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In this classic story from Debbie Macomber—available for the first time as an eBook—a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie.   Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly In this classic story from Debbie Macomber—available for the first time as an eBook—a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie.   Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the spirited redhead about the classics. Certain that her favorite customer has an appetite for more than home cooking, Meghan decides it’s time to teach the good professor a thing or two about romance.   Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eyes the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She’s the breath of fresh air and joy this reserved and lonely teacher needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Meghan in his arms—even as they hit a few speed bumps on the road to togetherness. But if Grey knows anything about great books, it’s that the best tales always have a happy ending. BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber's The Inn at Rose Harbor and Dashing Through the Snow.   Praise for Debbie Macomber   “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune   “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee   “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage Published by Debbie Macomber Books


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In this classic story from Debbie Macomber—available for the first time as an eBook—a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie.   Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly In this classic story from Debbie Macomber—available for the first time as an eBook—a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie.   Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the spirited redhead about the classics. Certain that her favorite customer has an appetite for more than home cooking, Meghan decides it’s time to teach the good professor a thing or two about romance.   Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eyes the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She’s the breath of fresh air and joy this reserved and lonely teacher needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Meghan in his arms—even as they hit a few speed bumps on the road to togetherness. But if Grey knows anything about great books, it’s that the best tales always have a happy ending. BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber's The Inn at Rose Harbor and Dashing Through the Snow.   Praise for Debbie Macomber   “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune   “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee   “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage Published by Debbie Macomber Books

30 review for The Way to a Man's Heart: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montana Cefalu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m sorry to say that Grey was too unforgivable for me to continue with this book. I’m a college graduate, but I don’t believe everyone needs to pursue a college education, and certainly you’re not wasting any of your potential if you decide not to go. Grey was very condescending to Meghan, like it would be impossible for someone to be worldly and intelligent without a college education. He just couldn’t believe it. And that would have been the end of it for me, if I were the one he had asked on I’m sorry to say that Grey was too unforgivable for me to continue with this book. I’m a college graduate, but I don’t believe everyone needs to pursue a college education, and certainly you’re not wasting any of your potential if you decide not to go. Grey was very condescending to Meghan, like it would be impossible for someone to be worldly and intelligent without a college education. He just couldn’t believe it. And that would have been the end of it for me, if I were the one he had asked on a date. But she went on the date with him anyway, and even gave him ANOTHER chance after his petulant reaction to her honest opinion of the lecture they attended. He was so childish. I wanted to quit then. But I decided to keep reading after he apologized and explained himself, thinking, surely he’s redeemed now. Surely they will have a nice dinner date. Oh no. Decided to quit for good and DNF’d this book after Grey straight up accused Meghan of having another man in her apartment, just because she wasn’t ready to open the apartment door five minutes early. Knowing there were more than 2 hours left in the book, I didn’t think I could put up with more of Grey’s toxicity and Meghan repeatedly tolerating this abuse and disrespect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Such a cute story and funny too!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    3.5 stars if I'm being generous. I don't know how this book wasn't better! It's set in Kansas, its got elements of both food and holidays, and the 2 main characters bond over books. So many good things going for it, but it was just dull. The characters were very surface level so I didn't really connect with them and the plot was too stereotypical and moved too fast. It's a story of a couple who meet, a secret is revealed about who one of them is, they get over it, the mother in law creates probl 3.5 stars if I'm being generous. I don't know how this book wasn't better! It's set in Kansas, its got elements of both food and holidays, and the 2 main characters bond over books. So many good things going for it, but it was just dull. The characters were very surface level so I didn't really connect with them and the plot was too stereotypical and moved too fast. It's a story of a couple who meet, a secret is revealed about who one of them is, they get over it, the mother in law creates problems, they get over it, theres a potential other lover, they get over it--- alls well that ends well. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book but its got great bones! Just wish it had more depth. SPOILERS AHEAD: This one is about Meghan and Grey. She's a waitress and he's a literature professor, but she doesn't know that at first. They meet in the restaurant when she waits on him as he's reading a book. They spark up a friendship but then she realizes he's a professor and she's uneducated and there's all sorts of insecurities and she feels like she was a little deceived. They get over it. She decides to go back to school but not take his classes so they can continue their relationship. There is another professor who has the hots for him and on Thanksgiving, Grey cancels his date with Meghan and her family and instead is at home with his own mom and the lady professor. She goes over and sees it and gets angry. She decides she's done with him and tries to match him up with the professor. He says she has it all wrong but then he goes cold too. Eventually they work it all out and end up happily ever after with 2 kids under 1. AH!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Asheley T.

