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3.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 5 3.01 (2,269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debbie Macomber Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781441893772
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel | 2/19/2014

    " An interesting group of women, an interesting concept. Not developed enought as a story. I ended wanting a more fuller relationship with the characters and more closure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 2/19/2014

    " Quick read. Nothing toooo deep but oh so enjoyable which is what I've come to rely on from Macomber. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Princess | 2/18/2014

    " The story of four very different women: their trials, triumphs, heartbreaks, and successes. They met in a journal writing class and after the class ended, continued meeting weekly for breakfast to talk about their lives. A good portion of the book is told in each woman's journal entries. I found I could relate to portions of each of the women's lives. The story felt real and flowed well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyed this one in Mazatlan at the beach. Definately an easy to pick up/set down kind of read. Sis-in-law read it as well. I can't say Macomber is among my favorite authors, but every so often I enjoy her work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lissette Jorge- Uyehara | 2/9/2014

    " Didn't like it. Not my ususal read. Read it because of Book Club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth B | 2/6/2014

    " This book was a quick, easy read for me. It kept my interest and I like to read a book about friendship every once in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 2/5/2014

    " I like to read anything she writes. She is that good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 2/2/2014

    " WOW...this has to be one of the best books I've read in a while! If all of us were blessed with such a close-knit (pardon the pun!) group of friends, life's lessons would be much easier to tackle! It was also nice to "watch" the developement of all 4 of their lives! If her tender-hearted like me, you may want to get a few tissues ready!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MsSmartiePants ...like the candy... | 1/26/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 1/21/2014

    " Not the greatest DM, but ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting group of women, an interesting concept. Not developed enought as a story. I ended wanting a more fuller relationship with the characters and more closure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/20/2014

    " Very good book. Definitely a Debbie Macomber book-- easy to read, easy to fall in love with most of the characters and you just want to read more to find out what is going to happen. It helped me get out of a reading funk- finally! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lschneier | 1/20/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/17/2014

    " just another macomber junkie book I enjoyed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Re | 1/17/2014

    " Four woman start their own 8 a.m. on Thursdays breakfast group. Each receives supportive input from her three friends, in her lifetime challenges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine US | 1/14/2014

    " Had some unnecessary repetition (I dont need to be constantly reminded they sat at the table by the window), and did go on few pages longer than needed, but it was a nice story and definitely evoked emotion from the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pinkwords | 12/29/2013

    " Such a great book. I loved the relationships between these 4 ladies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/18/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana L | 12/17/2013

    " lots of different life styles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Malia | 12/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. You read about the lives of four very different women and how they come together weekly and share their lives with each other. I noticed myself getting impatient to get to the women's lives I was more interested in. "

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

    " A good easy read. With some heartfelt thoughts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene Ngo | 12/1/2013

    " Love this book and all the woman in the group, how fun.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/29/2013

    " Totally awesome book! I love to read anything Debbie Macomber writes!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana L | 11/27/2013

    " lots of different life styles! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Rhines | 11/23/2013

    " Same story, different title. Friends from different walks/stages of life getting together to share their life journey. Fine summer/easy read if you just want entertainment/light reading/ quick read about friendship and the ups and downs of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Nall | 11/19/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Skibickyj | 11/16/2013

    " Has its slow parts but was also good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/2/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was happy, sad and every other emotion thrown in. It was about the lives of four women of different ages and how they helped each other grow. Excellent story & ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/2/2013

    " 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 Jen | 10/16/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/7/2013

    " This is a quick, easy, feel good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 9/3/2013

    " I enjoy books about groups of people with a shared interest that wouldn't normally be friend if they hadn't met through their shared interest. In this case, it's a group of four women who met in a writing class and continue to meet every week after the class is over to discuss their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/31/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pinkwords | 5/16/2013

    " Such a great book. I loved the relationships between these 4 ladies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamye | 5/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/30/2013

    " Sweet book about life changes and the gift of close friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 4/21/2013

    " A journey with four women through a year in their life. You will laugh & cry with these women, they soon become your Thursday friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Rhines | 3/10/2013

    " Same story, different title. Friends from different walks/stages of life getting together to share their life journey. Fine summer/easy read if you just want entertainment/light reading/ quick read about friendship and the ups and downs of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MsSmartiePants ...like the candy... | 2/15/2013

    " '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 Christine Verstraete | 1/29/2013

    " Very touching story; very moving and well written. Didn't think I'd like it but I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/15/2012

    " Enjoyed this book immensely ..... If you have girlfriends you value ...... A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Risis | 10/24/2012

    " 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 Carol | 10/13/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 9/25/2012

    " Sweet story idea though the characters and plot line is a bit shallow. Some characters were incessantly irritating and some situational details were exactly the same as Macomber's other stories--a bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 4/29/2012

    " 4 women meet every Thurs. AM (journal group) Claire..bitter divorcee, husband dying of cancer. Liz..widow meets dr. Julia..has teen children and gets pregnant..has premie baby. Karen..youngest is an actor/teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Su | 12/23/2011

    " An enjoyable read even though I guessed how the women's lives would merge. Little in description of physical attributes so my own imagination pictured the women. Love the concept too... If only I could do the same each week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Holbrook | 12/5/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 12/1/2011

    " 4 friends, different ages,at different stages in their lives, meet each Thursday at 8 at the Mocha Moments Cafe. Sharing stories, lives and being there whenever, wherever they are needed. A great story of true friendship and how you can find it in the least likely places. LOVED this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/19/2011

    " What a wonderful novel about women and the lives they live. So personal and real. Definitely brought tears to my eyes at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/3/2011

    " Wish I had a group of ladies to meet with every week. give me a Debbie Macomber book where she brings a assorted group of women together and they become like family. Her characters are so well developed and they evolve as the book progresses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamh | 10/21/2011

    " Read it for a genre class, otherwise would not have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 9/25/2011

    " I think I read this before. It was good re-reading it though...like visiting an old friend from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Westbrook | 8/7/2011

    " 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 Joyceliv | 7/19/2011

    " Quick and easy read. Kind of simple. I am supposed to read Between Friends by her, so I will get that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan McClary | 7/2/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/26/2011

    " Another pleasant Debbie M. book. Especially liked the characters, in this one, and the friendships that helped them deal with life's difficulties. Even chose a "word" for 2009! "

  • 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 audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of eight Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.