About the author (as seen in the book)
When Debbie Macomber first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. As a young, dyslexic mother of four active children, no one believed she had what it took to write a book, except Debbie. She wrote- for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher the manuscript was returned, stamped ‘rejected.’ As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up.
But all her perseverance paid off and Debbie’s hear- warming novels have made her a New York Times bestselling author with sales of over 51 million novels worldwide.
Publication date: 1st January 2001
Publisher: MIRA Books
ISBN: Paperback 9780778301172
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Family Saga/ Romance/Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: My own brought
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Every Thursday at eight, four women meet to talk and share their lives…
Having just suffered a heart-breaking divorce, Clare is bitter and angry. Then she learns some devastating news about her ex- husband.
Elizabeth, in her late fifties, is recently widowed and finds herself back in the dating game. And that means putting the past behind her.
Twenty- something Karen longs to be an actress- if only her parents didn’t want her to be more like her respectable sister.
Julia is Turning forty. Her kids are finally in their teens and she’s just started her own business. Now she finds out that she’s pregnant.
I really like the spring look to this front cover; with the daffodils and snow drops that are creeping on to both sides of the cover creating a border around the author’s name. Debbie’s name is coloured in an orange/gold which sparkles in the light. The title is done in a handwriting font in pink which looks really nice against the pale green backing. At the bottom of the cover a cafeteria, a steaming cup of coffee with croissant on plate, a notebook, calendar and pen. All in all it’s a very eye pleasing cover.
Thursdays at eight by Debbie Macomber is a heart-warming story based around four; very different women; who’ve come together after they all attend the same journal writing class. When the class was complete they decided to carry on meeting up on a Thursday’s at eight for breakfast at Mocha Moments to catch up with each other.
Claire is a recently divorced single mother of two teenager boy’s; Mick and Alex. She thought her life was set, she had a family, home, business and a husband; Michael. Untill Michael has an affair and leaves; leaving Claire heartbroken, angry and bitter. Mick is loyal to his mother and want’s nothing more to do with his father, where’s Alex is more torn between the two, and is meeting up with his Michael. Claire lands herself a part-time job at a rival Ford dealership to her ex’s Chevrolet; which makes Michael twitchy! But when Alex promises his father her will collect him from the hospital one day; only he had forgotten he has an exam. Alex has to ask his mother is she will agree to pick Michael up. Claire reluctantly agrees only doing for Alex’s sake. On her arrival she get’s one hell of a shock; sending her head in a spin. But what is wrong with Michael? How is Claire supposed to deal with what she is now faced with? Will she ever find her own bit of happiness? Is Mick going to make up with his father?
Elizabeth is a widow of 6 years, mother to two grown up children and grandmother of two. She works at the local hospital as an administrator; where a much younger doctor with a reputation with the lady’s suddenly start’s hitting on her. With her daughter, husband and grandchildren about to move to the other side of the state and her son about to move out she find’s herself alone (apart from the Thursday at eight lady’s). Will Elizabeth agree to go out with the dishy younger doctor? How will she copy without her family close by? Will she find her own happiness?
Karen is the younger of the lady’s; struggling single actress trying to make her big break. It’s been her dream to be a famous actress since she was a little girl; which she has never given up on. Her parent’s don’t share the same dream, making her study hard to get her degree in the hope she retain a respectable job. There becomes a teaching shortage in the state and Karen gets called on to become a substitute teacher as she has a degree. This is surly going to impress her parents and keep them off her back. Her sister Victoria on the other hand has it set; married to up and coming attorney and is about to have her first child. Giving their parents something to boast about to their friends. Is Karen’s parent’s ever going to accept her for her? Will she find romance when she least expects it? Has Victoria really got the perfect life?
Julia is in her 40’s married to husband Peter and they have two teenage children; Adam and Zoe. Now the children are older she has just taken the plunge and started her own knitting shop; which had been a dream of hers for a very long time. When Julia suddenly can seem to get over the flu, she visit’s her doctor; he congratulates her on being pregnant. She is shocked and has a range of different emotions about to becoming an older mother, but Peter is ecstatic. She is undoubtedly worried how they will be able to manage, and how will she be able to run the shop with a baby in toe. When they break the news to their children it doesn’t go well. Will Adam and Zoe come round? Will Julia find a solution for the shop when the baby comes? Will the family manage financially? Can she keep her business?
This is the first book of Debbie’s I’ve read and I have to say what a beautiful writing style she has! Thursdays at Eight is such a heart-warming story, about four different women coming together and become the best of friend’s. They share there lives and are their for each other through good and tough times. Each chapter except Thursday meeting’s relates to each lady (Part journal, Part story) which really give me a great insight to their life’s and therefore giving me a connection with them. I adored the lady’s friendship, and how they become the best of friends, all accepting each other for how they are. This is a book I read quite quickly because I just needed to know more about them and how there journeys turn out. It a really a good read and I will defiantly be looking out for more of Debbie’s delightful books!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber
5 Sparkly Stars