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After divorce shatters her family, one woman's struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning--but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant novel. It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her hus After divorce shatters her family, one woman's struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning--but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant novel. It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father's behavior--and they've had a tough time getting along with the other woman who became their stepmother. Distraught after selling the family home, Julia moved into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she's embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn't seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father's trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It's better this way. But when Julia meets a handsome new resident in the building's exercise room, she can't help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she's encountered on the occasional--mostly disastrous--dates her sister has eagerly planned for her over the years. As she and Heath, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into a love neither of them had expected. However, they soon realize that combining families, even with four adult children, presents inevitable challenges. When a dramatic revelation threatens the happiness they've found, Julia and Heath must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other. If they can't, their bright future together may be nothing but a dream.


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After divorce shatters her family, one woman's struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning--but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant novel. It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her hus After divorce shatters her family, one woman's struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning--but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant novel. It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father's behavior--and they've had a tough time getting along with the other woman who became their stepmother. Distraught after selling the family home, Julia moved into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she's embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn't seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father's trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It's better this way. But when Julia meets a handsome new resident in the building's exercise room, she can't help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she's encountered on the occasional--mostly disastrous--dates her sister has eagerly planned for her over the years. As she and Heath, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into a love neither of them had expected. However, they soon realize that combining families, even with four adult children, presents inevitable challenges. When a dramatic revelation threatens the happiness they've found, Julia and Heath must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other. If they can't, their bright future together may be nothing but a dream.

30 review for It's Better This Way

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    3.5⭐ Lovely story about a second chance at love. Julia tried so hard to make her thirty-one-year marriage work. Her husband had already moved on with a woman with whom he had an affair. Six years later, things started to fall in place for Julia. While at a gym she meets Heath, also divorced. They only greeted one another for some time before they agreed to some coffee after a workout. This is a light comfort read with PG romance, and family drama including adult children. An enjoyable quick read/li 3.5⭐ Lovely story about a second chance at love. Julia tried so hard to make her thirty-one-year marriage work. Her husband had already moved on with a woman with whom he had an affair. Six years later, things started to fall in place for Julia. While at a gym she meets Heath, also divorced. They only greeted one another for some time before they agreed to some coffee after a workout. This is a light comfort read with PG romance, and family drama including adult children. An enjoyable quick read/listen. Audio narrated by Thérèse Plummer, one of my faves!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Debbie Macomber is one of those authors that I discovered a little later in her career but after reading several of her books I want to go back and read everything of hers. Well, as most of your readers know there’s way too many books and not enough time to get to all of them so I haven’t been able to pick up all of her many titles but I do get excited every time I get a new one so of course I had to read It’s Better This Way. It’s Better This Way is a standalone contemporary romance that feature Debbie Macomber is one of those authors that I discovered a little later in her career but after reading several of her books I want to go back and read everything of hers. Well, as most of your readers know there’s way too many books and not enough time to get to all of them so I haven’t been able to pick up all of her many titles but I do get excited every time I get a new one so of course I had to read It’s Better This Way. It’s Better This Way is a standalone contemporary romance that features a more mature protagonist. Julia Jones had been married once, that is until her husband cheated on her and left for the other woman. Julia had done everything she possibly could to save her marriage but in the end it just wasn’t meant to be. Now six years later Julia has settled into her single life much with the help of her two wonderful daughters. After the divorce Julia had moved into a condominium and sold her business so now in her new retired life she has taken up the habit of working out in the community gym. One day as Julia enters for her workout she finds a new neighbor already there, Heath Johnson. After a few times of crossing paths Heath introduces himself and the two become fast friends with both having a lot in common including being sure they aren’t interested in more than friendship after rough divorces. It’s Better This Way was another lovely read from Debbie Macomber as I just knew it would be. I loved that this romance followed an older, more mature character and just fell in love with the relationship as it grew. This would probably have been a five star read had it not been for a few unlikable characters in the background, I just didn’t understand their actions. As always though I loved the rest of the story and the character growth for a lot of the characters along the way and I will be in line once again for the next book from this author. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this story. I loved that the main characters were of a mature age who was so strong and independent. Julia is a divorced mom of two adult daughters. Her divorce was hard, but over time, she manages a happy, single, semi-retired life. Her routine is intersected by a neighbor and they are polite but distant. But over time, they develop a friendship that leads to feelings and foreboding. Julia is worried that her feelings for I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this story. I loved that the main characters were of a mature age who was so strong and independent. Julia is a divorced mom of two adult daughters. Her divorce was hard, but over time, she manages a happy, single, semi-retired life. Her routine is intersected by a neighbor and they are polite but distant. But over time, they develop a friendship that leads to feelings and foreboding. Julia is worried that her feelings for Heath are "too good to be true". She is trying to protect her heart and her fears are realized with a twist. Heath and Julia have strong feelings for each other which will be tested. This story engages you immediately. The main characters are likable and you're wanting to get through the story to see if they will get their HEA. I really enjoy this author's books and this would have to be one of my favorites.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Romance with a lot of Family drama. I listen to the audiobook for this book while I was driving to my Grandmother's house. I did enjoy the narrator of this book, but this narrator of this book has done a lot of Debbie Macomber books. This book is a two people that is slowly moving on after a hard divorce, and Their kids is having trouble getting over what happen during their parents divorce. I have to say this book took me a little bit to get into, but once I was pulled into this book This is a Romance with a lot of Family drama. I listen to the audiobook for this book while I was driving to my Grandmother's house. I did enjoy the narrator of this book, but this narrator of this book has done a lot of Debbie Macomber books. This book is a two people that is slowly moving on after a hard divorce, and Their kids is having trouble getting over what happen during their parents divorce. I have to say this book took me a little bit to get into, but once I was pulled into this book I could not put this book down. If you having a good family drama then this is the book for you, but you should not pick this book up looking for a Fun and Cute Romance book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow this was enough DRAMA to sustain me for the rest of the year. Heath and Julia were so cute, OMG. Except for them, I pretty much despise everyone else in this story. First off, Eddie deserved much of the blame as did Laura, and although I don’t like Laura, it was really unfair for Hillary and Marie to blame her repeatedly for the affair. I did like they had their mother’s back. Everyone was connected, which was not my favorite. For example, I really thought Eric and Carrie would be out of thi Wow this was enough DRAMA to sustain me for the rest of the year. Heath and Julia were so cute, OMG. Except for them, I pretty much despise everyone else in this story. First off, Eddie deserved much of the blame as did Laura, and although I don’t like Laura, it was really unfair for Hillary and Marie to blame her repeatedly for the affair. I did like they had their mother’s back. Everyone was connected, which was not my favorite. For example, I really thought Eric and Carrie would be out of this drama and of course that was ruined too. I did like that the children were not too forced to reconcile at the end. Overall, although it was dramatic I still did enjoy it. I mean drama is always fun. Okay now let’s drink every time we saw the title in the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia Contaldi

