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Meeting Lydia (2nd Edition; Lydia, #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in the kitchen, insecurities resurface from a time when she was bullied at school. Jealousy rears its head and her marriage begins to fall apart. Desperate for a solution, she finds herself trying to track down her first schoolgirl crush: Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made h ...more
ebook, 321 pages
Published 2018 by Matador (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was a fascinating read, the type that explores relationships and human behavior and the reasons for our behavior. A number of things lead Marianne to try and contact her childhood friend, Edward including insecurity after her husband begins to show an interest in a younger coworker and basic conflicting (and all too common) midlife feelings and emotions. The appeal of connecting online is also a factor, she likes the anonymity that the internet provides and craves something she can call her ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Meeting Lydia is a thought-provoking and sometimes moving account about relationships and growing old(er). At an age where you’re supposed to have it all figured out, insecurities crop up. Never mind a grey hair or two, what’s with all these wrinkles and saggy bits? Not helped by the fact that you feel time is running out. Is your life all you thought it would be? What happened to your ambitions and dreams? What if you’d done this or said that when you were younger? Would your life have been dif ...more
Joanna Park
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m such a fan of Linda’s books so I was very excited to be invited onto the blog tour for the paperback release of Meeting Lydia.

This was another fascinating book from Linda, examining the psychology of relationships and how our past can continue to affect us.  Bullying is a very emotional subject and one that, unfortunately, everyone experiences at some point in their lives.  As someone who was bullied at school, this was subject I knew a little about and it was heartbreaking to see how much i
Joanne Robertson
Having already read The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda MacDonald, I didn’t have to be asked twice when offered the audiobook of Meeting Lydia as I absolutely love this authors style of writing. Her books feature older women and revolve around the problems that affect them in their mid life. As you will know if you’re a regular reader of my reviews, I’m a huge fan of the fact that there are now more books out there showing the realism of how women in their menopausal years cope with what c ...more
Susan Hampson
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that the title of this book intrigued me. Who is Lydia, well she wasn’t who I thought that was for sure. Marianne had been quite happily going through life on a daily routine of the same old same old. Life does that to us all, we get up go to work, come home a meal with the hubby and any children, a bit of telly and bed, then repeat day after day until it becomes year after year. All of a sudden the children are grown up and you have the flecks of grey in your hair. Where have the y ...more
Donna Maguire

I have always enjoyed listening to audiobooks but since having my daughter in July last year I have listened to more and more and after reading the blurb for this one I was very keen to get my headphones on and get stuck in!

I was really gripped with the plot and I loved the characters. I thought Marianne was an excellent character that I could really relate to and sympathise with - I thought the story was really good and it did surprise me with how enthral
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meeting Lydia is a novel about relationships of every kind both real and imagined. This is another novel that highlights how the relationships we have in our childhood form the adults we become. They can give us the strength and confidence to grow and develop or they can inhibit us.

Marianne the leading character in this book was educated in a boys school - this was something I found very odd. I didn't even know this was possible. She stood out for many reasons, the obvious being she was a girl i
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MEETING LYDIA is my first ever audio book that I have listened to.  I must say that I highly enjoyed being able to sit back, close my eyes, and enjoy the beautiful storytelling presented by the narrator, Harriet Carmichael. She really brought Marianne to life for me and in a way almost feel a connection to Marianne and her story.

Marianne's life may not have always been easy.  She was bullied at school when she was younger and although it left a lasting impression on her, she went on with her lif
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, blog-tour
Meeting Lydia is an exploration of women, relationships and the impact of the modern world on our lives. Marianne is in her late 40’s, married to Johnny and their daughter, Holly, is about to head off to University to study Law. She arrives home one day to find her husband having a cup of tea and a chat in the kitchen with a glamorous and much younger female colleague of his and the green-eyed monster strikes. Although she is a sensible, competent woman who teaches psychology at a college she le ...more
Nicola Smith
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meeting Lydia is the first in a set of four books that feature some of the same characters but are standalone reads. I have read book four, The Man in the Needlecord Jacket, which I thought was a fantastic read so I was keen to read another by this author.

I'd been wondering who Lydia was as she didn't seem to be mentioned in the blurb. It all becomes clear in the story which is about Marianne primarily. She's menopausal and when her husband, Johnny, brings home his attractive younger colleague,
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
In my review of The Man in the Needlecord Jacket I said that for a book to really impress me it needs to engage my emotions, win my heart, and move me – and it’s even better when it engages my brain a little too. This book did all that, and more – with its focus on Marianne, approaching her fifties, feeling the changes to her mind and body and their impact on her marriage.

One of the author’s exceptional strengths is in allowing you to inhabit the mind and thoughts of her characters – and Mariann
Shaz Goodwin
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The prologue of ‘Meeting Lydia’ intrigued me straight away and the hook had my full attention. I wanted to know the answers to my ‘w’ questions … Why were they there? Why the lack of intimacy? What did it have to do with the story? What was happening the next day? Who is Lucy? Where are they?

Marianne’s journey of feeling comfortable in her skin is told with alternating threads of time. We start in August 2001 and then the next chapter finds us back in February 1962 to when she is five years old
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-and-ireland
I was in a bookstore in Wimbledon about a year ago, not looking for any specific book. Linda MacDonald saw me browsing and asked me to consider her book. It was about a forty something woman fighting the demons of her past while going through a midlife crisis and a rocky patch in her marriage – but not to worry! It was a book for everyone, and very entertaining. Not a depressing book.

