This was so-so. I'm very fussy about my fiction--must be well-written, believable--and this basically met those qualifications. Not sure I would have made the same choices as the main character, and I could not stand many of the people in her life, including her daughter and her long-ago love, who conveniently resurfaces after 25 years. Also can be slow in places.....but decent read nevertheless.
Revenge may or may not be sweet, but surviving and going onward and upward certainly are. Rose is someone hidden inside most of us (gals) and her growth in the face of some really lousy breaks is uplifting.
I loved the way this book was written. It is funny and has alot of heart. This is the kind of book you want to curl up with and not stop reading until you have finished. It is a book that you will think about and smile when you are driving down the road after you have finished. This author was well worth the time i spent with her pages.
This is a beautifully written story of a woman's journey to find herself again after the loss of her twenty-five year marriage and her job. Losing them both to her assistant doesn't help. In addition to dealing with her loss, she must struggle to help her two twenty-something children deal with their parent's seperation and father's behavior, as well as caring for her ailing mother. Despite this, this is NOT a depressing book. Rose's feelings are something everyone experiences at some point in their life. But her gradual sense of renewal and purpose is wonderfully written and guarenteed to make you want to stand up and cheer. I have read this book many, many times and loved it every single time, which is the best recommendation I can give it.
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The title says it all, but it is about taking care of yourself after the husband leaves. Living an authentic life is the best revenge and how she loses herself and finds herself makes this a good read.
What it's like to be 47, husband leaves you for another woman (your 29 year old assistant, who also takes over your job)and get booted out of your house. Rose Lloyd has been coasting along in her complacent life, when her world gets turned upside down by the above events. A Reader's Guide is included at the end of the book, with an interview with the author, and book club discussion questions.
What do you do when a wonderful life comes to a screeching halt? This is a story of how one woman handled things and made me want so much to be like her! wonderful story, characters, and ending! Can't wait to read more of her books. This writer has enormous talent!
It took me awhile to get into this book. As a matter of fact I almost put it down a couple of times; thought it was too predictable. But then I found I liked the characters and the author did a good job of making them believable. I even liked the "new beginning" ending.
There were a few times I almost put this book away, but I am glad I didn't. It's a story about life for a Middle-Aged Professional Woman, with grown children and a busy husband who finds her life turned upside down. I don't want to give to much away though, but it is a good book. Like I said, I was not to sure at first, but the more I read it, the more I enjoyed it.
Dry. Slow read. Picked it up in the airport during a trip...most of the time my finds are great, this one was slow. It's about a woman who after years of marriage, her husband leaves her for her co-worker. I didn't really like it as I would have handled the whole situation differently. I think this was just not my type of book.
Suddenly middle aged Rose finds herself with a husband who wants out of their marriage, who is moving in with Rose's co-worker, and to top all that, she loses her job to this same co-worker! How she picks up the pieces and starts over is a tribute to women everywhere.
I read this book as part of an on-line book club, with the author as one of the co-leaders in the group. I found the story to be enjoyable, very much a story of our times, and it was interesting getting insight from the author herself.
I read Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman for the April 2017 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. Honestly? I'm still yawning.
First off, the title is misleading - there is no revenge. Not even remotely.
I found the main character Rose too weak and static to engagingly fill 350 pages. Turns out she's just a shell of a woman who lacks identity without some relationship to complete herself (even if only with a cat!), and so you're basically reading about a woman yo-yoing from one man back to the man she'd replaced him with to begin with! Personal growth? Progress? I think not.
I thought the narrative was dull and flavorless, predictable to a fault. Rose makes zero evolution by the long-awaited end, and the relationship she develops with her husband and his mistress is nothing short of comedic! She did have some thoughtful introspection in the beginning but they were never developed, going nowhere fast.
I read a review on Goodreads that said something about this book being written for the "lowest common denominator" and I couldn't agree more. I can't recommend this to anyone really. I'd say you're definitely better off finding something else.
