The Empty Nesters
The worst of times calls for the best of friends in this sassy novel about starting over, from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.Dear friends and army wives Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have been through war, rumors of war, marital problems, motherhood, fears, joy, and heartache. But none of the women are prepared when their daughters decide to enlist in the army together. Facing an empty nest won’t be easy. Especially for Carmen. With emotions already high, she suffers an even greater blow: divorce papers. Diana understands the fury and tears. She’s been there.With nothing to lose and no one at home, the girlfriends impulsively accept an unexpected offer from their elderly neighbor. The recently widowed Tootsie has an RV, a handsome nephew at the wheel, and an aim for tiny Scrap, Texas, to embrace memories of her late husband. Still grieving, she can use the company as a balm for her broken heart. So can the empty nesters.Embarking on a journey of hope, romance, and healing, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie are at a turning point in their lives. And with the open road ahead of them, it’s just the beginning.

The Empty Nesters Details

TitleThe Empty Nesters
Author
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
ISBN-139781542043007
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

The Empty Nesters Review

  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSometimes if you are lucky, you pick up a book at just the right time in your life that every emotion written by the author resonates and you cannot put it down. THE EMPTY NESTERS by Carolyn Brown is that book for me. The story starts by introducing us to Tootsie and Smokey Colbert. Smokey is retired Army and Tootsie is his beloved wife of over 50 years. They never had children of their own, so they are very excited when three new Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSometimes if you are lucky, you pick up a book at just the right time in your life that every emotion written by the author resonates and you cannot put it down. THE EMPTY NESTERS by Carolyn Brown is that book for me. The story starts by introducing us to Tootsie and Smokey Colbert. Smokey is retired Army and Tootsie is his beloved wife of over 50 years. They never had children of their own, so they are very excited when three new military couples move into the neighboring homes each with their own young daughter. The men are in the same unit and the wives are close friends. Jump ahead thirteen years. Diana, Carmen and Joanie are all still best friends and about to face an empty nest at home as all three of their daughters leave for bootcamp after having enlisted in the Army together. Diana has been divorced and moved on, working and focusing on her daughter Rebecca. Joanie is still an army wife, waiting for her husband to come home as her daughter Zoe leaves also. Carmen just said goodbye to her daughter, Natalie and she receives the emotional punch of receiving unexpected divorce papers in the mail after 20 years of marriage.After losing the love of her life, Smokey, one month ago, Tootsie decides to go on their planned trip to his family’s reunion and take the girls with her. They have nothing to lose and no one at home, so they begin their two month long life changing journey as “The Empty Nesters” in a large RV driven by Smokey’s nephew, Luke. Tootsie faces the memories of her late husband and hopes to ease her loneliness and broken heart, Joanie receives life changing news from her husband which will alter the group, Carmen must deal with the hurt, betrayal and end of her marriage and Diana just may learn to open her heart to a new relationship and love. This is my favorite Carolyn Brown book to date. Keep the tissues handy for not only sad, but happy tears. I read this in one sitting because I just had to know the resolution of all of “The Empty Nesters”. This book deals with so many stages of life and love. It also shows each character dealing with what life dishes out to them and how they cope with the help of their friendship. I felt the dialogue, the emotions and the trials and triumphs were realistically written and handled by Ms. Brown. Each of the women as a character is unique and yet they mesh so well together. I highly recommend The Empty Nesters!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The Empty Nesters chronicle the happiness and heart breaks of three friends and their friend and “adopted” mother figure as they transition into empty nesters. Brown pens genuine, heartfelt emotions of the trials, tribulations and triumphs as these friends process grief, loss and life altering circumstances while embarking on a RV road trip. Unwavering friendship is the tie that binds these characters to the reader! The characters find their solace each other’s unwavering loyalty to one another. The Empty Nesters chronicle the happiness and heart breaks of three friends and their friend and “adopted” mother figure as they transition into empty nesters. Brown pens genuine, heartfelt emotions of the trials, tribulations and triumphs as these friends process grief, loss and life altering circumstances while embarking on a RV road trip. Unwavering friendship is the tie that binds these characters to the reader! The characters find their solace each other’s unwavering loyalty to one another. Difficult topics, heart aching trials, knowing when to let go and never loosing hope is written in such a way that the circumstances just come to life.I received this ARC copy of The Empty Nesters from Montlake Romance. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Empty Nesters is set for publication Aug. 20, 2019.My Rating: 4 starsWritten By: Carolyn BrownPaperback: 315 pagesPublisher: Montlake Romance Publication Date: August 20, 2019ISBN-10: 154204300XISBN-13: 978-1542043007Genre: Woman's LitAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Nesters-...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-...BAM!: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Empty...
