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Window on the Bay

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,957 ratings  ·  379 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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 t
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 worrie ...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.
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'
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Random House/Ballentine Books
July 16, 2019
Fiction, beach read, romance
336 pages
Rating: 4/5

I 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 liv
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 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 wo ...more
Patricia Romero
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 t
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Callie Sutcliffe
Debbie Macomber is always a skillful and thoughtful storyteller and I always appreciate her character and integrity that pours out into her writing.

And even though this particular story was not my preferred age group to read about, I genuinely enjoyed reading Jane and Maureen's stories as they walked through the "empty nest syndrome." I think many of her readers will identify and appreciate these stories as well. There was much heart and banter between the single parents and their young adult c
A heartwarming story about family, love, second chances and following your dreams. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A novel filled with warmth and the charming characters you expect from Debbie Macomber, Window on the the Bay was all about change, friendship, and our heroines stretching out their wings as they opened their hearts up to love once again.

First of all, how lovely is that cover? It makes me want to pull up a chair and bask in the sun on that porch with its picturesque view! And it really fits this story well. One of our heroines, Jenna, spent quite a few c
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Macomber's latest will have you rooting for newly empty nested Jenna as she adapts to letting her children spread their wings and vice versa as she re-enters the dating world. Her friend Maureen on the other hand, not so much as I found her yo-yo'ing of love interest Logan hypocritical, annoying, and tiresome.
Tena Greear
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is not one of her best books but not one of worst. I liked it but I felt like the story dragged a little. Jenna and Maureen are best friends from college and find themselves divorced, middle aged and empty nesters. Let the games begin! Or not. The story in itself is interesting and entertaining but also repetitive. As they enter the dating world both women realize their expectations and interests may have changed a little since they were in college. Learning ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. What can I say but I do enjoy a book by Debbie Macomber. This rates up there with all of her books. Two friends since college, Maureen and Jenna and the journey through their lives with the ups and downs, I love how she can write a book without all the excessive language and sex and still make a wonderful story. I highly recommend it.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's always fun to pick up a Debbie Macomber book because you know that's it's going to be an easy read with a happily ever after ending. Though this book tackled some problems that you don't see in normal romance novels, it was still a satisfying read.

Jenna and Maureen became friends in college and planned to visit Paris after they graduated. The trip never happened because Maureen got pregnant and married. Jenna also married her boyfriend and had two children. After only a few years, he decid
Jul 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jenna's is trying to figure out how to deal with the changes that have entered her life. She has been divorced for a lo g time but her two children have always been her main priority. Now that her youngest is off to college she has become an empty nester and wants to make some changes. The problem is she doesn't know where to begin, her dating life has been non-existent and while raising her children she hasn't had time for much else. Her best friend Maureen is happy for her friend a d looks for ...more
Phylis Carpenter
Jenna and Maureen have been friends since they were teens. They have always dreamed of going to Paris. Every time they think they are getting close to being able to go, they have life events that keep them from going.

Maureen and Jenna have been friends through good times as well as bad. Their families are intertwined with each other. When ever something good or bad happens to one of them then they are their for each other to share it.

Ms Macomber takes us n an incredible journey of life's events
Sherri Lewis
Jenna and Maureen have been best friends since college. They have been there for each other through marriages, babies, divorces, you name it. Now that Jenna is experiencing empty-nest syndrome and Maureen is feeling lonely as well, they both jump back in to the dating pool.....and unexpectedly they both find love again. The question is, will the vast differences between Maureen and her boyfriend last? And will the fact that both Jenna and her man are gun-shy from their first marriage keep them f ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I look forward to books by this author, and this one sure didn’t disappoint.
Two young women meet in college and form a bond and lifelong friendship, they also have plans to travel to Paris in spring time, but life’s challenges seem to have gotten in the way.
Fast forward twenty plus years and our girls are now empty nesters and both have been long divorced. They have dated through the years, but have been scared and so far, neither have found the right guy, and they have a traffic light signal fo
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Debbie Macomber! I love how easy it is to fall in love with the characters she creates!

Years of dreaming and planning! Jenna and Maureen, best friends since college, have dreamed and planned forever to travel to Paris. They had to cancel their dream trip for after graduation due to Maureen's unplanned pregnancy. Now years later, they have both divorced and raised their children as single mothers. It finally seems it's the right time to plan the trip of a lifetime they
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her prolific style, Debbie Macomber draws the reader into a story of second chances. This time the story follows two women who have spent their lives providing for their children. They have sacrificed their dreams along the way, but now that their kids are out of the house, they are having their turn. It is a relatable story for many readers, and an enjoyable read. I did get frustrated with the characters at times, because they let their past life experiences cause them to question their curr ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! A heart warming story of two best friends move into the next chapter of their lives. Jenna and Maureen have been BFF, both of their marriages ended in divorce years ago and raising their children on their own. Now Jenna is an empty nester and the next chapter in her life begins. Learning to live on her own and dating again. Maureen too is facing a new boyfriend.

This book grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go until the end, plus I wanted more. Wonderful characters that I feel th
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Debbie Macomber's books and have loved them all. This was an especially good one about two women entering the empty nest stage in their lives. Jenna and Maureen had been friends since college and had planned a trip to Paris after graduation. Unfortunately it had to be delayed because Maureen found out she was pregnant. Now seems like a great time to take a trip when the kids are all away at college. There were more problems to delay the trip again. Both women meet men and prob ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming story of two friends and their lives 20 years into their friendship. After the children have grown up they are now looking for purposes and how to move on from last mistakes and things given up along the way. Together they find themselves again but in a new life worth enjoying! Love this must read page turner! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC copy of in exchange for my honest review! Loved it!
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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