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Window on the Bay

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A captivating story following two women who decide to love again and discover themselves in the process.  A most touching story, this title reminds us that we can trust our faith in ourselves and love to find the happiness we deserve at any age.   I thank you for the opportunity to read and review this title prior to publication---I just loved it!!!
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I have been a life long fan of Debbie Macomber. This book reignited my obsession with her books. Jenna, a nurse who has recently become an empty nester, and her best friend, Maureen, a librarian, have long been single. As it normally happens (when you aren’t looking for love) they both meet two very different men (Jenna meets Rowan and Maureen meets Logan). The strong friendship between Jenna and Maureen is a central part of the story, as is their relationships with their children. While there is few references to the “window by the bay,” I still loved this book and highly recommend it.
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Window On The Bay by Debbie Macomber – 5 Stars!  A very real romance times two!

I think this was my favorite book of Debbie Macombers!  A clean romance with adults who have grown children.  Two friends find very different men when they really aren’t looking for them.  They have been divorced for a while and dating really isn’t something they are looking forward to.  They want to finally book that trip to Paris they’ve been planning for years and years.  It was just fun to read about the men and women coming together with so many mistakes on each side.  Very real and very interesting!

I received a kindle format of this book to read and review from NetGalley.com.  My review is totally my opinion which I do willingly to help authors if I like the books!  #WindowOnTheBay #NetGalley

Description
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.
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This is story of how 2 middle age friends deal with life and family and grown kids. Bad decisions were made by all but the ending had everyone with a happy ending.   Parts of the books I loved and parts I struggled through but overall this book is well worth reading

Thanks to netgalley for letting me read this book in return for an honest review
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Debbie Macomber does it again. Another heartwarming story that I couldn't put down. Window on the Bay starts as college students and best friends, Jenna and Maureen promise to travel to Paris once they are out of college. Then, life gets in the way. 

We rejoin Jenna and Maureen as Jenna's youngest child heads off to college. After both women raised their children as single moms; they are finally planning their trip to Paris. Once again, life gets in the way. Jenna's mom falls and breaks her hip. The Paris trip is postponed again as Jenna has to care for her mother. 

Enter Rowan Lancaster, the orthopedic surgeon who repaired Jenna's mom's hip. There is an immediate attraction between Jenna and Rowan. Jenna is conflicted because she vowed never to get involved with another surgeon.

Meanwhile, Maureen finds herself attracted to Logan, a plumber who comes into the library every Monday asking Maureen for book recommendations. They couldn't be more different from one another, however they find themselves spending more time together and enjoying each other's company.

Macomber does a wonderful job making the reader feel like we are part of the story. She weaves the stories together seamlessly. This is a wonderful story of two women moving on to the next chapter of their lives. They discover who they are as women after their roles as mothers change.

This is a story about family and friendship and having a second chance at love.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for my early issue of this novel. Pub Date: July 16, 2019     

     ‘Window On The Bay’ by Debbie Macomber is a slightly more simplistic read but, at its core, there’s a story worth reading. Now that I’m in my late twenties, I can look back and reflect on my college days. My relationship with my mother has always been a relatively strong one and I know that my going off to college was difficult for her. Therefore, the story line of Jenna in ‘Window On The Bay’ was one that I instantly could tie myself to. Jenna, a single mother, has been putting her dreams on the back burner quite willingly throughout the duration of her children’s childhoods. But now that her youngest daughter, Allie, is off to college, Jenna finds herself determined to tick of some things on her bucket list. Falling in love with a doctor she works with? Well, that was never quite in the plans. But her relationship with the surgeon becomes complicated by both of their pasts, as well as, both of their present day circumstances. Her daughter Allie, it seems, is not adjusting to college life the way that Jenna had hoped she would and this also places a strain on Jenna’s relationship with Rowan. Meanwhile, Jenna’s best friend Maureen- also a single parent- has decided that remaining single for the rest of her life is what fate intended. As a librarian, she can have all the relationships that she wants with the men in her books. But when Logan, a real life man, walks into her life every Monday to ask for a new book recommendation, Maureen finds herself starting to change her own mind about staying single. In true Macomber fashion, the reader is reminded about what is most important when it comes to matters of the heart.
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Jenna and Maureen have been best friends since college. Their lives have paralleled and intertwined throughout the years. Both are divorced and have become empty nesters when loves comes back into their lives. Jenna’s always vowed never to love another doctor but when her mother’s surgeon reaches out to her, she finds herself falling in love. Maureen finds herself falling in love with a construction worker who comes into her library and turns her world topsy turvy. Debbie Macomber’s twists and turns in this book kept me hooked all the way through. I loved the real life family situations and how intricately Debbie worked them out. I highly recommend this book!
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Window by the Bay is not one of my favorite Debbie Macomber books. Although their are some good story lines, I felt like the book didn't go into depth with the characters. There is a lot of alcohol featured. I wasn't fond of the daughters story. She makes some pretty big mistakes, then turns out to be a hero of sorts. I am a fan of the Blossom Street and Rose Harbor series and all of the Christmas stories. This one just doesn't live up to Debbie's usual stories.
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Good but some love/hate parts. 
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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 support.

