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The Lemonade Year [Reading] ➶ The Lemonade Year ➽ Amy Willoughby-Burle – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 a 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, The Lemonade PDF or 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 bookWays 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.


10 thoughts on “The Lemonade Year

  1. Aimee (Getting Your Read On) Aimee (Getting Your Read On) says:

    I have some mixed feelings about this book There were a lot of great moments for the characters in this book, moments of profound realizations causing personal growth and change But, there was so much to muddle through After the first third of the book, I will admit to skimming a fair bit, especially during the reflections, memories or fantasies I could glean what I needed to quickly and move on to theimportant moments.This story is told from the first person with Nina being that char I have some mixed feelings about this book There were a lot of great moments for the characters in this book, moments of profound realizations causing personal growth and change But, there was so much to muddle through After the first third of the book, I will admit to skimming a fair bit, especially during the reflections, memories or fantasies I could glean what I needed to quickly and move on to theimportant moments.This story is told from the first person with Nina being that character Everything is as she sees and feels it Usually I love first person because it allows for such an intimate, emotional connection I didn t feel that as strongly in this book even though it seems like I should have Nina just didn t feel really personable I felt sympathy for her losses and I appreciated when she owned up to her part of the mistakes, but I didn t love her I didn t feel emotionally connected to her.All the characters in this book were dealing with lots of baggage, emotional struggle and dysfunction which made it hard to find and feel that balance of joy that is necessary for me as a reader But, so much of this book is true to life Life is hard Rarely does it turn out like you hope it will The struggles sometimes seem to outweigh the joys but the trick is, as this book says, to keep going You can change how you look at things and you can adapt to new circumstances Thank goodness for second chances.Content talk of infidelity, mention of sex outside of marriage, some references to alcohol and drug abuse, miscarriage, death, dysfunctional family relations I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher All opinions expressed are my own


  2. Valerie Valerie says:

    We are all broken human beings We have been hurt as children by circumstances we didn t understand and by parents who were also broken, but who nevertheless struggled to do their best And, our relationships are deeply altered by the pieces we hold onto that we so foolishly believe will protect us from ever being hurt again The Lemonade Year bravely tells all of our family stories of those cycles of brokenness and ways we unwittingly hurt each other until we just have to let go in order to We are all broken human beings We have been hurt as children by circumstances we didn t understand and by parents who were also broken, but who nevertheless struggled to do their best And, our relationships are deeply altered by the pieces we hold onto that we so foolishly believe will protect us from ever being hurt again The Lemonade Year bravely tells all of our family stories of those cycles of brokenness and ways we unwittingly hurt each other until we just have to let go in order to be vulnerable, be truthful, be forgiven, be healed and try, at last, maybe even again, and again to be truly, human I easily identify with narrator Nina because when it rains, it pours Her life has come unhinged not only because of her recently finalized divorce, rebellious teen daughter, and job insecurity, but also because when her father dies and the estranged family comes together, the pain is so searing that the time for keeping secrets is over.Willoughby Burle s style is lively, vivid, humorous, and real She is a master of dialogue As a person of faith, I also appreciate the ways in which she weaves the universal themes of redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love without being preachy.I have even found some of my new favorite quotes in this novel Being a mother doesn t stop me from doing things wrong It doesn t give me superpowers The most disheartening thing you realize as a parent is that no matter how hard you try, you re still just a regular human being No cape or magic rope or invisible airplane can help you You will screw up your kids It s just a matter of how badly You see it happening in front of you, yet you re powerless to stop it Life spins out of control, and you are who you are I guess the best superpower is having the courage to admit you have none and guilt and worry are evil cousins Lemonade Year epitomizes what we have to do in life day in and day out for the rest of our lives make lemonade out of the lemons that keep falling along the highway of life we are traveling Indeed, that lemonade is the hope that keeps us moving forward toward wholeness


  3. Rachelle Rachelle says:

    This book was definitely an interesting read This is a contemporary women s fiction and it s written in first person, present tense That was hard to get used to at first, but by the time I read the first hundred pages, I was starting to warm up to Nina s character Although, I can t say that I was really invested until later on This isn t a book that fits neatly in a box It s a novel about loss, love, death, grief, childhood, parenthood, and so many other things The writing is beautiful and This book was definitely an interesting read This is a contemporary women s fiction and it s written in first person, present tense That was hard to get used to at first, but by the time I read the first hundred pages, I was starting to warm up to Nina s character Although, I can t say that I was really invested until later on This isn t a book that fits neatly in a box It s a novel about loss, love, death, grief, childhood, parenthood, and so many other things The writing is beautiful and Burle has a way of leaving out just enough to keep the reader hanging on the edge wondering how to fill in the blanks This type of story takes some work on the part of the reader It isn t a light, fluffy read It s a thought provoking read with wonderful nuggets of realization, hope, and learning.If you re a fan of literary fiction, women s fiction, or a book that has layers of meaning, I think you ll enjoy The Lemonade Year This book contains a lot of life issues including alcohol, drugs, mentions of sex outside of marriage, but all is done in good taste


