I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on March 5, 2020
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Humour, Romance
Format: E-Arc, Paperback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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 is a great motto to have, especially at the moment. But to cap it off the tag line is to add gin and tonic. Which if I must say is pretty perfect.
Viv is definitely the star of the show and it was great to see her blossom throughout. However, all the secondary characters were fully fledged. I especially liked Penny, a strong older lady who has a penchant for bright clothes. And Izzy, Viv’s seven year old daughter who is extremely creative. But there are also many others.
Through Viv, we get her witty comments, her inner monologues and her dreams. Viv literally leaps off the page. So much so that it felt like she was sitting next to me. From the very first page I just wanted to be her friend. When she had a low moment I wanted to encourage her. When she planned to achieve her dreams I was her cheerleader. Viv was a lady whom you can’t help but like.
One gripe that I do have is, is the book being billed as a hilarious romantic comedy. Yet the book was not quite that. Yes there were some funny moments. And yes there was a hint of mild flirting. But whether this means that When Life Gives You Lemons is justafilable billed as such is questionable? Or maybe I am just being grumpy.
This was a fun, life affirming novel, that shows that no matter what stage of life you are. No matter what is being thrown at you. You can make positive changes and achieve your dreams.
An uplifting read, with a group of characters who cannot help but like. When Life Gives You Lemons is the perfect read. Especially when you add a Gin and Tonic in the mix!