Window on the Bay
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.

Window on the Bay Details

TitleWindow on the Bay
Author
ReleaseJul 16th, 2019
PublisherBooks on Tape
ISBN-139780525491675
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Window on the Bay Review

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Good but some love/hate parts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 su Good but some love/hate parts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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.(copy received for review consideration)Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/window-on-th...
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Best friends Jenna and Maureen have been doing just fine. Sure, their children have finally left their respective nests, and Jenna’s especially bristling at the thought of an empty house. But now they’ll finally have time to do things they’ve always wanted— like taking the trip to Paris they originally planned in college. However, after Jenna’s mother, Carol, falls and breaks her hip, Jenna meets the charming Dr. Rowan Lancaster. And with Maureen open to seeing someone of her own … well, it migh Best friends Jenna and Maureen have been doing just fine. Sure, their children have finally left their respective nests, and Jenna’s especially bristling at the thought of an empty house. But now they’ll finally have time to do things they’ve always wanted— like taking the trip to Paris they originally planned in college. However, after Jenna’s mother, Carol, falls and breaks her hip, Jenna meets the charming Dr. Rowan Lancaster. And with Maureen open to seeing someone of her own … well, it might be time for these two friends to finally live their dreams and find love.Author Debbie Macomber dishes out books like others dole out hugs, and usually with the same heartwarming effect.Part of this is because she’s perfected the formula for ideal friendships. Jenna and Maureen share a natural bond, partially because of their shared experiences— they attended college together, they’re divorced and devoted to their children, yet they’re each open to changing things up in their lives. Because of this, there’s a certain reliance on each other emotionally. However, one also understands the importance of the other’s happiness and they effectively push each other into situations that make them better. It’s a special bond on the page, and Macomber expertly molds it.All of this is not to suggest that romance takes a backseat to friendship. Rather, each of these women ends up drifting to two special dates. Early on, Jenna’s meetings with Rowan do feel a bit stilted— and there’s an odd dynamic to him dating her while treating her mother. However, Macomber gradually and effectively explains away their awkward encounters. Maureen and Logan, on the other hand, do have a more natural-feeling progression. Logan patronizes the library Maureen works at, looking for book recommendations, before finally asking her out for a drink. While there’s something to be said about bothering a woman while she’s working, it’s ultimately a cutely developed relationship.Through this all, there’s a heavy emphasis on growing older and dealing with a changing family dynamic. Really, these are the strongest points. Maureen has to pull herself out of a mostly settled life. At the same time, Jenna has to take care of her recovering mother while accepting that her children are finally out of the house. What these women show is that, in these moments of isolation, it’s never too late to embrace change and chase true happiness.
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  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    Maureen and Jenna, single moms and best friends since college, wanted to go to Paris together, but life got in the way. Both empty nesters, they consider the possibility of the long-delayed trip again, but now there are new romances and challenges with adult children. Will they ever take this dream trip? Can Maureen and Logan get past their differences and embrace their similarities? Can Jenna trust Rowan? If you are looking for a relaxing read with Debbie’s trademark relatable characters, gentl Maureen and Jenna, single moms and best friends since college, wanted to go to Paris together, but life got in the way. Both empty nesters, they consider the possibility of the long-delayed trip again, but now there are new romances and challenges with adult children. Will they ever take this dream trip? Can Maureen and Logan get past their differences and embrace their similarities? Can Jenna trust Rowan? If you are looking for a relaxing read with Debbie’s trademark relatable characters, gentle humor, and a happily ever ending, you’ll enjoy reading Window on the Bay.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) Prolific writer Debbie Macomber has always been my go-to for cozy and heartfelt stories of family and chaste romance - and I adore her vivid Pacific Northwest settings. With the exception of exactly ONE of her books, I have loved everything she’s written ❤.WINDOW ON THE BAY tells a tale of two middle-aged best friends encountering new loves and ups and downs with their adult children and an aging parent. The Seattle setting is PERFECT. Jenna and Maureen were a delight to get t (free review copy) Prolific writer Debbie Macomber has always been my go-to for cozy and heartfelt stories of family and chaste romance - and I adore her vivid Pacific Northwest settings. With the exception of exactly ONE of her books, I have loved everything she’s written ❤️.WINDOW ON THE BAY tells a tale of two middle-aged best friends encountering new loves and ups and downs with their adult children and an aging parent. The Seattle setting is PERFECT. Jenna and Maureen were a delight to get to know and I was rooting for their romances with Logan and Rowan from the very beginning ❤️.Highly recommended for longtime fans of Macomber and a good place to start for those new to her work!