education pathways

Home » Book Review » The Empty Nesters–friends pulling together

The Empty Nesters–friends pulling together

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


The Empty Nesters

by Carolyn Brown

BrownCarolineEmptyNesters-27584-CV-FL-v1.inddHaving just finished a nonfiction book about the empty nest season of life, I enjoyed reading a fictional take on it. Carolyn Brown’s The Empty Nesters is a smiling, wipe a few tears kind of book. Four neighboring military families provide support for each other with retired and childless Tootsie and Smokey taking on a grandparenting role. The three other men are part of a team that frequently leaves for extended secret missions so the wives are left behind to raise their daughters.

Life is not always easy. We join their story with each of the four women at a different stage of the empty nest. A road trip in a mobile home to Tootsie’s old family home helps the women sort through various problems. The younger women have all just sent their daughters away to basic training. One mother is divorced and still has trust issues. Tootsie is recently widowed and still grieving, and the other two fear for their own family dynamics. Luke, Tootsie’s nephew, drives on the trip. He is handsome, single, rich but down to earth, and kind. These characters are people you would like to get to know from Diana who has decided love is not in the cards for her to Carmen who takes out her fury over a cheating, scumbag husband by splitting logs for hours.

You’ll enjoy the meetings of the Empty Nesters as they share with each other and support each other. Watching them work through calamities and successes makes you feel like you are a part of the group. We don’t get to know the daughters very well, but they reflect well on their mothers who worked hard to raise them right under difficult circumstances.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Montlake Romance for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:  5/5

Category: General Fiction (A), Romance

Notes: Includes some mild swearing

Publication: August 20, 2019—Montlake Romance

Memorable Lines:

It might have seemed strange to someone else, but with all the recent events, his comment was a life preserver in the midst of an ocean—a simple  compliment to hang on to when the stormy waters of life were sweeping over her.

“When we get old, the biggest blessing in the world is simply to be needed”

Tootsie brought out a bottle of wine from her secret stash on the top shelf of her closet and piled sugar cookies high on a platter. Meetings weren’t held in the South, especially Texas, without food and something to drink, so it was only right that the first official meeting of the empty nesters should at least have something.


  1. I love most of her books. I’ll look for this one!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mama Duck says:

    I love the comment about simply being needed! This was an enticing review. Makes me want to pick it up.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wendy says:

    That sounds like a fun read.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cozynookbks says:

    Nice review, Linda. I’m not sure why I can’t see the picture of the book. 🤔 Must be issues with my router or something. 🙄 I’ll have to look up the cover.
    Loved this quote:
    “When we get old the biggest blessing in the world is simply to be needed.” Very true.
    I read and enjoyed a Carolyn Brown book. I’ll be on the lookout for this one. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  5. carhicks says:

    I love Carolyn Brown’s books. She writes such great female characters. Being an empty nester, I think I will enjoy this one, it sounds wonderful. Female friendships are such a wonderful part of life.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: