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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.
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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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 morePublished 23 months ago by Diana E. Young
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 morePublished on June 21 2004
Debbie Macomber fills the pages of her book, Thursdays at Eight, with a delightful story of the power of female friendship. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Emily Eller
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
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 morePublished on June 29 2003 by Libby Parsons
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"
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 morePublished on Oct. 21 2002 by Karen Potts
Four women of different ages and backgrounds take a journaling class, and become fast friends who meet every Thursday morning for breakfast. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002 by Denise Bentley