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    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 worrie 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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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Window on the Bay by Debbie MacomberRandom House/Ballentine BooksJuly 16, 2019Fiction, beach read, romance336 pagesRating: 4/5I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Ballantine Books in exchange for an unbiased review. Jenna and Maureen had been best friends since they met at the University of Washington many years ago. They had always planned to take a trip to Paris but it seemed that life events always got in the way. Jenna Boltz is a divorced single mother of two children liv Window on the Bay by Debbie MacomberRandom House/Ballentine BooksJuly 16, 2019Fiction, beach read, romance336 pagesRating: 4/5I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Ballantine Books in exchange for an unbiased review. Jenna and Maureen had been best friends since they met at the University of Washington many years ago. They had always planned to take a trip to Paris but it seemed that life events always got in the way. Jenna Boltz is a divorced single mother of two children living in Seattle. She works as an ICU nurse to support her children, Paul and Allie who are in college. Kyle Boltz is her ex-husband who is a surgeon but found fidelity to be an issue and made a new life for himself. Fortunately, Jenna and her kids still had Jenna’s mother, Carol, who was spry 70-ish woman. Carol had a good friend Mrs. Torres who was checking on her friend to find that she had fallen. She immediately called for help and notified Jenna. It seems that surgery and a long rehabilitation lie ahead for Carol. Maureen Zelinski worked as a librarian and also divorced from Peter which only lasted 5 years. They had a daughter, Victoria “Tori” who married an engineer, Jonathan. Maureen had been a support to Tori since she miscarried a year ago. She is very organized and structured which suits her career as a librarian. It seemed that new construction in the area brought a weekly visit from a construction worker. Logan worked as a plumber and during breaks would check out a book to read with Maureen’s suggestion. He was a bit rough around the edges and liked to call her “Marian the Librarian” which eventually grew on her. Over time they developed an awkward relationship given their many differences. The two friends are a constant support to each other through all the many ups and downs over the years. Jenna had been stressing over being a newly empty nester since sending Allie to college. She worried less about Paul who worked hard at a restaurant while attending college. Maureen was confused about the attention she was receiving from Logan. The two friends were Leary when it came to getting romantically involved again. Carol is recovering before being transferred to a rehab post hip surgery. She is pleased with her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rowan Lancaster. Jenna didn’t know much as side from gossip that he kept to himself. When he casually flirted with her at her mother’s bedside she didn’t know what to make of it. She tries to maintain a professional relationship with him which becomes complicated since he has taken a special interest in his patient, Carol.Both friends discover that they need to take a chance on dating and romance. Relationships can be complicated but can also provide support and comfort. This is a delightful story of friendship, family and finding love again. It reminds us that everyone has a life story and the path they take is unique.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Window on the Bay is the latest novel by Debbie Macomber. I thought the story was well-written with steady pacing. I enjoy Debbie Macomber’s writing style. She manages draw the reader into her world and hold their attention. I like that the main characters are two women in their forties who now have empty households. Jenna and Maureen are likeable and relatable women (which Ms. Macomber is known for creating). It is great that the two women are close friends and are there for each other. Both wo Window on the Bay is the latest novel by Debbie Macomber. I thought the story was well-written with steady pacing. I enjoy Debbie Macomber’s writing style. She manages draw the reader into her world and hold their attention. I like that the main characters are two women in their forties who now have empty households. Jenna and Maureen are likeable and relatable women (which Ms. Macomber is known for creating). It is great that the two women are close friends and are there for each other. Both women are divorced and have spent the last twenty years taking care of their kids. Now is a chance for the two women to “spread their wings”. Jenna wants them to finally take the trip to Paris that they had to postpone after college plus she is thinking about taking a painting class. We also get to see a different perspective with Jenna’s eighteen year old daughter, Allie. Jenna is making changes at home, which upsets Allie. Allie may want to live on her own and discover who she is, but she does not want things to change at home. This provides balance to the story and a different outlook. Maureen and Jenna have dated sporadically over the years. But they have been burned by their husbands, and it is hard to open themselves up to love and to trust another man. Dating is not easy as we see with Jenna and Maureen. Each person learns something about themselves through the process. It is never too late to grow and change. The path to happily ever after is bumpy, but well worth the effort. I admit that I related more to Maureen with her love of books and dislike of sports. I enjoyed the light humor sprinkled throughout the story and I appreciated that is a clean story (no foul language or intimate relations). Jenna’s favorite spot in her home is her window seat with the view of Elliott Bay. I could understand how she finds peace from looking out at the water. It was nice there was an epilogue to wrap up the book. Window on the Bay is a heartwarming book with a happily-ever-after that will please readers and reading it is a lovely way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna and her best friend Maureen have both been single mothers for many years. Now that their kids have gone on to college, the moms have to adjust to being empty nesters, and it's not as easy – or as enjoyable – as they had anticipated. Both women meet men who are "not their type," but who they can't stop thinking about. As they navigate their relationships with their now-adult children, they also must learn to expect the unexpected. I have read a good number of Debbie Macomber's books, and I' Jenna and her best friend Maureen have both been single mothers for many years. Now that their kids have gone on to college, the moms have to adjust to being empty nesters, and it's not as easy – or as enjoyable – as they had anticipated. Both women meet men who are "not their type," but who they can't stop thinking about. As they navigate their relationships with their now-adult children, they also must learn to expect the unexpected. I have read a good number of Debbie Macomber's books, and I'm sad to say that this is the first that I didn't enjoy wholeheartedly from the very first page. The story was predictable, but that wasn't the problem. As I got to know the two main characters, I found myself disliking them more and more as the book progressed. I could not get over how both of them were so guilty of stereotyping people based solely on their appearances, their careers and the women's past history. (view spoiler)[Construction workers "don't look like library patrons"? The library in question must not be as inclusive as the libraries I have visited, and her attitude really annoyed me. And then we have the whole helicopter mom thing, with Mom getting angry, or annoyed or even hurt because she didn't know what her college-aged kids were up to every minute of every day. Yes, I know what it's like to be close to be an empty nester, I know what it's like to be involved in your kids' lives until the day they leave home, I know what it's like to be at loose ends while at the same time wondering, maybe even worrying, about what they're doing now. But good grief, do you really need to text them and ask if they're making their beds everyday? (hide spoiler)] I'm sure that was part of the author's point, but it made it hard for me to want things to work out for either of them. The two men in the book were, in my opinion, much more patient that I ever would have been, and they were the redeeming characters in this particular story. They stayed true to their beliefs, their characters were consistent and steady from the moment they were introduced until the end of the book. I can only hope that all of the characters in Macomber's next book will be more like these men than the women in this one. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming story of two very strong and independent women. Jenna and Maureen have been best friends forever. Their dream was to go to Paris together after graduation from college. At the last minute, Maureen gets pregnant and has to get married. A short-lived event. Jenna, a nurse, marries Kyle, a surgeon. Bad idea. After having been a single mom for 20 years, she is now an empty nester. Neither of the friends is into dating. But the house is awfully quiet now. Maybe it's time to re-create t A heartwarming story of two very strong and independent women. Jenna and Maureen have been best friends forever. Their dream was to go to Paris together after graduation from college. At the last minute, Maureen gets pregnant and has to get married. A short-lived event. Jenna, a nurse, marries Kyle, a surgeon. Bad idea. After having been a single mom for 20 years, she is now an empty nester. Neither of the friends is into dating. But the house is awfully quiet now. Maybe it's time to re-create themselves. Plan that trip to Paris now. Until each of them stumbles awkwardly into men they wouldn't have looked twice at until they did.Debbie always looks at the bright side of things in her books. Yes, there is heartbreak, misunderstandings, and dreams deferred, but in the end, I was crying like a baby. Because that is what her books do. They make you feel. The characters are so very human and make mistakes, but they are good people. I always feel as if I just had a true heart to heart with my grandmother after one of her books. NetGalley/July, 16th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    I love Debbie's books. They never ever seem to disappoint, it's like going home. They are so wholesome and full of characters you just can't help but fall in love with. Great beach read with light reading its so effortless. This one just pulls you and all you want to do is cheer everyone on!I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of this one it's out in all stores July 16th don't forget to grab a copy I know I will be.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for I love Debbie's books. They never ever seem to disappoint, it's like going home. They are so wholesome and full of characters you just can't help but fall in love with. Great beach read with light reading its so effortless. This one just pulls you and all you want to do is cheer everyone on!I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of this one it's out in all stores July 16th don't forget to grab a copy I know I will be.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Callie Sutcliffe
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber is always a skillful and thoughtful storyteller and I always appreciate her character and integrity that pours out into her writing. And even though this particular story was not my preferred age group to read about, I genuinely enjoyed reading Jane and Maureen's stories as they walked through the "empty nest syndrome." I think many of her readers will identify and appreciate these stories as well. There was much heart and banter between the single parents and their young adult c Debbie Macomber is always a skillful and thoughtful storyteller and I always appreciate her character and integrity that pours out into her writing. And even though this particular story was not my preferred age group to read about, I genuinely enjoyed reading Jane and Maureen's stories as they walked through the "empty nest syndrome." I think many of her readers will identify and appreciate these stories as well. There was much heart and banter between the single parents and their young adult children. It was well written and will surely pull at the heartstrings of lots of empty nesters and single parents.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA novel filled with warmth and the charming characters you expect from Debbie Macomber, Window on the the Bay was all about change, friendship, and our heroines stretching out their wings as they opened their hearts up to love once again.First of all, how lovely is that cover? It makes me want to pull up a chair and bask in the sun on that porch with its picturesque view! And it really fits this story well. One of our heroines, Jenna, spent quite a few c See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA novel filled with warmth and the charming characters you expect from Debbie Macomber, Window on the the Bay was all about change, friendship, and our heroines stretching out their wings as they opened their hearts up to love once again.First of all, how lovely is that cover? It makes me want to pull up a chair and bask in the sun on that porch with its picturesque view! And it really fits this story well. One of our heroines, Jenna, spent quite a few contemplative moments snuggled up on her window seat that overlooked the water, while trying to wade through emotions and tough situations. Read More
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  • Tena Greear
    January 1, 1970
    Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is not one of her best books but not one of worst. I liked it but I felt like the story dragged a little. Jenna and Maureen are best friends from college and find themselves divorced, middle aged and empty nesters. Let the games begin! Or not. The story in itself is interesting and entertaining but also repetitive. As they enter the dating world both women realize their expectations and interests may have changed a little since they were in college. Learning Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is not one of her best books but not one of worst. I liked it but I felt like the story dragged a little. Jenna and Maureen are best friends from college and find themselves divorced, middle aged and empty nesters. Let the games begin! Or not. The story in itself is interesting and entertaining but also repetitive. As they enter the dating world both women realize their expectations and interests may have changed a little since they were in college. Learning to open up and risk their hearts is scary. Jenna is content with her life and still wants to be immersed in the world of her two college-aged children. It’s hard to put herself first and even though she tries, she isn’t sure she’s ready. And she KNOWS she isn’t ready for a relationship with another surgeon. Between her children trying to “be adults “, her career as a nurse and her mother who has recently broken her hip, Jenna is sure she will never get to Paris. She has dreamed of a trip to Paris since those long ago college days.Then there’s Maureen. She wants to go to Paris with Jenna. She has made plans to go to Paris with Jenna and no one plans better than Maureen. So when a plumber from a construction site comes into the library where she works Maureen is not distracted from her plans. Well maybe a little. Actually, a LOT! This was my favorite storyline. Maureen deserves her own book. (Sequel maybe?)Here’s the reason for a 3 star rating. Too much thought process. Macomber focuses a lot of the story on character thought and feelings. I understand those things are important but it became repetitive. I read over and over about first marriage problem, absentee dads, grieving mothers and fear of commitment. So many of Macomber’s books are best sellers because she puts the reader in the life of the characters. You go through each day and become invested in what happens in the story. It doesn’t take explaining the emotions because the reader seems to be part of the story. I just didn’t get this with Window on the Bay.I voluntarily received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. What can I say but I do enjoy a book by Debbie Macomber. This rates up there with all of her books. Two friends since college, Maureen and Jenna and the journey through their lives with the ups and downs, I love how she can write a book without all the excessive language and sex and still make a wonderful story. I highly recommend it.