I bought it, and turns out Linda was right. The book is about exactly that, and it is not depressing, but heartfe
Megan Readinginthesunshine
As soon as I read the description on the back of the book, I was very intrigued about the story, and keen to start reading,. But what I wasn’t prepared for was exactly how gripping this novel was going to be! From the first few pages I was hooked, and I didn’t want to be parted from the book! Not only was I glued to the pages, but my mind was instantly buzzing with so many questions about what would happen.

Meeting Lydia is about Marianne Hayward and her relationships with the people around her.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was offered the audiobook to listen to as part of the blog tour .. the cover image intrigued me straight away then when I read the blurb I figured it could be right up my alley! As a woman of a similar age I could empathise with Marianne on many levels.

She is married to Johnny, grown up daughter just left for uni, suffering empty nest syndrome as well as the dreaded ‘M’ word. She no longer feels attractive her hormones are making her exceptionally cranky and then she realises her hubby is spen
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Meeting Lydia was an absolute delight to read. It was such a refreshing change to read a book with a female central character who was in her middle years. This is an emotional read, which deals with 'grown up' and mature worries surrounding the many issues that we have as we get older. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book revolves around Marianne, and I had to like her in order for thus book to work. And, I did like her, very much. By the end of the book I really felt as if I knew Marianne. She has
Victoria Colotta
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A delightful and witty story. It gives the reader a honest glimpse into mind of a woman struggling with aging, marriage, and the emotions from her past as she reconnects with an old acquaintance from her school days.

MEETING LYDIA is such a frank and sincere look into the world of a middle aged woman who is dealing with everything that comes with getting older. It takes into account the marks that are left from our past while trying to cope with them in the present.
J.B (Debbie)
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Marianne is the wrong side of 40 and feeling like her life is slipping through her fingers as she fears the dreaded Menopause or the unspoken 'M' word! She is going through an emotional roller coaster and unsure of what is happening within her marriage. Just why is her husband spending more time at the pub, how much of a threat is the tarty Charmaine? And,why now, have her experiences of her time being bullied whilst attending prep school where girls were in the minority becoming all consuming m
Bobbie Stanley
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very believable, totally true to life story. I found Mary Ann incredibly easy to relate to, in part because some of her background and personality align with mine. I really enjoyed how realistic this book was and loved working through the day to day issues that this family experienced over the course of the book. There was a lot of growth in this book, both individually and in relationships.

I especially loved the way that the author uses conflicts in this book to cause readers to con
Mackensie Pieper
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts on the Book
- Loved how the behaviour and social media aspects played a major role in Marianne and Johnny’s relationship.
- I have never read a book that centred around websites like Facebook which was refreshing.

- First couple of chapters were slow to get through.
- Didn’t connect with any of the characters.

Plot - 4 stars
Characters - 3 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Pacing - 3 stars
Cover - 4 stars
Enjoyment - 3 stars
Overall stars - 3 stars

Unfortunately I wouldn’t rec
This review was originally posted on my blog:

I really enjoy listening to audio books, it means I can still read when my body doesn’t allow me to hold a print book or my kindle, so when Anne Cater from Random Things Tours offered me the chance to listen and review Meeting Lydia I jumped at it! I was drawn to the gorgeous cover and was intrigued by the premise of the book.

Meeting Lydia is about a woman in her mid forties, who is sent into a tailspin when she finds
'Memories were strange things: paper fragments, some black with jagged edges and some softly curving and brightly coloured.'

The year is 2001 and psychology teacher Marianne Hayward is thinking more and more about the past. Her daughter Holly has introduced her to Friends Reunited and she beings to spend time on the site looking through the names. This in turn causes her to reflect and it stirs up memories of her school days, of fellow pupils both kind and cruel. Now aged forty-six, Marianne feel
Lynn Reynolds
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Where does Meeting Lydia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would say that this would be in my top third. One reason being that this is a book I can picture myself listening to more than once. It's one where you feel that the female character understands what you, as a woman, is going through at that certain point in your life.

What did you like best about this story?
The narrator was so easy to listen to. She just seemed to get me; to let go of all my outsi
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have realized that I actually really enjoy books like this – realistic fiction that is either geared towards an older crowd (by older, I really mean around late 20s to early 30s) or have an older, mature main character. I mean, I still enjoy my YA and sci-fi/fantasy novels but sometimes these types of books are more endearing to the heart. Maybe I’m just growing sentimental in my old age LOL.

While I did sometimes found Marianne to be a tad crazy es
Haddie Harper
DISCLAIMER: I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book and the story. I have a very special place for kids being bullied and made fun of. Younger Marianne definitely hit me in a soft spot. Hearing the small details that a child will catch. Like when Marianne walks into her house and the dog comes bounding towards her,
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marianne is in her mid-forties, mother to a teenage daughter who is just off to university and up until this point, Marianne has been in a seemingly very happy marriage to Johnny. However, underneath the surface are all sorts of issues that are impacting on Marianne's life; the menopause, unresolved problems from her childhood, husband drinking, suspecting her husband is having an affair and their daughter leaving home.

Through Friends Reunited Marianne resurrects a tenuous childhood friendship a
Cleo Bannister
I chose Meeting Lydia based mainly on the synopsis and the reviews. The story starts with the five year old Marieanne being bullied at a boys prep school and suffering with no friends. Unbelievably Marieanne never shared her early traumatic years with her husband of twenty plus years and the memories appear to be linked to finding her husband had invited a younger colleague around for coffee.

Marieanne is coping with her daughter leaving for university and turns to Friends Reunited in part to rea
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Linda MacDonald was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria. She was educated at the local grammar school and later at Goldsmiths’, University of London where she studied for a BA in psychology and then a PGCE in biology and science. She taught in a secondary school in Croydon for eleven years before taking some time out to write and paint. In 1990 she returned to teaching at a sixth form coll ...more