Book Review #105: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On


Author: Debbie Macomber

Genre: General Fiction

Language: English 

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Date of Publication: February 23, 2016

No. Of pages: 266


A mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and the face the challenge of starting over. 


What a beautiful uplifting novel. And what powerful it leaves behind at the end of the book. 

  1. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in your pain. Reach out. Volunteer. Do something you love or something to help others. 
  2. Cultivate new friendships
  3. Let go in order to receive
  4. Love yourself

We often see divorces in a negative light. Of course some of them might be the case. I can’t be the judge of how marriages are supposed to work and what happens when it doesn’t. But no one understands the pain that is felt when something in your life fails. It is often easy to advise someone to move on and start over. But to actually reach the stage to do so takes more effort and courage. This book has been written beautifully to depict this very thing – the hurt of breakinng aomething sacred, the grief process, and the moment when you start moving on. Each character has played into the plot beautifully and have added greater depth and richness to the story. The process of character development reflects the theme of healing process. 

The elements of romace that has been introduced definitely adds to the overall appeal of the book; don’t expect the lust inducing haze that is often seen with romantic elements. The romance is more of the gentler and healing kind and reflects a lot regarding the writer skill that has been employed. The simple, eloquent and rich narrative style definitely heightens the reading experience for the reader. And there were definitely few moments when my eyes teared up in empathy with the characters.

My opinion: I have absolutely not a single thing to complain about this book except maybe the title since it makes it more of a self-help kind of book. 

My rating: 4.5 out of 5


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