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When life gives you Lemons

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,316 ratings  ·  221 reviews

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. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet.

But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) c

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Published March 5th 2020 by Avon
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Middle-aged Viv is going through the menopause. Her husband Andy has been less than helpful even though he’s a doctor. He complains about her night sweats and doesn’t 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 he’s actually been having an a
Dash fan
4☆ A Very Entertaining, Witty, Light Hearted Read!

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 perfe
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To tell the truth, I was a little daunted when I discovered that the protagonist is a fifty-something woman in the throes of menopause. I mean, how could I relate to that? Answer: with difficulty. But that didn’t stop me from really enjoying this gem of a read from Gibson.

Oh, did Viv make me laugh. Gibson expertly creates a very entertaining monologue and hearing Viv’s inner thoughts on everything around her. Viv’s one-liners are hilarious and they had me chuckling. I actually wanted more comedy
I do not often read a Fiona Gibson book, but when I do I always want to read more of her. The best part of this one is the characterization. Viv looks like someone I could be friends with, while her husband is not so much creepy as plain stupid. Stupid to leave Viv and throw away the best thing in life he had. I also liked Rose, Viv's boss, because she is hard working and deep down a very nice woman - although she is good in hiding it. And Izzy! An adorable seven-year old if there ever was one. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, women-fiction
When life gives you lemons, make sure to have friends who will bring you gin or vodka...whatever works!

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
Laura ☾
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

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 wasn’t really that gripping to me. Most of the action seemed quite trivial, and especially the parts about her work life seemed rather dull. Maybe I’m just not the right target group for this, but I didn’t really enjoy it at all.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a treat!

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
I picked up this book liking the cover and title. When life gives you lemons just add gin and tonic. A great slogan for life. As for the story it started a little slow for me but just kept getting better and better. I liked the main character Viv and how she started tol ook for the positives in life including G and T. Her kids and supporting characters all added to the depth of the story. The writing style was enjoyable and I will be reading more of Fiona Gibson's books. ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I’m over the life starts for older women when they have a philandering husband. So over that trope. Hate it. So much. I’m not a fan. Viv is like oh my god my life is over. She’s got two kids. Of course trying to work it out with the husband fails. Like why would anyone go back to a cheater? Pass. Also, the second half of the book where she has this new life was so weird and impossible to believe. Didn’t love this book at all.
Vivien Brown
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very true to life look at the sudden breakdown of a marriage and how to pick yourself up again. With kids, a job, friends, and a project to throw herself into, not to mention the arrival of a very handsome man, Viv takes those lemons life has thrown at her and squeezes the life out of them. She's pretty good with eggs too! I was rooting for her from start to finish. Loved it. ...more
Melanie’s reads
As a woman of a certain age this book had me chuckling away at some of the utterly relatable incidents regarding middle age and menopause. Fiona Gibson has not only managed to portray how women start to become invisible and taken for granted but she has done it with a terrific sense of style and humour.

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 kno
Alayne Emmett
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sweet book, it made me laugh a lot unfortunately I sympathise with the main character in this book having been through the “night sweats” but not to the same degrees has she did. This book was light-hearted which was just what I needed at this particular time with all the gloom about in the world at the moment. I’m definitely going to look for more books by this author.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Oh I so enjoyed this book. I don't often relate so well to characters with a big age difference to me but in this case I feel fro Viv hook line and sinker, I was on her side and rooting fro her right from the word go. I love that Fiona Gibson has written a book about a menopausal woman and shown what life is like just going through all those hormonal changes warts and all. I value the honesty and rawness of the writing and the humour of the situations that she managed to uncover.

Yes Viv is a gr
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I feel a little bit conflicted writing this review. I really like Fiona Gibson books and she has a very easy quality about her writing but in all honesty this wasn't one of my favourites of hers.

