Window on the Bay: A Novel

Window on the Bay: A Novel

by Debbie Macomber

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Window on the Bay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
So good
Anonymous 6 months ago
It's so nice to have a real story that's fun to follow and has a happy ending. We have so little of that these days, Thank you
Anonymous 7 months ago
Fantastic Read! Could not put it down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved it!
Anonymous 7 months ago
AngRI 8 months ago
So much more than romance! My Review: If you have taken a peek at my reviews at all you will find out that I am a big Debbie Macomber fan, I generally read her new releases right away and am obsessed with her Christmas stories. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to read this newest release. I was thinking this might be a continuation of Cottage by the Sea, her release from last year, but it doesn't seem to be, they both seem to be standalone books which I am 100% happy with reading. I love how this book follows two middle aged moms with recent empty nests, I am not quite there yet but getting close (other than the single parent part) and was really able to relate to them and their struggles to find their new definitions now that Mom wasn't the main focus anymore. The friendship between Jenna and Maureen was so inspiring, we should all have a friendship like that in our lives, someone who just gets us, supports us and guides us. The romances are slow burn, clean and realistic with all the baggage that comes with dating later in life. Macomber really pushed her characters outside their comfort zones and made them look past their preconceived notions of what the perfect partner should be. The romance also didn't completely take over the story, so much of the story is focused on friendships and family dynamics as well. I really appreciated the little peek into the struggles of letting your adult child make their own decisions and how the relationships shift as they grow up. My Rating: I really appreciated how this story was so full of various plot lines and that it wasn't solely focused on the romance. It was a nice reminder of what a great friendship looks like. I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it a rating of Four Paws!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I enjoyed every quickly turning page. Thank you.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved the story of two college friends, now single mothers and all their problems, love included.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Love the book read it in two days
KrisAnderson_TAR 8 months ago
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.
JamieS 8 months ago
The book starts with the story of Jenna and Maureen, who have been friends since college. The dream in college was to go to Paris after graduation. Maureens surpise pregnancy changed plans and soon they were both married and mother. We join them in their life after their divorce and the kids are all gone to college--they wonder if they will finally get to go on the trip or if they will ever find love again. When Rowan and Logan enter their lives, it shakes their world up and the going isn't always smooth. This was a sweet story about a lifelong friendship, becoming empty nesters and hoping to find love again. I've always love reading Debbie Macomber books, the blossom street are my favorite. I enjoyed this immensely and had a hard time putting it down--I wanted to see if happy ending was in story for these friends! I highly recommend! Thank you NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TarynLee 8 months ago
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.
iiiireader 8 months ago
This is the story of two women who are starting over in life as middle age approaches. Jenna is an intensive care nurse who divorced her surgeon husband decades earlier. She has spent her life, since then, focusing on raising her two children, Paul and Allie. Now, both children are off to college, though her ties to both are still deep. Maureen is a librarian and married while still in college when she she became pregnant with her daughter, Tori. The marriage didn’t work out and she has been single ever since. The women dreamed of going to Paris when they were in college but life got in the way and so it got postponed. They are thinking of going again but life reared its head once again. The women haven’t dated that much but developed a code for dates called green light/red light. This is exactly what it sounds like, green go, red stop, and even yellow, proceed with caution. Both women meet new men whom they would never have expected to date. They have to decide whether it is time for a green light even though the new men in their lives are completely different from what they expected to find at this point in their lives. Life, by way of their grown children, steps in to divert their attention either from or to these new men (depending on which Jenna or Maureen is involved.) The two confront new facets of themselves during this journey. The window on the bay is a place where Jenna goes to seek comfort and solace and to unwind. Debbie Macomber has written another lovely tale. It speaks of life with its ups and downs. Her books are always a lovely adventure and one that is believable and uplifting. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Debbie Macomber never fails to satisfy my reader's soul when I am looking for a gentle, kind, sweet and satisfying read. I have read so many of her novels that I know what to expect but I never know how to expect it. She writes about ordinary people, ordinary looking people, leading ordinary lives. No glitz, no riches, just normal people, whom you might meet anywhere, which is so refreshing to me in this day of bodice ripping novels with glamorous heroines and dashing princes or pirates, and extreme erotica. Window On The Bay is the latest book by Debbie Macomber and one that my heart will hold forever. It's a book about second chances and learning that it's ok to start over, no matter where your life has taken you so far. Jenna and Maureen have been BFFs since their college days. They have seen each other through broken relationships and broken marriages; both are raising their children as single moms and putting the needs of their children first every day and in every way. Now in their 40's they both find themselves as empty nesters and decide to revisit their college dream to visit Paris in the Spring; a dream which was way sided when Maureen announced an unplanned pregnancy. All these years later, they decide to embark, finally, on their big adventure, but life intervenes again. Jenna's 74 year old