The Start of Something Wonderful
Previously published as Learning to FlyIt’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn he...more
(rounded up to 4☆ on Amazon & Goodreads)
The Start of Something wonderful is a book about starting over, new careers, friendship, finding potential romance.
Emily was an air hostess, well that was until she quit her job because of Nigel her ex pilot boyfriend.
Now jobless, homeless, no other job experience she sets out to find a temporary Job whilst trying to make it in the acting world.
It's a cut throat world In the acting business so Emily is on the look ...more
Emily Forsyth worked for Amy Air for most of her life, she had the beautiful apartment, flash car, enough designer items to open her own shop and a pilot boyfriend, Nigel, who she loved dearly.
When Nigel announces that he’s leaving, Emily takes the news badly. After some pet talking from her friends she realises that it’s the perfect time to follow her heart and have a go at being an actress, a job she has always wanted to do, before it’s too l ...more
At age 40, Emily breaks up with her long time love, Nigel, and takes it as an opportunity to re-evaluate her life. She dreamed of becoming an actress, so become an actress she will do. I enjoyed how the story is one of reclaiming your life, at any age.
It is a classic rom-com, chick-lit read: if you are looking for a beach read, or taking a short plane ride, this may be your jam.
I enjoyed the read, it was cute and fun. I did get a bit confused at the many references to the Italian and German lan ...more
The Start of Something Wonderful is a delightfully affecting tale that takes us on a journey into the life of Emily Forsyth as she courageously decides at forty to reinvent herself and give up all the luxuries she's become accustomed to and follow her life-long dream of becoming an actress.
The writing style is light and genuine. The characters are fun-loving, realistic, quirky, and likable. And the amusing plot is filled with hope, heartbreak, infidelity, frien ...more
Emily is a forty year woman who decides it’s never too late to follow your dreams so she flips her life upside down to pursue an acting career. I really liked Em, she’s bright and bubbly and is willing to take risks, a quality ...more
I really enjoyed this story, I loved that Emily was 40 and had a lot of life experience behind her - there are a lot of books in this genre that feature younger leads so this one was a refreshing change for me (and Emily is more my age)!
I thought that the story was great and I really enjoyed it, it is an impressive debut and I am definitely going to be looking put for more from this author after reading this, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and it r ...more
I was aware the story was going to be a cheesy, light, contemporary read however I was expecting a different thing! I though the story was going to deal with self-discoverment, the pursuing of a lost dream, work hard for that thing you want the most...
Instead of that I got a story with woman who has no idea what she wants, gossip everywhere, a amount of people I don't know where they come from and their presence didn't add anything to the story. Obviously she beca ...more
I loved the sound of this book from the start, because it includes theatre, the West End and much more.
The main character is Emma Forsyth, who is a forty-year-old stewardess, has everything and is happy with her pilot boyfriend. However, he breakes up with her and that’s when everything changes. She gets into a big crisis and needs a change. She finally follows her dreams and wants to become a successful actress, hopefully on the W ...more
So to name a few things I liked about this audiobook was the fact that Jane herself narrated the book and she used her experience of the theatre entwined in her story was fab. I loved the added extras of the musical interludes thrown in the story, it did make me smile.
I did like Emily, I loved that it was a story of a 40-something woman, struggling with her current life plan, not where she wants to be, her partner leaving her and she leaves the big birds in the sky….to become an actress? Yeah th ...more
In this novel, we follow Emily Forsythe, a forty-year-old air stewardess, as she goes on a self-discovery journey provoked by unexpected and heartbroken changes in her life. And that's life for ...more
The Start of Something Wonderful has been on my TBR for such a long time that I was almost afraid to read it. What if I didn’t like it? I needn’t have worried as I really, really enjoyed this book.
The Start of Something Wonderful is a delightfully effortless read because Jane Lambert’s style is so fluid and natural that it makes reading a pleasure. I loved th ...more
It took me a short while to warm to Emily Forsyth, as her initial man ...more
We all do it, don’t we? Envisage what our life will be like when ‘x’ happens. By the time we’re ‘y’ we’ll have ‘z’. But, try as we might, life likes to throw us curveballs when we least expect it; making us have to juggle x, y and z all over again.
This is exactly what happens to 40-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth when she is unceremoniously dumped by her pilot boyfriend, Nigel. I have a few choice words for N ...more
The book is ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous adventure. Jane’s writing style flows effortlessly and the storyline is pure escapism. It makes you wonder if you are ever too o ...more
The Start of Something Wonderful, Jane Lambert
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: romance, women's fiction
Gah! Women's fiction – how I hate that we have a whole genre for women, why dismiss books as being of interest to men....what price equality when we segregate ourselves. Rant over ;-0
So, I really wanted to like this book, its got a lead character who's older, and as someone older myself that's always interesting to find. Choosing a huge career change too was going to be interestin ...more
The Start of Something Wonderful is a lovely novel that shows it is never too late to follow a dream. When Emily’s boyfriend breaks up with her it makes her realise that the job she had wasn’t what she wanted, despite giving her an often glamorous lifestyle. She decides to train to become an actress and this novel shows how hard but how rewarding her journey was.
At first she struggled, taking acting jobs that could be humiliating but were also w ...more
It is a little farfetched that she could get parts - she had been away from the business for a long time. But the book was good. It did need a some editing but all in all a good book. Thank you, Net G ...more
The story is professionally narrated by author Jane Lambert, and there are other sound effects and music which enhanced my experience.
The story is told from the perspective of Emily Forsyth, a forty-year-old, singleton, who has been recently dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Nigel. Having realised that life is not taking her in the direction she thought it was, ...more
I was rooting for Emily as she went job hunting and tried not to giggle as door after door was slammed in her face. This book was choc full of inspiration and life lessons, as Emily decided to change everything up and study and work to become an actress. Her classes made me smile as did the characters that were ...more
At 40 years old she expected to be married with children. Instead, she finds herself single and at a crossroads in her life. What does she really want? Whil ...more
What I Liked:
1. Emily (the main character) - Emily is representative of anyone who has ever felt "stuck" in their life, like somehow somewhere they got lost and ended up in the wrong place. When the book first begins she's unhappy. She's double thinking all of her life choices while also trying to figure out who she is as a newly single woman. I give her major props for goi ...more
The author did a lovely and professional job recording the story. As she is an actress, she spoke with interest and enthusiasm. She has a higher-pitched voice and as she is British, she of course speaks with what to me is an accent, as I am American. Part of the time, I was marveling at how some of the words were pronounced!
I e ...more