The Lemonade Year Summary
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.
The Lemonade Year Review
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. It was a little different. And that’s one of the things I liked about it. While reading the summary may make you think that there are just too many things happening in Nina’s life to be believable, there aren’t. It’s how life is, sometimes. Nina is very believable as a woman going through one more crisis than anyone should have to in life, much less all at the same time. This is definitely a story of family dysfunction, and how families fall apart, and then try to come together again.
As the story unfolded, I found myself wondering what would happen next. What would I do if I were Nina? When I can empathize with the characters in a book, I know I’m in. I could have used a little less of the reminiscences and flashbacks. Some of them didn’t really seem to add anything to the story, and even made it somewhat confusing.
If you are looking for a feel-good, fluffy novel, this isn’t it. But if you are up for a book that makes you think about life and relationships, and how hope and the pursuit of peace and happiness are enough to struggle a bit for, you’ll find this a book worth reading.