When Life Gives You Lemons: The hilarious romantic comedy
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. Its not quite the life she wanted, but she hasnt run screaming for the hills yet.
But then Vivs husband Andy makes his mid-life...more
Viv is finding everything a lil overwhelming, she's a mum going through menopause and feeling unsupported and unattractive by hubby Andy.
The menopause is giving her an insatiable sex drive... if only Andy would reciprocate.... instead he has a bad back or just too tired.... really?!
Or could it just be that he is having a rampant affair with his younger work colleague?
I'll let you read it and find out for yourself! 🤔
The title of this book is ...more
Oh, did Viv make me laugh. Gibson expertly creates a very entertaining monologue and hearing Vivs inner thoughts on everything around her. Vivs one-liners are hilarious and they had me chuckling. I actually wanted more comedy ...more
I loved the characters throughout this books and literally laughed out loud through most of it, I was rooting for viv from the beginning. I liked how the characters came together and that they supported one another.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and found the writing flowed and kept me interested throughout.
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Viv is menopausal, with a son in his 20s, and a daughter who is 7. When she finds out husband is cheating on her, her life is turned upside down.
To be honest this wasnt really that gripping to me. Most of the action seemed quite trivial, and especially the parts about her work life seemed rather dull. Maybe Im just not the right target group for this, but I didnt really enjoy it at all. ...more
This was my first read by this author. Even though I have heard about her woman fiction books before.
When Life Gives You Lemons is a story about 52-year-old Viv and her life before and after divorce. We learn what she goes through and with what she struggles daily, what happened that led to the break-up, how she is handling it and her children. The book is told through her perspective but we ...more
At first I thought this would be another hackneyed husband leaves wife, hard times ensue, wife makes recovery, The End, type of read. Ho hum ...
But No! This was so much more--witty, real, and enormously enjoyable!
Beginning with 'The Before,' where a menopausal Viv bemoaning the little extras this gift adds to life whilst husband Andy is being as helpful as an ostrich with its head in the sand, the scene is set for a whirlwind read. It doesn't take any keen insight to know the story ...more
I really felt for Viv right from the start and she is like so many women that try to do everything and please everybody that she rarely thinks of herself. Then she discovers her husband (utter ...more
Middle-aged Viv is going through the menopause. Her husband Andy has been less than helpful even though hes a doctor. He complains about her night sweats and doesnt want to discuss her symptoms with her.
Viv thinks that it is just because of the menopause he is being unhelpful but when she uses an app on his phone to look at the night sky and messages start coming through from a younger, slimmer colleague she realises that hes actually been having an ...more
Yes Viv is a ...more
I took to the character of Viv from the first time ...more
Viv is a lovely realistic character, so easy to like. When she finds out her husband is having an affair, it forces her to look at her life. Heartbroken, struggling to cope with her understandable anger, her dissatisfaction with life, and the menopause, she turns to her friends. Gradually Viv finds the courage to rediscover, the woman she is, and the life she wants.
Full of authentic family life moments, humour, poignancy and an unexpected dash of romance, this book is an easy, engaging read ...more
Viv is our lead character and is of a 'certain age' shall we say. There were numerous mentions of menopausal symptoms which at times were funny but at others a little too much. Her husband is an absolute idiot and she ends up newly single while her husband moves in with his new girlfriend.
I didn't ...more
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
"When Life Gives You Lemons" introduces us to Viv, 52 years old, with two children, husband and stabile life. However, this life is about to change radically, when she discovers that her husbands has an affair. What follows is a story of a mature woman, coping (or not) with divorce and juggling life as a single - mother.
The book is advertised to be a hilarious romantic comedy. Publishers, please stop doing this - promising things and than not keeping your promises. It was neither hilarious nor ...more
This was my first Fiona Gibson novel and I found it engaging, poignant, at times funny, at others a bit sad, and on the rare occasion even frustrating. All in all, this means, I enjoyed myself.
We meet Viv, a middle-aged mother, wife, and coworker. She finds herself in a bit of a rut career-wise, but thank goodness, she has everything in place with her little family. ...more
Viv is married to Andy, who decides that someone else's bed is more comfy than his own. This throws all sorts of spanners in the works of a life that is a fairly normal one when you have been married for 25 years. Through the processing of Andy's affair, Viv discovers that she has very good friends around her and there IS more to her, than dutiful wife and ...more
What a relief that this was NOT the case here! Viv is relatable, a bit over-the-top with the 'my life is over' aspect, but ...more
Thank you Netgalley
Viv is in her mid fifties and is extremely menopausal. Andy is her disagreeable grumpy husband, who is a doctor. Andy is also extremely disagreeable, uninterested and Discompassionate about Vivs menopausal life. Furthermore Viv is quite unsettled in her life at present whilst she doesnt really know which way is up,
The bones of the story are very good however the book is long winded before it gets to the point of the narrative. It all comes together in ...more
This wasn't my favourite of Fiona Gibson's novels. I still enjoyed it but I didn't really identify with the main character, maybe it was the age difference; I think this one might suit the late 40s/50s ladies better. What I did enjoy was the fashion element, all the descriptions of the clothes and the build up to the fashion show was really well done.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Great characters, great plot and an author who is a talented storyteller.
It was an engrossing and entertaining read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Easy writing style and brilliant characters, Especially Penny, even Ludo bless him.
Cannot wait to go and buy more of Fiona Gibson's books, I'm a new fan!
Fiona lives in Scotland with her husband, their twin sons and daughter. She likes to draw, run 10k races, play her saxophone and lie in the ...more