When A Single Mom Becomes An Empty Nester, She Spreads Her Wings To Rediscover Herself And Her Passions In This Heartwarming Novel From 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber Jenna Boltz S Life Is At A Crossroads After A Messy Divorce From Her Surgeon Husband Nearly Twenty Years Ago, She Raised Her Two Children On Her Own, Juggling Motherhood With Her Beloved Job As A Seattle Intensive Care Nurse Now That Paul And Allie Have Gone To College And Moved Out, Jenna Can T Help But Wonder What Her Future Holds.Her Best Friend, Maureen, Is Excited For Jenna S Newfound Independence Now Is The Perfect Time To Finally Book The Trip To Paris They Ve Been Dreaming Of Since Their College Days But When It Comes To Life S Other Great Adventure Dating Jenna Still Isn T Sure She S Ready To Let Love In Until An Unexpected Encounter Begins To Change Her Mind.When Jenna S Elderly Mother Breaks Her Hip, Dr Rowan Lancaster Saves The Day Despite His Silent, Stoic Exterior, Rowan Is Immediately Smitten With Jenna And Even Though Jenna Is Hesitant About Becoming Involved With Another Surgeon, She Has To Admit That She S Than A Little Intrigued But When Jenna S Children Approach Her With Shocking News, She Realizes That She Needs To Have Faith In Love And Embrace The Unexpected Before The Life She Has Always Dreamed Of Passes Her By. Good but some love hate parts I really enjoy reading stories about women heading towards their midlife years Kids are in college or married and giving you grandchildren It kind of hits exactly my own life style.This story celebrates the friendship between the two main characters in several ways It s so nice to have a lifelong friend The support is great especially when you are going through difficult times Macomber hits it just right with the close connection and support.But there was a few qualities that Macomber decided to build into these women that I didn t care for Several times they were rude and immature in their ability to speak to men who are interested in them.I don t think those are qualities any of us should be proud of Maybe she chose to put it in to make sure that we don t act like that Who knows I just thought it was odd and it made me cringe.This author has a fresh writing style and a wonderful ability to craft characters and situations that are right out of real life It is always a pleasure to read one of her stories You always feel great after you are done.Written with humor, insight, and a knack for telling it like it is, Window on the Bay does give us the happily ever after that we love, but we have to go through a lot to get there Enjoyable, feel good story copy received for review consideration Full Review Best friends Jenna and Maureen have been doing just fine Sure, their children have finally left their respective nests, and Jenna s especially bristling at the thought of an empty house But now they ll finally have time to do things they ve always wanted like taking the trip to Paris they originally planned in college However, after Jenna s mother, Carol, falls and breaks her hip, Jenna meets the charming Dr Rowan Lancaster And with Maureen open to seeing someone of her own well, it might be time for these two friends to finally live their dreams and find love.Author Debbie Macomber dishes out books like others dole out hugs, and usually with the same heartwarming effect.Part of this is because she s perfected the formula for ideal friendships Jenna and Maureen share a natural bond, partially because of their shared experiences they attended college together, they re divorced and devoted to their children, yet they re each open to changing things up in their lives Because of this, there s a certain reliance on each other emotionally However, one also understands the importance of the other s happiness and they effectively push each other into situations that make them better It s a special bond on the page, and Macomber expertly molds it.All of this is not to suggest that romance takes a backseat to friendship Rather, each of these women ends up drifting to two special dates Early on, Jenna s meetings with Rowan do feel a bit stilted and there s an odd dynamic to him dating her while treating her mother However, Macomber gradually and effectively explains away their awkward encounters Maureen and Logan, on the other hand, do have a natural feeling progression Logan patronizes the library Maureen works at, looking for book recommendations, before finally asking her out for a drink While there s something to be said about bothering a woman while she s working, it s ultimately a cutely developed relationship.Through this all, there s a heavy emphasis on growing older and dealing with a changing family dynamic Really, these are the strongest points Maureen has to pull herself out of a mostly settled life At the same time, Jenna has to take care of her recovering mother while accepting that her children are finally out of the house What these women show is that, in these moments of isolation, it s never too late to embrace change and chase true