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Thursdays at Eight | [Debbie Macomber]

Thursdays at Eight

Clare has just been through a devastating divorce. She's driven by anger and revenge...until she learns something about her ex-husband that forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness and compassion she's rejected - and for the person she used to be.
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Publisher's Summary

Clare has just been through a devastating divorce. She's driven by anger and revenge until she learns something about her ex-husband that forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness and compassion she's rejected - and for the person she used to be.

Elizabeth is widowed, in her late 50s, 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 20s, the years for taking risks, testing your dreams. Her dream is to be an actor. So what if her parents think she should be more like her sister, the very respectable Victoria?

Julia is turning 40 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 plan - until she gets pregnant!

©2010 Debbie Macomber (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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." (Amazon.com review)

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    April Gloucester, MA, United States 09-17-12
    April Gloucester, MA, United States 09-17-12
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    "nice and entertaining book"

    It is a book that leaves you feeling good at the end. I would recommend this book to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angeline Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-17-12
    Angeline Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was just a realistic and pleasant story about people who I could easily know and identify with. I'd recommend it to someone who would like that in a book.


    What other book might you compare Thursdays at Eight to and why?

    Can't think of any at the moment. I guess Waiting to Exhale, but with less drama and um...drama. The bond that women develop is impressive. We can tend to be competitive. I like the support the women gave to one another in both of these books.


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    Liz was my favorite. Sudden loss of her husband. An "older" women who had been concerned about being along and STILL maintained her character and turned down requests for sex by a handsome somewhat younger doctor. Even at her most vulnerable, alone state, she stayed true to her morals and character. Gotta love a strong woman who loves herself though the worst of times with class and dignity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I l work from home and walk my two dogs several times a day. I listen during walks and while in my car. Can't stand commercial radio.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I am about to find the next book by this author an get started right away!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Yundool, Australia 08-10-12
    Margaret Yundool, Australia 08-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice to listen to when going to sleep"
    What made the experience of listening to Thursdays at Eight the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book. It was an easy story didn't have to think to hard. To be honest I could have written the end but nice when you need to chill out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably each person had different lives


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    Loved her voice smooth and lovely and enjoyable to listen to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aliza Rural New Hampshire 08-07-12
    Aliza Rural New Hampshire 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Journeys through changes"
    Would you try another book from Debbie Macomber and/or Laural Merlington?

    No, but I sense I'd like the author as a person.


    Would you recommend Thursdays at Eight to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, but I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys novels about the power of friendship among women, and who likes books of this genre. Likeable characters, no dark surprises, life-affirming messages and a happy enough ending, despite losses along the way.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was skillful and heartfelt. I feel it complemented the story very well.


    Did Thursdays at Eight inspire you to do anything?

    The general messages - forgiveness, integrity, autonomy are all positive messages. When characters are created to be very easy to relate to, they do become rather generic and plot-driven, to my way of thinking. I decided to try the book to read about forgiveness, and I felt supported re the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I realized pretty early in the book that it was going to be one of a genre I don't generally read, I genuinely liked the characters, and listened to the book to the end. I was pleased that the author didn't sew things up as fully as some would have… although the prognosis was positive for each major character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Melbourne, Australia 09-16-12
    Pam Melbourne, Australia 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A chick flick book"
    What made the experience of listening to Thursdays at Eight the most enjoyable?

    I listen to my books while out walking and it is very enjoyable to listen too


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt I related to the characters in the story it was believable


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is very good and gives great voice to the different playersI


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have any extreme reaction but it did give me that feel-good feeling


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Cathy Kelly, Maeve Binchy or Marian Keyes you will enjoy this read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer OMAHA, NE, United States 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer OMAHA, NE, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read!"
    Would you listen to Thursdays at Eight again? Why?

    Yes, definitely! I enjoyed each character, and I'm sure I missed some things I listened to the first time.


    What other book might you compare Thursdays at Eight to and why?

    Debbie Macomber is a great writer, and I've enjoyed all of her books thus far.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    OMG! The voices she does makes you really get into the story line, and feels like you're sitting right there at the Tuesday Breakfast Club in the coffee shop...She's a terrific narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 08-23-12
    Beverly ORANGE, TEXAS, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical Macomber"

    This book was a definite Macomber story. Not as interesting to me as most of her other novels, but well worth the listen. I enjoy all of her books. This story is about a group of women who get together for support and friendship on Thurs. Each person has her own problems and hurdles to cross. As usual in the end they all turn out ok.

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