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 partic
Ashley (Ashley.and.her.books)
I found the first half of the book to be a bit slow. I think it picked up toward the second half. It was a cute story about a woman going through many life changes all at once, how she copes and moves on with the help of some good friends. I didn't find myself unable to put it down. While I like the characters, I didn't find the story to be very unique. Overall, I thought it was a good story, it just lacked that spark that makes a story unforgettable. ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore Fiona's work and I have read every book that she has released to date. When I heard that Fiona was due to release another book called 'When Life Gives You Lemons', I read the synopsis and I just knew that I had to grab a copy of the book as soon as possible. It sounded just like the funny and light hearted read that I so desperately needed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'When Life Gives You Lemons' but more about that in a bit.
I took to the character of Viv from the first time
Jane Hunt

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 tha
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

When Life Gives You Lemons was a nice, light-hearted, easy read following middle-age mum Viv, who finds out her husband has been having an affair and finds herself newly single and has a whole new outlook on life, she has her struggles but makes new friends and relationships along the way to finding herself a new life venture.

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was just a calming read and I g
Zee Monodee
I'm always cringing when I go into this type of women's fiction/chick-lit books because the woman is usually a soggy mess who is borderline pathetic and someone I just want to shake and tell 'get it together, woman!' And when there are kids involved, I am even warier because these kids tend to be utter brats who'd get a piece of my mind if they were kids I actually knew.
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 tha
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun read treating serious life-changing issues i.e. divorcing at middle-age after husband caught cheating while suffering from menopause, also stuck in a rut in a job she doesn't like but pays her bills, and still with a young 8 year old daughter (shared custody with the father) who keeps her going; but all narrated with a pleasant touch of humour, and with a nice conclusion to all her troubles. Gladly she does not go back to married life with her ex-husband, even though he would be all for re ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely hilarious and extremely uplifting.
I haven't been able to put this one down and adore the plot, the characters and the author.
This is such a cute little book and I have found myself laughing out loud on a number of occasions. This is a great read which you don't have to put any concentration into. As a reader, you can just sit and enjoy the story unfolding.
This is not my first read by this author, I definitely couldn't wait to get stuck into it though. The writer makes it ea ...more
The book started of well, then dwindled off but came back to life again. Viv reminded me of what a friend went through, the trials, tribulations and the effects of a husband leaving you. Well written and humorous in places and at times quite relatable.

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A joyous, light-hearted and uproariously hilarious tale that will make laugh out loud almost on every page, When Life Gives You Lemons is the irresistible new romantic comedy from a virtuoso of the genre: Fiona Gibson.

Viv thinks that her relationship with her husband Andy is pretty rock-solid. Married for over two decades, the two of them have been together through thick and thin and although things might not exactly be going great guns in the bedroom department, Viv doesn’t think anything of it
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it

"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
B.R. Maycock
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You all know of me and my love love relationship with Fiona Gibson’s reads right now, I don’t think I’ve ever not loved a book of hers, finding them all very true to everyday life while being bright, vivid, heartwarming and laugh out loud hilarious, while secretly hoping that some day someone will think that about my books too (yes, her and Sophie Kinsella are my two ‘they inspire me and someday hopefully I can come anywhere near them in terms of my books’ people).

But, I digress (pauses to ponde
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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.
Poor Viv’s life is difficult. Menopausal, dealing with a 7-year-old and PA to a very high maintenance boss, Viv suddenly finds herself single when her husband Andy leaves her for a woman who is everything Viv isn’t. Is this the push that Viv needs to change her life for the better?

I’ve read a few of this author’s books in the past and have always found them to be funny and warm-hearted reads. This one was no different and as soon as I started reading it, I instantly connected to Viv!! Being simi
Monica Mac
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the sound of this book as this woman was a similar age to myself and I thought it would be relatable. It was, to a certain extent.

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 mot
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
When Life Give You Lemons was an easy read that had me laughing!

I can somewhat relate to Viv, who is menopausal, has a 20 year old son, 7 year old daughter and a doctor for a husband. Viv's life is just moving along just like every other married couples with a child to raise. All of Viv's needs and wants are on the back burner. At this point, it feels like she is treading water. Taking care of the husband's needs and her daughter's, until it all comes crashing down, with her husband's affair. He
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this delightful book.

Firstly, I’ll start by saying my mum loves Fiona Gibson’s books. I started describing this one to her and she laughed and said, “I’m also reading this exact book right now!” This is my first one and to begin with I was a little unsure how I could relate to the protagonist being a 50 something year old woman going through “the change”. Well, I loved it! It’s funny, endearing, and lightheart
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Fiona is an author and journalist who has written for many UK publications including The Observer, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Red, New Woman, Top Sante and Elle. She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury’s magazine and is a Contributing Editor at Red magazine.

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 th

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