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    It's always fun to pick up a Debbie Macomber book because you know that's it's going to be an easy read with a happily ever after ending. Though this book tackled some problems that you don't see in normal romance novels, it was still a satisfying read.Jenna and Maureen became friends in college and planned to visit Paris after they graduated. The trip never happened because Maureen got pregnant and married. Jenna also married her boyfriend and had two children. After only a few years, he decid It's always fun to pick up a Debbie Macomber book because you know that's it's going to be an easy read with a happily ever after ending. Though this book tackled some problems that you don't see in normal romance novels, it was still a satisfying read.Jenna and Maureen became friends in college and planned to visit Paris after they graduated. The trip never happened because Maureen got pregnant and married. Jenna also married her boyfriend and had two children. After only a few years, he decided that he didn't want to be married and after their divorce, he had very little contact with his children. As the book begins, we find out that they are both empty nesters who are unsure of how to live their lives without children. One of their first decisions is to plan their Paris trip again. As their lives continue to change, they both decide to try dating again and run into complications. Maureen starts to date a construction worker who visits the library frequently and Jenna starts to date the doctor who took care of her mother. Neither one of the women know if they can learn to trust men again or if they will get their happily ever after.This was a light fun read. I didn't enjoy it as much as other books by this author because I didn't like several of the characters. I thought that Jenna was way too controlling with her children - she said they she was glad that they were grown up but felt like she had to control every aspect of their lives. I also didn't like Logan, the construction that Maureen dated. He didn't seem very willing to make changes in his life to make her happy.Will Jenna and Maureen be able to relax and enjoy the changes that are happening in their lives? Will they get their happily ever after? It's time to read this book and find out.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna's is trying to figure out how to deal with the changes that have entered her life. She has been divorced for a lo g time but her two children have always been her main priority. Now that her youngest is off to college she has become an empty nester and wants to make some changes. The problem is she doesn't know where to begin, her dating life has been non-existent and while raising her children she hasn't had time for much else. Her best friend Maureen is happy for her friend a d looks for Jenna's is trying to figure out how to deal with the changes that have entered her life. She has been divorced for a lo g time but her two children have always been her main priority. Now that her youngest is off to college she has become an empty nester and wants to make some changes. The problem is she doesn't know where to begin, her dating life has been non-existent and while raising her children she hasn't had time for much else. Her best friend Maureen is happy for her friend a d looks forward to planning a trip that they never got to take in college. They both have always dreamed of going to Paris and it looks like it might actually happen. When Jenna's mother breaks her hip the trip gets pushed back but the two still both want to put themselves out there. They both end up meeting new people but life has A way of mucking things up. Will the two ladies find love with the men they have met or will they have to continue to look for their special someone? Will they ever make that trip to Paris or will something always get in the way? Follow along as these women look for love and manage the minefield that shows you that love might not be easy but it's worth it in the end.
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  • Gata Leitora / Cat reader
    January 1, 1970
    Frustration ... That's what I'm feeling after finishing this book. I'm a fan of Debbie Macomber's writing but this time I'm wondering what happened to the writer.I started the book super excited to meet Jenna's story and find out a bit about Maureen as well. I liked the friendship of them two. For the first time, I was not anxious about a romance, but about waiting their travel to Paris.Gradually I was connecting to them and their pains, insecurities and searches. The way each one reacted to a n Frustration ... That's what I'm feeling after finishing this book. I'm a fan of Debbie Macomber's writing but this time I'm wondering what happened to the writer.I started the book super excited to meet Jenna's story and find out a bit about Maureen as well. I liked the friendship of them two. For the first time, I was not anxious about a romance, but about waiting their travel to Paris.Gradually I was connecting to them and their pains, insecurities and searches. The way each one reacted to a new possibility of love. The way each one had to face the new stage of life.I fell in love with Rowan, he is a very well built character and perfectly inserted into the story however Logan in no time made me cheer for him. Prejudiced, selfish, he did nothing to really demonstrate that he was willing to step out of his comfort zone to conquer the woman he supposedly loved. He spoiled the book and, along with it, Jenna and her petty and stubborn attitude at the crucial moment of the story, spoiling everything with another character. Anyway, I was devastated by the ending chosen, I waited too long for the friends to go to Paris even if they were with their respective loves and I did not like Logan's behavior at all, he is the one who needed to change and not Maureen, at the very most, he need to apologize for being a fool when it was expected of him a firmer attitude with his friends.
