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Window on the bay : a novel (udgave 2019)

af Debbie Macomber

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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.… (mere)
Medlem:wendyrs
Titel:Window on the bay : a novel
Forfattere:Debbie Macomber
Info:New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, [2019]
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****1/2
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Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Random House/Ballentine Books
July 16, 2019
Fiction, beach read, romance
336 pages
Rating: 4/5

I 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. ( )
  marquis784 | Sep 28, 2020 |
This is probably my least favorite debbie macomber book. I couldnt relate to any of the characters and just really couldnt get into it. ( )
  audraelizabeth | Jun 30, 2020 |
Debbie Macomber does it again. Another heartwarming story that I couldn't put down. Window on the Bay starts as college students and best friends, Jenna and Maureen promise to travel to Paris once they are out of college. Then, life gets in the way.

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

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

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

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

This is a story about family and friendship and having a second chance at love.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #WindowOnTheBay #NetGalley ( )
  Martha662 | Jun 27, 2020 |
Wonderful story of starting over and fresh starts. After divorcing when their children were young and now those children are moving out and going to college, college friends Maureen and Jenna are now ready to move on and start their lives again. Both women find love while dealing with trials and tribulations in life. As always a great read by Debbie Macomber!

This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions are my own. ( )
  Caelijean | Apr 21, 2020 |
Window on the Bay is a two-fer, told from the perspective of Jenna and Maureen, best friends since they met in college. Both had brief marriages that did not work out, raised their children by on their own, and are now entering their empty nest years.

Jenna is socially active and has dated several men over the years, but all rated a “yellow light” or “red light.” An ICU nurse, she was married to a surgeon and is dead set against dating another surgeon. As fate would have it, she becomes attracted to a surgeon who works in the same hospital, raising concerns about workplace dating.

Maureen is more reserved and has not dated since her divorce. A librarian at the downtown branch of the Seattle City Library, she sees herself as techy and nerdy. A construction worker who has been seeking her out for book recommendations intrigues her but she is hesitant to date a man whose personality is so different from hers.

Romance stories need not be realistic any more than any other genre, but there’s a fine line that successful books must respect. Step over the line and the tale becomes silly. Window on the Bay tiptoes up to the line and occasionally taps a toe across, as if testing to see if we are paying attention, then returns to marginal believability. For example, librarians are known for their research skills and broad knowledge of current events, but Maureen has no clue who the Seahawks are, no inkling that downtown Seattle —where she works— experiences massive traffic jams on football Sundays, and has never heard of the concept of tailgating. I can believe she’s not a sports fan but portraying her as an ignoramus is over the line.

An even more serious problem is the flawed story arc. Macomber fails to give either protagonist significant interests so the entire plot revolves around the women’s good fortune in finding a man that intrigues them. That occurs within the first third of the book, and the middle forty percent moves from one moony, daydreaming, stomach fluttering date and kiss to the next. Interspersed among these are petty little melodramas. For example, Jenna’s daughter has a hissy-fit when she finds her mom has hung some clothes in “her closet,” even though she is away at college.

Readers will suspect early on that incidents will occur that upset their idyllic romances. As the boring melodrama drags on, they will be desperate for it, hoping it will breathe new life into the story. I found myself impatient for Macomber to get on with the “happy ever after” ending I anticipated so I could move on to a more interesting book.

Macomber has earned my patience with “Mr. Miracle” and “Cottage by the Sea,” but “Window on the Bay” was a disappointment. ( )
  Tatoosh | Mar 15, 2020 |
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself--and her passions--in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Jenna Boltz's life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive-care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can't help but wonder what her future holds. Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna's newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they've been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life's other great adventure--dating--Jenna still isn't sure she's ready to let love in . . . until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind. When Jenna's elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she's more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna's children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected--before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.

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