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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.

Critic Reviews

" 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

nice and entertaining book

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

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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!

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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

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  • Aliza
  • Rural New Hampshire
  • 08-07-12

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.

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One of the best

After reading and listening to this book , I am convinced that Debbie Macomber is a truly gifted writer. I have read many of her books in the past decade. This story truly touched my heart.

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  • chris
  • fulton, NY, United States
  • 05-30-16

One of my Favorites

This is one of my go to books. It humbles me and reminds me to enjoy my life as is ....

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  • Indydog
  • McKinney, TexasUnited States
  • 03-07-16

Excellent

I read this book many years ago, and loved it. It has all of Macomber's trademarks of a good book: Faith, love, forgiveness, tears, strength, friendship, and overcoming life's obstacles this is the first time I've listened to it, so glad I did!

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  • Laraine
  • Andover, NY, United States
  • 10-06-15

Excellent book.

I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think about life and all the trials and tribulations you can go through.

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Excellent book

As usual Debbie does not disappoint, excellent book, I highly recommend it to all to read.

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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