    I can't believe I am writing anything less than positive about a Debbie Macomber novel, but I couldn't even finish it. Extremely saccharine and and unempowering to say the very least. I could not even finish it it made me so frustrated. Quick review: Julia's husband cheats on her and then says he's leaving for his mistress. She wants to wait 6 months before saying goodbye to her long term marriage. the mistress starts bullying her with mean texts and pushing her off trying to save what is hers. ( I can't believe I am writing anything less than positive about a Debbie Macomber novel, but I couldn't even finish it. Extremely saccharine and and unempowering to say the very least. I could not even finish it it made me so frustrated. Quick review: Julia's husband cheats on her and then says he's leaving for his mistress. She wants to wait 6 months before saying goodbye to her long term marriage. the mistress starts bullying her with mean texts and pushing her off trying to save what is hers. (Jerk number 1 - the home wrecking mistress). Then Dad gets into with his and Julia's daughters bc he says accept her of stay away. (Jerk #2 "accept the homewrecker as your Step mother or get out of my life!") The entire premise is how this woman is supposedly rebuilding her life but what she is spending most of the book doing is trying to make peace with all the people who have blatantly mistreated her. She is unempowered and certainly not a heroine. Maybe the author was trying to write from a place of peace but it did not come across that way at all. It downright made me angry at the amount of BS this woman put up with. The Homewreckers kids are also Jerks- treating her very badly along the way, even though she actually had nothing to do with the affair or the home wrecking mistress. She was the one who was hurt by all this but they treat her like she was the one causing all the harm. Freakin' Seriously???? My final issue with this novel is the writing of the book itself was confusing. Too little use of She / her pronouns and just using JULIA in the majority of the writing. At one point I noticed the use of her name 3 times in one paragraph. I mean, its my name too but even I dont want to read it that many times!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    Predictable. Unnecessary drama between families. A therapy session would have done them wonders. First half better than the second. I did like second chance love story for the 60+ crowd!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Looking for a feel good book with a multi-faceted characters, an intriguing plot, and a happily-ever-after ending? Look no further than Debbie Macomber's newest novel. Julia's husband dumped her 6 years ago for another woman, though she desperately tried to save their marriage. She has had a few bad dates, and had given up on romance when she met Heath, who had also been dumped by his ex. Here's the twist: his ex is now married to her ex, and their adult children are angry, and disapprove of the Looking for a feel good book with a multi-faceted characters, an intriguing plot, and a happily-ever-after ending? Look no further than Debbie Macomber's newest novel. Julia's husband dumped her 6 years ago for another woman, though she desperately tried to save their marriage. She has had a few bad dates, and had given up on romance when she met Heath, who had also been dumped by his ex. Here's the twist: his ex is now married to her ex, and their adult children are angry, and disapprove of their new relationship. Julia's father always told her "it's better this way" when life took a different path than she wanted, and with some forgiveness (which is really difficult, since her ex is such a rock-head) and help from a surprising source, maybe the family can get along by the time her eldest daughter walks down the aisle. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gerri

