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Thursdays at Eight is the first Debbie Macomber book I have read. I was looking for an easy reading book to take on holiday and this looked as though it would fit the bill. Debbie Macomber lives in Washington and is married with 4 children. She wrote many manuscripts before finally getting one published and has now achieved sales of over 51 million novels worldwide with a variety of books.
Thursdays at Eight, although not an autobiography, is based on her own experience of forming a group of friends who met for breakfast once a week to share their lives and support each other through the joys and the tears.
Set in America.
The book is based on 4 women who want to meet up regularly and are finding it difficult to fit time into their busy schedules. They, therefore, decided to meet for breakfast once a week on a Thursday at 8am.
The 4 women concerned are:
Clare - she has just gone through a heartbreaking divorce and is struggling with her angry feeling about this. She has 2 teenage sons who are also struggling in their own way to come to terms with the fact that their father has left the family for a much younger woman.
Elizabeth - is in her late fifties and is recently widowed. Her children live many miles away and she is finding it difficult to be on her own. She meets a doctor in the hospital where she works but isn't sure if she wants to develop this into a more in depth relationship and risk being hurt again.
Karen - is in her twenties and is desperate to be an actress. She has a difficult relationship with her mother who disapproves of her desire to be an actress and always seems to compare Karen to her older sister, Victoria, who seems to have the perfect marriage and young son.
Julia - is turning 40 and her children are in their teens. She has a good marriage and has just started her own business. She thinks life is just beginning to be more about her needs when she unexpectedly finds out that she is pregnant.
The author writes in a style that I haven't come across before - a mixture of both 1st and 3rd person. I found this a little strange at first but gradually decided that I liked it. Chapters are dedicated to each character in turn and often start with the character writing in their journal in the first person followed by several pages in the third person which bring in the other women as well.
I found myself really liking all the characters and wanting to know more about each one at the end of their particular chapter. Clare's story is one that probably a lot of people can identify with as she makes the journey from hating her ex husband to accepting that the breakdown of their marriage probably wasn't entirely his fault. The other 3 women all deal with problems that most of us can either identify with or know someone who has lived through similar situations. I admired their strength of character and willingness to overcome their difficulties and help each other.
All 4 women are real characters that are easy to believe in and their handling of the situations they find themselves is very true to life.
I loved the feeling of friendship that grew between the women and their loyalty to each other and the strength they provided to each other both in good and bad times.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sad when I came to the end, I felt that I had lost friends.
I will definitely be reading more of Debbie Macomber's books.