The Empty Nesters

The Empty Nesters

by Carolyn Brown

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An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542043007
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 32,614
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books. Her genres include romance, history, cowboys and country music, and contemporary mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and when…and reads the local newspaper every Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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The Empty Nesters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Kim Lewis 17 days ago
5 Stars for Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown! Find your big fuzzy blanket, wool socks, and quiet corner to dive into this one. This is the perfect "feel good," read as fall quickly turns to winter. This book was charming, funny, heart-wrenching, and everything you want this time of they year. Three military wives have lived in the same neighborhood since their girls were 5. Now, following in the footsteps of their fathers, they've all signed up for the military given their mamas a lot to deal with. The mamas will have to lean on each other and their neighborhood granny, Tootsie to get through all the feelings that come with divorce, death, second chances, and acceptance. When they all pile in Tootsie's RV, they embark on a journey full of equal parts laughter, tears, and strength. They remind us that home is what we make it, with those we love. And, that with the right friends beside us we can weather any storm life throws our way. There was a lovely surprise at the end, one I was hoping for and the way Carolyn captures the voice of her Texas characters is charming and just right. If you're looking for a lighthearted, warm, and feel-good book, this is it. This book was released earlier in the summer but I'm really glad that I didn't dive into it until now. I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review by @netgalley and @carolynbrownbooks. I'll be looking for more of Carolyn's books and suggest that you do the same :) #TheEmptyNesters #netgalley #5stars #bookreview #booklover #instabook #instareader #bookstagram #bookaholic #readmorebooks #tistheseason #bookworm #oakcity #booked #montlakeromance
lghiggins 3 months ago
Having just finished a nonfiction book about the empty nest season of life, I enjoyed reading a fictional take on it. Carolyn Brown’s The Empty Nesters is a smiling, wipe a few tears kind of book. Four neighboring military families provide support for each other with retired and childless Tootsie and Smokey taking on a grandparenting role. The three other men are part of a team that frequently leaves for extended secret missions so the wives are left behind to raise their daughters. Life is not always easy. We join their story with each of the four women at a different stage of the empty nest. A road trip in a mobile home to Tootsie’s old family home helps the women sort through various problems. The younger women have all just sent their daughters away to basic training. One mother is divorced and still has trust issues. Tootsie is recently widowed and still grieving, and the other two fear for their own family dynamics. Luke, Tootsie’s nephew, drives on the trip. He is handsome, single, rich but down to earth, and kind. These characters are people you would like to get to know from Diana who has decided love is not in the cards for her to Carmen who takes out her fury over a cheating, scumbag husband by splitting logs for hours. You’ll enjoy the meetings of the Empty Nesters as they share with each other and support each other. Watching them work through calamities and successes makes you feel like you are a part of the group. We don’t get to know the daughters very well, but they reflect well on their mothers who worked hard to raise them right under difficult circumstances. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Montlake Romance for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
lsmoore_43 3 months ago
Sometimes a book is just not for you. This was that book in my case. The story was ok and I mean just ok. I didn’t feel close to any of the characters or even the plot. I was a bit disappointed in it to be honest. It was well written and all but just not for me. While I have read other books by this author and liked them this one I can’t say I liked that much. I found it tedious and boring. Just not the book for me. I’m truly sorry. Thank you to NetGalley for this copy. I give it two stars, one for finishing it and one just because.
mzglorybe 5 months ago
Tootsie is an elderly recent widow. Her hubby Smoky was a patriot and a veteran. If it wasn’t for her “adopted” daughters in the neighborhood, she would be having an even harder time facing widowhood. She talks to her dead husband all the time and even hears his advice and responses, most of the time. Joanie, Carmen and Diana live close by and have a bonded sisterhood since their hubbies are usually on special secret assignments elsewhere in the world. They each have a daughter that they’ve had to practically raise on their own as their husbands are career men. Tootsie has taken them under her wing in the past, now it’s their turn to take care of Tootsie. When the daughters of these 3 military wives enlist in the Army right after high school, the women are shocked and having a hard time coping with their empty nests while their daughters are in training. Diana is divorced, Carmen thought her marriage was fine until she got served with divorce papers, and Joanie is the only happily married of the three whose devoted husband is the only one worth his salt. Diana’s been sour on relationships since her divorce and Carmen is struggling, crying and having temper tantrums as her hubby has left her for a younger pregnant soldier. I had hoped to get an uplifting and comforting novel for my granddaughter who is also the wife of an officer in the Army. She also has a toddler at home and is oftentimes frazzled trying to cope with life’s busy demands. This novel is not it. It has too much whining, even though warranted, and more about how hard it is to have a spouse in the military, than it is uplifting. Not what I was looking for. The message here is how to go on after life throws you a curve ball, and how much it helps if you have true friends to help you through it. If you are a Carolyn Brown fan, you will find here a sweet love story, some down home good cooking, you will chuckle at her hokey-southern-dialogue and you just know you will get a happy ending.
