Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review - The Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown

The Empty Nesters
by Carolyn Brown
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: August 20, 2019

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.

What a wonderful book! Filled with emotion and heart, this book was a road trip full of laughs, tears, and deep friendships that prove that heart is truly what makes a family.

I just loved every one of the characters in this book. Although they were each very different and were dealing with different issues, their lives have been shaped by the trust and support they have put in each other. As the title suggests, this unlikely group of friends – who really are a family – are each faced with not only an empty nest, but also other problems that life has thrown at them. From the second Tootsie decides that a road trip is what is needed to help everyone through their empty nest syndrome, I couldn’t wait to get on board that RV and see where this story would take every one of them.

Carolyn Brown has such a way with words, embedding heart and emotion into every sentence, making me feel like I was on this road trip with them. Although this book is fiction, I can easily see most every scene play out in real life. From the struggles that each character has to face, to the support, love, and trust that they give and receive from each other, this book was easy to get lost in.

I can’t say enough about this one – it deserves a spot on everyone’s TBR!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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