Window on the Bay (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Window on the Bay (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Debbie Macomber

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984800992
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 18
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Window on the Bay 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
So good
KrisAnderson_TAR 3 days 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.
Anonymous 3 days ago
so f****** good
AngRI 3 days 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!
JamieS 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 18 hours ago
Love the book read it in two days
bowlergirl81 3 days ago
I've been a fan of Debbie Macomber's books for years and this one didn't disappoint. Jenna and Maureen have been friends since college and have always wanted to go to Paris together. They are both now empty nesters and feel like they can start planning their trip. Jenna has also wondered what was next for her, but wasn't quite sure she was ready to start dating. Naturally she meets someone before she decides to start looking. Maureen also meets someone. It was fun seeing both relationships progress and how different they were. #WindowOnTheBay #NetGalley
DebbieLTD 3 days ago
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley. I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber and have read all her books. This one did not disappoint at all. In true Debbie Macomber fashion, the book had well developed characters and plot with lots of family, friendships and love. A truly great read! Jenna and Maureen meet in college and form a life long friendship. Each will be there for the other through all life's ups and downs. Each woman graduates college, marries, has children, and within years is divorced. Though their experiences with love were completely different, they both find themselves having a hard time trusting the new men in their lives and putting past hurts and insecurities behind them. As with any good romance, there are many obstacles each family must face and find a way to overcome in order to find their happily ever after. This is a nice ,feel good, easy read that reminds you that while everyone may be different, love can always find a way to work.
Bette313 4 days ago
Window on the Bay is a warm, emotionally charged story of two long time friends facing a new stage in life. Both Jenna and Maureen have craved the time where they could enjoy life without all the responsibility of family. Since college they have planned a trip to Paris. Since the last child is off to college, now is surely the time they can make it happen. Will they be able to get to Paris or will events have them postponing again? Grab a copy of this one to find out. I highly recommend it.
bc2mc3 4 days ago
Another wonderful story by Debbie Macomber who has been writing great stories for years! This story revolves around Jenna and Maureen, lifelong best friends, both divorced with grown children and learning to navigate the “Empty Nest” and trying to find the courage to love! I so enjoyed this book and of course glad they got their HEA. As all good stories do, this one weaves you in and out of both their lives, the pitfalls of letting adult children go,nand trying to find love and trust in another person again. A truly lovely story.
MugsyMae 4 days ago
I have always enjoyed reading Debbie Macomber books and Window on the Bay is no exception. The dual love stories were a fun twist as two women, best friends since college, single moms and empty nesters meet men they would normally stay away from, and end up falling in love. Of course there are misunderstandings, and adult children involved on all sides, leading to a light enjoyable read that is sometime laugh-out-loud funny. Definitely recommend Window on the Bay!
Nana--- 4 days ago
As I read this book, I kept thinking this is life. It is about 2 best friends who met in college and planned to go to Paris after college. Life got in the way and they postponed Paris. They remained best friends all their lives, both became single Moms, then empty nesters, and finding life after becoming empty nesters. I liked that this book included mistakes made along the way and the choices that were made after. It had their children growing up while they were in college. It wasn't always everyone agreeing and it caused rifts but eventually, they should have listened, not just the kids but the adults too. I take away by reading this book, that is how you know they love you because they had the courage to say no. Allie's Gram told her that when she was 8 or 9 and she never forgot it and then she shared it with her best friend, Mackensie when her father had said no to buying her a car. She figured out that if he had bought her the car, all is showed is she could manipulate him but because he said no, it showed he really did love her and I want my grandsons to learn this. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
gypsygrandmatv 4 days ago
Debbie Macomber again gives us an engaging story in contemporary women's fiction. Jenna and Maureen have been best friends since they met in college. Both are divorced with grown children. Jenna just recently became an empty nester when her daughter started college and moved to a dorm on campus. They are planning a trip to Paris...something they have wanted to do since college. But life interferes when Jenna's mother falls and breaks a hip. Their trip is postponed and both women face changes to their lives. Neither has done much dating over the years, instead they focused on raising their children. Jenna is a nurse and her ex is a surgeon, because of this she has always sworn off dating surgeons. But then she meets Rowan, her mother's surgeon....and she can't stop thinking about him. Maureen is a librarian, Logan comes in every Monday to get her recommendations for books and she finds herself looking forward to these meetings. But he's a plumber and his life is so much different than what she knows.What follows maybe predictable but it is also a very enjoyable read. If you like a sweet love stories with HEAs you will like this book...if you are already a Debbie Macomber fan you won't be disappointed. I especially enjoyed the fact that the protagonists were mature adults with issues they had to get past to find their own happiness. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
AmyHi 4 days ago
Sweet story of two divorced women who find a second chance at love with men they never expected. Jenna is a nurse who falls in love with a doctor and Maureen is a librarian that falls in love with a construction worker. I liked that the women maintained a close friendship and support system for each other. I received an ARC for my honest review.
3C 4 days ago
Window on the Bay was an intriguing, entertaining, and heartwarming read from start to finish - a classic Debbie Macomber. I appreciate the manner in which this author draws her characters. She has given us main characters, long time best friends Jenna and Maureen, along with several secondary characters, that are complex and memorable. The adults, the young adults, and the older generation were all portrayed in an interesting fashion. The story was very rich and warm as a study of relationships, motivations, and family dynamics. There were some very funny moments as well, especially Maureen's introduction to professional football, which made me laugh out loud. Also, the highly descriptive geographical details place a reader in Jenna's window overlooking the beautiful bay area, the Pike Market Place, the Seahawks' football stadium, and many other captivating aspects of the Seattle setting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Zach_B 4 days ago
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and Window on the Bay is like comfort food for the soul. This story is told primarily in 2 pov’s: Jenna, an ICU nurse, and her best friend, Maureen, a librarian . Occasionally, Jenna’s daughter, Allie injects her point of view into the narrative. Jenna and MAUREEN have known each other since college and both are single moms finding love. Logan is a plumber working on a construction site nearby who goes to the library on Mondays to get recommendations from Maureen, or as he calls calls her, Marian the librarian. Rowan, handsome Dr. Lancaster, is the surgeon who operates on Jenna’s mom, and who mends Jenna’s heart. This is just a sweet story. Debbie Macomber doesn’t write deep, philosophical novels. They are easy reads but good reads. The characters have conflicts easily resolved by the end of the book. I look forward to reading a Debbie Macomber book, and Windiw on the Bay is a good story with good characters. I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t read her yet to pick this one up. I received an advanced e-copy from the publisher for an honest review. Thank you! #windowonthebay #netgalley
MaureenST 4 days ago
I look forward to books by this author, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. Two young women meet in college and form a bond and lifelong friendship, they also have plans to travel to Paris in spring time, but life’s challenges seem to have gotten in the way. Fast forward twenty plus years and our girls are now empty nesters and both have been long divorced. They have dated through the years, but have been scared and so far, neither have found the right guy, and they have a traffic light signal for their appraisals of these possible romances. Now with plans to finally go to Paris, we get to see how things work out, and there are possible romances in these woman’s lives. I also love that we are given an epilogue, although I wish I could continue in their lives! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Random House, and was not required to give a positive review.
ytcruz 4 days ago
You can never go wrong when you pick up a book by this author, and this one reiterates that statement. One of the favorite things I loved about this book is that it centers around middle aged friends, not only empty nesters but also ones surviving a divorce. Jenna and Maureen were college friends whose friendship has continued through the years. Imagine their surprise when two unlikely men start courting them. Will there be romance after the divorce or will past experiences and fears keep them away from taking that step? Another engaging , well written story. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.