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 Empty Nesters/Full Hearts Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeThere is nothing more satisfying than recognizing women do not stop being vital after a certain age. Women have been the disappearing segment once they hit a certain age and the age this happens has been getting younger and younger...Carolyn Brown has brought together 3 women who have lived full lives as army wives and moms. Their beautiful children have decided to enlist in the army together leaving these women with an "empty nest." There is 4 Empty Nesters/Full Hearts Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeThere is nothing more satisfying than recognizing women do not stop being vital after a certain age. Women have been the disappearing segment once they hit a certain age and the age this happens has been getting younger and younger...Carolyn Brown has brought together 3 women who have lived full lives as army wives and moms. Their beautiful children have decided to enlist in the army together leaving these women with an "empty nest." There is a husband a little lost...and another man who has decided to divorce his wife now...As these women figure out their next step, their surrogate mother figure has decided to take an RV trip to Texas to remember her late husband. She invites these women to go with her and what takes place is more than a road trip. Each person has moments with insight and heart. This was a read which touched the heart.A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Well, The Empty Nesters isn’t a romance that I am used to reading. Filled with a lot of drama, a lot of humor and characters that you will fall in love with, The Empty Nesters will have you crying and laughing at the same time. Diana, Carmen, Joanie are best friends. They have been for a very long time. Moving to Sugar Run, TX with their husbands was the best move they could have ever made. Meeting Tootsie and Smokey was a god send. Now, they all need each other to pull through some of the harde Well, The Empty Nesters isn’t a romance that I am used to reading. Filled with a lot of drama, a lot of humor and characters that you will fall in love with, The Empty Nesters will have you crying and laughing at the same time. Diana, Carmen, Joanie are best friends. They have been for a very long time. Moving to Sugar Run, TX with their husbands was the best move they could have ever made. Meeting Tootsie and Smokey was a god send. Now, they all need each other to pull through some of the hardest times of their lives. Their daughters have all followed in their father’s foot-steps and enlisted leaving the three of them alone and sad. Then comes the bomb-shell from Eli and everyone’s life really changes in a New York minute. It’s time to make some decisions and the first one is to go on the road trip that Tootsie is suggesting to Stump, TX. They will make it a long road trip and end up at Basic Training graduation where they could all celebrate with their wonderful daughters. First, they have to get Carmen through her double grief, deal with Diana deciding to date again, accepting Joanie moving away and getting Tootsie through her grieving process. Throw in a few storms another death and you have yourself a very heart-warming story.I loved the bond between the four woman. Tootsie was a treasure trove of understanding and advise. She was funny, loving and the most wonderful mom anyone could ask for. Diana understood exactly what Carmen was going through and was instrumental in getting her though the had times. She also had her own bridge to cross and I was thrilled that she decided to cross it with Luke. Diana had a lot of demons to fight and she was fighting them from the day that she married Eli. Now it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet, face life and everything that it throws at her. Joanie was the stable one. Yes, Brett was still in the military. Yes, she had her doubts about their life together because of Diana and Carmen but she knew, deep down, that Brett loved her and they life they built and, in the end, he shows her just how much she really means to him.Carolyn Brown really showed me her talent for writing romance but mixing in everything that life can throw at you. She shows you that family doesn’t necessarily be a blood relation. She wrote four very complex characters that meshed and bonded through their experiences. Their journey through life was intense. And, Carolyn Brown brought them together seamlessly and showed us just what small town love and relationships is all about.Complex characters, a heart-warming story, a little romance and a whole lot of laughs … The Empty Nesters was a wonderful story filled with family, love and strong-willed woman who you can’t help but adore.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Four stars: A delightful story about friendship, hope, love and overcoming grief. Army wives Diana, Carmen and Joanie are doing their best to staunch the flow of tears. They just said goodbye to their three daughters, who are headed to Basic Training. These three women know a thing or two about military life as they have all been married to career military men. Diana is still getting over her divorce even though it’s been five years, and the thought of an empty house makes her sad. Then disaster Four stars: A delightful story about friendship, hope, love and overcoming grief. Army wives Diana, Carmen and Joanie are doing their best to staunch the flow of tears. They just said goodbye to their three daughters, who are headed to Basic Training. These three women know a thing or two about military life as they have all been married to career military men. Diana is still getting over her divorce even though it’s been five years, and the thought of an empty house makes her sad. Then disaster strikes when Carmen gets divorce papers in the mail. How could her husband do this to her without even talking to her? Luckily, Tootsie their elderly neighbor who was recently widowed comes to the rescue. Tootsie proposes that all four of them go on a trip in her new RV. Her handsome nephew, Luke, is willing to drive them. What could be better than a little time away to recharge?What I Liked:*Carolyn Brown delivers another heaping dose of comfort reading with her latest book: The Empty Nesters. I loved that this book was all about supportive friendships and overcoming grief and loss. Girl power for the win!*The main focus of this book is on friendship and camaraderie. The four women over the years have forged a strong bond. They feel like family. When disaster strikes, the four drawn in close to help one another. I loved how these women looked out for one another. There is so much positivity and love in this one. The strong female friendships were so inspiring. I loved it. *I liked that each woman was dealing with a different problem. Tootsie was trying to cope with life after losing her long time husband. Carmen is reeling from her impending divorce, Diana is trying to find love after divorce, and Joanie is questioning the bonds of her own marriage. Each woman was in a different stage of a relationship, and I liked that. It was interesting to watch each woman grapple with her problem and overcome it the best she could. It was a joy to watch these women succeed. I was especially proud of Carmen and Tootsie. Carmen especially gets handed a nasty load to handle. She takes her anger and uses it to help her through. She is fierce and tough, and she comes out on the other side better off. Loved that. *Yes, there is a romance in this one. It wouldn’t be a Carolyn Brown book without one. I liked that the romance starts out as a friendship and slowly, slowly moves into the romance zone. There are some stumbles and some hesitation, but it all works in the end. It was delightful. *I loved all the coziness of this one. It takes place during fall, and I loved how the season was incorporated into the story. It is the perfect curl up with a good blanket book. It is full of all the lovely things that fall has to offer. *The ending is perfect. It catches it up with the characters a few weeks down the road, and everyone is in a good spot. I thought it ended on the right note. And The Not So Much:*I was disappointed that we didn’t get to know Smokey a little better. He sounded like such an interesting and kind man. *I felt like the whole kid drama in the romance was a little forced and predictable, I knew exactly how it was going to play out. The Empty Nesters is the perfect read for fall. This one features four strong women bonded together thru friendship and love as they grapple with different issues in their relationships. I loved the focus on friendship and love. I also adored the cozy fall feel to this one. It is a lovely read. Grab this and cozy up on a fall day. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this [email protected] Day Ramblings.