MalkaShayna 7 months ago
Four Army wives that live on the same block, take a road trip together after the death of one husband and the three daughters of the others leave for basic training. Retired veteran Smokey Colbert and his wife Tootsie are delighted when on one single day three young army couples, each with a daughter of the same age, move on to their block in Sugar Run Texas. Smokey and Tootsie, were never able to have their own children, so figuratively adopt the wives and girls as their own. Years pass. Gerald has an affair and divorces Diana, but she has the support of her friends. Five years later, Smokey dies shortly before his 83rd birthday, the 3 girls graduate high school, enlisted in the Army and head for basic training, and Eli decides that is the perfect time to send Carmon divorce papers, since unbeknown to her, he has been unfaithful most of their marriage. Smokey and Tootsie had had their annual trip to Scrap, Texas for a Family Reunion all planned, including the purchase of a large motorhome. She asks Smokey's nephew, Luke to drive, but then invites her 3 "daughters" to come along, and help each other cope with their empty nest. The book started off slow, but the characters developed as they each tried to help each other deal with their grief. There is even a little romance in the air. Easy banter in southern dialect add to the charm. I read an ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
Dedee1 9 months ago
I was thrilled to get an ARC of this Carolyn Brown book. I have read several of her books in the past and all were stellar, but this one is the best I've read yet. This one will not fail to keep you reading and sometimes grabbing a Kleenex. I don't do book reports or spoilers but it's all about women and friendships that endure. Well ok, there are a few really good hunky men in there too. Characters and conversations are realistic and you will love being the proverbial ' fly on the wall'. They will go on a journey both literally and figuratively and you'll enjoy the trip with them! It would be a great book for new empty nesters,newly separated, or the newly divorced to read. Enjoy, but do get your Kleenex ready. I received this book as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review. The opinions expressed are my own. Thanks to the author,publisher,and NetGalley for the ARC.
Dedee1 9 months ago
I was thrilled to get an ARC of this Carolyn Brown book. I have read several of her books in the past and all were stellar, but this one is the best I've read yet. This one will not fail to keep you reading and sometimes grabbing a Kleenex. I don't do book reports or spoilers but it's all about women and friendships that endure. Well ok, there are a few really good hunky men in there too. Characters and conversations are realistic and you will love being the proverbial ' fly on the wall'. They will go on a journey both literally and figuratively and you'll enjoy the trip with them! It would be a great book for new empty nesters,newly separated, or the newly divorced to read. Enjoy, but do get your Kleenex ready. I received this book as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review. The opinions expressed are my own. Thanks to the author,publisher,and NetGalley for the ARC.
Anonymous 9 months ago
My nephew recently left for college and my sister and I both read this book right up! It really makes you think about what life will be like when your children leave and the friendships you will have and how they will look without children.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 9 months ago
3.5 Stars 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. 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.
Cali-Jewel 9 months ago
Really enjoyed reading this heartwarming, funny, witty and engaging journey filled with amazing friends bonded by shared experience and the strength to endure the hard times.... was a great read from beginning to end. Great reading that was so hard to put down.
Joey442 9 months ago
As military wives whose husbands were away a lot of the time, these 3 women had depended on each other to get them through some tough times. But when all of their daughters joined the army at the same time, they needed more than just each other to get through the devastation they felt. Luckily, their "adopted" mama invited them to go along with her on an RV trip to Texas where she was heading to remember her late husband. It was hard for them to leave their homes but it didn't take long for them to be glad they did. This book makes you realize that everyone has drama in their lives but there are so many good times too. Having people you can count on in both the good and bad times makes life easier to handle. While this story had many heartbreaking situations, it left me with a smile. I received an advanced reader copy of The Empty Nesters through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
kaitlynspet 9 months ago
Carolyn Brown's The Empty Nesters had a good plot and was fun to read. Four military wives come together to support each other as they begin to deal with an empty nest. Three daughters have left to go to basic training. One of the women is recently widowed, one of the women has been divorced for years, and one has just received divorce papers. The four women embark on a multi-week trip in an RV that winds through Texas but also has one important stop in Oklahoma. This book was easy to read and I finished it in a day. I would definitely recommend to those that like contemporary fiction and women's literature
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have always enjoyed Carolyn Brown’s writing. This book was no exception. 4 women, each at a crossroads in their life, embark on a vacation/ retreat to help each other and themselves come to grips with their new realities. Tootsie, newly widowed, the maternal neighbor of 3 army wives, herself an army wife, leads the way. Diana, divorced for many years, and out of the dating scene, Carmen, involved in a nasty divorce, and Joanie, feeling guilty because her marriage is stable and healthy...all sending their own daughters off to boot camp. Many of us have experienced the “empty nest” and this book is a reminder that we survive. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this book.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 9 months ago
Carolyn Brown is an author that I love to read. She writes sweet books with characters that have big hearts, real-world issues, and family/friends that are incredibly loving. The Empty Nesters is exactly what I expected when I picked it up. The military wives/ex-wives all have lived a tough life with their spouses leaving at the drop of a hat for various missions. Add to that the recently widowed Tootsie and it is the perfect neighborhood. All three army wives are in this book, they each have their own story to tell. It is the story of a divorce that wasn’t expected, daughter going into the military to follow their father’s footsteps, an unexpected relationship, and an adventure that is bound to open new doors. I loved getting a glimpse at how being part of a military family controls so much of your everyday life. You wait for orders, you wait for a phone call, you wait for a letter, and when they say go you go. It is not an easy life and the fact that Joanie, Diana, and Carmen are able to go through it together helps to ease their burdens. The three of them have gone through so much in life that it just makes sense that when things get hard they stick together even tighter. The Empty Nesters is a story of best friends who find their way through life leaning on each other, supporting each other, and just being there for each other.