happiness. Maureen and Jenna, single moms and best friends since college, wanted to go to Paris together, but life got in the way Both empty nesters, they consider the possibility of the long delayed trip again, but now there are new romances and challenges with adult children Will they ever take this dream trip Can Maureen and Logan get past their differences and embrace their similarities Can Jenna trust Rowan If you are looking for a relaxing read with Debbie s trademark relatable characters, gentle humor, and a happily ever ending, you ll enjoy reading Window on the Bay. free review copy Prolific writer Debbie Macomber has always been my go to for cozy and heartfelt stories of family and chaste romance and I adore her vivid Pacific Northwest settings With the exception of exactly ONE of her books, I have loved everything she s written .WINDOW ON THE BAY tells a tale of two middle aged best friends encountering new loves and ups and downs with their adult children and an aging parent The Seattle setting is PERFECT Jenna and Maureen were a delight to get to know and I was rooting for their romances with Logan and Rowan from the very beginning .Highly recommended for longtime fans of Macomber and a good place to start for those new to her work Window on the Bay is a captivating, emotional story following the lives of two college friends Jenna Maureen met in college stayed close After divorces, kids careers, they are closer than ever are again planning a trip to Paris Two women who were both hurt in their own ways the courage it took to open themselves up to living again This book is their journey through empty nests, dating, misconceptions, new lives life ever after I laughed I cried I worried I swear I felt every emotion possible The writing was intense down to earth The characters were so well developed it was easy to fall in love with them The writing enables the reader to slip into their places just feel Ms Macomber has given her readers another gem of a story. Window on the Bay by Debbie MacomberRandom House Ballentine BooksJuly 16, 2019Fiction, beach read, romance336 pagesRating 4 5I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Ballantine Books in exchange for an unbiased review Jenna and Maureen had been best friends since they met at the University of Washington many years ago They had always planned to take a trip to Paris but it seemed that life events always got in the way Jenna Boltz is a divorced single mother of two children living in Seattle She works as an ICU nurse to support her children, Paul and Allie who are in college Kyle Boltz is her ex husband who is a surgeon but found fidelity to be an issue and made a new life for himself Fortunately, Jenna and her kids still had Jenna s mother, Carol, who was spry 70 ish woman Carol had a good friend Mrs Torres who was checking on her friend to find that she had fallen She immediately called for help and notified Jenna It seems that surgery and a long rehabilitation lie ahead for Carol Maureen Zelinski worked as a librarian and also divorced from Peter which only lasted 5 years They had a daughter, Victoria Tori who married an engineer, Jonathan Maureen had been a support to Tori since she miscarried a year ago She is very organized and structured which suits her career as a librarian It seemed that new construction in the area brought a weekly visit from a construction worker Logan worked as a plumber and during breaks would check out a book to read with Maureen s suggestion He was a bit rough around the edges and liked to call her Marian the Librarian which eventually grew on her Over time they developed an awkward relationship given their many differences The two friends are a constant support to each other through all the many ups and downs over the years Jenna had been stressing over being a newly empty nester since sending Allie to college She worried less about Paul who worked hard at a restaurant while attending college Maureen was confused about the attention she was receiving from Logan The two friends were Leary when it came to getting romantically involved again Carol is recovering before being transferred to a rehab post hip surgery She is pleased with her orthopedic surgeon, Dr Rowan Lancaster Jenna didn t know much as side from gossip that he kept to himself When he casually flirted with her at her mother s bedside she didn t know what to make of it She tries to maintain a professional relationship with him which becomes complicated since he has taken a special interest in his patient, Carol.Both friends discover that they need to take a chance on dating and romance Relationships can be complicated but can also provide support and comfort This is a delightful story of friendship, family and finding love again It reminds us that everyone has a life story and the path they take is unique. Window on the Bay is the latest novel by Debbie Macomber I thought the story was well written with steady pacing I enjoy Debbie Macomber s writing style She manages draw the reader into her world and hold their attention I like that the