Nina's once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina's mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina's got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver's on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.
As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kate Rudd|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 10.5 hrs.|
This was the longest book with so much whining and very little plot.
Thank you book, for not making happy in 3 days, for showing the pain of different kinds of loss, for showing that even though we may be shortsighted, God is not. Corny or not, our past affects our present, and dealing with those ghosts is important for our future.
A fun, well written book that tackles real issues in real relationships.
I'm beginning to think that women's fiction isn't my favorite genre. This was a well written book that had a great storyline but it wasn't my favorite. I understand Nina's struggles. I've been there with some of them. I was enjoyed getting to know Oliver and Nina together and try to figure out Oliver's mystery, but I didn't like how that ended up. Maybe there was no foreshadowing of his story. I'm not sure but I wasn't satisfied with what happened with Oliver, although in a way I can see why it works.
I did enjoy see how Nina's family relationships ended up mending. I did feel like there were too many flashback stories. Some were necessary but some we not. In the end, this book will appeal to lots of women. It is a great story, but just not for me.
This book…wow, just wow!
As I started reading, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of the main character. I actually wasn’t sure what her name was for a chapter or two. The way the book is written, it’s all from her perspective. I like the way she is. She’s a little bit crazy! Talk to herself, make her whole life into a movie, kiss the man from the nursing home who helped her father when she doesn’t even know him kind of crazy. Really the best kind of crazy! Nina really grew on me throughout the book. She became someone that I really liked and I really wanted her life to go the best way for her.
I liked her family too! There’s Jack, her ex-husband. Cassie, her daughter who is not at all happy that Jack is her ex-husband. Lola, her sister who has holes in her memory. I just want to stop her and say I really liked the way you don’t know what happened to Lola for a really long time in the plot. Lola’s boyfriend Chris, he’s a commercial actor who Lola has no idea is on TV, so funny! Ray, the black sheep of the family, he’s been in jail and his life is so interesting! There’s Nina’s mom, who Nina pretty much feels like caused all of her problems. And Oliver, the nursing home worker that Nina kissed.
The plot of this one is so good. The book is really about relationships. I know I have relationships in my life that are just messed up, Nina’s got so many of those. Almost everyone of her family has a huge issue that has caused huge issues for Nina. But the book is really about how we get around those, how we love those people anyway. How we make things work every day that really shouldn’t work at all. I have to say, I liked how everything turned out.
This one is so great! You won’t want to miss reading this Women’s Fiction novel.
Wow! I had so many emotions while reading this book that it's hard to know where to start. But, first I want to address that I was really caught off guard by the content of The Lemonade Year. Probably 99% of the books I’ve read from this publisher would fall under the squeaky clean category, so reading about someone who was just divorced due to an affair (and the feelings the “faithful” spouse had about that) and then contemplating a one night stand was quite unexpected. That said, once I was past the shock, I thought this was a really good book. It was packed with emotion and something I can see sticking with me for quite awhile.
A lot had happened to Nina’s family while she was growing up and then she was going through so much with her husband (ex) and teenage daughter. Maybe it was a little much for one person to deal with, but it didn’t seem unrealistic. I could relate to Nina in some ways, and I was left evaluating my relationship with my teenage daughter.
I really liked Oliver, Ray, and Lola. I liked the message about finding happiness in our current situation instead of always looking for something else.
This is a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. There is laughter next to tears.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.