Lift & Separate ~by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all. 

Brace yourself because I’m going to be brutally blunt right now: holy knockers, I loved this book! It was exactly what I needed to read when I read it. Marilyn created women whom I could relate to, whose struggles felt real, and they had the BEST personalities! I really wanted to be friends with these women. They were smart and compassionate and funny as hell.  I was seriously laughing out loud throughout this entire book. It was FANTASTIC!  And can we take a moment to admire that cover? Gah!

This book is a perfect summer read (or winter or fall or spring, really) and I can’t recommend it enough. If you love genuine characters, read this book. if you enjoy being able to relate to the characters’ situations, read this book. If you like following characters on their journey to self-discovery/to becoming stronger better people, read this book. If you love smart, sassy, and truly witty women’s fiction, you need to read this book.  I can’t say it enough: read it.  You won’t be sorry.

Purchase links: AmazonBarnes & Noble

About the author (from Goodreads):

For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator.

Marilyn received a master of arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and a master of arts in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut.

Connect with Marilyn: FacebookTwitter

Thank you to Marilyn Simon Rothstein for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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