Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.
Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.
I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for Lift And Separate. If you would like to follow the rest of the tour here is the schedule!
Monday, July 17th: Novel Gossip
Wednesday, July 19th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Monday, July 24th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, July 26th: A. Holland Reads
Monday, July 31st: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, August 1st: Why Girls are Weird
Wednesday, August 2nd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, August 3rd: Readaholic Zone – author guest post
Friday, August 4th: BookNAround
Monday, August 7th: Must Read Faster
Tuesday, August 8th: Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, August 9th: Jathan & Heather
Date TBD: Writer Unboxed
Date TBD: BookBub Blog
The vast majority of women’s fiction (or chick lit, whatever label you want to put on it works) features a lead character in her thirties, at the oldest. Nothing wrong with that, I’m in my thirties and can usually relate to these types but it does get a bit stale sometimes. In Lift And Separate Marcy is in her late fifties and I really loved reading things from the perspective of a woman with more life experience than me. She was wickedly funny, resilient and totally genuine, exactly the type of heroine that you want to root for. She finds herself in a bit of a cliched situation when her husband of thirty three years cheats on her with a much younger woman. But this book is far from cliched, it was authentic and sharply funny.
I really enjoyed the authors writing style, there was so much humor in the storyline despite the fact that Marcy was experiencing the hardest time in her life. She’s extremely vulnerable and she protects herself by being sarcastic which is something I do myself, so clearly I loved that! I also loved watching her growth throughout the story, even though life threw her several curveballs in a short amount of time she handled herself with humor and grace, a total class act.
This was a highly entertaining read, perfect to read on a weekend afternoon. There was something really satisfying about the authors style, a fluidity that had me turning the pages quickly. I can definitely recommend this one to fans of women’s fiction, especially anyone looking for a fresh spin on the genre.
Overall rating: 4/5