September 27, 2008

Thursday at Eight

Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber
Contemporary Fiction
2001 MIRA
298 pages
Finished on 9/24/08
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

Thursday, 8:00 a.m.:
Mocha Moments Cafe, Breakfast Club!

These words appear in the calendars of four women. Four very different women. Every week they meet for breakfast—and to talk, to share the truths they've discovered about their lives. To tell their stories, recount their sorrows and their joys. To offer each other encouragement and unstinting support.

Clare has just been through a devastating and unexpected divorce. She's driven by anger and revenge... until she learns something about her ex-husband that forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness and compassion she's rejected—and for the person she used to be.

Elizabeth is widowed, in her late fifties, a successful professional—a woman who's determined not to waste another second of her life. And if that life should include romantic possibilities—well, why not?

Karen is in her twenties, and she believes those should be the years for taking risks, testing your dreams. Her dream is to be an actor. So what if her parents think she should be more like her sister, the very respectable Victoria?

Julia is turning forty this year. Her husband's career is established, her kids are finally in their teens and she's just started her own business. Everything's going according to plan—until she gets pregnant! That's not in the plan.

I can just picture my husband reading the above blurb and rolling his eyes as he mutters, "Blech!" Ok, so it's definitely fluffy chick-lit. But I enjoyed it! It was especially nice to get sucked into something touching and romantic after my previous read (not to mention the turmoil of the economy and the upcoming election!).

I finally got around to setting up my women's friendship endcap at work, but wound up short by a couple of titles. I've had this book on my shelves for quite some time and decided to go ahead and include it, hoping to get it read before a customer cornered me with specific questions about the book. I've only read a couple of Debbie Macomber's books (The Shop on Blossom Street and Between Friends), but knew I could zip through this book fairly quickly. In spite of the predictable clich├ęs, I wound up enjoying it just as much as several of my favorites within this genre.

If you're in the mood for something light and entertaining (read: brain candy), this is just the book!


  1. Lesley,

    I am a fan of Debbie Macomber's books..not the romancey ones, but the women's fiction ones. This one would qualify for that category. I read this several years ago and liked it a lot. I thought it was a great story about women's friendship. That's probably why I like Debbie Macombers books as most are about women's friendship.

  2. Lesley, I read this a few years ago and enjoyed it.

    It was predictable. But well-written.

  3. I liked this one too. I turn to Debbie Macomber (particularly the Cedar Cove series) when I need a cozy brain break.

  4. Red Lady-Bonnie - I haven't read too many of Macomber's books, but I sure would like to find the time to read more! She has a new Christmas book out that looks good.

    Thanks for stopping by with your comment. I'm off to peruse your blog!

    Shana @ Literarily - Yeah, it was predictable, but still enjoyable. Have you read any others by Macomber that you'd recommend?

    SuziQ - I want to get all the Cedar Cover series and read them in order. I think I have ONE (311 Pelican Court), but I'm sure I can get the rest at the library. They might be just the ticket to pull me out of my current slump.


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