The Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown

The Empty Nesters

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. Wi...

Details The Empty Nesters

TitleThe Empty Nesters
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews The Empty Nesters

  • 2019-08-20
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSometimes if you are lucky, you pick up a book at just the right time in your life that every emotion written by the author resonates and you cannot put it down. THE EMPTY NESTERS by Carolyn Brown is that book for me. The story starts by introducing us to Tootsie and Smokey Colbert. Smokey is retired Army and Tootsie is his beloved wife of over 50 years. They never had children of t...
  • Beth
    The Empty Nesters chronicle the happiness and heart breaks of three friends and their friend and adopted mother figure as they transition into empty nesters. Brown pens genuine, heartfelt emotions of the trials, tribulations and triumphs as these friends process grief, loss and life altering circumstances while embarking on a RV road trip. Unwavering friendship is the tie that binds these characters to the reader! The characters find their solace...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    Well, The Empty Nesters isnt a romance that I am used to reading. Filled with a lot of drama, a lot of humor and characters that you will fall in love with, The Empty Nesters will have you crying and laughing at the same time. Diana, Carmen, Joanie are best friends. They have been for a very long time. Moving to Sugar Run, TX with their husbands was the best move they could have ever made. Meeting Tootsie and Smokey was a god send. Now, they all ...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    3.5 Stars Life, love, and happiness. Life, one doesnt have a choice about. Love is negotiable. Happinessthats the tough one. This is my second book by this author and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. Its one of those books that takes pieces of real life and plays them out in such a way that the reader is an integral part of the story, leaving them with a fondness for the new friends they've made and a sense of satisfaction and cont...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4 Empty Nesters/Full Hearts Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeThere is nothing more satisfying than recognizing women do not stop being vital after a certain age. Women have been the disappearing segment once they hit a certain age and the age this happens has been getting younger and younger...Carolyn Brown has brought together 3 women who have lived full lives as army wives and moms. Their beautiful children have decided to enlist in the army together l...
  • Susan
    Terrific story of friendship, healing, and love. The story opens in the past as Tootsie and her husband Smokey watch three young families move into houses on their block. All three are military families, each with one young daughter. Tootsie immediately senses that these people will become good friends. The prologue spends some time introducing each of the characters and their personalities. It also shows the depth of friendship that already exis...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    Carolyn Brown takes us back to small town Texas with a story about women, friendships, love, loss, and hope for the future.The book starts in a suburb of San Antonio close to a military base where three women have found a home and friendship with each other.  It doesn't hurt that they have been adopted of sorts by another couple on the block, Tootsie and Smokey, that were never able to have children but welcome the women and their families into ...
  • Heidi
    Four stars: A delightful story about friendship, hope, love and overcoming grief. Army wives Diana, Carmen and Joanie are doing their best to staunch the flow of tears. They just said goodbye to their three daughters, who are headed to Basic Training. These three women know a thing or two about military life as they have all been married to career military men. Diana is still getting over her divorce even though its been five years, and the thoug...
  • Sarah
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This story made me cry messy tears and it made me immensely grateful for the girlfriends who have become my own unshakeable chosen family. Its a book about four women, all at crossroads in their lives. The themes in this story are universal I think that any woman over 35 will be able to relate to the experiences of this tight knight group of friends. Its a story about friendship...
  • Moondance
    Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In their years in Sugar Run, Texas, Tootsie and Smokey Colbert had had so many neighbors that they'd lost count.Tootsie and Smokey never had children of their own so were very pleased when three military families moved to their block. The couple took all of them under their wings and became surrogate parents and grandparents for the y...
  • Jennifer
    I sat down and read this book in one sitting. It was vintage Carolyn Brown - authentic characters in real life situations. I especially appreciated the way she handled loss. Loss of a spouse and your children growing up and moving away are real losses. I loved this book and would heartily recommend it to others.
  • Jane
    Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance.A sweet book w/a lot of sass from 4 women traveling in a RV to Tootsie's house (the matriarch of these friends). Diana, Joanie and Carmen are all Army wives who've been friends since their husbands work together in the Army living in TX and they live on the same block as Tootsie who's Army husband just died. Tootsie considers these women and their daughters to be her children and grandchildren. They are al...
  • Frosty61
    Given all the stellar reviews, I thought this one would be a good, light read - nope. Instead, I found it flat with undeveloped characters, unrealistic dialogue and a predictable plot. Not for me - couldn't get into it at all so dnf after 3 chapters.
  • E-Reader Addict
    Change was supposed to be good for the soul, and turmoil created patience, but sometimes accepting either wasnt easy. If I had to pick one word to describe Carolyn Browns books, Id pick delightful. Or maybe charming. Heartfelt? Heartwarming? Okay, so its hard to pick one. Because The Empty Nesters was all of those.For almost two decades, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have developed the tightest of bonds. As army wives and mothers of daughters who are...