  4. Ann Ann says:

    I enjoyed reading this book The story of family and forgiveness was well written and the family could be living next door There were times I wanted to shake Nina and tell her to open her eyes Nina is the sister that appears to be the rock of the family She visits her father in the nursing home and is the one to take care of his funeral while dealing with her divorce and the rebellion of her teenage daughter wanting to live with her dad Sister Lola has lapses in her memory and thinking patte I enjoyed reading this book The story of family and forgiveness was well written and the family could be living next door There were times I wanted to shake Nina and tell her to open her eyes Nina is the sister that appears to be the rock of the family She visits her father in the nursing home and is the one to take care of his funeral while dealing with her divorce and the rebellion of her teenage daughter wanting to live with her dad Sister Lola has lapses in her memory and thinking patterns since a childhood accident and brother Ray is just out of prision in time for the funeral Mom is a recovering alcoholic and everyone is determined to solve life s problems on their own There are some great moments between Nina and her family It s funny and a tear jerker all in one I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review


  5. Jen Jen says:

    A wonderful work of women s fiction Nina s struggles with family and love are very much relatable, which makes this an easy read Though I sometimes wanted to give Nina a little shake, she was only a little lost Don t we all get that way sometimes And while it took a little longer than I d like to reveal the issues behind her siblings Ray and Lola, it was satisfying to see it all come to together at the end With flashbacks to the past, a marriage falling apart, family drama, and a lot of cha A wonderful work of women s fiction Nina s struggles with family and love are very much relatable, which makes this an easy read Though I sometimes wanted to give Nina a little shake, she was only a little lost Don t we all get that way sometimes And while it took a little longer than I d like to reveal the issues behind her siblings Ray and Lola, it was satisfying to see it all come to together at the end With flashbacks to the past, a marriage falling apart, family drama, and a lot of character development, this is a book that really puts you with Nina and her family I especially related to her on the teen daughter relationship Oh, when life gives you lemonsI received a review copy of this book All opinions are my own


  6. Becca Becca says:

    I really do love being able to review books Reviewing for Shadow Mountain Publishing is always great I have loved everything they have sent me and this book is no exception This story takes you on a roller coaster ride in emotions There is so much heartache and loss in this book that it kind of tears at your heart strings BUT, there is also so much, love, forgiveness, and second chances, that your emotions are all over the place I LOVE it when a book can do that for me I don t want to giv I really do love being able to review books Reviewing for Shadow Mountain Publishing is always great I have loved everything they have sent me and this book is no exception This story takes you on a roller coaster ride in emotions There is so much heartache and loss in this book that it kind of tears at your heart strings BUT, there is also so much, love, forgiveness, and second chances, that your emotions are all over the place I LOVE it when a book can do that for me I don t want to give too much away so I am just going to tell you a little about the characters that I love in this book Nina Is looking at life as a single mother now She thought her whole live was going to be perfect Perfect house, perfect husband, perfect child Then life happens Nina, is a photographer, and most of her work is made up of taking pictures of food She can hear the talk around the office that it might get sold.so she has uneasy feeling easy feeling at work also Nina also has a 15 year old daughter named Cassie, who doesn t seem to like Nina at all Nina, and her sister Lola, are close and Lola seems to keep Nina grounded Then walks in Oliver Just in case her life wasn t messy enough, in walks a yummy young man who is interested in her Nina has also recently lost her father Her life is a train wreck that you cannot turn the pages fast enough to see how it turns out Lola, Nina s sister, is my favorite character out of all of them Nina, may be the MC, but Lola is still my favorite I love her outlook on life, and her beautiful ability to forgive and love She has a little problem with memory that I don t want to talk too much about, but sometimes she forgets things at the most inconvenient times Lola is dating Chris, and well, let s just say mmmmmm mmmmm Everyone around Lola is careful about what they say and do, because they are fearful that it will send her into some kind of memory loss or remembrance Neither of which any one wants Lola is so beautiful Really, I just grew to love her so much in this book I need to use her outlook on life every day Ray, is Nina s brother The troubled soul The tortured soul, and the convicted soul Ray, has spent his whole life pulling away from everyone he loves, and one of those times it lands in in prison Ray, is the bad boy all the girls go for Well, that is what he wants everyone to think about him He is no good He doesn t deserve to be loved He is a screw up Ray, really isn t as bad as he makes himself out to be I couldn t help be drawn to this tortured young man He lived his life doing everything he could to make those who love him most hate him He came and went as he pleased, and usually caused havoc when he was around Ray s story is probably my favorite part of this book Lola, favorite character, and Ray s story just made me see what so many other people I know might be going through It is sad and beautiful at the same time Cassie, is Nina s daughter, and I don t like her at all Yes, she is angsty teenager, but I still don t like her She is a good character to not likeI feel bad that I don t like her, but I don t like any angsty teenager, so I guess it s no a surprise I didn t like her Most of the time I just wanted to smack her in her face But hey, the author did a great job of writing a character I loved to hate, so I guess that is great Jack, is Nina s ex husband I still haven t figured out how I feel about him in this story I am still processing if I like where things went with him He s a great dad, and seems to be a good guy, but I am still on the fence about him I would love to hear what you guys think about him though There are some other great characters in this book but these are the ones I chose to talk about I decided I didn t want to talk about Nina s mother, because the jury is still out on her as well You should pick this one up It has so much to it It s full of twists, and surprises, and second chances at life Who doesn t need a second chance once in a while The author did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life for me I could feel their emotions while I was reading, and there is nothing better than that I felt like I was a fly on the wall during this whole book Right there in it, but no one could see me It was wonderful I hope you take the time to read it.Source I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review I was not compensated in any way for this review These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book