But there was a few qualities that Macomber decided to build into these women that I didn’t care for. Several times they were rude and immature in their ability to speak to men who are interested in them.

I don’t think those are qualities any of us should be proud of. Maybe she chose to put it in to make sure that we don’t act like that. Who knows? I just thought it was odd and it made me cringe.

This author has a fresh writing style and a wonderful ability to craft characters and situations that are right out of real life. It is always a pleasure to read one of her stories. You always feel great after you are done.

Written with humor, insight, and a knack for telling it like it is, Window on the Bay does give us the happily ever after that we love, but we have to go through a lot to get there. Enjoyable, feel good story.
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I have read all of Debbie Macomber’s books, loved them all, and this one is no exception.

In this book about two women who live in Seattle, and have been best friends since college, we learn of their lives as single-mothers, who have now become “empty nesters”.  They look for new things in their lives, however, as divorcees, don’t anticipate a new love in each of their lives. 

A delightful, quick read of friendship, family, and love, I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves relaxing, clean romances.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Window on the Bay tells the story of two long-time college friends that have navigated the ups and downs of life.  Debbie Macomber always shows us the strength in family and friends in her books and this one does the same. It also has a message to not give up on your dreams.
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Window on the Bay was an intriguing, entertaining, and heartwarming read from start to finish - a classic Debbie Macomber.   I appreciate the manner in which this author draws her characters.  She has given us main characters, long time best friends Jenna and Maureen, along with several secondary characters, that are complex and memorable.  The adults, the young adults, and the older generation were all portrayed in an interesting fashion.  The story was very rich and warm as a study of relationships, motivations, and family dynamics.  There were some very funny moments as well, especially Maureen's introduction to professional football, which made me laugh out loud.   Also, the highly descriptive geographical details place a reader in Jenna's window overlooking the beautiful bay area, the Pike Market Place, the Seahawks' football stadium, and many other captivating aspects of the Seattle setting.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Debbie Macomber's book are always a nice treat; warm characters and good plot.   Macomber's latest book, Window on the Bay is no exception.   It is a clean romance that includes  family issues and friendship.   While the ending is a bit abrupt, fans of Macomber will greatly enjoy this novel.
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The Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is a well-written book about love and long time friendship.  It is the story of two best friends who are single women and empty=nesters.  Both starting to date again, neither imagined that they would meet that "special someone" and fall in love again.  This is an emotional story about having that second chance at love.  Thank you Net Galley and Publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I received a free ARC Ebook from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.

Debbie is one of my favorite authors and each time I read her books I'm reminded why. She brings you in to the hearts and minds of her characters. Her explanations of settings, feelings, and relationships clearly defines the characters and situations. You feel as if you're.there to provide a high level of understanding.

This is a story of two woman who met in college and became lifelong friends. They both married and divorced, one has 1 daughter and the other a daughter and a son. Their marriages left scars and this story tells how, with the love of their families and each other, they learn to open their hearts and lives to the possibility of love the second time around. As usual Debbie hit it out of the ballpark!
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Debbie Macomber always hit the right notes. I like to read her books as "in-between palate cleaners.: If I read a long or "heavy" book...I like to pick up lighter, easier books for awhile after. Ms. Macomber is always one I reach for...because I know what I will get. A well written, sometimes emotional story. She did great with this book as well!
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An endearing story of college friends who remain best friends through motherhood, divorce, and being empty-nesters. This tale takes place as they navigate having empty-nests and dating.
Two best friends, Maureen and Jenna discover dating and wondering if they are able to risk opening their hearts to love.
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I Loved this book!!! I love all of Debbie Macombers books but this was a beautiful story! I Loved the characters and the real life trials and tribulations of life! I highly recommend it to everyone and thanks for the opportumity to read and review it!
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Another fabulous read from Debbie Macomber! I enjoyed reading alternate points of view. The ending was too fast and tidy for me, but it did not distract from the overall book.
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I’m a huge Debbie Macomber fan I’ve read every book she has written. That being said you would think I would find some books sound alike or there isn’t anything new in her books. That is totally not the case. I become friends with her characters, I can relate to their lives, the highs and lows. Debbie writes seamlessly and I have never found myself thinking “Oh I’ve read this before”. I wait on bated breath for every book she puts out! This book was no different I relate to Maureen and Jenna. I too am an empty nester and want To start adventures I couldn’t while raising kids. After reading this book I have contacted old friends to reconnect and see where we go from here. Thank you Debbie I doubt that would have happened had I not connected with Maureen and Jenna. I have preordered 5 copies to gift to my Mom, sister and best friends.
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