    I love reading books by Debbie Macomber because these stories tend to know exactly what they are. This one was short and easy without any drama. One of her "classics" with an HEA. I read it after a very long, sweeping historical fiction story, and it was the perfect choice to keep me occupied during a particularly busy week at home and work. Parts of the story were a little bit silly and quite predictable, and-if I'm being honest-I got annoyed with the male and female leads at various points as I love reading books by Debbie Macomber because these stories tend to know exactly what they are. This one was short and easy without any drama. One of her "classics" with an HEA. I read it after a very long, sweeping historical fiction story, and it was the perfect choice to keep me occupied during a particularly busy week at home and work. Parts of the story were a little bit silly and quite predictable, and-if I'm being honest-I got annoyed with the male and female leads at various points as the story progressed. But I never got stressed about the story, and that's exactly what I wanted when I picked it up. Audiobook Notes: I bought the audiobook so I could listen while I worked. Nancy Peterson narrates nicely. Title: The Way to a Man's Heart by Debbie Macomber Narrator: Nancy Peterson Length: 5 hours, 40 minutes, Unabridged Publisher: Brilliance Audio

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    Lame.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    An unlikely romance This book has all the stereotypical markings of poor girl meets rich guy. The heroine is a sunny, diner waitress who strikes the fancy of a horn-rimmed glasses wearing, sober, classical literature professor. In between serving chicken potpie or chicken fried steak, they would have hasty but lively conversation on Milton, Dante and Pope. She’s well read in the classics herself but she only finished a high school degree and her lack of college experience inhibited her at first. An unlikely romance This book has all the stereotypical markings of poor girl meets rich guy. The heroine is a sunny, diner waitress who strikes the fancy of a horn-rimmed glasses wearing, sober, classical literature professor. In between serving chicken potpie or chicken fried steak, they would have hasty but lively conversation on Milton, Dante and Pope. She’s well read in the classics herself but she only finished a high school degree and her lack of college experience inhibited her at first. But nevertheless, the hero fell in love with her. But of course, the path of true love never did run smooth so the snooty Other Woman is present in the story with the equally snooty mother of the Hero rooting for her as the “better choice.” Plus, there’s nothing like newfound college friends complete with a pretend-boyfriend to make the hero work himself into a complete lather. Epilogue with their baby was sweet. Out-of-print but this is a surprising find.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cassidy

    Sorry, I usually enjoy her novels as quick reads, but this one was just too badly put together. Perhaps because I have worked in the academic environment, but I did not find her characters believable at all, nor did I think they behaved in a way anyone would outside of a novel, constantly cutting off their noses, so to speak. They are not behaving nobly, they are acting beyond stupid and I cannot imagine anyone over fourteen thinking as these “adults” do. I hate to be negative, but I found this Sorry, I usually enjoy her novels as quick reads, but this one was just too badly put together. Perhaps because I have worked in the academic environment, but I did not find her characters believable at all, nor did I think they behaved in a way anyone would outside of a novel, constantly cutting off their noses, so to speak. They are not behaving nobly, they are acting beyond stupid and I cannot imagine anyone over fourteen thinking as these “adults” do. I hate to be negative, but I found this a very irritating book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 Very cute. Reading this book reminded me of watching a romantic comedy from the 50's. Sure, it was dated and a little sappy, but it was enjoyable and feel-good. A quick, easy, relaxing read. 3.5 Very cute. Reading this book reminded me of watching a romantic comedy from the 50's. Sure, it was dated and a little sappy, but it was enjoyable and feel-good. A quick, easy, relaxing read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoyed this book! Such a sweet story of friendship and love!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I find Debbie's work to be comforting. I can see myself picking up her books at any given time and enjoying them. It's a pleasant mix of sweet, spicy, some cliche, but also at times unpredictable. I enjoy that the female protagonists are never these helpless, witless, boring women who need to be saved by a brooding and angry man. Same for the men not being predatory, obsessive and "broken" inside. The cliché stories like those are exhausting to read at this point. While the characters have their is I find Debbie's work to be comforting. I can see myself picking up her books at any given time and enjoying them. It's a pleasant mix of sweet, spicy, some cliche, but also at times unpredictable. I enjoy that the female protagonists are never these helpless, witless, boring women who need to be saved by a brooding and angry man. Same for the men not being predatory, obsessive and "broken" inside. The cliché stories like those are exhausting to read at this point. While the characters have their issues, they do work through them both together and on their own. When mistakes are made, they're owned up to. The character development should be both noted and appreciated. I strongly respect her ability to write romance without sex. I love that she doesn't promote a sexual lifestyle before marriage. You don't need to glorify that behavior to write a good romance book. There is no cursing. There is no blasphemy. Neither of those are required for a wonderful read, either. Debbie hit it out of the park again. Onto the next one!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caroline G'wattage

