So, this book was a great mix of magical realism and self-discovery, and I really enjoyed it! I loved traveling with Lolly to see what her life could have been as well as learning about what she truly wants and already has.
This story took just a bit to get into. There is some backstory between Lolly and Rory to really get into the “relationship that could have been”. Once you start to see that story playing out, it’s hard to put this one down!
Lolly’s growth through this story was the most magical part for me. I loved seeing how she learns about herself and her truly what she does or doesn’t regret in life. I think there’s a great learning moment in there for her, and for the reader! I would recommend this one for readers who enjoy a bit of magic in their women’s fiction.
Where to Find This Book:
An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose. . . . from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.
Lolly Blanchard’s life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother’s tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family’s struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner’s famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she’s lost.
As Lolly’s thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift–three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn’t passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn’t broken up with the only man she’s ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.
Just the Facts:
The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: August 2, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.