Window on the Bay

Window on the Bay

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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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 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 inches.. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781984890658
Characteristics: 402 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 25, 2019

I've read DM for years, and love her books. This one, not so much. It was slow and boring. I didn't care about Jenna or Maureen. What about Paris? I hope she gets her game back, but this happens to a lot of authors when they've been writing for years and years. Hope her next one is better.

Oct 10, 2019

I am long a fan of Debbie Macomber, especially her series novels, 'Cedar Cove', 'Blossom Street', 'Rose Harbor Inn', 'New Beginning's', and of course her Christmas and angel stories. I've only read just a few of her "romance" books which is how 'Window on the Bay' is categorized.

'Window on the Bay' is a dis-service to the writing and warmth of Debbie Macomber. It is banal, repetitive and just not well written. The continuity is awful. There are too many times that a character is having an big emotional trauma and in the next section they have suddenly moved on to something . . . ordinary.

The repetitive 'I had an awful husband and now distrust men' went on for 20+ years and is repeated page after page after page.

The dialog characters have with each other and themselves is stilted, boring, without warmth or nuance.

I am disappointed to have to say the characters were 'phoning it in' as apparently did Debbie. This is not her best work, nor compelling reading at all. With the series books we were anxious to know the characters and could imagine them as friends. I have no desire to meet the characters of 'Window on the Bay' let alone to know them well as friends.

2 Stars

Aug 24, 2019

Less preachy than most recent Debbie Macomber books.

Two friends from college postponed their planned trip to Paris. They are now both divorced and empty nesters. They are on parallel tracks to find a "green light" relationship with the same schedule and stops along the way. The only thing different about their stories are their occupations, the occupations of their love interests, and the number of children they have. One ex is involved in his daughter's life. The other is essentially a sperm donor who writes checks from time to time.

Since the Paris trip is a consistent theme in the book, I expected to read about the trip. Nada.

It was a pleasant way to spend a cloudy Saturday, but I doubt I'll recall much about the book because the plot was predictable and not terribly interesting.

Aug 19, 2019

Not one of her best books. Cute plot but little character development. I never felt terribly attached to any one character... but I still enjoyed the book as a whole.

Aug 11, 2019

Disappointing. Little character development and almost no plot. Normally, this author is a good easy read - not this time.

Aug 04, 2019

Awardwinning 5 star Debbie Macomber love story, read it in one day though stand alone, I would love sequel of their children!

Jul 24, 2019

Definitely not one of Macolmers best books. I must say I was disappointed. Her normal, easy reads that flow with characters that are interesting was missed in this book. There were parts that dragged terribly. The characters interactions were missing the warmth and charm she usually write with. I hope this is a one off and her next book returns to the easy, flowing reading that the characters are easy to love and know.

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