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific story of friendship, healing, and love. The story opens in the past as Tootsie and her husband Smokey watch three young families move into houses on their block. All three are military families, each with one young daughter. Tootsie immediately senses that these people will become good friends. The prologue spends some time introducing each of the characters and their personalities. It also shows the depth of friendship that already exists between Diana, Carmen, and Joanie, as they fini Terrific story of friendship, healing, and love. The story opens in the past as Tootsie and her husband Smokey watch three young families move into houses on their block. All three are military families, each with one young daughter. Tootsie immediately senses that these people will become good friends. The prologue spends some time introducing each of the characters and their personalities. It also shows the depth of friendship that already exists between Diana, Carmen, and Joanie, as they finish the prologue by sending their men off, hiding their heartbreak behind cheerful faces. The story picks up thirteen years later, as all three women watch their daughters depart for Army basic training, leaving them with empty nests. That's not the only life-altering event either. Tootsie's husband Smokey recently passed away, leaving all of them feeling his loss. To make matters worse, Carmen unexpectedly receives divorce papers from her husband. As the women come together to support Carmen, Tootsie invites them all on her road trip as a way to get away from it all.Tootsie: Tootsie is a warm-hearted woman who was deeply in love with her husband. She is devastated by his loss, but the other women's presence in her life helps her deal with her grief. Helping them through their problems provides a needed distraction. I loved her down-home country wisdom and her straightforward way of delivering it. There are some hilarious times ahead for them, as well as some profoundly emotional ones. Smokey's loss isn't all Tootsie has to deal with on this journey, and the other women repay Tootsie's support with some of their own. I loved Tootsie's conversations with Smokey. They gave a good look at the type of man he was and the relationship he had with her.Carmen: I loved Carmen and ached so much for her. The unexpected arrival of divorce papers on the day her daughter left for boot camp made it especially devastating. She's always been a little bit insecure thanks to her feelings of being not good enough for Eli (reinforced by her witch of a mother-in-law) and immediately starts thinking about what she must have done wrong. I loved seeing her journey through denial, grief, and anger, and seeing her come out stronger on the other side. I detested her husband, Eli, whose true colors were revealed in his phone calls to her. There was a funny scene in which Carmen contemplated emulating a book character's revenge on a cheating spouse. I laughed because I recognized that revenge from an earlier book by the author.Joanie: After witnessing Diana's divorce years earlier, and seeing what Carmen goes through now, Joanie experiences some guilt about the solidity of her marriage. But recent phone calls from Brett have been disturbing, and she wonders if the bonds are as strong as she thought. I ached for her and her fears. Brett turned out to be the best of the husbands, and I liked how he came clean about the issue. I especially liked his understanding of her bond with the other women. Joanie impressed me with her realistic look at the proposition and consideration of all the ramifications.Diana: Diana's life has revolved around raising her daughter. Mostly by herself, as first her husband was gone so much, then later as a single mother. She showed little interest in dating, not ready to trust another man with her heart. Having already been through it, she is in an excellent position to help Carmen. What Diana did not expect was to feel a connection to Tootsie's nephew Luke, who is their driver on this road trip. She is a bit freaked out about their age difference since he's a few years younger. I loved the friendship that grew between them as they discovered things they had in common and how that friendship grew and changed. There were some sweet moments between them, and some very steamy ones. Diana has some issues she has to deal with before she lets herself even consider a future with Luke in it. I liked the fact that they kept the lines of communication open, even when they were at odds.Luke: The lone man on this road trip. Luke is a self-professed geek who claims limited social skills. He spent most of his adult life immersed in the software company that he built. Luke recently sold it and now must decide what he wants to do. He loves his Aunt Tootsie and looks forward to the memories of his Uncle Smokey on this trip. He is taken by surprise by his connection to Diana, especially as he usually is shy and awkward around women. I liked how the age difference meant so little to him and loved how he explained it to Diana. I liked his patience as he didn't try to push Diana past where she was comfortable but still left her in no doubt about his interest. Luke also helps each of the other women through some of their problems with some practical advice and/or viewpoints from the male perspective.I loved the journey these five made together, with the love, friendship, and respect that helped each of them through some rough times. I loved the end of the journey as they attended their daughters' graduation and saw the changes that they, too, had experienced. I enjoyed the glimpses of each mother/daughter relationship, as well as the friendships between the three girls. I got a kick out of Rebecca's comments to Luke. There was also some insight into the three women's husband and how the men's relationships with each other compared to their wives' relationships.The epilogue was great. I liked seeing them all a few months down the road and how things have worked out for them. I loved seeing Luke and Diana together, and the unexpected twist that capped off the book.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    The Delight:When the going gets tough, the tough go on a road trip! I loved that this story focused on the lives of three middle aged women and one even older still when it comes to life, loss, friendship, and even a bit of romance. This author is a fav and it is largely do to the down home country charm, sassy dialogue, and genuine characters that all blend to make up a story I can get comfy with from page one.Review:A standalone, The Empty Nesters introduces three middle-aged women, two are ar The Delight:When the going gets tough, the tough go on a road trip! I loved that this story focused on the lives of three middle aged women and one even older still when it comes to life, loss, friendship, and even a bit of romance. This author is a fav and it is largely do to the down home country charm, sassy dialogue, and genuine characters that all blend to make up a story I can get comfy with from page one.Review:A standalone, The Empty Nesters introduces three middle-aged women, two are army wives and the third was one until her husband divorced her for a younger woman. They've been through thick and thin together, but now, while their husbands are away, they must send their three girls off to boot camp together leaving the women at a loss. Carmen gets another nasty surprise right after seeing her daughter off so Tootsie, their neighbor of many years, proposes taking the three women on a road trip she meant to take with her husband.The three friends, Carmen, Joanie, and Diana don't hesitate to join the recently widowed Tootsie and her nephew Luke in the big RV headed for Tootsie's old home in small town Texas. Tootsie and their friendship, the stops along the way, and a charming Luke help the women work through their separate troubles and missing their girls.Diana gets a second chance at finding love if she can get past the trust issues that her ex husband left her with and Joanie wonders if her own husband's recent distance and distracted phone calls from his current assignment are a warning that he plans to leave her or is cheating. Carmen has faced much growing up poor and then keeping things going while her husband is always away, but this latest cruel life twist is only survivable with Tootsie's country-style wisdom and the support of her friends. Luke didn't want to go on this trip and drive the big RV with a bunch of women from his aunt's neighborhood, but he soon discovers that it was the best chance that has come his way in a long time.The Empty Nesters is more women's fic than romance, but it is definitely something of both. I enjoyed the friendship that developed between the four women and how childless Tootsie adopted the younger women and made their children her grandchildren. She is suffering the loss of her husband and is on this journey as a memorial to him while helping the women to fill the ache that their now empty nests and other trials of life have come. The author's focus on military waves and the toll the long missions and assignments can take on families and marriages was well done and a nice tribute to their sacrifice. She didn't hold back on what can and does happen, but she didn't let it wallow in sadness. The focus was on finding inner strength, falling and picking one's self up, and also embracing new opportunities. For Diana, the new opportunity is to try romance again with Luke. Luke was sweet and gentle, he gave her time and space, and he was upfront and honest with her even when he thought it might blow his chances with Diana. His generous heart and simple caring ways do what suave romance couldn't have accomplished.It was a gently-paced, heartwarming story that left me well-satisfied and not in the least anxious for it to end. There was laughter and a few tears, fun times and some heartache, but a fab story when all was said and done. Those who enjoy country charm and a contemporary romance/women's fiction crossover should give this one a go.I rec'd this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt clue- car on cover 3 pts.