When Life Gives You Lemons

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2020

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This book is full of emotions, some good, some bad but it is very enjoyable. It was surprising as I didn't think this novel would pan out the way it did but I am so pleased that I read it. The characters come from different age groups but they all gel together and support each other. I will give this 4 stars as it took a few pages to get into , other than that I will recommend you read this.
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When Life Gives You Lemons is the new novel from Fiona Gibson. This book is set in Glasgow and focuses on Viv. She’s a PA to a demanding boos, mother to seven year old Izzy and wife to Andy. After discovering her husband is having an affair she suddenly finds herself single. Rather than retreating into herself, she does the exact opposite. 

Well written, t’s the usual mix of real life with some humour thrown in. I would rate this book 3.5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and the author for the chance to review.
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A really enjoyable read about a woman who, in the midst of crappy circumstances, remembers who she is.

With gentle humour and honesty the novel tells the story of Viv who finds her life suddenly changing. 

I enjoyed the book although it felt like it took quite a while for anything to really happen. That said the story very much about the journey, not so much the destination!
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I’ve read and enjoyed all Fiona Gibson’s books, and this one was a hit as well.

Viv is married to Andy and has two children with quite a gap between them. She’s also menopausal and trying to keep juggling all the balls. Then Andy decides he’s having a mid-life crisis by taking up with another woman.  Viv is strong and she has some strong friends supporting her, and one of them – Penny – has a rather nice son called Nick…!

I really liked Viv and I wanted everything to work out well for her, she didn’t deserve to have a wayward husband.

A great book that I didn’t want to put down, absolutely loved it! Highly recommended.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.
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This is the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed her down to earth writing style. The daily issues faced by Viv were so true to life and both funny and sad in parts. I enjoyed the story and although it was not fast moving it held my interest throughout and I did enjoy the ending.

Thank you for allowing me to read a preview copy.  I will definitely be looking for more books by this author to read.
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For the most part, I enjoyed Fiona Gibson's writing style in When Life Gives You Lemons, but I found that this story just wasn't for me. Based on the book's description, I didn't realize that Viv, the main character and narrator, was in her 50s and menopausal. I'm glad that authors are writing about women of this age - representation matters after all! - but I'm a bit too young for the story to properly resonate with me. I'm not the target audience, and that's okay! I'm still happy that readers who can relate to this type of heroine will have the chance to read this one!
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Viv is suddenly faced with being a single mom of her seven-year-old when her cheating husband leaves her for his fellow doctor/mistress. Stuck in a going-nowhere job that makes “food pellets” and impending menopause hot flashes, Viv begins to regain confidence with the help of her good friends and an opportunity to share her friend Penny’s nostalgic fashion line in hopes to revive the line and the local museum’s relevancy. 

This book is not another mid-life, woman who has been jilted story that I was expecting it to be. The story of Viv’s second chance at a new life played by her rules and not by a picky husband is a charming read and a great example of female empowerment wrapped up into lemony goodness.
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I just love Fiona Gibson's books. I couldn't wait to start this one and I certainly enjoyed it. Funny, well written and lot of woman can identify with the main character. I definitely recommend it.
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Really enjoyed this book thank you. Vibrant, believable, characters and an absorbing plot. I will ensure I look out for this author in the future!
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Oh this was adorable: late 40’s Viv is in the throes of menopause, trying to keep everything together: including chasing after her seven year old “surprise daughter” Izzy. Her husband, an endocrinologist is often off at lectures and symposia, and their ‘together time’ is pretty much two people existing.  Until one night when Viv has decided to use the app on his phone and discovers a nearly year-long affair.  Of course, there are tears and his ‘determination’ to make it work: underfoot at every opportunity, she’s just not quite sure where to go or what to do. And just as Viv is starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, he goes off again. And leaves her rethinking everything. 

I ADORED Viv and her voice: she’s snarky, has a great sense of humor, and a determination to make things work, even when they are horribly off kilter.  From rebuilding her own shattered self-esteem, to keeping her son (now in his 20’s) and her young daughter on track, she’s also busy wrangling a boss who, at the best of times is demanding and exacting, and these are not the best of times.  With an ‘older” friend who offers sage advice that all seems based in her post-modeling 70’s self, the laughs are frequent, and even as Viv is fighting and sad, she’s finding moments to enjoy and move forward, almost sometimes without her noticing. 