main characters are two women in their forties who now have empty households Jenna and Maureen are likeable and relatable women which Ms Macomber is known for creating It is great that the two women are close friends and are there for each other Both women are divorced and have spent the last twenty years taking care of their kids Now is a chance for the two women to spread their wings Jenna wants them to finally take the trip to Paris that they had to postpone after college plus she is thinking about taking a painting class We also get to see a different perspective with Jenna s eighteen year old daughter, Allie Jenna is making changes at home, which upsets Allie Allie may want to live on her own and discover who she is, but she does not want things to change at home This provides balance to the story and a different outlook Maureen and Jenna have dated sporadically over the years But they have been burned by their husbands, and it is hard to open themselves up to love and to trust another man Dating is not easy as we see with Jenna and Maureen Each person learns something about themselves through the process It is never too late to grow and change The path to happily ever after is bumpy, but well worth the effort I admit that I related to Maureen with her love of books and dislike of sports I enjoyed the light humor sprinkled throughout the story and I appreciated that is a clean story no foul language or intimate relations Jenna s favorite spot in her home is her window seat with the view of Elliott Bay I could understand how she finds peace from looking out at the water It was nice there was an epilogue to wrap up the book Window on the Bay is a heartwarming book with a happily ever after that will please readers and reading it is a lovely way to spend a leisurely afternoon. A heartwarming story of two very strong and independent women Jenna and Maureen have been best friends forever Their dream was to go to Paris together after graduation from college At the last minute, Maureen gets pregnant and has to get married A short lived event Jenna, a nurse, marries Kyle, a surgeon Bad idea After having been a single mom for 20 years, she is now an empty nester Neither of the friends is into dating But the house is awfully quiet now Maybe it s time to re create themselves Plan that trip to Paris now Until each of them stumbles awkwardly into men they wouldn t have looked twice at until they did.Debbie always looks at the bright side of things in her books Yes, there is heartbreak, misunderstandings, and dreams deferred, but in the end, I was crying like a baby Because that is what her books do They make you feel The characters are so very human and make mistakes, but they are good people I always feel as if I just had a true heart to heart with my grandmother after one of her books NetGalley July, 16th 2019 by Ballantine Books Jenna and her best friend Maureen have both been single mothers for many years Now that their kids have gone on to college, the moms have to adjust to being empty nesters, and it s not as easy or as enjoyable as they had anticipated Both women meet men who are not their type, but who they can t stop thinking about As they navigate their relationships with their now adult children, they also must learn to expect the unexpected I have read a good number of Debbie Macomber s books, and I m sad to say that this is the first that I didn t enjoy wholeheartedly from the very first page The story was predictable, but that wasn t the problem As I got to know the two main characters, I found myself disliking them and as the book progressed I could not get over how both of them were so guilty of stereotyping people based solely on their appearances, their careers and the women s past history view spoiler Construction workers don t look like library patrons The library in question must not be as inclusive as the libraries I have visited, and her attitude really annoyed me And then we have the whole helicopter mom thing, with Mom getting angry, or annoyed or even hurt because she didn t know what her college aged kids were up to every minute of every day Yes, I know what it s like to be close to be an empty nester, I know what it s like to be involved in your kids lives until the day they leave home, I know what it s like to be at loose ends while at the same time wondering, maybe even worrying, about what they re doing now But good grief, do you really need to text them and ask if they re making their beds everyday hide spoiler Debbie Macomber is best known for her feel good, light and cozy books Window on the Bay, a story of a beautiful friendship between two women, was just that It s a heartwarming, easy to follow story and one that leaves the reader feeling warm and satisfied at the end While predictable and a bit over the top, this warm hearted book left me with a smile on my face and made for a great lighter read for me Thank you randomhouse for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
- 336 pages
- Window on the Bay
- Debbie Macomber
- 19 February 2018 Debbie Macomber