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A Girl's Guide to Moving On

(New Beginnings #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  14,784 ratings  ·  1,742 reviews
In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generosity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it.

I teach middle school English, so I am well-acquainted with bad writing. A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by popular author Debbie Macomber is so atrociously penned, that I had to keep checking to see if I somehow had not slipped up and was reading something written by a 7th grader. Normally I really enjoy this author’s writing and h
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Please note that this review spoils the events that took place in "Last One Home." Also note that I gave this book half a star. I rounded it up to 1 star on Goodreads.

This is the second book in Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings series. I previously read book one and just gave it three stars, see Would Have Worked Better if Told from One POV. My main comments about that book also come into play here. Instead of us having the changing narrative of the three sisters, we now have alternating chapter
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Debbie Macomber fans, romance
4 Stars * * * * All that you would expect from the talented Debbie Macomber but with an added twist. Loved the idea of a daughter in law showing the way to move on to her mother in law when son walks the same cheating path as his father.

An ode to starting over and leaving your heart open to the possibilities of a new love.

A gifted copy was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley for an honest review.

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Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I definitely enjoyed this story. It did have a few bumps in the road but overall okay.

In A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Nichole finds an unlikely ally in her mother-in-law when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her. Both Leanne and Nichole are devastated to have to make a choice to move on from their marriages after both experiencing the heartbreak of unfaithful husbands. As these two women begin to build a new life for themselves, they rely on each other for comfort and advice, thus
Amber’s reading
This was a nice audiobook that started out strong. I loved the relationship between Nicole and her mother-in-law Leanne. I loved their goals for moving on from painful divorces and finding ways to feel worthy again. I would have liked this book to have had more of a feeling of female strength and empowerment and less about finding new men. The way things worked out so well was just too unrealistic. The title should have been A Girl’s Guide to Moving On In a Perfect World.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
There's one thing for certain when it comes to a novel by Debbie Macomber. She knows how to write beautiful stories. Deep, thoughtful, emotional books with plenty of feelings being stirred up inside.

The author dives into the women’s head and feelings about all of the different changes they’re going through. Feeling of not being good enough, the fear of having to provide for themselves again. Fear of letting go of the past and even learning to date, with perhaps the ability to love someone again
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to confess that this is the first book I have read by Debbie Macomber. Now that I know what a great writer she is, I'll have to check out some of her others, including the first book in this "New Beginnings" series, Last One Home.

A Girl's Guide to Moving On has everything I love about a book...humor, heart, relatable characters, and romantic guys that give me the tingles. It was the perfect comfort read during this crazy winter weather; something I could cozy up with and feel just the rig
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
I struggled with how to rate this book. In some ways, it was very entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud in spite of the serious topic and tone of the book. However, the character development was weak, the characters were overly stereotyped, and the last thirty pages basically unravelled an otherwise good story.

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Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

I have read several of Debbie Macomber's books before, this one seemed a little bit different to her usual style so I thought I would delve in and see what happens, most of her books have been linked to series before.

We have a Daughter in law and the Mother in law.

The daughter in law, Nichole finds out that her husband is cheating. She's not going to put up with this, although she has a young son, a job, and is a volunteer so leads a busy life, she decides that is nothing for it but to move on.

Duchess Nicole
I haven't read a Debbie Macomber in forever. Probably at least a decade. I'd forgotten how charming her characters can be. There isn't a whole lot of sexual's there, but the romance is really just romance. Sweet, tender, passionate, but rarely intense. A nice break from the salacious side of romance. ...more
Love love love this book. This book series is about new beginning and having faith to move on. A friend had recommended this series after I confinded in them about my personal life.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who is about to start a new beginning
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3 Stars

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review*

I've been a fan of Debbie Macomber for years and I haven't read one of her books in just that long. This was a story about a younger and older woman, Nichole and Leanne, moving on with their lives after a painful divorce. I found this book to have some good info for those who are going through through divorce. But I couldn't shake the feeling that this was a nonfiction book wrapped in a cloak of fiction. It was very wordy, it fell
Jun 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Relationship with Nikolai is so strange, was not developed at all - they met and suddenly were in love. He is extremely controlling and speaks like a toddler. Did not care for how the author portrayed the woman from Dress for Success - cringeworthy, stereotypical. I'm all for a light and easy beach read but this was on another level. Felt as though it was written by a middle school student. ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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A Girl's Guide to Moving On is a sweet, tender and sometimes sad story about hope. And about love. And how to move on after a divorce.