Gibson’s voice is solid and the characters are adorably quirky, allowing readers to feel a kinship even with those very different from themselves. With plenty of laugh out loud moments, the story never drags into the maudlin – Viv is moving forward and on, and dragging her baggage behind her…what falls off or out of the cases merely lightens her load. Clever and quick reading, this is a story full of hope and change – and new horizons for everyone. 

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

Review first appeared at < a href=” https://wp.me/p3OmRo-aDn /” >  I am, Indeed 
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Fiona Gibson just knows how life works, so many aspects of this lovely story ring true.  A super relaxing read, amusing in places, warm hearted in others. I just spent so long hoping our heroine Viv wasn't going to give in and have her rat of a husband back.  It all worked out beautifully in the end as you'd expect leaving you happy to have filled your hours with such a wonderful, true to life story.

thank you NetGalley for an advance copy in return for an unbiased review
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Typical story line.  Middle aged woman thinks her life is trundling along fine, but then discovers that her husband has been having an affair.  He leaves and she thinks she’s going to fall apart, but pulls herself together and turns into some really successful woman, meeting a new wonderful man along the way.  Husband realises he’s made a mistake and breaks up with girlfriend and wants to come back home, but her new found success and new man mean they can only be friends.  We’ve all read this storyline a million times over and for me, unfortunately, this book is just a regurgitation of that same old storyline.
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Viv is suddenly faced with being a single mom of her seven-year-old when her cheating husband leaves her for his fellow doctor/mistress. Stuck in a going-nowhere job that makes “food pellets” and impending menopause hot flashes, Viv begins to regain confidence with the help of her good friends and an opportunity to share her friend Penny’s nostalgic fashion line in hopes to revive the line and the local museum’s relevancy.

It was a bit of a slow burn for me. The reinvention took too long to start as did the romance. It was also deeper and longer than I expected from the cover (don’t judge a book etc ...). Still there were some incredibly funny and relatable moments
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I had high hopes for this book but sadly this just didn’t make me smile and certainly didn’t fit the ‘hilarious’ byline.
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It started off with a husband having a midlife crisis and the marriage splitting up – which felt incredibly similar to a previous book-  in fact it all had an air of similarity to previous books.  I know authors often have a ‘vibe’ but this felt a bit repetitive.

Viv was nice.
Viv’s daughter was nice.
Viv’s husband was a bit of a dick, but a wet, pathetic dick not an offensive dick.
Viv’s son was mentioned – but never really fleshed out.
Viv’s relationships with her neighbours were explored, and Viv was a bit of a wet blanket  with them – and was also a bit of wet blanket at work.  (Just realised wet blanket is a sort of pun on the menopausal hot flushes she was having at night – this wasn’t deliberate!)

The storyline built up to a big event – and potential romance – but both were a bit dull.

I persevered – and the book was ‘fine’.  Inoffensive, easy to read, but just a bit dull.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve read some books I’ve loved recently – but it all just seemed a bit bland and done before and predictable.

If you’re after an easy read that is in no way taxing, then maybe this is the book for you – but didn’t really float my boat at all.  Sorry!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance review copy though!
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I love the way Fiona Gibson writes, she’s got this clever way with her characters. This was funny and thoroughly enjoyable.
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DNF @ 30%. Not for me in any way, shape or form and I’m not spending any more time on this even thinking up a review.
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I don’t normally think of books as being aimed at a particular age range but it didn’t resonate with me, nor was it amusing. At first I thought “great a story not set in London” but as the story unfolded I kept forgetting because it felt like any big city. 
The plot was disappointingly weak, full of characters I wasn’t bothered about.
I guess the message is that there is life after the menopause and separation but it didn’t appeal to me.
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A well-written book! I'm usually not a fan of the first person narrator, but in this case, it works! Read this book if you need a laugh, but be warned, there are some sad moments too.
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Viv is suddenly faced with being a single mom of her seven-year-old when her cheating husband leaves her for his fellow doctor/mistress. Stuck in a going-nowhere job that makes “food pellets” and impending menopause hot flashes, Viv begins to regain confidence with the help of her good friends and an opportunity to share her friend Penny’s nostalgic fashion line in hopes to revive the line and the local museum’s relevancy. 

This book is not another mid-life, woman who has been jilted story that I was expecting it to be. The story of Viv’s second chance at a new life played by her rules and not by a picky husband is a charming read and a great example of female empowerment wrapped up into lemony goodness.

Review will be up on my Instagram channel @tamsterdam_reads on March 5th.
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