    This is the first book l have read from Debbie Macomber, and it won’t be the last. I thought this book was sweet, with lots of twists and turns, it had excitement and irritation, all in the name of 💓 love. Meghan O’ Day, attracted to a sexy stranger, in her Wichita diner, which she works as a waitress. Before long Grey Carlyle, becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the redhead 👩‍🦰 waitress about the classics. Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eye the moment she opens This is the first book l have read from Debbie Macomber, and it won’t be the last. I thought this book was sweet, with lots of twists and turns, it had excitement and irritation, all in the name of 💓 love. Meghan O’ Day, attracted to a sexy stranger, in her Wichita diner, which she works as a waitress. Before long Grey Carlyle, becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the redhead 👩‍🦰 waitress about the classics. Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eye the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She’s a breath of fresh air, this reserved and lonely teacher, needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Megan in his arms, even when there are hiccups on the way. It’s such an easy sweet read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    A cute little story, written originally in 1989, this is a charming little romance between the professor and a waitress who both love English classics. I liked the little glimpses of them talking about the classics (and I mostly agreed with our heroine). The book is really short so it packs a lot in, the couple meeting, falling in love, overcoming their differences and two (not kidding) mini-breakups which the hero and then the heroine decide it's better than they should not be together. I think A cute little story, written originally in 1989, this is a charming little romance between the professor and a waitress who both love English classics. I liked the little glimpses of them talking about the classics (and I mostly agreed with our heroine). The book is really short so it packs a lot in, the couple meeting, falling in love, overcoming their differences and two (not kidding) mini-breakups which the hero and then the heroine decide it's better than they should not be together. I think I was predisposed to like this book as was smiling through all of these shenanigans. It was a fun couple of hours with a coffee - it won’t stay with you long and you may need to ignore some of the dated elements (but nothing problematic) but still fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ferne Miller

    A nice refreshing story I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a big love story fan, usually more sex than relationship, but this was refreshing. Megan is a 24 year old waitress. Grey is a thirty something year old college professor. The only thing they have in common is their love for classic literature. Apparently, that's enough to start building their relationship. The only thing a little offputting was the number of times there were misunderstandings between them that almost broke them up. Boy m A nice refreshing story I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a big love story fan, usually more sex than relationship, but this was refreshing. Megan is a 24 year old waitress. Grey is a thirty something year old college professor. The only thing they have in common is their love for classic literature. Apparently, that's enough to start building their relationship. The only thing a little offputting was the number of times there were misunderstandings between them that almost broke them up. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl are together. Too many boy loses girl. Still a really good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Picked this up as something to read while waiting for holds from the library to come through. Was interested in getting a feel for Macomber's writing style. This is a quick read. It started off sweet enough even though it has a sappy, dated feel to it. But as I continued to read, I was frustrated both by the characters' thinking/words/actions and the unrealistic dialogue. The "story" is cute and predictable (as expected), but overall I was annoyed and eager to finish. I would try Macomber again Picked this up as something to read while waiting for holds from the library to come through. Was interested in getting a feel for Macomber's writing style. This is a quick read. It started off sweet enough even though it has a sappy, dated feel to it. But as I continued to read, I was frustrated both by the characters' thinking/words/actions and the unrealistic dialogue. The "story" is cute and predictable (as expected), but overall I was annoyed and eager to finish. I would try Macomber again just in case this is a one-off but will be sure to set lower expectations.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    I absolutely loved this book! I laughed, I smiled and I had a tear or two. Great writing as usual from this author. I fell in love with Ms. Macomber because of a used book store in our town. I literally went through a shelf of her books. Then came my Kindle. I couldn’t resist this story as it sounded just the perfect Sunday afternoon read. Ordinary Meghan whose love of literature, love of family and working as a waitress; meets customer Professor Grey Carlyle. It’s funny and it’s an odd mixture I absolutely loved this book! I laughed, I smiled and I had a tear or two. Great writing as usual from this author. I fell in love with Ms. Macomber because of a used book store in our town. I literally went through a shelf of her books. Then came my Kindle. I couldn’t resist this story as it sounded just the perfect Sunday afternoon read. Ordinary Meghan whose love of literature, love of family and working as a waitress; meets customer Professor Grey Carlyle. It’s funny and it’s an odd mixture of lives that came together in a way that will make you laugh. Thanks for a great story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerrica Martin

    Falling in Love Over the Classics A Literature Professor walks into a diner... When Grey Carlyle walks into Rosie’s Diner, it’s fate that seats him in Meghan O’Day’s section. The both have a love for the classics, but Meghan’s love comes from her desire to read, not from a higher education. These two fight or attempt to fight what fate has deemed a match, but you can’t hide true love.

