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Thursdays at Eight [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Debbie Macomber
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June 29 2010
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. Thursdays at Eight A time to think about lives lived, choices made. A time for friends…

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Four residents of Willow Creek, California--the youngest in her twenties, the oldest in her late fifties--become acquainted during a journaling class and decide to continue their connection by meeting each Thursday morning for coffee and conversation. They come from very different backgrounds, but their need for friends and support draw them together and bind them in their struggles with life and love. Clare is angry and bitter after a devastating divorce; Elizabeth, a widow, is determined not to waste a moment of the rest of her life; twentysomething Karen is set on becoming an actress despite her family's disapproval; and Julia is approaching her fortieth birthday when an unplanned pregnancy turns her perfect life upside down. As each of the four women cope with cataclysmic upheavals in their lives, they rely more and more on the support of the members of the Thursday morning breakfast club. And as they are faced with difficult choices, each chooses the option dictated by their conscience and their personal moral compass rather than the easy way out.

Thursdays at Eight is a novel of everyday women confronted with extraordinary circumstances, and Macomber tells their stories with a depth of mature insight that is both compassionate and unfailingly honest. These are women with guts and fortitude, courage and determination, and readers will recognize the same strength of character found in the novels of venerable authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set in the suburban town of Willow Grove, Calif., Macomber's latest (after Always Dakota) follows the friendship of four women who meet at the Mocha Moments cafe every Thursday morning. For the new year, Clare Craig, Liz Kenyon, Julia Murchison and Karen Curtis decide to choose a word that will help them realize their New Year's resolutions. Having recently divorced her cheating husband of 23 years, Clare chooses the word "faithful," and not surprisingly, her faith is put to the test when she learns that her ex has cancer. Liz, a 57-year-old hospital administrator who would rather be alone with fond memories of her late husband than fending off the advances of debonair Dr. Jamison, focuses on the word "time" to symbolize her need to regain control of her life. Julia has everything her heart desires a loving husband, two teenagers and her own yarn shop. Naturally, she chooses the word "gratitude," but she feels less than grateful when she discovers that she's pregnant again. And then there's Karen, a 20-something substitute teacher whose desire to become an actor frustrates her domineering mother. Karen chooses the word "acceptance" as a reminder that she must be herself, not who her mother thinks she should be. The novel shifts between the women's journal entries and action, a setup affording an intimate glimpse of each character but also contributing to the story's sluggish pacing. As always, Macomber draws rich, engaging characters, but her flat narrative voice and sugary sentimentality do little to keep the reader turning pages. (June)Forecast: Macomber has built a respectable following for herself with her Heart of Texas series and her Dakota Trilogy. Despite this book's flaws, it will climb the bestseller lists, boosted by print advertising in national publications (New York Times Book Review, USA Today and Library Journal), book signing events and a satellite television tour.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice light "chick lit" Aug. 8 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and it comes as no surprise that she has more than 100 million copies of her books in print.

Her forte is writing about and for women in a way that you can relate to. Thursdays at Eight is about four women who met at a class and are continuing their newfound friendship by meeting for breakfast every Thursday morning.
These four women are all different from one another, in age, occupation and marital status, and yet they share the bond of sisterhood. This is a feel-good book about these women who all have their personal challenges, but rally together to provide support and encouragement.

A great light book to read on the beach or in a hammock on a nice summer day!

Diana Young- World Traveler – currently sailing in the South Pacific for six months and #1 Amazon Best-selling author of Financial Fitness for Beginners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've read in a long time March 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Journals and stories of four women who met in a college writing class. A lasting friendship was formed, and the women decide to keep meeting for coffee and encouragement on Thursday mornings. Each woman is at a different phase of her life than the rest, and relies on the others to carry her through.
Sappy, trite writing and a pretty predictable story. Also, seems to preach to me that a woman can't be happy without a man in her life. *groan* The journal entries were interchangeable - except for the specific people in each story, any entry could've been written by any of the four women. They had no distinctive writing voice. The journal style also seemed very undeveloped to me, especially for women who all considered themselves such wonderful writers.
Here's an example of the dialogue between one of the woman's teenage sons:
"I was watching reruns of The Brady Bunch."
"The Brady Bunch?" Alex repeated. "Why would you do that when there's all those stations? What about VH-1?"
Ehhh, yes, most 19 or 20 year old boys like VH-1. Mmm hmm...
The best thing about this book were the quotations before each chapter. Save your time - just read those.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Speed reading improves as book progresses June 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Four perfect plots with four imperfect women, but, you just know that their imperfections make them more perfect! The situations had potential, but, it became a puff piece. Through the first chapters my underlying thought was that these problems would be so much more with less financial support. Did each woman have to be so wealthy? Where was the average income? It has to be more fun to write about someone who can dine out whenever they want rather than the woman who has to balance going to a restaurant weekly, or more often, with buying enough groceries or gasoline. I guess if no bills exist you can concentrate on the lack of a man or ungrateful kids. This book was a quick read, I found myself skimming through because it is trite and forgettable, except for the chapter quotes. I copied them out in a journal. Yes, I journal and I hope there is more reality in my words. I've had two of the plotlines happen in my life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Female Frienship March 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Debbie Macomber fills the pages of her book, Thursdays at Eight, with a delightful story of the power of female friendship.
After meeting in a journaling class, Julia, Liz, Clare & Karen decide to further their friendship by meeting for breakfast each Thursday at Eight. In these Thursday morning meetings many laughs and heartaches are shared forming a tight bond between the women. Each character, unique and insightful, brings something new to the table for the others to relish in. As the four face trials in their lives they turn to each other for support and love.
This book delivers an enjoyable read of how people's lives are shaped by the people whom they decide to call friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an "every-woman" story......... Feb. 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
Thursdays at Eight is an enchanting story about four very different women who have reached a critical point in their lives, a point where decisions made or not made will result in life altering changes with no return trip.
At first I thought this would be a nice warm, fuzzy read but after finishing the story I realized it is really a story about all people, that we all face stunning challenges at different points in our lives. This tale portrays the importance of friendship and family and the ability to discern what is truly important and what is merely desire. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would, and after finishing it and thinking about it, I felt that it nudges you to examine your own life and the choices we all make.
The four women range in age from their twenties to early fifties. Their marital status, married, divorced, single and widowed, some have children, some do not. The amazing thing is that they could almost be combined into an "every-woman" and this is what draws the reader into their lives and their decisions that they reach as they meet for breakfast each Thursday morning to discuss their week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to stop reading Dec 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was great. It kept you so interested from beginning to end & you didn't want to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sentimental, but fairly on target June 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thursdays at Eight was my first Debbie Macomber book. The four main characters were somewhat stereotypical, but life in general is full of stereotypes. Of course, things pretty well work out for everyone in the end, and a MULTITUDE of subjects is covered in the process such as spousal abuse, cheating husbands, serious illness, death, widowhood, empty nest syndrome, being dumped, angry children, late pregnancy, big dreams, politically incorrect men, and true friendships. Unfortunately, there is a bit of an implication that everyone in all their various circumstances finds true happiness by finding true love eventually, or if true love hasn't happened yet, then it is at least on the visible horizon! But hey, that's what makes it a romance. Actually, one of the book's best points is that Macomber starts each chapter with a quote; some inspiring, some funny, and some relevant.
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