    I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber however this book turned out to be a big disappointment. There were parts of this story that I liked however there were more that I did not like. I believe in forgiving because forgiveness is for you and moving forward. However there are times that along with forgiving you need to put that person in your rearview mirror and not look back. Eddie and Julia are married for 31 years and they are in their mid 50's when this story starts. Eddie has an affair with Laura I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber however this book turned out to be a big disappointment. There were parts of this story that I liked however there were more that I did not like. I believe in forgiving because forgiveness is for you and moving forward. However there are times that along with forgiving you need to put that person in your rearview mirror and not look back. Eddie and Julia are married for 31 years and they are in their mid 50's when this story starts. Eddie has an affair with Laura and tells Julia he longer loves her and wants a divorce. Julia wants to save her marriage so Eddie agrees to go to counseling with her. After five sessions he stops going but agrees to give Julia the six months she wants to work on their marriage. In the meantime, Laura sends terrible text messages to Julia along with selfies of her and Eddie. One of these selfies is the two of them in bed. Tell me this is not immature. At four months Laura pushes Eddie to get the divorce. There is a confrontation at a lake house between Laura, her sons and Eddie's two daughters. It gets nasty with yelling and screaming which is when Eddie tells his daughters that if they can not accept Laura and her sons then they can no longer be a part of his life. WOW! Let's give this guy father of the year. At this point Julia decided it's time to sign the divorce papers and move on. Six years later Julia meets a wonderful man and they start a relationship. Julia and Eddie's daughter becomes engaged but the daughter refuses to tell the dad so Julia feels she has to do it. Really? The guy has had nothing to do with his daughter for over six years. He feels he should walk her down the aisle and that Laura and her sons should be invited to the wedding. Unbelievable. Eddie and his daughter go on and on with the fighting so after a long storyline of this Julia decides to step in and try to get everyone and I mean everyone to be best buddies. This was over the top and at this point I lost a lot of respect for Julia. Julia befriends Laura and tries working through everything. Needless to say the last 40 pages all I wanted to do was throw up I was so sick of this nonsense. Your husband has an affair, leaves you and his daughters, has no contact with any of you for over 6 years and you try helping him reconnect with his daughters and asking his wife (who he left you for) to help you. Are you kidding me? Sorry guys but everything that happened with Eddie and Julia and his daughters was his own doing. He got what he wanted and now he needs to live with it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I so enjoyed this heartwarming novel! The characters in this story, the situations they find themselves in, and the emotions they experience ring true. The difficult family dynamics they struggle to navigate are relatable to many. And because of this, the hard-won reconciliations and forgiveness the characters come to by the end seem almost magical. How many adults in our world covet such peace & closure as they welcome a second chance at love? This story reminds me why Debbie Macomber is one of I so enjoyed this heartwarming novel! The characters in this story, the situations they find themselves in, and the emotions they experience ring true. The difficult family dynamics they struggle to navigate are relatable to many. And because of this, the hard-won reconciliations and forgiveness the characters come to by the end seem almost magical. How many adults in our world covet such peace & closure as they welcome a second chance at love? This story reminds me why Debbie Macomber is one of the masters of meaningful women's fiction. No wonder this is a Publisher's Weekly starred review & top pick!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    A fast read that I read in a day! Another great book by this great author!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    4.75 stars The love continues… It’s Better This Way, by @debbiemacomber is an easy, feel-good, delightful family drama that charmed me. Admittedly, some of the characters are ridiculously obnoxious and obstinate, but they determinedly struggled through and learned some lessons along the way. This is a story about reformed families and the difficulties, hurts, and traumas that result when relationships split and new ones are created. It’s about the rocky path to forgiveness and the even longer road 4.75 stars The love continues… It’s Better This Way, by @debbiemacomber is an easy, feel-good, delightful family drama that charmed me. Admittedly, some of the characters are ridiculously obnoxious and obstinate, but they determinedly struggled through and learned some lessons along the way. This is a story about reformed families and the difficulties, hurts, and traumas that result when relationships split and new ones are created. It’s about the rocky path to forgiveness and the even longer road to reconciliation. I loved the main character’s wisdom and graciousness in handling others, and her new found later-in-life love, which was so sweet and inspiring. I even loved the hopeful message behind the title. This story was a pleasure to read, as all of Ms. Macomber’s books are, and I was sad to see it end so quickly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    You can always depend on Debbie Macomber to bring her readers exceptional books full of real life characters facing situations that many of us face but always providing a feel good happily ever after ending. She gives us all that and more in her new book It's Better This Way. Six years ago, Julie tried to save her marriage after her husband of over 25 years told her that he had fallen in love with another women. Their two grown daughters side with their mother and will have nothing to do with the You can always depend on Debbie Macomber to bring her readers exceptional books full of real life characters facing situations that many of us face but always providing a feel good happily ever after ending. She gives us all that and more in her new book It's Better This Way. Six years ago, Julie tried to save her marriage after her husband of over 25 years told her that he had fallen in love with another women. Their two grown daughters side with their mother and will have nothing to do with their father and his new wife. Julie meets Heath in the exercise room of her new condo. At first they ignore each other, then they smile at each other and soon they start having coffee together. This friendship quickly moves to another level and they fall in love. Heath is also divorced and has two grown sons that are close to both him and his ex-wife. When a dramatic truth comes to light, Julie and Heath realize how difficult it will be to combine both families when there is so much animosity between the four children. Will they give up on their love and give in to their children or will they be able to have their happily ever after. Will Julie's father's trusty saying 'It's better this way" prove to be true in Julie and Heath's future life? It was difficult to put this book down once I started it. I loved the characters and the way that they handled their family situation. I was hoping that their love would survive and quickly turned the pages to find the outcome. Another fantastic book by a legendary author. Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    This was my first time reading a Debbie Macomber book. I didn’t really know what to expect. For someone so prolific, I knew there had to be something good about them, she’s been writing so many books a year for so long... but. I just wasn’t sure. I liked the writing. It was decent. And the story was very cute. I think the characters were a little two dimensional, and got to be annoying at times. All the arguing back and forth over whether the parents belonged together or not drove me a bit batty This was my first time reading a Debbie Macomber book. I didn’t really know what to expect. For someone so prolific, I knew there had to be something good about them, she’s been writing so many books a year for so long... but. I just wasn’t sure. I liked the writing. It was decent. And the story was very cute. I think the characters were a little two dimensional, and got to be annoying at times. All the arguing back and forth over whether the parents belonged together or not drove me a bit batty. But. It was light easy reading and I liked the ending. 3.5 ⭐️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Debbie Macomber is quickly becoming one of my go to authors when I’m in the mood for a feel good type of read. Though I’ve only read a few of her books (she has a huge backlist, I’m working my way through it) I’m still calling this one my new favorite, I just adored it! What’s your fave DM book? Quick list of things I loved about this one: 💐The main character was more mature and I get kinda sick of reading about twenty somethings and their issues, so it was a nice change of pace to read about a Debbie Macomber is quickly becoming one of my go to authors when I’m in the mood for a feel good type of read. Though I’ve only read a few of her books (she has a huge backlist, I’m working my way through it) I’m still calling this one my new favorite, I just adored it! What’s your fave DM book? Quick list of things I loved about this one: 💐The main character was more mature and I get kinda sick of reading about twenty somethings and their issues, so it was a nice change of pace to read about a woman in a different place in her life. Julia was also extremely likable so that helped too. 💐This one was messy as far as the family dynamics and I’m all about authentic, complicated family dramas. You have two divorced adults trying to date each other and each of them have baggage in the form of ex spouses and their own children. Blending families at any age is a complex problem and I was so invested in both families and their issues. 💐 This was full of heart and humor, so many relatable characters and moments and I really adored each of the characters in their own way. Being wholly invested in their lives made this one such a fun and engaging read for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    momssanity

