In Debbie Macomber’s ‘It’s Better This Way,’ Two Families Seek Redemption in the Wake of Divorce [REVIEW]

Sometimes love blossoms in the ashes. (Photo courtesy Canva)

When two marriages are left in tatters following a torrid affair, the surviving spouses must piece together their lives and start anew. But grown children from both families refuse to accept and forgive the sins of their parents. Will everyone involved ever be able to move on in life or will they hold fast to their resentment forever? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s heartfelt new novel, It’s Better This Way.

Debbie Macomber's IT'S BETTER THIS WAY
Ballantine Books

Julia Jones is a talented interior designer with a beautiful home, a lovely family, and a golf pro husband. But when he leaves her for one of his students, it not only decimates their marriage but turns his own daughters against him.

Six years later, Julia has sold her home, moved into a gorgeous condo, and semi-retired. Another romance was never even on her radar, despite her sister’s determination to fix her up with Mr. Right. Then she meets Heath, the handsome new resident in her building, and suddenly her future is looking up.

Also the victim of divorce, Heath and Julia soon forge a fast friendship built on common ground, and it doesn’t take them long to realize that something special has sparked between them. But when their children find out about their budding romance, they aren’t about to stand idly by and watch their parents build a life together. Will Julia and Heath’s grown children spoil everything? Or will the new couple be able to reconcile their love for their children with their desire to be together?

With It’s Better This Way, Debbie Macomber examines the toll divorce takes on families, no matter how old everyone is. She proves that infidelity is never a victimless crime, and that it does far more than just break hearts. It also destroys trust, polarizes friends and relatives alike, and obliterates the natural bonds that exist between parent and child. Yet Macomber takes the opportunity to remind us of the awesome power of forgiveness, and how sometimes, with hard work and humility, families can find their way out of the wreckage and rebuild, brick by brick.

Having experienced this same scenario myself in recent years, I frequently felt like the author had been spying on my family as research for this book. Everything that happened when our own family unit imploded happens here within the pages of this novel! To Macomber’s credit, she deftly captures every emotion a family experiences during this difficult time, and that’s quite the feat because I can tell you, emotions run high and vacillate wildly after the dirty laundry is aired out for everyone to see. Eerily enough, even some of the conversations she writes are the same ones I remember us having after the bottom fell out of my parents’ marriage. This all works to provide the novel with both accuracy and authenticity, and it made for immersive and compelling reading.

As with most of Macomber’s work, It’s Better This Way is a cathartic read that invites introspection. It is a heartfelt tale that makes us understand “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say, rather than just our own piece of the puzzle. As such, it makes us examine how we react to the aftershocks of such a life-changing event, and ultimately it helps us heal too. If you’ve been affected in any way by divorce, this is a must read. Macomber tells it like it is, but always with the quiet dignity of a class act. I highly recommend it!

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
(Photo by Deborah Feingold)


Debbie Macomber, the author of It’s Better This Way, A Walk Along the Beach, Window on the Bay, Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction.

Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books.

She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

For more information, visit the author at, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

By Debbie Macomber
320 pp. Ballantine Books. $27.

Purchase It’s Better This Way direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

One Response to In Debbie Macomber’s ‘It’s Better This Way,’ Two Families Seek Redemption in the Wake of Divorce [REVIEW]

  1. BFLC says:

    Nice content and book review that tackles about divorce. Thanks for sharing.

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