Review - (un)Conventional BookviewsPicking ones life back up and fit the pieces together after a divorce can be harder than it seems, and for both Nichole and Leanne, the new beginning was emotionally difficult. A Girl's Guide to Moving On started with the two of them needing something to help them get back into the world once more,
Carlene Inspired
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Nichole and her mother-in-law, Leanne, are new divorcees. After confirming her husband was indeed cheating on her Nichole filed the papers and soon after Leanne followed, having lived with her cheating spouse for years. Away from the pretentious country club and with a simple list in hand, the two must learn be on their own again, all while balancing the precarious situations with their exes
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
AGGTMO immediately pulled me in and I thought I was going to love the book. Sadly, my budding love affair with this book did not last long. I was annoyed by the black woman who was EVERY negative stereotype the media loves to focus on and showcase. She was a loud, poor, uneducated, crass, baby mama, and of course she was described as having ample hips (a nicer way of saying her booty was big, because ALL black women have big booties right Deb?) The first time Debbie Macomber adds a black charact ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was given a chance to read this from NetGalley. I absolutely loved it! At times I was furious at the characters for letting their exes control any parts of them or their lives! But overall, I thourghly enjoyed the story!
I am not one of those people who will summarize the story in a review. I'm sorry to disappoint those who like that. It was a very enjoyable read, I love Debbie Macomber!
Rachel Aranda
Oh how delightful this book is!! This is my first full length book by Debbie Macomber but it won't be my last. She's a fantastic author! ...more
Bree Hill
The second half of this book did it for me. So many emotions. The first half I don't really remember, it was pretty forgettable but in true Ms. Macomber fashion, the characters really had to work through their "stuff," before reaching their happily ever after. You really see see them having to put in the work. I didnt realize until halfway through too that this is the second book in a trilogy...(maybe) so not sure if I missed out on anything not having read the first book.

If you're looking for a
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Big thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Chick lit really isn’t my thing. This preface should be seen as a lens through which to read the following comments. Fans of Ms Macomber, please don’t hate me.

I was browsing NetGalley one day, feeling rather blue from my previous read, the bulk of which I read with misty eyes and thumping heart. I needed the literary equivalent of a bottle of wine and a foot rub.

The pitch promised a ‘powerful and uplifting novel’ from
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber truly understands a woman's heart and her needs, as well as a woman's strength.The stories of Leanne and Nichole are very uplifting. They are both mothers and have gone through divorce together. Leanne is Nichole's ex mother-in-law, but both women are very close because their respective husbands cheated on them. They move downtown into apartments
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I finished this book so that I could write a stern warning to anyone who sees higher ratings of this book elsewhere: this book is terrible. It's filled with two dimensional characters, ridiculously wooden dialog, tropes that not only include the noble savage/poor man but also the racist portrayal of the black sassy friend. If the thought of someone perpetuating dangerously misogynistic ideas, such as jealousy as a sign of love or that men and women are different species, makes you want to vomit ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: An uplifting book about friendship, fresh beginnings and new loves.

Nichole and her mother in law, Leanne, are through with their cheating husbands. They have moved out, gotten divorced, and the two are in the process of starting over. Together, Leanne and Nichole make a pact to be positive, try new things and let go of their pasts. What neither expect is to find new loves in unexpected places. Can Leanne and Nichole really make a fresh new start and find happiness, or will their pas
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber is a 2016 Ballantine Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s only been over the last couple of years that I have begun to appreciate the work of this acclaimed author. For a long while, I was mistakenly under the impression her books were more my mother’s speed and not something I could relate to.

However, I have taste tested a few of her books here and there and fou
Mary Pauline M
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit it ... I originally didn't set out to read this book. My Mom and I were at the library together, and she was eyeing it in large print ( no pun intended ). I was finalizing my choices of two other books and I whispered to her, " Do you want me to check that out with mine for you? " She nodded and handed me this book. I've read and enjoyed books of Debbie Macomber in the past, but the title of this one just didn't do anything for me.

When we got home, I was curious and asked my Mom
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber is a magnificent story teller.
I love every single page of A Girl's Guide to Moving On. I do love reading books about marriage and relationships. What I particularly liked about this story is the idea of a mother in law and daughter in law both going through a divorce at the same time. To help them both move on in life, they made a list. They called it A Girl's Guide to Moving On. The first on their list. Don't allow yourself to wallow in your pain. Reach out. Volunteer. Do somet
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want a tow truck driver all of my own after this one! Macomber has definitely created a cast that will win readers over and taken them on one heck of a ride. Nichole really drew me in. I loved seeing her come out of the situation she found herself in. The combination of strength and vulnerability was a breath of fresh air. Conversely, Leanne’s choices made me shake my head at times. Yet, her heart and soul shine throughout. This novel is extremely character driven and all the better for it. Bu ...more
Kristen Richeal
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this as a Goodreads giveaway. This is NOT a bad book it's just not for me. ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I wish that I had read these in order. But Debbie can't write a bad book in my opinion. ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-com-heaven
Really enjoying this series. Right up there with “Blossom Street”.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more

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