This was pretty good read. I would only say that she was much calmer than I would have been. A better title may have been Struggles of the Middle Aged Woman because there is not really anything she does that is dramatic she just copes with what is thrown at her.
The story of a woman who has lost both her career and her marriage after 25 years. The book was not as negative and vengeful as I has anticipated, but more a tale of Rose's growth and determination through the difficult days of transition. I enjoyed the story very much.
Get ready to cheer for Rose Lloyd, a woman of young middle age who proves that starting over doesn't have an age limit. After twenty-five years spent juggling husband, career and kids with admirable success, Rose suddenly finds both her marriage and her job in unexpected ruin. Forced to begin a new life, she is at first terrified, then energized by her newfound freedom - it's amazing what prolonged reflection, a little weight loss, a new slant on independence, and some Parisian lingerie will do for the psyche! Insightful and full of a wonderful sense of the absurd, this triumphant novel will strike a chord with anyone who has ever wondered what Middle Age would look like from the other side of the looking glass (answer: much better than you could ever expect).
I was surprised but I actually liked this book quite a bit. Rose is a character who you find yourself first feeling sorry for then cheering for. A lot of books about divorce and that kind of thing are such downers and after a while you just want the people to quit their belly aching. But Rose was sad for an appropriate amount of time then really pulled herself together and came out on top. I thought the characters were well-written and dynamic and you were able to really see things from each of their different perspectives. I was slightly annoyed by the British language differences in the beginning but got used to it quickly. Overall, a quick, smartly-written read.
This book started out a bit slow, and sad.However the more I read, I found myself pulling for Rose a 40s something lady whose husband has left her for her assistant who is much younger.It is a book that will have you laughing and then crying.Crying if you find yourself in the same boat or similar. I stated out disliking this book, but after reading it.I think it is a good book and well worth reading.
Just could not stick with it. Slow going, but well written. It's kind of hard to describe. While the characters are filled out, they lack pizzazz, maybe that's it. I skimmed it after reading the first third and found parts of it to be interesting. She grieved, she slowly pulled herself up by her bootstraps, then she found her way. Maybe in another frame of mind I would have been able to stay with it all the way.
This was a GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTT book! I found it on the plane after one of my flites and figured I'd try it. It's the story of a woman who's settled in her life, career, and is finished raising her kids. One day her husband comes home to tell her he's leaving her. The next day she loses her job- and it continues from there. I liked it because it was so realistic. I totally imagined my mom threw the whole story, because she went through the same thing and had the same reactions. And she got her revenge in a not harsh way- she just grew into herself. Such a funny, sad tale that was a quick easy read- one I didn't want to end.
Excellent book about a woman who unexpectedly finds her marriage and career in ruin. Funny and poignant with characters you truly care about. My only issue is why Rose, who's so capable and intelligent, turns into such a doormat??!! Still, you'll enjoy it!
A good book with real-life situations: husband leaves for a younger woman, kids are grown up and the woman has to start a new life. The main character, Rose, writes about the emotions, and the tough situations and moves on with her life. I would like her as a friend.
This is not the fun and frothy book that the title might lead you to expect, but is well worth reading: a thoughtful and well written look at a woman reinventing herself with insight, hard work and common sense. Rose could easily have become mean-spirited, but doesn't allow herself to be poisoned by her understandable anger, bitterness, and grief. She learns instead to grow beyond them and to embrace the next stage of her life, to move on rather than lingering uselessly on battles lost or choices made.
For twenty-five years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, and cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden--- sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed existence to which Rose has become accustomed comes crashing down around her when--- over the course of days--- her marriage and her career both fall apart. Rose finds herself in mourning for the tenderness of a lost partnership, for a shattered domestic life, and for the lost confidence of a woman who, until now, had made her own way.
Can Rose, whose anguish is barely softened by the ministrations of friends and grown children with their own problems, ever start over? Not easily. But its amazing what prolonged reflection, the slimming effect of a lost appetite, a new slant on independence (and a little Parisian lingerie) will do. Especially when an old flame suddenly reappears.