Meeting Lydia written by Linda MacDonald, publisher Matador books, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/2KBKkyH
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Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in their kitchen. Old childhood insecurities resurface, stemming from a time back at school when she was bullied. Jealousy rears its head and her happy marriage begins to crumble. Desperate for a solution – and introduced by her daughter to social networking – she tries to track down her first schoolgirl crush, the enigmatic Edward Harvey. But Marianne is unprepared for the power of email relationships …
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the second edition of Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald. This second edition has been reworked on the early chapters of the first edition, making for a pacy and shorter version more in line with the audiobook. I first discovered the work of Linda MacDonald last year when I read and reviewed one of the stand-alone sequels to Meeting Lydia. You can find my review of The Man in the Needlecord Jacket here.
Linda MacDonald has studied and taught psychology and this is clearly shown in her writing as she understands the complexities of the human mind and relationships.
Meeting Lydia is a story of a young girl who was so cruelly bullied at school until one day a like-minded scholar joined her class and she felt like she’d gained a comrade and had a kinship that could share the load of troubles. Now the young girl Marianne is in her mid 40’s she’s starting to recall her troubled times as a child and the constant fear she felt throughout her childhood. With Marianne’s life now changing into it’s next natural path she is starting to feel vulnerable again. Marianne’s husband has started to gain the attention of a much younger female colleague which is bringing back feelings of fear, isolation and despair.
To try and put the ghosts of unwelcome feelings from her past behind her and to seek friends and classmates from her school days Marianne decides to seek the help of an online site. This site has given her an invisible cord to her past and she finds the courage to speak behind a screen about her insecurities and her demons from the past. This little connection has given her the strength to find positivity from her past and to accept that there was good in everything.
The story was quite thought provoking at times and very poignant. I felt empathy for Marianne’s character and could totally appreciate and understand that the situation Marianne was in would be felt by thousands, if not millions, of people around the world. We often think our problems are unique but each and everyone of us feels the emotions of vulnerability at some point in our lives.
I’d like to share a quote from the book I particularly found apt:
“but it was excruciatingly difficult to swap the safeness of the duvet for the unappetising day that lay ahead.”
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