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Brown takes us back to small town Texas with a story about women, friendships, love, loss, and hope for the future.The book starts in a suburb of San Antonio close to a military base where three women have found a home and friendship with each other.  It doesn't hurt that they have been adopted of sorts by another couple on the block, Tootsie and Smokey, that were never able to have children but welcome the women and their families into their lives.  Fast forward approximately 12 years a Carolyn Brown takes us back to small town Texas with a story about women, friendships, love, loss, and hope for the future.The book starts in a suburb of San Antonio close to a military base where three women have found a home and friendship with each other.  It doesn't hurt that they have been adopted of sorts by another couple on the block, Tootsie and Smokey, that were never able to have children but welcome the women and their families into their lives.  Fast forward approximately 12 years and the daughters are all entering basic training and the crux of the story is what happens in about a 3 month period.I found this story to be a bit heavier than most of her books due to the grief of several characters.  These three women become empty nesters and don't know what do with themselves.  I see this today with a lot of people that their children become their whole lives and I wonder when they plan to have their own interests outside of their children.  Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have each other and it helps as the girls grown up and their husbands are doing their military job (they are all on a team together).  It is a huge eye opener for these three to figure out how to handle life when they don't have their daughters to worry about, or at least not as much as they are now young women and on their own.Tootsie and Carmen have to deal with the stages of grief - Tootsie for the death of her husband and Carmen for the death of her marriage.  I am glad that the author fully pursued the different stages for these women.Diana has been divorced for five years and enter Luke, Tootsie's nephew.  He is as attracted to Diana as she is to him.  Her issue, the fact that she is 7 years older than him.  Their story is woven throughout the book and there is a bit of a surprise at the end but one I thought might happen.Joanie has a different kind of surprise with her husband but you will have to read the book to find out what.I enjoyed the book but noticed one discrepancy - there is a 72 hour waiting period to get married in Texas, so two characters might have been in for a surprise arriving at the courthouse and expecting to get married the same day!Overall I enjoyed this book and give it 4 paws up.
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  • Moondance
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In their years in Sugar Run, Texas, Tootsie and Smokey Colbert had had so many neighbors that they'd lost count.Tootsie and Smokey never had children of their own so were very pleased when three military families moved to their block. The couple took all of them under their wings and became surrogate parents and grandparents for the young families. The men are all in the same squad a Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In their years in Sugar Run, Texas, Tootsie and Smokey Colbert had had so many neighbors that they'd lost count.Tootsie and Smokey never had children of their own so were very pleased when three military families moved to their block. The couple took all of them under their wings and became surrogate parents and grandparents for the young families. The men are all in the same squad and their wives have been best friends since they all met at enlistment. The women keep the home fires burning while they are away.Each family has a daughter about the same age. Upon graduation from high school, they all decide to enlist as well. This leaves the moms with serious Empty Nest Syndrome. Tootsie has lost her beloved Smokey yet still plans to go to her homeplace(and their honeymoon spot) as they did each year. The elderly couple had bought an RV for this upcoming trip. Tootsie convinces the three women to come with her on the adventure. Diana, Carmen and Joanie are in for a journey of discovery. Smokey's nephew, Luke is the driver. HE has fond memories of time spent in Scrap, Texas with Smokey and Tootsie. The extra ladies add a bit more to the adventure than he planned.I just recently discovered Carolyn Brown and I must say that I have really loved what I read. This book has sadness, happiness, uncertainty, anger, joy and most of all love. As is often mentioned, you don't have to share DNA to be family.The writing is effortless. The storytelling is enchanting. I feel like I could step into the story and be right at home. I ached for each of the mom's missing their daughters. I rejoiced with them when they finally got calls and letters from them. Each woman has a different event going on in their life yet they were are intertwined. The strong bond of their friendship was wonderful. Tootsie was the glue that held them all together. And Luke. Well Luke was a delightful addition. He was smart, funny and a bit shy. Oh, and of course, handsome.What a fabulous afternoon read. I started it and couldn't put it down. I would love to see a story with the daughters. Highly recommended!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I sat down and read this book in one sitting. It was vintage Carolyn Brown - authentic characters in real life situations. I especially appreciated the way she handled loss. Loss of a spouse and your children growing up and moving away are real losses. I loved this book and would heartily recommend it to others.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This story made me cry messy tears and it made me immensely grateful for the girlfriends who have become my own unshakeable chosen family. It’s a book about four women, all at crossroads in their lives. The themes in this story are universal I think that any woman over 35 will be able to relate to the experiences of this tight knight group of friends. It’s a story about friendship, about sisterhood and about navigating the unex I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This story made me cry messy tears and it made me immensely grateful for the girlfriends who have become my own unshakeable chosen family. It’s a book about four women, all at crossroads in their lives. The themes in this story are universal I think that any woman over 35 will be able to relate to the experiences of this tight knight group of friends. It’s a story about friendship, about sisterhood and about navigating the unexpected pain life throws at us all.Like most women my age, I could relate far too easily to parts of each of the four women’s experiences. From bereavement, divorce, infertility, empty nests and fresh starts, the women in the story have all had their hearts hurt in very familiar ways. And like women everywhere, they only allow themselves a small interlude to nurse their pain before they have to move on and keep living. I love the road trip they take together. I love that it provides distance while also offering the emotional intimacy they need from their friends. With the story shared between all four women, it isn’t easy to know any one of the women as well as I usually like in a book. I responded to the shared sense of female experience more than I did to any one character. I kinda like that I really have nothing in common with any of these women except for our age - but I can still relate to each story. I really love the friendships here and I love the intergenerational relationships between Tootsie and the younger women. There is a hint of romance in this book but I love that it doesn’t overpower the main themes of friendship and sisterhood. I didn’t find this an easy read - parts hit too close to home and I found other parts quite slow. I enjoyed the story and the themes but I didn’t enjoy the writing style at all. Three of the women are very close in age to me but they read much older. Either that or they’ve all been much better at adulting than anyone I know. All three feel like they’re from a previous generation with their carefully balanced meals (on holiday even!), constant home baking and careful attention to domestic details. I don’t personally know any women my age who’ve stayed at home to raise kids without a career or even an education to fall back on. While some of their problems feel contemporary and there are few references to modern technology, I feel like this book could have easily been written thirty years ago. There is a slightly conservative feel to the book but it’s difficult for me to know how much of this is part of Southern US culture and how much is the author’s own perspective. Despite my reservations, I've awarded five stars because this story really touched an emotional nerve. It's the right book at the right time and I love the sense of sisterhood in this book.
