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Window on the Bay

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As I read this book, I kept thinking this is life.  It is about 2 best friends who met in college and planned to go to Paris after college.  Life got in the way and they postponed Paris.  They remained best friends all their lives, both became single Moms, then empty nesters, and finding life after becoming empty nesters.  I liked that this book included mistakes made along the way and the choices that were made after.  It had their children growing up while they were in college.  It wasn't always everyone agreeing and it caused rifts but eventually, they should have listened, not just the kids but the adults too.   I take away by reading this book, that is how you know they love you because they had the courage to say no. Allie's Gram told her that when she was 8 or 9 and she never forgot it and then she shared it with her best friend, Mackensie, when her father had said no to buying her a car.  She figured out that if he had bought her the car, all is showed is she could manipulate him but because he said no, it showed he really did love her and I want my grandsons to learn this. When it is published, I am going to buy it for my daughter and I hope she gets as much out of it as I did.  I think she will.   It is a wonderful story about the journey through life.
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I picked Window on the Bay synopsis unread, loving all the work of Debbie Macomber. Her latest novel does not disappoint. The perfect story to bring to the beach or curl up in front of the fire and read. The tale of two best friends and their experience in life and love is relatable and heartwarming. The characters and their families will grow on you and stay with you long after the story ends. 5 stars.
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All I can say is wow - Debbie Macomber never fails to write a great book.   Her characters were well developed and held my interest throughout the book.  Jenna and Maureen started off as friends as freshmen in college and always dreamed of going to Paris, unfortunately life gets in the way of dreams sometimes.  I like that Jenna and Maureen always remained friends even as they went through the various stages of their lives.   There's nothing like  have a friend to be there during the hard times.  Another great Debbie Macomber book.  I enjoyed it greatly and will recommend it to my friends
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Debbie Macomber gives us another great story in Window on the Bay. This story revoles around two best friends and their lifes. The characters are so well developed that you'll feel that you know them. They had dreams when they graduated from college, but life has a way of changing plans. Some dreams never die and the dream returns to make them want to go forward and make it happen years later. You'll love their journey.
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Jenna and Maureen are college friends planning a trip to Paris after they graduate. They have the whole tripped planned and tickets bought. Then Maureen had to tell Jenna she couldn't go, that she was pregnant. Jenna, being a true best friend told Maureen that Paris could wait. That she understood. Years later the two friends live in the same area. Both married then divorced. Their kids are gown and they finally have the chance to plan their Paris trip. Then by chance they both meet men. They were not even looking. Will these men be the one? Will they get to Paris after all?

This book is a feel good book. It follows the two friends through their lives. With their children, x-husbands and new loves. Its has a great romance story line without the unnecessary parts to it. I loved all the characters, with their different personalities. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next and even shed a few tears with them. This book is an enjoyable read.
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Debbie Macomber brings us a fun read in this book. Friendship, families, gratitude and loss all come together. Each chapter brings a character to light and you see it from her/his perspective and then the book continues as such. How interesting life is when we look at other perspectives. How wonderful it is when life works out.

An easy to read book, well thought out, fun characters, and interesting ideas on how to handle life.

A love story. A friendship story. A family story. No matter what you call it, it's a fun book. Engulf yourself. You'll enjoy it.
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The book starts with the story of Jenna and Maureen, who have been friends since college.  The dream in college was to go to Paris after graduation.  Maureens surpise pregnancy changed plans and soon they were both married and mother.  We join them in their life after their divorce and the kids are all gone to college--they wonder if they will finally get to go on the trip or if they will ever find love again.  When Rowan and Logan enter their lives, it shakes their world up and the going isn't always smooth.  This was a sweet story about a lifelong friendship, becoming empty nesters and hoping to find love again. I've always love reading Debbie Macomber books, the blossom street are my favorite.  I enjoyed this immensely and had a hard time putting it down--I wanted to see if  happy ending was in story for these friends!  I highly recommend! Thank you NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Absolutely loved this. I loved it as much as I have her other works. Gritty and heartfelt. It's a must read for anyone who enjoys romance. Very well written and plotted out I loved Jenna and Maureen and could identify with their characters..
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Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and Window on the Bay is like comfort food for the soul. This story is told primarily in 2 pov’s: Jenna, an ICU nurse, and her best friend, Maureen, a librarian . Occasionally, Jenna’s daughter, Allie injects her point of view into the narrative. Jenna and MAUREEN have known each other since college and both are single moms finding love. Logan is a plumber working on a construction site nearby who goes to the library on Mondays to get recommendations from Maureen, or as he calls calls her, Marian the librarian. Rowan, handsome Dr. Lancaster, is the surgeon who operates on Jenna’s mom, and who mends Jenna’s heart. This is just a sweet story. Debbie Macomber doesn’t write deep, philosophical novels. They are easy reads but good reads. The characters have conflicts easily resolved by the end of the book. I look forward to reading a Debbie Macomber book, and Windiw on the Bay is a good story with good characters. I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t read her yet to play Co this one up. 

