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It's Better This Way

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If you have followed my blog for any time, you know how much I love Debbie Macomber. Her books are perfect for me and give me all the exact feels that I want when I’m reading. IT’S BETTER THIS WAY is exactly that. Some drama, sweet romance, and a happily ever after. What more could a reader want? Julia and her husband had been married for thirty years when he left her for another woman. Debbie Macomber has been an auto read author of mine for many many years. She has a special way of pulling her readers in and connecting with all of her characters.

IT’S BETTER THIS WAY is a story about blended families and the difficulties, pain, and drama that result when marriages end and new relationships are created. It is also about the shaky path to forgiveness and the even longer journey to fixing things. Julia and Heath are two divorced people who live in the same building. They meet one morning in the building’s gym. They are both serious when they say they are done with love and dating, but somehow a relationship grows between them and soon it becomes so crazy that they both have more in common than just being divorcees. I felt as if I could really relate to both of these strong people and having been through a few divorces of my own, Debbie nails the emotions spot on.

IT’S BETTER THIS WAY is a heart tugging story that will hold your attention from the very first page until the last. Heath has two grown boys and Julia has two adult girls. To say that they can’t stand being in the same room with the others is such a huge understatement. Neither set of children wants their parent to continue with the relationship and Julia and Heath are determined not to let their kids control their lives and who they see. Well let me tell you, here is where IT’S BETTER THIS WAY gets intense. Debbie Macomber goes straight after your heart with this wonderful story and never lets it go. I was laughing and crying and sometimes on the very same page.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This was a must read for me. I've this author and I always look forward to a new one. The characters were relatable and the story moved quickly. Well written and enjoyable!
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It's Better This Way was a great read by Debbie Macomber. Six years ago Julia Jones had her heart broken after her husband became involved with another woman. She did everything possible to save their marriage but it didn't work. Their two daughters stand by Julia and have a tough time getting along with their new stepmother. After seeing the family home, Julia moved into a condominium complex. This complex has warmth and charm that make her fresh start. She sold her successful interior design business and is embracing her new life. She doesn't feel the need to have a man in her life at the moment. Her father's favorite saying, 'It's better this way' keeps ringing more and more true. Julia met the handsome new resident in the buildings exercise room. She's drawn to Heath Johnson, who is much different than any other man she's encountered. They are both divorcees who begin to grow closer, and it blossoms into a love neither expected. Even though they have four adult children, combining families presents inevitable challenges. There is a dramatic revelation that threatens the happiness they have found. The couple must reconcile their love for their children and their love for each other. I enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more by the author.
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Such a great book about blending families and moving on after divorce.  A new couple, who both divorced after their ex spouses cheated, find themselves falling in love.  Their children, however are falling in hate.  As someone who had the same experiences, I only wish my adult children and his adult children would tolerate each other. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have many of Debbie Macomber's books. A quick read with so many wonderful exchanges between characters.  Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.
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It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber 
A special thanks to Ballantine books and NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed this title all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When Julie discovers the affair her husband of 31 years is having she fights hard to keep her marriage. It just doesn’t work out. So it’s 6 years later and her life is finally settling in. She’s not interested in dating but when she retires and meets Heath that’s about to change. Much to both of their surprises Julia ex-husband is married to Heath’s ex-wife. And unfortunately their children hate each other. Can the parents get over themselves and work together to help their children heal and become a family? I really like this book finding love later in life, an interesting family dynamic totally worth the read.
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I loved the main character and her beau's relationship. The families were hard to like or root for, except for the cousin -- who was always helpful and genuine.
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Great story!

Description
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After her marriage ends, one woman’s struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning—but is the past truly behind her? In this poignant novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family.

“This deeply emotional tale proves it’s never too late for love.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

It’s been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. The couple’s two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father’s behavior—and they’ve had a tough time getting along with the other woman who’s become their stepmother. Distraught after selling the family home, Julia moves into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she’s embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn’t seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father’s trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It’s better this way.

But when Julia meets a handsome new resident in the building’s exercise room, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Heath Wilson is a welcome change from the men she’s encountered on the occasional—mostly disastrous—dates her sister has eagerly planned for her over the years. As she and Heath, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into an unexpected love. However, they soon realize that combining families proves to be a challenge, even though their four children are adults.

