The Lemonade Year
by Amy Willoughby-Burle
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
LOVE. LOSS. AND SECOND CHANCES.
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of The Lemonade Year for an honest review.
The Lemonade Year is a journey of heartache and loss and finding a way out of it and seeing if you can heal. The family dynamic is filled with lots of pain and dysfunction but you are revealed the truths as to how most of it all occurred in slowly throughout the book. The siblings of Nina’s Lola and Ray with their painful past and present and learning to let go and be happy despite it all was a highlight for me.
Nina has lost her dad and is trying to emotionally prepare herself to put him to rest while also finalizing her divorce to her husband Jack. Nina and Jack miscarried their baby they had been trying for and have a hard time recovering after that. Their teenage daughter Cassie is angry at the split and mostly blames her mom.
Nina wants to find happiness again. She meets a younger man named Oliver and when they kiss she feels silly but also excited. She hasn’t felt this electricity and excitement in awhile and it feels good but then she also feels guilt.
I need to find happy again, but I have no idea how to do that.
I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life being everything to someone else and feeling guilty when I thought of myself.
Is Nina giving up hope on Jack by kissing Oliver? Can a family heal after so much loss and heartbreak? You have to read to find out!
The Lemonade Year is a book that is filled with family and second chances. I loved the characters and the way the book is revealed in stages. I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 4 out 5 stars.
Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. Sara Gruen says of The Lemonade Year, “When life gives you lemons, read this book. It’s a delicious glass of humor, heart, and hope.” Amy is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to a number of anthologies.