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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debbie Macomber Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781441819321
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Thursday, 8:00 a.m. Mocha moments, breakfast club!

Every week, these words appear in the calendars of four women. Every week, they meet for breakfast—and to talk, to share the truths they’ve discovered about their lives. To tell their stories. To offer each other encouragement and unfailing 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 question her own actions. Forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness she’s rejected…and the person she used to be.

Elizabeth is a widow, 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 these should be the years for taking risks, reaching for your dreams. Her dream is to be an actor. Except that her parents think she should be more like her sister, the very conventional 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 schedule—until she discovers she’s pregnant. That’s not part of the plan.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Mortlock | 2/12/2014

    " good stuff! four women meet every week at a diner to talk about their lives. Each are in different places in their lives, all are drawn together to encourage each other in their respective stages. a story about friendship and the many roles women play and relationships they navigate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Lawrence | 2/6/2014

    " This was a really sweet, endearing and lesson-teaching story about 4 friends. They each faced life's challenging circumstances and grew to be better people because of it and because of their friendships with one another. Inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Shaver | 2/4/2014

    " This was a good book - just slower read for me because of four different women - changing woman chapter to chapter; so it just did not flow as well as other of Debbie Macomber books - lots of recall if not read day after day. I had breaks between reading times so probably not rated as high due to my current schedule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan McClary | 2/4/2014

    " This book made me laugh & cry. Debbie Macomber tells a wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 2/3/2014

    " Out of all the Debbie Macomber books this has to be my favorite. It is thought provoking. I still think about the stories and the words that define their lives for the year. When I write in my journal I think of the defining moments that some up the events of my life. It is one of a few books that I will read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Obeidat | 1/29/2014

    " Still reading it, but I'm sure not for long. It's so good I read 10 chapters yesterday. I'm a big fan of Debbie Macombers, she never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/27/2014

    " A group of friends meet every Thursday at 8 for breakfast to talk about life and their journalling class. They each help each other thru the tribulations of love, life, loss and happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Skibickyj | 1/18/2014

    " Has its slow parts but was also good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/8/2014

    " A book definitely gets a five when it makes me cry! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Holbrook | 1/8/2014

    " Great book - well written and an easy read but an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/7/2014

    " I really enjoy Debbie Macomber's novels. I cannot wait to crack open the pages to this book. Awesome book about friendship. I wanted be friends with the characters. Mrs. Macomber is able to keep up with numerous points of view and delve into the mind of women. I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamye | 1/1/2014

    " I listened to this and felt like I was watching a Lifetime movie, nothing too exciting or suspenseful at all but a nice, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/12/2013

    " Another enjoyable story of hope and friends helping each other from Debbie Macomber. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/8/2013

    " I love Debbie's books. The main story was wrapped around the four friends that met weekly (and sometimes more), but there were sub-stories with each character. It was a nice, easy read and I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/30/2013

    " Lovely book by Debbie Macomber. Each character seems to have issues and traits many women can relate to well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Davis | 11/27/2013

    " Another good book by Debbier.. About four women who become friends and their diversified life styles... Great read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinker | 11/25/2013

    " Certainly one of Macomber's better books. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/21/2013

    " I love books like this because they are quick and entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn Mathershaw | 8/11/2013

    " Not necessarily taxing or though provoking but as comfortable as your favourite pair of joggies. The perfect afternoon in front of th fire read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Smith | 7/2/2013

    " It took a while for some of the characters to "grow" on me but in the end I liked how they all grew and evolved. I like the idea of having a word for each year to focus on as well as the idea of journaling. Not my favorite D. Macomber book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/2/2013

    " The essence if female friends and commradery. Illustrates the need for healthy friendships. Love the plot lines, very engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/19/2012

    " This was the first Debbie macomber book I have read. I thought it was just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 12/4/2012

    " A short read about four women in different times of their lives who meet once a week to touch base and encourage each other. Each have chosen "a word" for the year. In the end, I thought this would be a good way for all of us to start the new year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/10/2012

    " It took a bit to get into, but evolved into a touching and at times heart renching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Nall | 7/25/2012

    " I like the ease of reading that Debbie Macomber's books bring. This was an excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Irwin | 5/11/2012

    " An easy read but just a bit lightweight - didnt gel with the characters as much as in her other Blossom St books/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eppie Adams | 5/6/2012

    " Relatable woman & their stories, despite a little saccharin sweet writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/18/2012

    " I thought this was a beautifully written story about 4 ladies (all very different). I thought it covered some sad things very nicely, and the 'ups' made up for the downs! I thought the ending was done really well, and I'd look out for others by Debbie Macomber. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jverti | 8/22/2011

    " Light, quick read about friends supporting each others lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/21/2011

    " Even though this is light fiction reading I loved the concept of the book and it made me think up my own word for the year. If you liked 20 wishes, or the bucket list I can't help but believe you would enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 6/21/2011

    " Read this years ago and came across it again. Just throwing it on the shelf. Nice book. About four women who get together every thursday for breakfast. They are all at different stages of life. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 6/14/2011

    " Good easy read. I enjoyed the different ages and circumstances going on with all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 6/7/2011

    " I really like these characters and looked forward to reading about their lives. I also liked the format of the book where you read their journal entries and then get a third person perpective of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marge | 6/2/2011

    " Very light, enjoyable reading - four woman in four different stages of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MsSmartiePants | 5/31/2011

    " 'cause it's DM! She's kind of my fail-safe chick-lit author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquie | 5/28/2011

    " Light-hearted and enjoyable. Read it a number of years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/11/2011

    " 4 total stranges meet once a week at a coffee shop and become fast friends. Their lives are totally different but, they are there for each other weekly to share their lives with each other. Can't wait to read some more books from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamye | 4/1/2011

    " I listened to this and felt like I was watching a Lifetime movie, nothing too exciting or suspenseful at all but a nice, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 4/1/2011

    " This was the first book that I read by her and was well written, but seemed like it would be better as part of a series. I'm curious to see what else happens to these women. As a book, she did not leave with a cliff hanger, which I always appreciate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 3/29/2011

    " A book definitely gets a five when it makes me cry! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lschneier | 3/24/2011

    " ANOTHER GREAT STORY OF HOW WOMEN BOND AND LOVE EACH OTHER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/24/2011

    " Very cute book about a group of women that become friends and help each other out. A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2011

    " A classically good Macomber book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was an easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Her novels have hit the number one on the New York Times bestsellers list as well as making the USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists. Her novels Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle inspired the Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year when they were released. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.