Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber


Title: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

Author: Debbie Macomber

Published: 2016

Pages: 339

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit

Format: Book borrowed from the library

My rating: DNF


When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.
Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.
An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.


When I started, I believed that my first Debbie Macomber novel and the theme couldn’t have come at a better time. Whilst yes that may be true, I couldn’t complete the novel in its entirety. I read 100 pages (my turnaround limit) and was not convinced to continue. The theme of moving on is of course relevant, and I was thinking this book was a quick, beach read but it turned into something too predictable and cliche. This won’t put me off to other Macomber books and.or movies, however. The characters I feel could have potential to be strong women, and I may be missing out on that. The writing was simplistic and to the point, but I was not getting the umph of good story development. I wish I could say more as I am a lost of more words to convey why I did not finish. A rare occurrence, but I feel that if I’m not enjoying a book, I should switch to something else.

Any opposing thoughts on the novel?

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