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Empty nest, retired husband ... after thirty-three years of marriage as wife, mother, nursemaid, and family mediator, Lily Gold has had it! There must be more to life than making beds and cooking dinners. A lot more, she discovers, when she decides she needs something of her very own – a job.

Re-entering the work force is harder than it seems, and Lily has difficulty findin
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Published (first published May 20th 2012)
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Sheri
Nov 14, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
Lily Steps Out by Rita Plush

True to life story of Lily Gold, an "empty nester" who decides it is time to make something of her life. Tired of being just a housewife she sets out to find the perfect job. She finds it is not so easy and she will have to do this without the support of her husband.

Fast paces read. Likable characters, some not. Laugh out loud moments as well. A fun read I really enjoyed, I could not help but cheer on Lily wanting her to succeed in her new life.
Fran
Aug 18, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing
Lily Steps Out: Rita Plush

What is the definition according to Leon Gold of a Wife: maid, housekeeper, bed partner, organizer, cook, cleaner and definitely someone that is there to take care of his needs. Well: Maybe this fits someone living in prehistoric times or before the emancipation of women when we got the vote in 1920 but definitely not mine or definitely not mine. Lily Gold might be over 50 but she is not down and out yet. With a mind of her own she decides to change things up but in her
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BestChickLit.com
Jan 04, 2013 BestChickLit.com rated it really liked it
For anyone who fell in love with Shirley Valentine’s glorious attempts at reclaiming her life or has allowed themselves to be seduced by Anne Tyler’s quiet Baltimore heroines, Lily Steps Out will seem heartwarmingly familiar, while also managing to add a new, sassy spin on the story of the mid-life personal revolution.

In Lily Gold, New York author Rita Plush has created a perfectly modern heroine: flawed, confused at what life has finally dealt her, but single-minded enough to take it on by her
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Laurel-Rain
May 10, 2014 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lily and Leon Gold are at a critical point in their marriage. Leon has retired, their son has left the nest, and Lily finds herself feeling stifled and frustrated by her very existence.

She thinks a job might just do the trick. But when she begins working at Walter's antique store, she discovers so much more. She resumes her art history studies and realizes that she has the knowledge and knack for the business. But Walter seems stuck and resistant to her proposal to move the shop to an old house
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Sheilah
Jan 28, 2015 Sheilah rated it liked it
Before I began this story I glanced at some reviews. Yes, I am guilty. I remember one that said something along the lines of not much happens in this story. This is true. This is not a story that is a grand adventure that will take you away from your troubles. Instead, it is a story that is about an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life. And I think that is the exact point of the story. It is meant to speak to everyday ordinary women who want to change their life in some small way. It is a ...more
Christoph Fischer
Aug 03, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Lily Steps Out" by Rita Plush is a very realistic and pleasant take on the theme of a female midlife crisis.
Unlike other protagonists in the genre Lily sees her life neither as a victim, nor does she see things black and white. Her husband and her son take her for granted in many ways but Lily's dissatisfaction goes deeper. The opportunity to do something meaningful or something she is good at comes into her life unexpectedly and it changes her. Her transformation when she realises herself how
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Al
Oct 05, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
I describe Lily Steps Out as “women’s fiction,” rather than chick-lit, because in chick-lit the protagonist may have a love interest with a portion of the story working out how or if that relationship works into the rest of her life, but she isn’t normally married to him. Other than that, this reads a lot like chick-lit. Lily Gold is married and has lived a traditional life (even old-fashioned by today’s standards) as a wife, mother, and homemaker. I think she was happy with that life, but with ...more
Nikki Bywater
Jan 22, 2015 Nikki Bywater rated it liked it
There must be more to life than cooking and making beds, and after thirty years of doing just this suburban New York housewife Lily is going to find out. Lily decides to go out and find herself a job, she finds the perfect one, and a fantastic opportunity, but husband Leon soon tries to put a stop to her new life. Lily must take on the new challenge of finding her own strength, and identity to become the woman she knows she can be.

Not a lot really happens in this book, although I did find it a l
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Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 17, 2013 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
This is a true to life story.Lily Gold is an "empty nester" who decides it is time to make something of her life. I think a lot of women go through this once our children are grown and our job as a parent is done. What do we do now? Lily is tired of just being a house wife so she tries to find the perfect job for her. She finds it is not easy and her husband is not going to support her in this goal.A fast paced read, some laugh out loud moments, some of the characters were like able some ...more
Ky Grabowski
Mar 16, 2014 Ky Grabowski rated it liked it
Lily Steps Out was a light read. It was creative and refreshing. I enjoyed reading this book and am thankful to Rita for providing me a copy to review it. I admire Lily for going after her independence. Trying to keep that after finding it while being the person everyone once knew or still expected her to be was a great challenge. I think Rita added such character and realism to the story. I think both older and young people can enjoy this book. I sure did and look forward to reading more of ...more
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