, not to mention bread, gives Leann a new reason to feel good about herself. He is a baker and gives her handmade loaves of bread as a sign of his affection. They begin a romance that proves to Leann she is desirable and Sean was truly a fool for treating her the way he did. 
These two ladies go step by step through their “guidelines” and wind up not only healing their hearts but teach their former spouses how to really love. 

Debbie Macomber has a gift of creating characters that exude emotions off of the pages and into the reader’s life. She creates situations that every woman can find something in which to relate. Her stories are so rich and full of life the reader will want to befriend these characters over and over again. A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is not an exception to her gift, it is a wonderful story that every friend should gift to their newly separated friends to give them hope that life and love do go on. 
To see all of Debbie Macomber’s books please visit her website at

FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Net Galley and Ballantine Books for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded. 


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