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Window on the Bay

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  9,604 ratings  ·  1,031 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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, jug
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Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is a standalone contemporary romance. This one features not one romantic couple but two budding romances from a pair of best friends now going through empty nest syndrome with their children off to college. The point of view will change back and forth between the two ladies and their lives.

Jenna and Maureen have always been the best of friends. At one point in their lives they had made solid plans to take a trip to Paris right after they graduated college wit
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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 su
Dale Harcombe
Jenna is looking forward after twenty years raising her son and daughter after a bitter divorce, is looking forward to finally getting to do some things she wants in life. It doesn’t stop her worrying about her son Paul and daughter Allie, more especially Allie who Jenna feels is a bit of a drama queen at times. Jenna can’t help but wonder what the future has in store for her now. It certainly doesn’t end up the way she expects. When her mother has an accident and needs an operation Jenna meets ...more
Gata Leitora / Cat reader
Frustration ... That's what I'm feeling after finishing this book. I'm a fan of Debbie Macomber's writing but this time I'm wondering what happened to the writer.
I started the book super excited to meet Jenna's story and find out a bit about Maureen as well. I liked the friendship of them two. For the first time, I was not anxious about a romance, but about waiting their travel to Paris.
Gradually I was connecting to them and their pains, insecurities and searches. The way each one reacted to a n
Window on the Bay

Debbie Macomber

Keep the tissues close by as you are reading WINDOW ON THE BAY by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Maureen and Jenna after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you ar
 Readaholic Jenn
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I loved it! Debbie Macomber outdid herself with this book. I love the characters: Jenna and Maureen.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Boy did I get blind-sighted by this book. I am a fan of DM and I was really looking forward to the story line of the two empty nester characters going off and having the time of their lives. But we get Maureen and her JERK of a boyfriend, so disappointing. Jenna's story was okay but her daughter drove me bonkers. DM usually writes much better than this but for me this book was a dud! ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
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 migh ...more
Another great Debbie Macomber romance/chick lit/feel good story.

She has always had mature people with real problems in her books and this is no different. This involves two divorced single moms who have been friends since college and now find themselves "empty-nesters". They plan on going to Paris (a goal they missed out on when one them found herself pregnant in college) - but life has other plans. For one mom, children in college and her mother breaking a hip. For the other, a grandbaby on the
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, gentl ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
I’ve always loved the light and cozy books by Debbie Macomber, and I was excited to read Window on the Bay for this very reason. It was a sweet story of friendship between best friends Jenna and Maureen. It’s also a story of love and overcoming relationships of the past, and the changing of their lives from when they were young.

It was a cute story just as I hope, if not a bit over the top at times.

*Thank you to publisher and netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All
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'
mindful.librarian ☀️
(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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooksiown
Jenna and Maureen are best friends who have been wanting to go to Paris together for years. Their lives are forever changes when they end up having families of their own. Years later, both friends have sent their children to college and can try again. Will they be able to finally go on their trip to Paris or will their trip be postphoned once again by Cupid's love arrows? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good cozy romance novel about friends, forgiveness, and giving love a cha
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't often give poor reviews, but this book deserves one. The 2 main characters are snobs, as well as self-centered. Oh, come on - a plumber is beneath the dignity of a librarian?? The women seem like they are in their 80's rather than 40's. Ms. Macomber's very proper and formal English has also been getting on my nerves in the last few books. It is especially obvious in the dialog. What 20 year old would say "I'd like to accompany Bill"??? Accompany? I'm all for proper gramer, but some reali ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber is a master of the light romance and I was glad to see that the main characters in Window on the Bay, Jenna and Maureen, are middle aged, professional women dealing with empty nests. Both find romance with all the usual ensuing complications and related family dramas. The reason for the two stars? Librarian Maureen's relationship with plumber Logan. He's not a great guy.
Let me count the ways:

His idea of a hilarious joke is to call Maureen "Marian" because of her profession.
He me
Shelleen Toland
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
such a great story. Jenna and Maureen have always been best friends and had made plans when they were younger to go to Paris after they graduated college but things kept happening to put it off. Now Jenna's mom has broken her hip and she needs to go and take care of her. Her mom's doctor, Rowan Lancaster starts taking a liking to Jenna pretty much from the start but Jenna was hurt by her messy divorce 20 years ago and not quite ready to open her heart even now. Jenna's ex was also a surgeon so s ...more
After nearly twenty years as a single mom, Jenna Boltz is now an empty nester. With her two children at college, Jenna wonders what's next in her life. Her divorce was contentious and her ex has been an absent dad. Is she ready to open her heart to love and give dating a try? She considers it when her mother breaks her hip, and her surgeon, Dr. Rowan Lancaster, sets off sparks in Jenna's heart.
Her best friend, Maureen, is excited that now she and Jenna can finally take that trip to Paris. She to
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: love-story, fiction
Rowen Jenna
Maureen Logan

Did DM even write this book? I have been a huge fan of DM books for years, but this one really missed the mark for me.
Maureen and Jenna have been friends since college, both empty nesters and single, the love stories evolve from there.
I was really excited about this book. I have 2 kids in college myself and while not yet an empty nester, some of the feelings the main characters were expressing, I’ve felt about my own children. That was definitely relatable.
My problem w
Carla Johnson-Hicks
There is nothing like a Debbie Macomber book to to help me relax, rejuvenate and believe in true love. BFFs Jenna and Maureen have been planning to take a trip to Paris together since they were in college. Life got in the way and they never made it. Now they are both empty nesters and decide this is the time to go. Both ladies are divorced and have dated a bit, but never found a man that they wanted to get serious with. As their plans for their trip evolve, they both find men that they are willi ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nicola Short
I didn’t find this book to be as good as other Debbie Macomber’s books. There was just something lacking in the way the story unfolded. I found myself getting bored with the story line. I think it was the hot/cold and fast/slow aspect the characters had.
Overall, I didn’t dislike the book but it wasn’t a favorite Debbie Macomber book. I did not like the ending....
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and give my honest review/opinions of “Window on the Bay
Meh. Nothing against formula books as they can be very satisfying but this one was too formula, too mechnical, too predictable.
Micky Cox
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the two main characters as they come to terms with their empty nests and why they have kept relationships at bay for so long. While I came to like all the auxiliary characters by the end well enough, I truly despised Jenna's daughter Ali and felt like they tried to wrap her up with a bow and change her personality in a one sentence about face. That one segment of the story fell a bit flat for me, but otherwise it was an enjoyable read about the seasons of life and how we need to be open ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two best friends, divorcees, Jenna and Maureen, now find themselves in life with empty nests, but are still quite involved in their jobs and active with their children (now young adults). Jenna also still has her senior mother and role model, to look after.

These two strong women have always fended for themselves after their husbands left, succeeding with being single parents, making a life, and raising their children with strong values.

The two men that come into the picture, Dr. Rowan (Jenna)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I picked up this book from my TBR pile after getting into a rut and it was just the medicine I needed. I know it's not up everyone's alley, but I love a break from the suspense and delving into a cozy little romance where I know everything will end well. The thing I enjoy most about DM's books is how utterly relatable she makes her characters and her situations. I always find some part of myself in her characters and it was just what I needed to get out of my reading funk. Pick this one up!

Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This was okay. Nothing really stands out as fantastic.
It's not a page turner, but it's interesting enough.

As a GR friend said about another book ~ a good palette cleanser.
Gale Wilkinson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Debbie Macomber’s books. This was excellent. Love the characters and their interactions.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read!
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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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