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a really lovely book, which is likely to bring a few tears, and some big smiles too, particularly if you are over the age of forty. Recently widowed Tootsie, and her three army wife neighbours, who have done little other than support their husbands and bring up their daughters are suddenly facing empty houses, and taking stock of their changing lives. Their insecurities, futures and life plans are suddenly all sc ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a really lovely book, which is likely to bring a few tears, and some big smiles too, particularly if you are over the age of forty. Recently widowed Tootsie, and her three army wife neighbours, who have done little other than support their husbands and bring up their daughters are suddenly facing empty houses, and taking stock of their changing lives. Their insecurities, futures and life plans are suddenly all scary, important questions, now that they have no other responsibilities at home. Then Tootsie proposes a road trip in her RV, and even supplies a nephew to do the driving - and so we go on a road trip with them and thanks to their close quarters, get to know them and their foibles pretty well. As we join in their adventure, and get to learn about their highs and lows, it is very easy to identify with their experiences and become one of the group - so also easy to feel all the emotions too. Each woman is at a different stage in her journey, but the friendship between them is really closer than any family they have, and it makes for a really appealing sense of camaraderie. Whilst the trials of one may bring insecurity to another, they remain supportive, loving and present. There is a nascent romance that is beautifully written, and the secrecy they believe they are maintaining, is illusory, but the respect of the others for their privacy is endearing. It is complicated, but leads to a really sweet ending to a thoughtful and engaging story.
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  • Alicia (Alicia Reads It)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐💫3.75 STARSThe Empty Nesters is a quick and easy read about three military wives; Diana, Carmen and Joanie, neighbors and friends who recently moved off base and to the same area. These 3 families are instantly 'adopted' by the elderly couple on the block who are retired military. After this introduction, the story starts when all 3 of their daughters graduate high school and enlist like their fathers. These husbands (and ex-husbands) are still in the army and in the same unit and are gone a ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫3.75 STARSThe Empty Nesters is a quick and easy read about three military wives; Diana, Carmen and Joanie, neighbors and friends who recently moved off base and to the same area. These 3 families are instantly 'adopted' by the elderly couple on the block who are retired military. After this introduction, the story starts when all 3 of their daughters graduate high school and enlist like their fathers. These husbands (and ex-husbands) are still in the army and in the same unit and are gone a lot. Tootsie (their elderly neighbor), who is recently widowed decides that the 3 women need to go on a road trip when Carmen's husband asks for a divorce. The wives, Tootsie, and Tootsie's nephew travel by RV to Tooties's country home. There, they try to deal with the issues that plague them. Death, divorce, and the trials and triumphs that come with becoming empty nesters.Carolyn Brown always has this way of pulling you into a story from the beginning. This isn't just a story, it's a journey of hope, love and girl power. This is a wonderfully written story, as with all Carolyn Brown novels. It has an interesting plot and the characters are believable and are relatable. Sometimes the story was quite predictable, but still, a very enjoyable summer read. Special thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for generously providing an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Book Info Paperback, 316 pagesExpected publication: August 20th 2019 by Montlake RomanceOther Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARCBuy book fromAmazonB&NBOOK BLURBThe worst of times calls for the best of friends in this sassy novel about starting over, from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.Dear friends and army wives Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have been through war, rumors of war, marital problems, motherhood, fears, joy, and heartache. But none of the women are prepared when thei Book Info Paperback, 316 pagesExpected publication: August 20th 2019 by Montlake RomanceOther Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARCBuy book fromAmazonB&NBOOK BLURBThe worst of times calls for the best of friends in this sassy novel about starting over, from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.Dear friends and army wives Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have been through war, rumors of war, marital problems, motherhood, fears, joy, and heartache. But none of the women are prepared when their daughters decide to enlist in the army together. Facing an empty nest won’t be easy. Especially for Carmen. With emotions already high, she suffers an even greater blow: divorce papers. Diana understands the fury and tears. She’s been there.With nothing to lose and no one at home, the girlfriends impulsively accept an unexpected offer from their elderly neighbor. The recently widowed Tootsie has an RV, a handsome nephew at the wheel, and an aim for tiny Scrap, Texas, to embrace memories of her late husband. Still grieving, she can use the company as a balm for her broken heart. So can the empty nesters.Embarking on a journey of hope, romance, and healing, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie are at a turning point in their lives. And with the open road ahead of them, it’s just the beginning. My ThoughtsDiana, Carmen, Joanie and elderly neighbor the recently widowed Tootsie all pile into her new RV aimed for tiny Scrap, Texas.Tootsies nephew Luke at the wheel, the four women dub themselves The Empty Nesters.Diana, Carmen, Joanie on behalf of their adult daughters enlistments to the Army and Tootsie because of her status after the recent passing of her husband.For Luke the trip is a chance to get away for awhile as his life has been filled for years with only work and no vacation time. Having recently changed that lifestyle he offers to drive the RV for Tootsie and ends up with more than he bargained for, but in a way that he finds pleasant rather than a chore.Wonderfully emotional throughout the story had me bawling like a baby more than once, madder than a hornet more than once and laughing out loud more than once as well.Rather than just coping with life’s curve balls these women take action in positive ways that we can all admire, especially Tootsie.Loved the ladies, enjoyed their camaraderie and their loyalty to each other, loved the trip locations and especially thought the ending epilogue was exactly right for this book to complete its message of new beginnings.Carolyn Brown remains one of my all time favorite story tellers, her way with the written word is magical to me![EArc from Netgalley]
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    As with any Carolyn Brown book you get pulled into the characters and feel like you’re experiencing things with them. As an empty nester I can easily relate.When long time friends and army wives ship their daughters off to boot camp, they find themselves empty nesters. Emotions run high when one of the women receives divorce papers the same day. To help themselves thru their pain they agree to go on a road trip with an elderly neighbor who has been having a hard time after the death of her husba As with any Carolyn Brown book you get pulled into the characters and feel like you’re experiencing things with them. As an empty nester I can easily relate.When long time friends and army wives ship their daughters off to boot camp, they find themselves empty nesters. Emotions run high when one of the women receives divorce papers the same day. To help themselves thru their pain they agree to go on a road trip with an elderly neighbor who has been having a hard time after the death of her husband. The women have their ups and downs but their friendship never falters. They learn to have hope as their lives go in different directions. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    When life gives you lemons you get moving on with class!Welcome to the world of the Army Wives and Fab Friends who want the best for their girls.Who would've ever thought this meant joining the army together?Carmen of course is the most perplexed because she's also just been served up divorce papers and Diana knows all too well how crazy her life will now become.With a shoulder to cry on they embark on a journey together of hope, love, and recovery full of healing and strength in numbers.These l When life gives you lemons you get moving on with class!Welcome to the world of the Army Wives and Fab Friends who want the best for their girls.Who would've ever thought this meant joining the army together?Carmen of course is the most perplexed because she's also just been served up divorce papers and Diana knows all too well how crazy her life will now become.With a shoulder to cry on they embark on a journey together of hope, love, and recovery full of healing and strength in numbers.These ladies are a class all of their own and will prove that just because you're down doesn't mean you're out.There's a whole new world that is ready to welcome them in and accept their flaws.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    At first I thought the writing was a little formal and hard to get into. However, as I continued on I found it easier and easier to keep reading the book. I originally was interested in this book for its description and plot line. I honestly can say that it didn’t let me down one bit. I’ve enjoyed this book and will continue to read Carolyn Brown’s books as they come out. *I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
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  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    This tale cover a myriad of military family situations. Divorce, separation, wives in charge of the home with little support from a spouse on a mission, and the friendships that make that type of life bearable. An older military couple became a grounding force for the three couples, more like surrogate parents. The Colberts made the wives' adjustment so much easier and became pseudo grandparents to their daughters. Ms. Brown's clear descriptions of the people and scenes bring them to life as yo This tale cover a myriad of military family situations. Divorce, separation, wives in charge of the home with little support from a spouse on a mission, and the friendships that make that type of life bearable. An older military couple became a grounding force for the three couples, more like surrogate parents. The Colberts made the wives' adjustment so much easier and became pseudo grandparents to their daughters. Ms. Brown's clear descriptions of the people and scenes bring them to life as you read. I fell in love with Smokey and Luke, as far as I'm concerned, they are perfect. Smokey supports Diana, Joanie and Carmen, so much so that they felt his support as much as Tootsie after he passed. Tootsie's solution to deal with his death, all three daughters enlisting, and Carmen's bad news...was to go on a road trip, one she'd planned with Smokey, with the three women...and her nephew, Luke. The trip heals them all, a little at a time, and gives birth to to a love story. A forever happily ever after one. Don't miss their remarkable journey, full of love and laughter. I predict it will hit and top the bestseller charts for the journey it takes you on, and the feel good ending. I requested a NetGalley Arc and plan to buy several as presents upon release.
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  • Gayle Fontenot
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely could not put this one down. I loved it so much. The characters were outstanding, and Carolyn Brown can make me forgot everything when I am reading one of her stories. I got so caught up in this story that I forgot to eat. It is a story of heartache, grief, and love shared by friends of military husbands, and daughters that join the military, which therefore left them Empty Nesters. Also of a dear lady named Tootsie that is like the glue that holds them together, and is going throug I absolutely could not put this one down. I loved it so much. The characters were outstanding, and Carolyn Brown can make me forgot everything when I am reading one of her stories. I got so caught up in this story that I forgot to eat. It is a story of heartache, grief, and love shared by friends of military husbands, and daughters that join the military, which therefore left them Empty Nesters. Also of a dear lady named Tootsie that is like the glue that holds them together, and is going through grieving as well. My husband was military so it was easy to relate to so much of this story. Don't miss this one.
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  • K is for Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This has been one of the best summers ever to read books. This is the best yet!! Better than expected! Never expected from the beginning how the book would end. Very light enjoyable reading. Fun, heartwarming, laughter and tears all rolled up into a good book. Having transplanted myself to Texas helped me laugh. Can’t ever go wrong with a Carolyn Brown book.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Three women who met as Army wives now have to face empty nests as their daughters all join the Army together. Joanie is happily married and sends off her daughter Zoe. Diana is divorced and sends off her daughter Rebecca. Carmen sends off her daughter Natalie and arrives home from dropping off the girls to divorce papers. Joanie, Diana and Carmen have been best friends for many years and have happily lived with their families on the same street in Sugar Run, Texas. That's where they met Tootsie Three women who met as Army wives now have to face empty nests as their daughters all join the Army together. Joanie is happily married and sends off her daughter Zoe. Diana is divorced and sends off her daughter Rebecca. Carmen sends off her daughter Natalie and arrives home from dropping off the girls to divorce papers. Joanie, Diana and Carmen have been best friends for many years and have happily lived with their families on the same street in Sugar Run, Texas. That's where they met Tootsie and Smokey Colbert. Smokey is long retired from the military and as he and Tootsie never had children of their own they were delighted when the three young military familes moved into their neighborhood. They basically adopted all three families as their own. Just prior to the enlistment of the girls Tootsie lost her husband Smokey to a heart attack. Tootsie has already purchased a motorhome which she planned to travel home to Scrap, Texas where she was born and raised with Smokey as they did every year in the fall. Without Smokey to keep her company she decides to invite the empty nest moms along for the trip to take their minds off of their daughters enlistment and other troubles. She asks Smokey's nephew Luke to drive and they start off on their extended roadtrip. They have good times as they travel along and stay in Tootsie's home in Scrap. Along the way Diana and Luke discover each other. Carmen starts to come to accept her pending divorce and Joanie learns to count her blessings.The Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown is a heartwarming trip through a story that delights and gives the reader a comforting feeling of love and camaraderie. The story is full of emotion, good times as well as bad times and the joy of friendhip and family. Carolyn Brown is known for her strong, loving characters and this book is full of them. I became emotionally involved with them and cheered them on to acceptance of their new lives and happiness. Carolyn Brown always delights me with her "feel good" stories.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book. Well, actually I usually love anything Carolyn Brown writes. Another reviewer make a statement that she didn't think Carolyn Brown could write a bad story and I am in total agreement. Just some are a bit better than others and this was one of the really GOOD ones. 5 stars worth! Can't wait to see what we'll get next.Many thanks to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Ms. Brown for an ARC of this great book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Lindsay Porter
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Netgalley. Loved loved loved this book. It's about 3 army wives who settle on a street near a retired army wife and her husband. Years go by and life happens and this is the story of how they cope with it. I highly recommend everyone reading this.