    Told in multiple POV’s, IT’S BETTER THIS WAY, is the perfect addition to your summer reading list. Julia Jones was starting a new chapter in life, her 2 girls off at college, when her husband of 30 years suddenly wants a divorce. Emotions run high, words are exchanged, and relationships become strained. Fast forward 6 years -Julia is content. She meets Heath in the condo gym and the two are completely head over heels for each other. What they don’t realize is how difficult it will be to combine Told in multiple POV’s, IT’S BETTER THIS WAY, is the perfect addition to your summer reading list. Julia Jones was starting a new chapter in life, her 2 girls off at college, when her husband of 30 years suddenly wants a divorce. Emotions run high, words are exchanged, and relationships become strained. Fast forward 6 years -Julia is content. She meets Heath in the condo gym and the two are completely head over heels for each other. What they don’t realize is how difficult it will be to combine their families. This book was so wonderful…Debbie just gets better and better! It had enough family drama to keep me on my toes, a swoon worthy love story (2 actually), and the way it wrapped up was just perfect! This is easily my new favorite book by Debbie Macomber and will definitely be in my top 10 for the year! Definitely pick up your copy today!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really enjoyed this book. Debbie Macomber, has a way with making her books heartwarming and touching. This was an easy read for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. At first I didn't like Heath's sons because of how rude they were, but then I saw where they were coming from. Divorce is hard on families, especially children. Everyone should read this book. I am grateful that Netgalley and the publishers let me read this in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. Debbie Macomber, has a way with making her books heartwarming and touching. This was an easy read for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. At first I didn't like Heath's sons because of how rude they were, but then I saw where they were coming from. Divorce is hard on families, especially children. Everyone should read this book. I am grateful that Netgalley and the publishers let me read this in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Starlight Wymore

