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Meeting Lydia based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was offered the audiobook to listen to as part of the blog tour .. the cover image intrigued me straight away then when I read the blurb I figured it could be right up my alley! As a woman of a similar age I could empathise with Marianne on many levels. She is married to Johnny, grown up daughter just left for uni, suffering empty nest syndrome as well as the dreaded ‘M’ word. She no longer feels attractive her hormones are making her exceptionally cranky and then she realises her hubby is spending time with a much younger work colleague who happens to be gorgeous! He spends more time at the pub and she begins to dredge up her past. Poor Marianne went through bullying at school this has left her traumatised but she thought she had buried the demons. It’s when her daughter Holly suggests mum get’s a life and shows her how to join ‘Friends Re-united’ that Edward her school crush creeps back into her memory. This book takes you across a whirlpool of emotions, dissecting childhood fears, teenage angst, marital problems, menopausal interruptions and strives to deal with them all so that possibly life can be rebuilt after a shake-up. It explores so many situations and really grips the heart, one minute I was agonising over whether Marianne and Edward could actually recreate a bond and the next laughing at some of the descriptions she uses about Charmaine, Johnny’s ‘friend’. Marianne was quite an awkward character to warm to but she has her moments .. sometimes she could be infuriating though and I’m sure she wound Johnny up just to get a reaction in order to moan. I do appreciate it when the title of a book is explained and it does become obvious why this is called Meeting Lydia, all part of the rich tapestry of life and ties the story up nicely. The beauty of listening to this on audio was I could really get absorbed, the narration kept my interest and it was easy to differentiate between the characters. I always feel listening to a book gives a completely different opinion to ‘reading’ it. This one transferred well to audio and because it spanned over 8 hours it gave plenty of enjoyment. The sound quality is brilliant and I don’t hesitate in recommending this. It is also one of those stories which continues to make you think or reassess your own life once it has finished. Thanks to the author, narrator, publisher and Jess at AudioBookWorm for the opportunity .. I voluntarily reviewed.