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    Debbie Macomber(Author)

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Every Thursday at eight, four women meet to talk and share their lives. As one life-changing year unfolds, it becomes a true celebration of friends helping each other through the tough times.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Debbie Macomber(Author)
  • Mira (January 1, 2006)
  • English
  • 8
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Maudeen Wachsmith on June 11, 2001

    It has long been my belief that when an author moves from mass market paperback originals to hardcover, the book needs to be something special - partly to justify the increased price and partly to attract a larger audience. THURSDAYS AT EIGHT is Debbie Macomber's hardcover release and there's no doubt about it being justified.The very method she uses to tell the story is unique. Each chapter begins with a journal entry by each of the four main characters who have met in a journal-writing class but after the class is completed, they find they wish to continue meeting and their breakfast club, Thursday morning at 8 AM at Mocha Moments Café is born. In the first four chapters we meet each of the women: Clare Craig, Liz Kenyon, Karen Curtis, and Julia Murchison as they chose their word for the year and write it into their journals on January first.Claire, who has just been through a devastating divorce after 23 years of marriage, choses the word "faithful." She wants the year to be one of new beginnings. She never expects how her faithfulness will be truly tested.Liz, a 57-year-old widow and hospital administrator has begun the year alone for the first time in her life, both her adult children having moved out of towtn in the last three months. She choses the word "time" - accepting being alone and believing she should take time to learn how to live contentedly by herself. But can she achieve that contentment alone??Karen Curtis is 28 years old and single. She has long dreamed of becoming an actress despite her parents' disapproval. Her word is "acceptance" that her mother will accept her for who she is and quit comparing her to her sister Victoria who is married to a successful attorney and has a young son. The word takes on a new meaning when Karen learns she needs to accept herself.Julia is totally content. She has a happy marriage, two well-adjusted teenagers, and has recently opened her own business, a yarn shop which is doing well. She's chosen the word "gratitude" being happy with what she has. Will she be so grateful when, at age 40, she's faced with an unexpected pregnancy?During the next year each of these four women face truths about themselves but with the love and support of the others, survive.Heartwarming and emotional are words often used to describe the stories told by the talented Ms. Macomber and THURSDAYS AT EIGHT is no exception. Her stories are always enjoyable but this one is even more than that, it enables readers to take stock of their own lives and the people around them. What word would you chose?Maudeen Wachsmith Charter Member, Reviewers International Organization (RIO)

  • By Maggie in Florida on October 21, 2012

    Debbie Macomber proves once again why she is one of my favorite authors. "Thursdays at Eight" portrays so many real life dramas that most of us can relate to and she does it in such an entertaining manor. Loved the book!

  • By Guest on April 7, 2017

    An amazing story of four different women each dealing with their lives & there own issues - they came together & became the most important part of each other's lives

  • By T. A. Wright on June 14, 2001

    This book is a wonderful exploration of womanhood in its many stages. They connection between them is always there but in varing degrees as diffent members of the group had different needs that each individual could meet. Debbie McComber's ability to set a scene and let the dialogue flow is just fabulous. If you are a romance fan, Run, don't walk, to buy and read this book.

  • By Holly F on August 18, 2001

    you guessed it--Thursdays at Eight. Liz is a widow in her late fifties whose children have moved out of town...she's looking to rediscover herself, and maybe love? Claire is in her forties and went through an ugly divorce and is raising two teenaged sons. This is her year to look inside herself and find a way to grow beyond that one experience. Julia is turning forty and must find a way to find the gifts a life-altering surprise holds for her. And Karen is in her twenties. She searching for who she is, and what path she's meant to follow. She's learning that dreams can change and alter as we grow. Four women, four different points in their lives...four stories that will touch you and make your remember that families aren't just something we're born into, they're the people who surround us and love us. We spend our life finding pieces of our family.Debbie Macomber's Thursdays at Eight is really the story family, of four women's friendship, of a heartwarming bond that withstands a year of discovery and leaves each woman richer for the journey.

  • By A customer on June 26, 2002

    First, unlike most (all?) of Debbie Macomber's books, this book should not be classified as a romance. Instead, it's women's fiction. It focuses on women in various stages of life and realistically deals with their problems (it acknowledges that, hey, unlike some reviewers [apparently], not all women are so hardened that their life-changing problems are easily curable in 200 pages).Second, this is an enjoyable read. The characters develop nicely, and the reader gets to know the characters well. Macomber includes enough secondary characters to make the plot interesting, but not so many as to be too confusing (trust me, it is confusing enough straightening out the 4 main characters in the beginning of the book).Third, Macomber's themes are well-done. Each character picks a word at the beginning of the year to be her theme word, and I was thinking, "Great! Now we have to deal with these themes over and over again." But Macomber is much more subtle and uses these themes effectively and very un-battering-ram-like.I did have two small problems with this book. First, it seemed that the ending was a little abrupt. I'm not sure if this was because of how the book was set-up: the book plunked us in the middle of the women's lives and carried through for months while we got to know these characters. When the book ended, it seemed unnatural to stop reading while the characters' lives continued on. Second, the first diary entries in the first chapters are distractingly obvious attempts to set up each character and her history. Would a person really succinctly write their pertinent life story in an on-going journal for only her own personal reading? This is unnatural, and I found it rather weird.However, on the whole, this is simple and enjoyable women's fiction. I recommend it as one of Macomber's best efforts yet.


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