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  • Mistress #darklings
    January 1, 1970
    When picking up books, any book, you tend to have a preconception of how it will play out. This one was far better than anything I could have anticipated. It is well thought out & structured. The depth of the characters and their own unique, individual personalities are stunning. The substance of the story itself is brilliant, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing all aspects of the book together and giving us a solid, immersive read. An easy one to get lost in and thoroughly enjoy When picking up books, any book, you tend to have a preconception of how it will play out. This one was far better than anything I could have anticipated. It is well thought out & structured. The depth of the characters and their own unique, individual personalities are stunning. The substance of the story itself is brilliant, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing all aspects of the book together and giving us a solid, immersive read. An easy one to get lost in and thoroughly enjoyable.Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my arc. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    I guess it’s only natural for a writer as established as Carolyn Brown to have a range of hits and misses. I never pass up an opportunity to read one of her books because I never know what I’m going to get. In this case, I got a touching tale of friendship and perseverance. The Empty Nesters is a heartwarming story.There is romance in this book, but that’s not what this story is about. No, this is a story of women who have stood with each other through raising their daughters practically alone w I guess it’s only natural for a writer as established as Carolyn Brown to have a range of hits and misses. I never pass up an opportunity to read one of her books because I never know what I’m going to get. In this case, I got a touching tale of friendship and perseverance. The Empty Nesters is a heartwarming story.There is romance in this book, but that’s not what this story is about. No, this is a story of women who have stood with each other through raising their daughters practically alone while they’re Army Special Forces husbands took off for months at a time, sometimes with no advance warning. This is a story of a former Army wife who lived a long and wonderful life with her husband finding a way through her grief when he passes away unexpectedly. This is a story of moms having to cut the apron strings and allow their daughters to spread their wings, even if the direction the young ladies took wasn’t exactly what these moms planned for their futures. They’ve banded together in the past when one went through a painful divorce, they’re banding together again when another is served surprise divorce papers and feels like she’s lost at sea. These ladies are tough, compassionate, resilient, and loving. They can make it through anything, especially if they stick together.Being an Army mom and having been a Navy wife for the 10 years my husband was enlisted, I will admit I picked up every little inaccuracy regarding the military when I began this book. I know that authors often must take creative license with these things in order to serve the story. As long as things don’t get too crazy and the story is well written, I will often be able to overlook these things. I’m happy to say that the little tweaks the author made to “real” Army life soon fell by the wayside in my mind as I got more and more engrossed in the lives of these women. Plus, the characters actually acknowledged some of the issues, like them all staying in the same area for so long.Like I mentioned earlier, there is romance in this book. And it’s a sweet, slow-burn kind of romance. I won’t post names since that will spoil things, but you’ll figure it out pretty quickly. To add to the new romance, there is an “old” romance with one of the ladies and her husband. It’s a confusing time for them all with their daughters all leaving for Army Basic Training on the same day, not long after their beloved Smokey passed away and all of the husbands gone on a mission. As long as these women have been friends, their husbands have been friends even longer and are battle buddies. If one husband is being a jerk and the others are covering for him, what does that mean? Are any of their marriages safe? So as things sort themselves out and each lady comes to terms with the new direction her life is leading, there is definitely romance afoot in several different ways.Be ready to laugh, cry, and get angry along with this group of friends. You will want to give them each a hug at some point along the journey, that’s for sure. We would all do well to end up with friends such as these in our lives.**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**This review can also be found on the book blog All In Good Time.
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    The Empty Nesters was a wonderful story of friendship, love, and loss. The four women in this story Tootsie, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have a special bond. All have been army wives and understand the ups and downs that come along with the territory. Together they embark on a road trip in an RV that's healing and always full of love. The story starts off with the introduction of Tootsie and her husband Smokey. Carolyn Brown details a loving and loyal relationship between the two. They live in a q The Empty Nesters was a wonderful story of friendship, love, and loss. The four women in this story Tootsie, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have a special bond. All have been army wives and understand the ups and downs that come along with the territory. Together they embark on a road trip in an RV that's healing and always full of love. The story starts off with the introduction of Tootsie and her husband Smokey. Carolyn Brown details a loving and loyal relationship between the two. They live in a quaint town where they have neighbors (Diana, Carmen, and Joanie) who they consider family. Smokey and Tootsie were never able to conceive children so they see these women as their own daughters. When Smokey passes away, Tootsie is left trying to decide what to do next in her life. She receives a sign from her husband and knows what she has to do. Take these ladies with her on a road trip.Along the way, there is an impending divorce, a new relationship, the anticipation of a loved ones return. There are many trials and tribulations that each character faces as the story progresses. Diana, Carmen, and Joanie know what it is like so they are terrified when their daughters are completing their basic training. This may be the longest that they have been away from their daughters so this trip is a great getaway to help them deal with all the struggles in their lives. I adored the relationship amongst these women. No matter what they were going through, they stuck by each other through thick and thin. I appreciated the heart of this book. Carolyn Brown detailed the life of an army wife so realistically. I give The Empty Nest 4 stars. It was a genuine novel about figuring out how to handle the trials and tribulations life throws your way and how friendship and love can help us through it all.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars Life, love, and happiness. Life, one doesn’t have a choice about. Love is negotiable. Happiness—that’s the tough one. This is my second book by this author and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. It’s one of those books that takes pieces of real life and plays them out in such a way that the reader is an integral part of the story, leaving them with a fondness for the new friends they've made and a sense of satisfaction and contentment when all is resolved. Experience is wh 3.5 Stars Life, love, and happiness. Life, one doesn’t have a choice about. Love is negotiable. Happiness—that’s the tough one. This is my second book by this author and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. It’s one of those books that takes pieces of real life and plays them out in such a way that the reader is an integral part of the story, leaving them with a fondness for the new friends they've made and a sense of satisfaction and contentment when all is resolved. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. This was such a beautiful story of forgiveness and healing. Carolyn Brown truly has a gift for transporting the reader into the story and getting you invested in the characters. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. Some moments were exhilarating, while others were sweet and tender. There were also painful and gut wrenching scenes that left me holding my heart. I also enjoyed reading about all the food, especially the southern type. I learned of pecan tassies and brown-sugar fudge, made me SO hungry at times. A very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.Thank you NetGalley, Carolyn Brown and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#TheEmptyNesters #NetGalley