When a dramatic revelation threatens the happiness they’ve found, Julia and Heath must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other. If they can’t, their bright future together may be nothing but a dream.
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This book was a typical read by author Macomber with great characters and storyline, nothing earth shattering.
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While I generally enjoy Ms. Macomber's books, this one fell a little flat for me.  I didn't connect with any of the characters and just didn't really enjoy the storyline.
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It's Better This Way was a great read for me. I love reading stories where the characters have some life experience.  The story was full of great characters  and the emotions were all there.  I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it to all Debbie Macomber fans and those looking for a good romance that is not typical.
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Loved reading this book and author. I highly recommend this book and the author. Happy reading and enjoy
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It's Better This Way by Debbie Macomber is heart wrenching and powerful. I don't know how she does it, but Ms. Macomber's books just seem to keep getting better and better. Somehow she perfectly delivers a book that her readers will enjoy without ever becoming formulaic in any way. This second chance at love book is so unique, with unfathomable challenges to happiness. It was so well written with emotion-packed dialogue. I loved everything about it. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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I enjoyed this book

Solid 3.5 stars , great book about extended families and how they work. Great romance, good variety of characters
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Another good story from Macomber. Finding romance after divorce and later in life for the two main characters was very well written and will be enjoyed by many readers.  I found the children to be very petty and immature considering their ages.
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It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber

Two families break up and are divorced.  Little did they know, they men ended up with the other’s ex-wives.  It took much effort to get the grown children to accept each other.

This was a good book.  Well=planned, great characters.  I recommend this book.
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I thought It's Better This Way to be a pretty good read by Debbie Macomber and I am giving four and a half stars.
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It's Better This Way by Debbie Macomber

Julia Jones had been married once, but it didn't work out, as her husband left her for another women.  Julia tired everything she could to try to save her marriage, but it wasn't meant to be.  Their two daughters have always stood by Julia.  They haven't gotten along with their stepmother.

Now six years later Julia is settling into her single life.  Her father's trusty saying always on her mind; it's better this way!  She moved into a condominium complex after divorcing and sold her business.  In her retirement she's taken up a routine of working out in the community gym.  At the gym she meets, Heath Johnson, a handsome man who she finds herself getting attracted to!  After a few run ins, Heath introduces himself.  He also went through a rough divorce and has two grown sons.  They become fast friends.  Soon they are meeting to work out together and getting coffee together after.  A nice start to their day!!  Both knowing they are only looking to be friends.

But as their friendship grows closer they learn they have a lot in common and they grow closer!  Their friendship grows into an unexpected love!

However, they soon realize that combining their families proves to be a challenge.

When a dramatic revelation threatens they happiness they've found in each other, Julia and Heath must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other.  If they can't, their future together may be nothing but a dream.

This was an enjoyable love story of a second chance between two couples after going through heartache.  I really enjoyed reading a story of an older couple falling in love!  Even though there was some family drama, which just made it interesting.  I really enjoyed the characters and the way they handled their family situation.

Thank you Debbie Macomber, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley for the advance copy to read in return for my honest review!
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Debbie Macomber has written another wonderful story with romance, friendship and family.  I recommend this story.  Happy reading!

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher.  This is my honest and personal review.
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Once again Debbie Macomber does not disappoint.  The title "It's Better This Way " is just perfect for this story line and it is used as reference throughout the book.

Julia has her heartbroken my her husband when he leaves her for another woman. Their grown children also have a hard time with not only the divorce, but excepting the other woman.  Julia has to sell the family home which of course is hard but she feels " It's Better This Way " . While her life has not turned out like she thought it would  she feels  " It's Better This Way " 

After being single for 6 years she forms a friendship with a guy that also lives in her condo.  What starts out as a friendship develops into a romance. Of course this romance has it struggles they need to work out along the way.

I enjoyed this book, but there are a lot of sub stories in it as well so it takes a bit of following the characters and their individually stories.  That being said I think it is a book anyone would enjoy, one of those beach reads. Fun and simple hearted with it's ups and downs and surprises that makes you not want to put it down.
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Family dynamics are tricky at best here they are turned inside out. A divorce divides children from parents emotionally that is sure
Y the case here. Julia Jones works through her heartache of loss with the words that make up this title. A bit of wisdom she learned long ago applies more often than not. Letting go of a life past is hard going in the best of circumstances. Julia has two daughters and they resent their fathers new partner. Julia has moved into a new place determined to a fresh start.   Children forget parents are people with their own agendas. A fact that comes to the surface as one daughter plans a wedding and two sons resent their fathers new partner Julia. Finding common ground is the tie that eventually bunds this story’s end.
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