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, 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 more 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.
*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC of this novel. All reviews are my own honest opinions of this selection.*
I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber every since I picked up my first Cedar Cove story. I was very excited to get a chance to receive this ARC for review purposes. I honestly really, really enjoyed this book. The writing is engaging, the story flows so smoothly, and I can relate to the Jenna character more than I would like to admit in certain aspects. The friendship that Maureen and Jenna have is one of the most important relationships in this book. They have each other's back through all the ups and downs life has thrown at them including learning to let their guards down and believe in love again. They each finally meet a man worth taking a chance on after being single moms for so long, Jenna struggles the most because she had a horrible husband and so the emotional baggage she carries with her always gets in the way. I don't want to go into too much detail and drop some spoilers but by the end of the book everyone has the HEA. I especially enjoyed the final chapter which is set 5 years in the future. Such a great idea!
The only thing that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating is that from time to time I actually found the Jenna and Allie characters a little bit annoying in how they respond to each other and various situations.