  • Sophia
    The Delight:When the going gets tough, the tough go on a road trip! I loved that this story focused on the lives of three middle aged women and one even older still when it comes to life, loss, friendship, and even a bit of romance. This author is a fav and it is largely do to the down home country charm, sassy dialogue, and genuine characters that all blend to make up a story I can get comfy with from page one.Review:A standalone, The Empty Nest...
  • Jenna
    3 women in military marriages w/3 daughters entering the armed forces brings about lots of changes. Their older neighbor & friend takes them on a trip which becomes a journey not just of travel but also of self-discovery. A lot going on b/c it has 3 main characters & 2 supporting, each with their own story lines. I usually dont read stories with this much going on but I like this writer so I went ahead. A little long but pleasant characters that...
  • Diana
    Army wivesDiana, Carmen and Joanne are Army wives who have neighbors for years and their husbands serve together. When their three daughters decide to join the service and leave for basic training they are empty nesters. Carmen gets divorce papers the next day so they are all sad. Their neighbor Tootsie is a recent widow and is grieving her husband.When the women are asked to go on a trip in the huge RV Tootsie just bought to go to Snap, Texas wh...
  • Ruthie Taylor
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a really lovely book, which is likely to bring a few tears, and some big smiles too, particularly if you are over the age of forty. Recently widowed Tootsie, and her three army wife neighbours, who have done little other than support their husbands and bring up their daughters are suddenly facing empty houses, and taking stock of their changing lives. Their insecu...
  • Kathleen
    This was an amazing story and so very emotional.Four woman who have "empty nest" for different reasons along with one man, travel to a small town of Scrap Texas. There they will find new beginnings , say goodbye to their old lives and begin the healing of their "empty nests". Carolyn Brown can tell a story of love, loss, desire and friendship like no one else can. She takes her readers on a journey that can parallel their own lives while getting ...
  • Wendy
    Nine hours of my life that I will never get back. The only redeeming quality about the book was the theme of the importance of friendship in our lives. However, the friendships in the book aren't real. Even if you've been friends with someone forever there will be bumps in the road. It's not possible that a group of people never argue, never disagree, enjoy all the same things AND live together for several weeks without a major blowup. Yes, all t...
  • Jackie
    Book Info Paperback, 316 pagesExpected publication: August 20th 2019 by Montlake RomanceOther Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARCBuy book fromAmazonB&NBOOK BLURBThe 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....
  • Diane Saul
    As with any Carolyn Brown book you get pulled into the characters and feel like youre experiencing things with them. As an empty nester I can easily relate.When long time friends and army wives ship their daughters off to boot camp, they find themselves empty nesters. Emotions run high when one of the women receives divorce papers the same day. To help themselves thru their pain they agree to go on a road trip with an elderly neighbor who has bee...
  • Donna Hines
    When life gives you lemons you get moving on with class!Welcome to the world of the Army Wives and Fab Friends who want the best for their girls.Who would've ever thought this meant joining the army together?Carmen of course is the most perplexed because she's also just been served up divorce papers and Diana knows all too well how crazy her life will now become.With a shoulder to cry on they embark on a journey together of hope, love, and recove...
  • Jane
    Carolyn Brown has done it again. This book is full of heartache, hope and love. Tootsie and her deceased husband Smokey were like parents to their neighbors. Carmen, Joanie and Diana felt the same about them. Then Smokey passed away and Tootsie was antsy.The ladies are all army wives whose husbands are all in the same unit. They have each other to lean on when they are deployed. Diana has been divorced for five years. As the husbands are on deplo...
  • Renee
    At first I thought the writing was a little formal and hard to get into. However, as I continued on I found it easier and easier to keep reading the book. I originally was interested in this book for its description and plot line. I honestly can say that it didnt let me down one bit. Ive enjoyed this book and will continue to read Carolyn Browns books as they come out. *I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley and am voluntarily leav...
  • Amary Chapman
    This tale cover a myriad of military family situations. Divorce, separation, wives in charge of the home with little support from a spouse on a mission, and the friendships that make that type of life bearable. An older military couple became a grounding force for the three couples, more like surrogate parents. The Colberts made the wives' adjustment so much easier and became pseudo grandparents to their daughters. Ms. Brown's clear descriptions ...
  • Gayle Fontenot
    I absolutely could not put this one down. I loved it so much. The characters were outstanding, and Carolyn Brown can make me forgot everything when I am reading one of her stories. I got so caught up in this story that I forgot to eat. It is a story of heartache, grief, and love shared by friends of military husbands, and daughters that join the military, which therefore left them Empty Nesters. Also of a dear lady named Tootsie that is like the ...
  • Linda Smatzny
    A very enjoyable story about four women who are neighbors and all have a connection to the military. Also in the mix is a man who is nephew of one of the women. The book was a delight and an easy read.
  • Ellen E Vanderstarre
    Another wonderful book written by the master country romance writer , Carolyn Brown. Every story makes me want to be part of her world. I am a wannabe Texan for sure. So much love laughter and tears in every story. Thank goodness for her amazing literary story telling skills .This is another story that I love.