Blog Tour Book Review: Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Lift and SeparateAbout Lift And Separate

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2016)

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.

Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance

Lift And Separate takes us on a funny but moving journey through heartbreak, hilarity, betrayal, and healing. Marcy Hammer is a hammer indeed! Rooting for her all the way, one is exhilarated by the journey Marilyn Simon Rothstein gives her without ever burning a single bra! Hip-hip hurrah!” —Lanie Robertson, writer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the Tony Award–winning play 

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Hello fellow readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. Thank you to TLC Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing and the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I really liked this book. I ended up reading it in just a day due to length and my general interest in the story and the characters.

Lift And Separate is the story of Marcy Hammer, who discovers that her husband of over thirty years has had an affair. It’s very much a story of her coping with this, as well as other losses she faces throughout the story. It’s about her finding herself and finding a way to live for herself after having lived for everyone else in the past – for her husband and her kids. It really is essentially the story of her coming into her own and discovering what she wants out of life rather than making sure everyone else around her is taken care of.

I love stories like this. While our main character definitely goes through some hardship, she comes out on the other side changed for the better I think. She’s confident and independent. I love that. I felt for her immediately and easily became invested in her character development. I love characters that are real…that make mistakes, have insecurities and have real world reactions. I felt like this about the characters in this book, which I really appreciated. I did find this book to be a bit humorous at times. There were characters that I definitely loved and that made me laugh every now and then like Marcy’s best friend Dana and at times, Marcy herself. Her mother was also a riot.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am giving it a four star review. I recommend it for anyone who likes to read women’s fiction or is just looking for a good read about overcoming hardships like separation and loss.

img_2001About Marilyn Simon Rothstein

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.

Lift And Separate is her debut novel.

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