    Julia is a devoted wife and mother. When her husband of 30 years, Eddie, leaves her for his new love interest, Laura, she is devastated. However, over the next six years, she focuses on building a new, positive life for herself. She semi-retires, spends lots of time with her daughters, sister, and niece, and buys a great new condo that she absolutely loves. After a few duds, she’s no longer interested in dating….until she meets Heath. *swoon* I liked the story. It was a heartwarming, wholesome li Julia is a devoted wife and mother. When her husband of 30 years, Eddie, leaves her for his new love interest, Laura, she is devastated. However, over the next six years, she focuses on building a new, positive life for herself. She semi-retires, spends lots of time with her daughters, sister, and niece, and buys a great new condo that she absolutely loves. After a few duds, she’s no longer interested in dating….until she meets Heath. *swoon* I liked the story. It was a heartwarming, wholesome little tale. Julia is an absolute sweetheart. I love the way Macomber redeems her characters, the way she focuses on the good side of everyone, her unwavering positivity throughout the novel. So cute. Unfortunately, the writing style didn’t work for me. It felt awkward with forced dialogue. In my head, it sounded like a really bad Hallmark movie - adorable story, horrible actors. Despite this, I do recommend it for a quick, warm feel-good story. Just don’t expect too much. This one comes out on July 13, 2021. Thanks to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for this ARC in return for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber has Julia Jones meeting Heath Wilson in the exercise room of her building six years after her divorce. They start out as friends since both have had disastrous dates since their marriages ended. As time passes, Julia and Heath fall in love. An astonishing discovery threatens to ruin their bright future. It’s Better This Way is well-written (as always) with realistic characters. The story moves along at a good pace. I liked that the Heath and Julia are olde It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber has Julia Jones meeting Heath Wilson in the exercise room of her building six years after her divorce. They start out as friends since both have had disastrous dates since their marriages ended. As time passes, Julia and Heath fall in love. An astonishing discovery threatens to ruin their bright future. It’s Better This Way is well-written (as always) with realistic characters. The story moves along at a good pace. I liked that the Heath and Julia are older protagonists. I thought they were realistic characters especially with regard to their emotions. A family situation has emotions running high as well as tension. The situations were representative of real-life, but I did find it to be predictable. I loved the side story involving Julia’s niece, Carrie and building resident, Eric. I would have liked that to be its own separate story (maybe a short e-book). Carrie was a great character and I wanted to get to know her more along with Eric. I appreciated the epilogue that nicely wrapped up It’s Better This Way. You get to see why when things work out a certain way that “It’s better this way”. I was surprised to discover that there is some mild foul language in the story. This is something that I never thought I would see in a book by Debbie Macomber. I enjoyed the descriptions of Seattle especially of the building where Julia and Heath resided. It’s Better This Way is a sweet, feel good tale. It is perfect for summer when you are looking for lighter fare to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Not a fan of martyr complexes

