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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars an "every-woman" story......... Feb. 5 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Women Learn The Meaning of Friendship Aug. 21 2002
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Four very different women meet at a journaling class and form a strong bond. Though I was a little perplexed as to why such different women did decide to form a breakfast club, there is no doubt that they cared for one another and were there for each other in good times and in bad.
Claire is a woman whose husband Michael has left her for a much younger manicurist. Bitterness and anger have taken over her life, but a life-altering event leads her and her two teenage sons to re-evaluate their situation.
Liz is a smart and savvy hospital administrator. Can a mature and educated widow find lasting happiness with a womanizing doctor whose top priority is bedding her?
Karen is the youngest member of the group and is constantly at odds with her family. She yearns to be an actress, preferably star in her own sitcom. Her family thinks she needs to be realistic and become a teacher.
Julia is the happily married mother of two children who has just begun her own business. She seems to have it all when a surprise pregnancy disrupts the life she has planned for herself.
This book looks at one year in the life of these friends as they cope with joys and sorrows, romantic possibilites and career challenges. Through it all, they faithfully meet each Thursday morning for breakfast and give unwavering support and encouragement to each other.
Readers will no doubt long to join Claire, Liz, Karen, and Julia each week at Mocha Moments and take part in this warm and sincere support group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship Through Journaling Aug. 6 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first spotted this book in a grocery story and bought it, knowing very well that it wasn't in my budget. Rather than letting it sit there on my shelf, I decided to read it before the summer ended. I was very impressed with the author's style of writing. She based it on a group of women that she meets regularly. Each woman, different in age, profession, and character, met after the class ended to form their own group and share what they wrote and also cope with the problems that one person brought to the table.
It's refreshing to read books about a group of women, despite what their lives are, help one another get through the obstacles that put them down. I chose this book because I belong to a similar group like theirs and in my group, we get together to write and share our stories. This book had nothing to do with male bashing, which seems to be the norm in women's fiction. Not to say that it's not an interesting read. But this book is at the top of my best books to read this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read! June 26 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice light "chick lit"
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. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Speed reading improves as book progresses
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. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Female Frienship
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to stop reading
I thought this book was great. It kept you so interested from beginning to end & you didn't want to put it down.
Published on Dec 3 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars sentimental, but fairly on target
Thursdays at Eight was my first Debbie Macomber book. The four main characters were somewhat stereotypical, but life in general is full of stereotypes. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by Libby Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Another great Debbie Macomber book. Her characters are busy and they're great. Buy this book - you'll love it.
Published on May 8 2003 by "mazie2003"
4.0 out of 5 stars Thursdays at Eight
This book tells four separate stories of four women who meet in a class on journal-writing and then agree to get together once a week for breakfast at 8:00. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2002 by Karen Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Leave Thursday mornings open for the girls
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