Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Dates Read: August 18-19, 2019
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The worst of times calls for the best of friends in this sassy novel about starting over, from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.
Dear friends and army wives Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have been through war, rumors of war, marital problems, motherhood, fears, joy, and heartache. But none of the women are prepared when their daughters decide to enlist in the army together. Facing an empty nest won’t be easy. Especially for Carmen. With emotions already high, she suffers an even greater blow: divorce papers. Diana understands the fury and tears. She’s been there.
With nothing to lose and no one at home, the girlfriends impulsively accept an unexpected offer from their elderly neighbor. The recently widowed Tootsie has an RV, a handsome nephew at the wheel, and an aim for tiny Scrap, Texas, to embrace memories of her late husband. Still grieving, she can use the company as a balm for her broken heart. So can the empty nesters.
Embarking on a journey of hope, romance, and healing, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie are at a turning point in their lives. And with the open road ahead of them, it’s just the beginning.
The Empty Nesters is a quick and easy read about three military wives; Diana, Carmen and Joanie, neighbors and friends who recently moved off base and to the same area. These 3 families are instantly ‘adopted’ by the elderly couple on the block who are retired military. After this introduction, the story starts when all 3 of their daughters graduate high school and enlist like their fathers. These husbands (and ex-husbands) are still in the army and in the same unit and are gone a lot. Tootsie (their elderly neighbor), who is recently widowed decides that the 3 women need to go on a road trip when Carmen’s husband asks for a divorce. The wives, Tootsie, and Tootsie’s nephew travel by RV to Tooties’s country home. There, they try to deal with the issues that plague them. Death, divorce, and the trials and triumphs that come with becoming empty nesters.
Carolyn Brown always has this way of pulling you into a story from the beginning. This isn’t just a story, it’s a journey of hope, love and girl power. This is a wonderfully written story, as with all Carolyn Brown novels. It has an interesting plot and the characters are believable and are relatable. Sometimes the story was quite predictable, but still, a very enjoyable summer read.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for generously providing an eARC in exchange for my honest review.