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Debating between 4 and 5 stars; this is classically wonderful Debbie Macomber. I really enjoyed It's Better This Way! It has been years (decades maybe) since I've read a Debbie Macomber book. I loved how most of the characters are my age (mid 50's) with a younger set of nieces. Definitely some interesting family dynamics going on in this book! I felt that the "first cooking date" between the main protagonists was missed. The beginning of the next chapter had a recap of the protagonists; but ther Debating between 4 and 5 stars; this is classically wonderful Debbie Macomber. I really enjoyed It's Better This Way! It has been years (decades maybe) since I've read a Debbie Macomber book. I loved how most of the characters are my age (mid 50's) with a younger set of nieces. Definitely some interesting family dynamics going on in this book! I felt that the "first cooking date" between the main protagonists was missed. The beginning of the next chapter had a recap of the protagonists; but there was a prior detail of vegetarian gnocchi and I was so looking forward to the magic that would be created in the kitchen. I reviewed an advance copy and I sure hope that some magic happens to add this date ... and also the vegetarian gnocchi recipe! This book was just perfect. I flew right through it. Thank you to NetGalley, author Debbie Macomber and the publisher Ballantine Books for the opportunity to review It's Better This Way in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Another Awww Debbie Macomber story! She does not disappoint! Julia Jones had her heart broken six years ago when her husband of 31 years announces with tears in his eyes that he has fallen ‘out of love’ with her and is ‘in love’ with another woman. Julia wants her marriage to work and desperately tires to save it. She and Eddie have had a good life with two daughters Hillary and Marie. She asks Eddie if he will go to marriage counseling. He is agreeable. However, after five sessions, he wants to Another Awww Debbie Macomber story! She does not disappoint! Julia Jones had her heart broken six years ago when her husband of 31 years announces with tears in his eyes that he has fallen ‘out of love’ with her and is ‘in love’ with another woman. Julia wants her marriage to work and desperately tires to save it. She and Eddie have had a good life with two daughters Hillary and Marie. She asks Eddie if he will go to marriage counseling. He is agreeable. However, after five sessions, he wants to move on with Laura, the other woman. Now nearly six years later; Julia has dated but nothing serious until she meets Heath. Heath had also has his heart broken by wife. Hmm it seems Julia’s ex and Heath’s ex are a couple! Heath’s adult sons, Michael and Adam are not happy about their relationship; he appears their mother has not been truthful about Julia and her daughters. The sons hate Julia. Hmm the title is “It’s better this way” so we are about to find out! Want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for this early release granted to me for my honest professional opinion. Publishing Release Date scheduled for July 13, 2021.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Dnf 56% mostly bc I'm bored and not in the mood for light family drama and the eventual happy ending Dnf 56% mostly bc I'm bored and not in the mood for light family drama and the eventual happy ending

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phylis Carpenter

    For anyone who is already a Debbie Macomber fan then you know that every time you pick up one of her books you will have an awesome read. This book does not disappoint. From the minute I opened it and started reading I was caught in a whirlwind of emotions. The book takes you through the lives of a family after 31 years of marriage through the awful phases of divorce. I was glued to my kindle and just could not put it down. Was a little sorry when it ended because now I feel like I have lost my For anyone who is already a Debbie Macomber fan then you know that every time you pick up one of her books you will have an awesome read. This book does not disappoint. From the minute I opened it and started reading I was caught in a whirlwind of emotions. The book takes you through the lives of a family after 31 years of marriage through the awful phases of divorce. I was glued to my kindle and just could not put it down. Was a little sorry when it ended because now I feel like I have lost my new found friends. Would love to continue with these characters and see what the rest of them have in store for us. If you are not a Debbie Macomber fan I have one question for you. Why not? I don't think I have ever read a book of hers that I did not enjoy completely. Check this book out you will be glad you did.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tmstprc