I received an advanced e-copy from the publisher for an honest review. Thank you! #windowonthebay #netgalley
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This book was a quick, lighthearted, easy read.  It’s great for the beach, a car ride or for when you must start and stop.  It was rather predictable.  I did get frustrated with the female main characters.  The on-again-off-again characteristics of the two main female characters frustrated me.  There were times that I wanted to slap them both silly.  I guess this means that they were realistically portrayed.  

This book is not so intense that you can’t put it down.  It won’t leave you frightened for scared to turn off the lights.  It will leave you with a smile on your face and the feeling that all is relight with the world.  I like books that do that.
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Debbie Macomber has been a favorite author of mine for a long time but then I stopped reading her books for awhile because I felt like they had lost something. Window on the Bay was another one I just did not enjoy. Some of the characters to me seemed downright shallow and I quickly tired of the stereotyping by the main characters. I could go on and on but for those who haven't read the story I do not want to spoil it and I never enjoy reviews that retell the story, that irritates me. This just did not do anything for me at all, I had to force myself to finish it so I could do a review. I would not recommend this book.
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Another wonderful novel by DebbievMaconber a lovely fun warm read .A perfect book to take on vacation share with friends warm engrossing highly recommend.#netgalley #randomhouse.
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"Window on the Bay" by Debbie Macomber
I enjoyed watching the characters stretch their wings and adventure into new to them territories.  Of course, the journeys were enhanced (?) by a few wrong turns, retreats, and mis-conceptions, as in  most all good stories.  
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.  
I say, if you like Debbie Macomber stories... you will like this one, also.
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Jeena  - Single Mom- EmptyNester - Divorced.  Has pledged not to get involved with another man.  Along comes a really nice Dr and she regains her faith in love again.  Really nice heartwarming story.
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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 emotion possible. The writing was intense & down to earth. The characters were so well developed it was easy to fall in love with them. The writing enables the reader to slip into their places & just feel. Ms. Macomber has given her readers another gem of a story.
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This is exactly what you pick up a Debbie Macomber book for -- that sense of warmth, genuine, natural narrative and dialogue, relatable characters, a plot that weaves storylines together without any surprises. It's like the frosting of the novel cupcake. You love that it's there for you, and you don't care much if it's a little too sweet. It's just pleasing, and expected in a way that's comforting. Read this one after a gripping psychological thriller to just breathe in the natural warmth of Macomber's voice. It's to our advantage that she turns out very good books on a regular basis, so even if this one isn't her all-time best, it's still pretty great.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC and an enjoyable read.
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Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review Window on the Bay.  Debbie, you did it again! This book was fast (too fast) read. The characters Jenna and Maureen were likable solid characters that were the woman that you wanted to see have a happily ever after. What I enjoy most about Debbie Macomber is that she writes about romance without profanity and explicit love scenes, she ignites romance by making you care about the characters.
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This cozy novel is the story of two single moms who are also empty nesters. The outcome is predictable and the journey seemed contrived. Nevertheless a light and amusing romantic read.
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Debbie Macomber has done it again.  Another sweet, cozy romance with some real life examples of letting the walls around your heart down both in terms of romantic love and the love between parent and kids.  

I will post a 5 star review and n Amazon under the name of Connie.

Thanks for granting me access to this book.
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Window on the Bay is another delightful read by Debbie Macomber. Two friends, Maureen and Jenna, were single parents, but now their children are gone and both look forward to relaxing. Except life gets in the way: children who are adjusting to life choices, an elderly parent's medical issues, and both women find love interests. Both have been reluctant to date as it always seemed to backfire, but the two men they appear to be keepers, but are they? Bumps in the road of romance for both prove to be useful. Readers will be pleased with this novel.
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