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    A very enjoyable, quite laid-back sort of story, about three military wives who each have one daughter, all of whom have just enlisted and are in basic training. One wife is divorced (Diana), one has just (unexpectedly) been served divorce papers (Carmen) and the other is still married (Joanie). They have lived in the same street in Sugar Run, Texas, for years and their girls have grown up together. They are all very close to an older neighbour Tootsie and her husband Smokey, who has recently pa A very enjoyable, quite laid-back sort of story, about three military wives who each have one daughter, all of whom have just enlisted and are in basic training. One wife is divorced (Diana), one has just (unexpectedly) been served divorce papers (Carmen) and the other is still married (Joanie). They have lived in the same street in Sugar Run, Texas, for years and their girls have grown up together. They are all very close to an older neighbour Tootsie and her husband Smokey, who has recently passed away, who didn't have any children of their own but were like grandparents to their girls as they grew up.Tootsie is still struggling with losing Smokey but decides that she is still going on their annual trip to visit friends and relatives in their large RV to a house they own in Scrap, Texas, and because of the 'empty nest' syndrome and the shock of the divorce papers being served, persuades Diana, Carmen and Joanie to come with her, and gets Smokey's handsome (and rich!) nephew Luke to come with them to drive.The rest of the story is about relationships, old and new, and how everyone slowly comes to terms with the next phase in their lives now their children have flown the nest, and some have to learn to live on their own again. There is a lovely slow-burning romance with Diane and Luke, although Diane initially resists it as he's younger than her, but Luke's easy charm slowly wears her down.The story is all about friendships and sticking together to weather the storms and come out the other side. They all rallied around each other when one was in trouble and hurting. Sometimes it seems like everything is going wrong, but things tend to happen for a reason and work out in the end for the better, especially as in this book. Really lovely ending.
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  • Dr.Loverbooks
    January 1, 1970
    The three army wives and best of dear friends Diana, Carmen and Joanie had troughs a great extent together in the past thirteen years. While one of them is on the edge of divorce, all of them is confronting an empty nester, when each of their daughters enlists in the army together. When Tootsie, their precious neighbor that they had considered as their surrogate mother offered them a trip to Texas in her enormous RV to reminiscence the memory of her deceased husband, they couldn’t resist. This c The three army wives and best of dear friends Diana, Carmen and Joanie had troughs a great extent together in the past thirteen years. While one of them is on the edge of divorce, all of them is confronting an empty nester, when each of their daughters enlists in the army together. When Tootsie, their precious neighbor that they had considered as their surrogate mother offered them a trip to Texas in her enormous RV to reminiscence the memory of her deceased husband, they couldn’t resist. This could serve their journey of grief, loss, and second chances romance.This is a truly insightful book authored by Carolyn Brown. The author precisely outlined all the fundamental issues that will be experienced by women in their life journey. A family will need to maintain affectionate intimacy between the spouse, adapting life after launching of their young adults and loss of their spouse as in Duvall Eight-Stage Family Life Cycle. The writing and plot are almost real, I appreciated to see the variety of their characters and the bond of friendship they have was true and sweet. I’m unfamiliar with seven stages of grief mentioned in this book, but I’m aware of the pioneer of the five stages of grief in the Kubler-Ross Model in 1969. These stages reflect on how people cope with terminal illness and death but not on how people grieve. The theory has just been expanded and coauthored with David Kessler into Six Stage of Grief in 2019. I conscientiously recommend this book to the dear reader who fancies an easy read and for whom that faces empty nesters as well. I genuinely believe this book could properly serve as a therapeutic and an eye-opener for them to optimistic notes the key lessons from its fine sides.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The Empty Nesters is by Carolyn Brown. Carolyn has outdone herself again. This book is absolutely fascinating. It is impossible to put down even when the hour gets late. The characters are so realistic that they draw you right into their lives and you feel every emotion they have. It is especially poignant when you are an empty nester yourself. Stormy and Tootsie were delighted when three families with little girls moved into the empty houses on their street. They both loved company and were the The Empty Nesters is by Carolyn Brown. Carolyn has outdone herself again. This book is absolutely fascinating. It is impossible to put down even when the hour gets late. The characters are so realistic that they draw you right into their lives and you feel every emotion they have. It is especially poignant when you are an empty nester yourself. Stormy and Tootsie were delighted when three families with little girls moved into the empty houses on their street. They both loved company and were the first to greet the newcomers to the neighborhood with a plate of cookies and a dinner invitation. Not having children of their own, they adopted the three families as their own and became wonderful Grandparents to the three little girls. The families were army families which Tootsie had been once upon a time. The three men were all in the same specialized unit and were gone often. The ladies leaned on Tootsie and Stormy to help them get along when their men were gone. Now that Stormy had died, the ladies felt they should be there for Tootsie. When Tootsie decided to go ahead and go to her old home as she and Stormy did each year, she invited the ladies to go with her since their husbands were gone and the girls had all enlisted and were in basic training. Diane’s husband had gotten a divorce years earlier and Carmen’s husband had just filed for divorce. Joanie’s husband, Brett, was calling just to let Joanie know that he loved her. However, he was acting funny on the phone so she began to wonder about him. Would this trip with Tootsie help them decide their futures or would it just make being empty nesters even harder?
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