paulalala09 9 months ago
This is a sweet story about four women and their driver making an RV trip to the vacation home of one of them. Tootsie is going for her late husband’s memory. The three other women are all recent empty nesters with their same age daughters all entering the service. One woman got devastating news before she left and is dealing with trying to cope with an impending, out of the blue divorce. Another is afraid her husband is growing apart from her. The third woman is on a trip of discovery. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
GreenGablesBookReviews 9 months ago
“The Empty Nesters” written by Carolyn Brown. This is a really emotional book! This gifted writer is able to bring you to a place of being able to feel the emotions of each of the people on this journey! They have all just gone through life changing experiences-a husbands death, a job change, divorce, kids graduation’s from high school and leaving home, and they are all dealing with their own types of emotions and grief. They’ve been neighbors and friends for so long that they are family now. They love each other deeply and are feeling each others pain. When a last minute question about taking road trip comes up, they all say a quick yes-but was it the right decision? They decided so quickly…they start to second guess…but this is not a typical road trip. It is a road trip of grief but acceptance, pain but healing, looking forward to a big change and baby steps into love. This is a feel good book, a healing book…it’s about the importance of family-however your family comes together, and the deep bonds created through love and time. Thank you Carolyn Brown and NetGalley for letting me pre-read and review this book!
MJHughes12 9 months ago
What a wonderful book! Filled with emotion and heart, this book was a road trip full of laughs, tears, and deep friendships that prove that heart is truly what makes a family. I just loved every one of the characters in this book. Although they were each very different and were dealing with different issues, their lives have been shaped by the trust and support they have put in each other. As the title suggests, this unlikely group of friends – who really are a family – are each faced with not only an empty nest, but also other problems that life has thrown at them. From the second Tootsie decides that a road trip is what is needed to help everyone through their empty nest syndrome, I couldn’t wait to get on board that RV and see where this story would take every one of them. Carolyn Brown has such a way with words, embedding heart and emotion into every sentence, making me feel like I was on this road trip with them. Although this book is fiction, I can easily see most every scene play out in real life. From the struggles that each character has to face, to the support, love, and trust that they give and receive from each other, this book was easy to get lost in. I can’t say enough about this one – it deserves a spot on everyone’s TBR!
Terri_C 10 months ago
OMG! I think I love Carolyn Brown's women's fiction more with every book I read! Having been an Army wife, this one really struck a chord with me. I loved the honesty about the issues the women in the book had encountered while their husbands were off on deployment. It stinks and Ms. Brown was very honest about it. All of the characters were someone you can relate to and their relationship to each other is enviable. I certainly wish I had those kind of relationships in my life. Tootsie was my favorite character, because she was so full of life and ambition, even at her age and having recently lost her husband. As always, the story progressed at the perfect pace. As far as I'm concerned, everything about this book was perfect! Loved it! Loved it!Loved it! I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
Claire140 10 months ago
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.
Jackie N Karl Burris 10 months ago
Book Info Paperback, 316 pages Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by Montlake Romance Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from AmazonB&N BOOK BLURB 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. My Thoughts Diana, 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]
MKF 10 months ago
A lovely book! Tootsie is mourning the death of her much loved husband Smokey and Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have just sent their much loved daughters off to. bootcamp. These are all military families and they all know the stakes but all of them are unmoored a bit. Add to it that Carmen's just been served with divorce papers. Tootsie enlists her nephew Luke to drive them all on a road trip in the motor home she'd bought to travel with Smokey. Who would think that a trip to Scrap, Texas, would be so important? Well, it's all about the journey. These are terrific characters who you will feel and root for. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Brown's a great storyteller and this is just the perfect novel to cheer you at the end of a long day.
jjthor 10 months ago
A very well written book. I sat and read this in one go couldn't put it down. It is a heartwarming story of four millitary women who have to deal with the heartache of letting go and growing whether children growing and leaving or through divorce or death. The characters are very real to life and each have to deal with life differently but the closeness they feel for each other shows love and understanding. would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read with laughs tears and huggs.