    Yikes! I haven’t read Debbie Macomber in years, but this popped up on my GR feed and I thought it might be interesting. Maybe it’s me, but this was painful,and boring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denise Jo

    I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber. Very seldom does she disappoint. This book was top notch. I don't know about anyone else but it moved me to tears.. It has it all. Family, Divorce, Children, Love.... I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber. Very seldom does she disappoint. This book was top notch. I don't know about anyone else but it moved me to tears.. It has it all. Family, Divorce, Children, Love....

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I really enjoyed this book, from beginning to end the pages flew for me, just sad when the last page was turned. You get to see both sides of a divorce, even with the children’s point of view, and no one is exempt. The author did a great job with bringing out each of those affected point of view, and with a lot of twist and turns, and some unbelievable happenings, just the right place at the right time. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Be ready for a few chuckles and some tears, and becomi I really enjoyed this book, from beginning to end the pages flew for me, just sad when the last page was turned. You get to see both sides of a divorce, even with the children’s point of view, and no one is exempt. The author did a great job with bringing out each of those affected point of view, and with a lot of twist and turns, and some unbelievable happenings, just the right place at the right time. Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Be ready for a few chuckles and some tears, and becoming totally engrossed in this story! I received this book through Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, and was not required to give a positive review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Richardson

    Love books that make me feel good

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is a wonderful story that took me along on a journey to despair, hope and ultimately love. Julia had been married for over thirty years when Eddie decided that he had found a new true love and left her. At first, Julia is consumed with anger and bitterness but soon picks herself up and forms a new life for herself. Unfortunately, her grown daughters are left to pick up the pieces, too. At her new condo, Julia meets Heath, also divorced and the predictable outcome is that the two are attract This is a wonderful story that took me along on a journey to despair, hope and ultimately love. Julia had been married for over thirty years when Eddie decided that he had found a new true love and left her. At first, Julia is consumed with anger and bitterness but soon picks herself up and forms a new life for herself. Unfortunately, her grown daughters are left to pick up the pieces, too. At her new condo, Julia meets Heath, also divorced and the predictable outcome is that the two are attracted to each other. I don’t want to write too much in my review about details, but I will say that there were some real surprises within the pages of this book. The characters were spot-on realistic with some of the same emotions and reactions that I would feel in the same situations. I did not like the character of Eddie at all because of his innate selfishness and lack of concern for his marriage vows. I did enjoy getting to know Julia and Heath and Julia’s daughters Hilary and Marie. There were wise characters, like Carrie their cousin, and foolish characters, like Michael, Heath’s son. All in all the book was a delight to read with lessons to learn about forgiveness and letting go of the past. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked a copy of this book out from my local library using the Libby App. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber is her newest book. The theme of people finding their way after difficult times iw well woven within the story. I found that the main characters of Julia and Heath were interesting. Julia’s husband was having an affair and no matter how hard she found for the marriage. There was no saving it. Julia moved on to find a new home and sold her business. Heath’s wife was having an affair and he realized that he was part of the problem with their marriage and all It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber is her newest book. The theme of people finding their way after difficult times iw well woven within the story. I found that the main characters of Julia and Heath were interesting. Julia’s husband was having an affair and no matter how hard she found for the marriage. There was no saving it. Julia moved on to find a new home and sold her business. Heath’s wife was having an affair and he realized that he was part of the problem with their marriage and allowed them to dissolve their union. He found a new place to live and continued to work cutting down his hours and focusing on moving forward. Neither wished to remarry. Neither believed they would ever love again. Then they met. Together they worked to circumnavigate their new relationship only to find that not everything is as easy as it seems. It seems there is a problem in their lives and how they connect and it colors everything. I enjoy Debbie Macomber books. I like her storyline and her characters. The novel was a pleasant read and I liked the characters. Somehow though it lacked the emotional impact that some of her novels have, that moved her stories from pleasant to special. None-the-less I enjoyed It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber.

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