Lift and Separate (★★★★☆)


Marilyn Simon Rothstein   *   Lake Union Publishing   *   December 1, 2016   *   304 Pages

Advanced Reader Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley.

Marcy is 50-something and about to get a fresh start in life, like it or not. After 30 years of marriage, her husband has just informed her that he’d like to put their relationship on hold–and, oh yeah, he had an affair with a 22-year old lingerie model. Marcy has devoted her life to being a wife and mother (to three now adult children), and the thought of not fulfilling the same role she always has is enough to send her over the edge. But with the help of her friends, her mother, her kids, a new job, and a sexy-pants colleague who she’s starting to see in a new light, she will have to find a way to forge ahead and make a new life for herself.

This book is predictable and fluffy but also genuinely amusing and fun. Marcy is a very likable character, and it’s easy to empathize with her–mostly because she’s a resourceful and strong woman with a good sense of humor…but also because author Marilyn Rothstein goes beyond out of her way to make Marcy’s husband, Harvey, a total scoundrel. Because of that, some moments border on unbelievable, but I was never so turned off that I wanted to stop reading.

My only minor complaint is that I wish Rothstein had allowed Marcy to more wholly embrace her visit with the divorce lawyer. Marcy only meets with the lawyer once (maybe twice?) in the book, and she’s hesitant and full of doubt the whole time. I’m a happily married woman, don’t get me wrong, but there’s nothing wrong with a person who knows how and when to cover her own ass. In Marcy’s situation, her husband does have a lawyer, is in complete control of the family finances, and has already admitted to cheating! I think that’s exactly the point when you need to know your options so you can make an informed decision about your future, no guilt necessary.

Regardless, this book entertained me. It had just enough depth and detail to keep me hooked but was never so serious that I felt overwhelmed or worried. It’s the perfect fluff read.


2 thoughts

    1. You are exactly right–it’s great fluff! It’s almost like a palette cleanser, especially if you’ve been reading more serious stuff. Sometimes it’s nice to give your brain a break! 🙂

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