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Book review: When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

The optimistic title of When Life Gives You Lemons sums up Fiona Gibson’s book – it is sweet and positive and heart warming.

I picked up this book when I was looking for something light, entertaining and easy to read after having read some heavy books recently.

And this one fit the bill. It was the story of a menopausal woman, Viv, whose husband leaves her for an apparently more accomplished, beautiful woman.

Now, not only is she dealing with drenching night sweats, a dead-end job and irritating neighbours, but also single parenthood.

After she has recovered from the shock of the betrayal, she starts to pick up the pieces and make metaphorical lemonade. She discovers that the museum her friend works at is struggling financially and comes up with an idea to turn its fortunes around.

The project is fun and inspiring, and of course, Viv happens to meet a man far nice than her ex husband in the process.

It’s all very predictable and unchallenging, but sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for. When Life Gives You Lemons is written in a way that is easy to digest, and a welcome distraction from continued COVID outbreaks and lockdowns.


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