mother falls and breaks her hip, forcing the friends to, once again, postpone their long dreamed of trip. However, due to this delay, both women have amazing men walk into their lives: men they were not looking for but had every quality they needed: men who also needed them. Of course, misunderstandings, dispute, distrust and other baggage issues intervene on all sides and cause breakups for both couples. Will either find their "happily ever after"? How will their children react? Will Jenna and Maureen ever get to Paris? Interlaced in this tale we discover the lives of not just Jenna and Maureen, but the complicated lives of their children in this confusing age, trying to find their own way in life: trying to decide what to do with their lives; making mistakes and searching for their own answers. Truly satisfying, this is one of Debbie's richest novels yet. It is a vacation for your soul as it is gentle, kind, normal and sweet. You close the book, not wishing for more, because the book is as satisfying as a 7 course meal, but glad you were an unseen visitor in the lives of two ordinary women who don't want or need a prince, they just want a true, everlasting, satisfying compassionate relationship they can trust to last as long as they all shall live. And isn't that what we are all searching for, or glad we have found?
Anonymous 17 days ago
Great book
melissacab6 21 days ago
I really enjoyed the book Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber. It was refreshing to have a story concerning two middle age women (Maureen and Jenna) who are best friends and the trials they are facing with empty nests. The romances in the story were realistic that people think who the perfect person is for them is not always who it should be. Thanks for the great read! You won’t regret if you purchase this.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Nice story, love the characters and the difference between best friends.
lovestoread17 3 months ago
Jena and Maureen met in college and have gotten closer thru the years. When in school they made plans to visit Paris when they graduated but an unexpected pregnancy forces them to postpone the trip. Thru the years both friends have married, had children and divorced but the friendship has gotten stronger than ever. Now that they are both empty nesters they will once again plan that much-awaited trip to Paris. Unfortunately, once again a surprise pregnancy gets in the way. Maureen is a librarian and a very quiet and reserved person so how could she be dating a plumber? Each shows the other things they have never experienced before. Jena starts dating her mother's surgeon and then learns some shocking news. Can both these women open their hearts again for love after painful divorces? Will they ever get to Paris? I usually love Ms Macomber books but this is much too predictable ending. kind of disappointing.
cjp0 4 months ago
Fantastic story. This is a keeper to be read over and over.
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a wonderful story! It had great characters and they felt real to me, Having kids leave for college and feeling alone is exactly how it feels, I loved the ending!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great love story! It was intense at times, but couldn't wait to keep reading to find out what happens next.
LEH0644 5 months ago
An excellent story of two women who met in college and remained best friends through the breakup of each one’s marriage and subsequent raising of their children as single mothers. Although both dated sporadically, they were leery of being hurt again and neither had found anyone. One had been married to a surgeon and swore she would never get involved with a doctor again. But when she met the surgeon who operated on her mother, sparks flew. The other woman met a construction worker and found herself falling in love with his honesty and laugh. Both pulled away but it took the wisdom of their children to wake them up and not miss out on a good man. Can't ever go wrong with a Debbie Macomber book!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Debbie Macomber has been writing women's fiction for many years. She has a keen sense for what her fans want; this includes a family story, a romance, something heartwarming and nothing that is rated above PG...and she delivers. In this story two single moms, Jenna and Maureen, have children who are growing up, leaving home and facing some adult, leaving college, having a baby. The empty nest looms for both, especially Jenna who struggles as her daughter leaves home. Jenna, a nurse, and Maureen, a librarian become involved in romances with Rowan, a surgeon and Logan, a plumber/construction worker. Each couple has their ups and downs but the ending of the novel is never in doubt. If you are looking for a comfort read, nothing too taxing but a gentle escape, Debbie Macomber could be just the author you need. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The story fulfilled all of my expectations of a Debbie Macomber novel. That it featured older women was even better. I love young love, but, yes, older people deserve to have love, also. Thanks from one Debbie toanother!
Susandyer1962NC 5 months ago
Keep the tissues close by as you are reading WINDOW ON THE BAY by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Maureen and Jenna after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartbreak a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter. WINDOW ON THE BAY is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. Jenna is a single mom to two after a nasty divorce. She has turned into a complete helicopter mom and is driving her kids crazy! Maureen is the single mom of one daughter and they are both empty nesters now. They decide to finally plan their trip to Paris that they have wanted to go to since they were in college. But life has other plans for them. Neither one of them is looking for love, but doesn’t it always seem to find you when you aren’t looking? WINDOW ON THE BAY is a heart tugging story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! WINDOW ON THE BAY is without a doubt one of the most memorable books I’ve read in 2019 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. Debbie Macomber really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I will admit that Maureen drove me crazy with her silly way of thinking. I loved Logan and felt bad for him when Maureen kept pushing him away for the stupidest reasons. I mean, come on, these are grown women not teenagers! I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that brings me so much joy and happiness to know they are waiting for me! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.