  7. Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) says:

    3.5 stars When I started this book I thought that I could get it read quickly This is not a book that reads quickly There are so many things to take in Basically it is a story of love, loss, grief, forgiveness, and second chances The family dynamic is complex, this is a dysfunctional family who have just lost their father He was part of the glue that kept some of them together They have to learn to work together as a family unit, instead of individuals.Lola is the youngest sister and 3.5 stars When I started this book I thought that I could get it read quickly This is not a book that reads quickly There are so many things to take in Basically it is a story of love, loss, grief, forgiveness, and second chances The family dynamic is complex, this is a dysfunctional family who have just lost their father He was part of the glue that kept some of them together They have to learn to work together as a family unit, instead of individuals.Lola is the youngest sister and is probably the best of the bunch She is dealing with an accident from her youth that still causes her problems as an adult I won t say too much on this subject, because it is a huge part of the reason the family is struggling Her story is revealed a little at a time.Nina is the MC and the voice of the book She has a lot on her plate, a job that is in jeopardy, a failed marriage, problems with a teen, infertility, attraction to a younger man, angst for her mother, and a brother that needs a lot of TLC It really isn t unrealistic for a woman to be dealing with so much I could empathize with her emotions, but she is a hard character to embrace.I don t want you to think this is a book about doom and gloom The emotions are real, the drama is realistic, and we all have hard things to deal with One thing this book does give you is hope Life does not work out perfectly, but it does get better.The book deals with substance abuse, trauma, adultery, infertility, and dysfunctional relationships.Source Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending me a complimentary review copy All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own


  8. Donna Hines Donna Hines says:

    When life gives you lemons you make lemonade Nina Griffin s is a food sylist and photographer whose life has turned sour Her marriage flopped, her job is in jeopardy, her teen daughter Cassie has moved away.So when it rains it pours, before the rainbows appear.Her father dies, her mom s relationship comes to a starling halt Her estranged brother Ray comes home.Lola Nina s sister may just have the secrets to unlock it all and expose this family to the world.The truth shall set you free but no When life gives you lemons you make lemonade Nina Griffin s is a food sylist and photographer whose life has turned sour Her marriage flopped, her job is in jeopardy, her teen daughter Cassie has moved away.So when it rains it pours, before the rainbows appear.Her father dies, her mom s relationship comes to a starling halt Her estranged brother Ray comes home.Lola Nina s sister may just have the secrets to unlock it all and expose this family to the world.The truth shall set you free but not until forgiveness is enforced.All that s left is her photography and Nina s book deal 32 ways to make lemonade.Ironically , the perfect title as readers are taken on many different levels of emotions in The Lemonade Year by Amy Willoughby Burle.Second chances are the best With romance on the horizon it s a race for Nina s heart.Will her ex husband Jack come crawling back realizing his mistake Will Oliver a much younger man want to sweep her off her feet Love is found when you least expect it but at a nursing home for her dying father Could that even be a remote possibility Lola was always the cheese brain after suffering a car accident but will that affect her memory of the day s and year s events This is a family set with characters that are not flawless resulting in being likable for the readers however the ties that bind may be the most likable factor of all here A great story full of heart.A little side note I ve been trying to find time to get to read this one for the last few months.After volunteering with several Cassie s, volunteering in memory of my 12yo niece Cassie at a dragon boat race, I came home and took a walk and you guessed it at the Turkey Hill the cashier was named Nina and she asked me about my Cassie necklace.Some things oddly work out the exact way they were meant to be and so this review is being brought to you in loving memory of my own Cassie Ann Gatcha Thank you and I hope you enjoy this lovely new work from Amy Willoughby Burle as much as I did


  9. Angela Rowe Zelenski Angela Rowe Zelenski says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read A family full of dysfunction but muchfull of heart It s a book that makes you appreciate the strength of family There are twists you won t see coming While every character is struggling with their own many demons, they were likeable characters that I rooted for They had their light hearted moments that made me laugh and and ending that warmed my cold little heart and left me wanting .


  10. Andrea Bolton Andrea Bolton says:

    Loved the writing and the characters and the way it came together at the end.


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