Title: When Life gives you Lemons
Author: Fiona Gibson
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: 5 March 2020
Today it’s our turn on the blog tour for Fiona Gibson’s latest release, When Life gives you Lemons.
Sometimes life can be bittersweet . . .
Between tending to the whims of her seven-year-old and the demands of her boss, Viv barely gets a moment to herself. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet.
But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) colleague, a woman who – unlike Viv – doesn’t put on weight when she so much as glances at a cream cake.
Viv suddenly finds herself single, with zero desire to mingle. Should she be mourning the end of life as she knows it, or could this be the perfect chance to put herself first?
When life gives you lemons, lemonade just won’t cut it. Bring on the gin!
For women, hormonal fluctuations are one of life’s biggest and most continuous challenges. So, I imagine that when your hormones go into overdrive once more as you reach the end of your childbearing years, the last thing you want is for your husband to hit his mid-life crisis at the same time!!
The characters are the stars of this story. Viv brings to mind the old saying about a duck – calm on the outside whilst her feet are kicking like crazy under the surface. Despite finding herself suddenly single, virtually mid-point through a menopausal hot flush, she admirably manages to continue being a great mother to the precocious Izy, a good friend and neighbour and a reliable employee. There may be the occasional blip in her usual good sense (such as a crazy and very amusing omelette-related midnight mission), yet she proves with good grace how, when life throws you a hurdle, you can get through it and move forwards. A positive message for anyone! Her former-model/designer friend Penny is an absolute hoot (life will never be boring with friends life her) and even young menace, Ludo, adds some sparks of humour to the tale.
The author deals with an emotive topic (the falling apart of a family) in a sensitive way. It does not avoid the heartbreak and awkwardness evoked by separation and divorce, yet it sends a warm and positive message about making the most of an unexpected situation. I found it particularly interesting to witness Viv’s realisation that her marriage had unwittingly muted/minimised certain parts of her personality, causing her to become almost a shadow of her former self. It was very satisfying to watch Viv find her foothold as a strong and single woman, realising her own capabilities.
When Life gives you Lemons is enjoyable, easy, lighthearted and fun. It was the perfect read for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Thank you to Avon for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.
About the Author
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Fiona Gibson is a Sunday Times bestselling author and journalist. She started working on teen magazine Jackie at age 17, the went on to join Just Seventeen and More! where she invested the infamous ‘Position of the Fortnight’. Fiona now lives in Scotland with her husband Jimmy, their three children and a wayward rescue collie cross called Jack.
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