  17. 4 out of 5

    emily

    Honestly, I was expecting more from this, reading the description of a couple who discuss literary classics while they fall in love seemed to be a cute story, which I suppose it was but I definitely found it lacking, like there just wasn’t enough depth, there wasn’t enough of a conflict and I found the dialogue of the main characters unrealistic. I also feel like the professing love section was anti-climactic. Give it a little something come on. ❤️ : 3/5 🔥 : 1/5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Way to a good read Debbie Macomber has consistently written great stories and being able to read some of her earlier works prove it. This story kept my interest because of the characters and all of their quirks. No tweets or zoom and still good! Imagine that! Better yet read the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barb Hegreberg

    A Sweet Love Story The Way to a Man’s Heart is a sweet love story between a waitress & a college professor with a shared love of the classics. Debbie Macomber is a New York Times bestselling author. Her stories feature uplifting relationships between family members, strong friendships & of course romantic love.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Meghan O'Day is a waitress with a great self-taught knowledge of the classics, which she loves. Professor Grey Carlyle teaches literature at the local university. He didn't pay much attention to the waitress until she noticed his reading material and commented. Thus began a new chapter for both of them. A sweet story. Easy read. Meghan O'Day is a waitress with a great self-taught knowledge of the classics, which she loves. Professor Grey Carlyle teaches literature at the local university. He didn't pay much attention to the waitress until she noticed his reading material and commented. Thus began a new chapter for both of them. A sweet story. Easy read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Luebke

    I enjoyed this clean romance. I voluntarily chose to review this and I've given it a 4.5* rating. This required the heroine to grow up a little more and get a little more self confidence at the same time. There were funny bits thrown in through this also. Add siblings and family life, and I just had to laugh out loud. This was a nice weekend read. I enjoyed this clean romance. I voluntarily chose to review this and I've given it a 4.5* rating. This required the heroine to grow up a little more and get a little more self confidence at the same time. There were funny bits thrown in through this also. Add siblings and family life, and I just had to laugh out loud. This was a nice weekend read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ABookAddictHere

    Once again Debbie sucks you in with her wit and charm of characters making you wonder if Meghan and Grey will make it as a couple or refuse to fall in love with the obstacles thrown in the story. This is a must read book and also a quick read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This is about Meagan, a young well read young woman who meets an English professor. Eventually they fall in love. Their lives are complicated by an overbearing mother(his) and a little jealousy on his part. This was a quick and pleasant read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Romance, clean Older novel of hers, still a cute, read. The H and h were a little old style, so while contemporary, it might not have the feel that someone from the 21st century would want to read. Still, I enjoy a nice romantic fall, so still an enjoyable escape for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lillie A Harper

    Light readng and so entertaining. I love Debbie Macomber's books. She is an easy read and so good at bringing the characters to the forefront. The romance is light but challenging. Keeps your interest. Good for all ages. Light readng and so entertaining. I love Debbie Macomber's books. She is an easy read and so good at bringing the characters to the forefront. The romance is light but challenging. Keeps your interest. Good for all ages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Funny This book was funny, romantic and just a great read. Though this is one of Debbie Macomber's classic books this is my first time reading it. I highly recommend this book that enjoys Macomber's books and romance. Funny This book was funny, romantic and just a great read. Though this is one of Debbie Macomber's classic books this is my first time reading it. I highly recommend this book that enjoys Macomber's books and romance.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane Mantho

    Older Man, younger woman A sweet story about an unlikely couple. A college professor and a waitress in a dinner. Somehow things come together and you’ll enjoy following the twists and turns

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Kendal

    miscommunication was a very overused plot dynamic in this book, to the point of frustration as a reader. I enjoyed the story but found Grey pompous and the epilogue a bit eye rolling. overall though, I enjoyed the story and liked Meghan as a character

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The way to a man’s Heart I loved this book! It was fun,imaginative and loving. The professor and Meghan’s relationship should never had happened but it did! A lovely and enjoyable read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gregory

    My first read from Debbie Macomber. Although parts of this book were a good read. I was quite disappointed overall. What could have been a great book lacked so much depth. I feel like it just didn’t come full circle and the characters just didn’t develop enough.

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