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  • Phylis Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna and Maureen have been friends since they were teens. They have always dreamed of going to Paris. Every time they think they are getting close to being able to go, they have life events that keep them from going.Maureen and Jenna have been friends through good times as well as bad. Their families are intertwined with each other. When ever something good or bad happens to one of them then they are their for each other to share it.Ms Macomber takes us n an incredible journey of life's events Jenna and Maureen have been friends since they were teens. They have always dreamed of going to Paris. Every time they think they are getting close to being able to go, they have life events that keep them from going.Maureen and Jenna have been friends through good times as well as bad. Their families are intertwined with each other. When ever something good or bad happens to one of them then they are their for each other to share it.Ms Macomber takes us n an incredible journey of life's events for both women and their children and the rest of their families. Definitely a must read. If you are a lover of great romances and incredible stories then this is a must for you.Ms. Macomber spins the story so you feel like they are part of your family or your friends. You feel what they feel, you experience life through their eyes. Every time I finish one of her books I think this is the best one yet, then I read another one and feel the same way. This one so far is my favorite I think, but trust me, she has never written a book yet that I did not like. There is a great cast of characters and hopefully we will hear more about them in the future.
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna and Maureen have been best friends since college. They have been there for each other through marriages, babies, divorces, you name it. Now that Jenna is experiencing empty-nest syndrome and Maureen is feeling lonely as well, they both jump back in to the dating pool.....and unexpectedly they both find love again. The question is, will the vast differences between Maureen and her boyfriend last? And will the fact that both Jenna and her man are gun-shy from their first marriage keep them f Jenna and Maureen have been best friends since college. They have been there for each other through marriages, babies, divorces, you name it. Now that Jenna is experiencing empty-nest syndrome and Maureen is feeling lonely as well, they both jump back in to the dating pool.....and unexpectedly they both find love again. The question is, will the vast differences between Maureen and her boyfriend last? And will the fact that both Jenna and her man are gun-shy from their first marriage keep them from making a lasting relationship?I love Debbie Macomber's books. They are a light, fun read with characters and situations you can relate to. I was really rooting for Jenna and Maureen. I cringed at some of the things that happened, and cheered when things went well. I highly recommend this excellent beach read!
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I look forward to books by this author, and this one sure didn’t disappoint.Two young women meet in college and form a bond and lifelong friendship, they also have plans to travel to Paris in spring time, but life’s challenges seem to have gotten in the way.Fast forward twenty plus years and our girls are now empty nesters and both have been long divorced. They have dated through the years, but have been scared and so far, neither have found the right guy, and they have a traffic light signal fo I look forward to books by this author, and this one sure didn’t disappoint.Two young women meet in college and form a bond and lifelong friendship, they also have plans to travel to Paris in spring time, but life’s challenges seem to have gotten in the way.Fast forward twenty plus years and our girls are now empty nesters and both have been long divorced. They have dated through the years, but have been scared and so far, neither have found the right guy, and they have a traffic light signal for their appraisals of these possible romances.Now with plans to finally go to Paris, we get to see how things work out, and there are possible romances in these woman’s lives.I also love that we are given an epilogue, although I wish I could continue in their lives!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Random House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    In her prolific style, Debbie Macomber draws the reader into a story of second chances. This time the story follows two women who have spent their lives providing for their children. They have sacrificed their dreams along the way, but now that their kids are out of the house, they are having their turn. It is a relatable story for many readers, and an enjoyable read. I did get frustrated with the characters at times, because they let their past life experiences cause them to question their curr In her prolific style, Debbie Macomber draws the reader into a story of second chances. This time the story follows two women who have spent their lives providing for their children. They have sacrificed their dreams along the way, but now that their kids are out of the house, they are having their turn. It is a relatable story for many readers, and an enjoyable read. I did get frustrated with the characters at times, because they let their past life experiences cause them to question their current situation, but I can also understand and empathize with them too. Overall, an enjoyable look at the WINDOW ON THE BAY. I recommend this book and thank Random House Publishing, Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book from my TBR pile after getting into a rut and it was just the medicine I needed. I know it's not up everyone's alley, but I love a break from the suspense and delving into a cozy little romance where I know everything will end well. The thing I enjoy most about DM's books is how utterly relatable she makes her characters and her situations. I always find some part of myself in her characters and it was just what I needed to get out of my reading funk. Pick this one up!Thank I picked up this book from my TBR pile after getting into a rut and it was just the medicine I needed. I know it's not up everyone's alley, but I love a break from the suspense and delving into a cozy little romance where I know everything will end well. The thing I enjoy most about DM's books is how utterly relatable she makes her characters and her situations. I always find some part of myself in her characters and it was just what I needed to get out of my reading funk. Pick this one up!Thank you netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A heartwarming story of two friends and their lives 20 years into their friendship. After the children have grown up they are now looking for purposes and how to move on from last mistakes and things given up along the way. Together they find themselves again but in a new life worth enjoying! Love this must read page turner! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC copy of in exchange for my honest review! Loved it!
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  • Rhonda Lother
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful read! It's the first book I've read of Debbie Macomber's, and I intend to read more. It was an engaging story about two divorced empty-nesters who had been friends since college. The story begins when the last of their children leave for college, and it progresses through their journey of becoming caregivers, finding new meaning in life, and giving new relationships a chance. It was a wholesome story. Although serious challenges arose, they were handled tactfully.
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  • Corlyn Riverside Reader
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a perfect book for mother's of soon-to-be empty nesters. Macomber follows two best friends through the transition of their children going off to college. Their stories bring you through the losses in their lives, the sacrifices they made for their children and then how they find fulfillment. Uplifting, funny and PG rated!
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber tells wonderful stories and build beautiful relationships. This book is filled with so much wisdom! Mother-daughter, Mother -son, long time best friends, new best friends, and new romantic relationships all come together in this Debbie Macomber novel filled with such promise ❤
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderfully sweet. A nice beach or travel read. Or a weekend read. Or a get my mind off work read. Just light and easy. 😊
  • Tammy Stafford-Bellflower
    January 1, 1970
    This story is heartwarming, authentic and a good read for a relaxing summer day. I also like how the book cover/design gives a sense of tranquility. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine Books for the ARC.
  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber is a master of the light romance and I was glad to see that the main characters in Window on the Bay, Jenna and Maureen, are middle aged, professional women dealing with empty nests. Both find romance with all the usual ensuing complications and related family dramas. The reason for the two stars? Librarian Maureen's relationship with plumber Logan. He's not a great guy. Let me count the ways:His idea of a hilarious joke is to call Maureen "Marian" because of her profession.He me Debbie Macomber is a master of the light romance and I was glad to see that the main characters in Window on the Bay, Jenna and Maureen, are middle aged, professional women dealing with empty nests. Both find romance with all the usual ensuing complications and related family dramas. The reason for the two stars? Librarian Maureen's relationship with plumber Logan. He's not a great guy. Let me count the ways:His idea of a hilarious joke is to call Maureen "Marian" because of her profession.He meets her at a sports bar for their first date, not her milleu, and does next to nothing to make her feel comfortableShe is a sport about going to football games with him, but he acts like a jerk and pouts when she surprises him with ballet tickets.Worst of all, he fails to defend her when his friends mock her (at the sports bar again where he walks in with his arm around another woman) and doesn't say a peep when his "friend" indicates that Logan said he "was finished" with Maureen.Logan's daughter (no prize herself) warns Maureen off her father and blames her for all of the problems in the relationship.But Maureen is the one with "issues"?!!! She is the one who must apologize to get past this impasse?!!! Logan is definitely a red light, and Maureen should have run while her head was still attached to her body, but no, no, she humbles herself and promises to change. I think in most circumstances this would have been considered an abusive relationship.I admire Macomber's skills, but this "romance" ruined the book for me.Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    Debbie Macomber does it again with a great book on personal growth and overcoming struggles. The struggles are real and they overcome them in a realistic way.
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