Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: "Lift And Separate" by Marilyn Simon Rothstein #TLCBookTours #LiftAndSeparate

Lift And Separate Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Date Finished: July 5, 2017
Date Published: December 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781503940307
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal Copy / TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Stories about women of a certain age, books that balance humor and emotions

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.

My Thoughts:
This is a book that had been on my radar for quite some time--I mean, just look at that title.  I also follow the author on Facebook (she is hilarious), so I felt like it was going to be the perfect vacation read.  And it was, but it wasn't quite what I expected.  I went into reading this thinking it would be a light romp featuring a more mature heroine.  Instead, I found a more thought-provoking and sensitive novel, which still led me to laugh more times than I could count.

I appreciate that Rothstein was able to balance humor and seriousness.  The scenario of a long-standing marriage in jeopardy is not a funny one and Rothstein never tries to make light of it.  Instead, the humor comes from Marcy's insight and reactions.  Not only does this lighten the mood, but it adds great depth to Marcy.  I found her to be a believable and sympathetic character, and one that I rooted for.

Around Marcy is a colorful cast of characters.  Rothstein hits the sweet spot for the size of her supporting cast.   Every character plays an integral role in Marcy's life and they help to propel the plot forward.  Each person was distinct and fleshed out, with the exception of Harvey.  But, honestly, this book isn't about Harvey.  He's obviously important to the situation, but what is going through his mind isn't important to the story.

Once I was able to devote time to this book, I was hooked.  The plot moves smoothly and swiftly and Marcy's experiences were authentic and believable.  There were many times when I really wasn't sure what decision Marcy would make and, even if I didn't agree with what she chose, I could still believe that she would choose it.

This was an entertaining novel with more depth than I expected.  It is one that I would recommend to anyone wanting something humorous and deceptively un-fluffy.

I purchased my own copy of this book, but I was solicited for this honest review.

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