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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Author: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication:December, 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.

In Lift and Separate, Marcy has been married for thirty-three years when she find out her marriage is over.  Her husband seems to be having a mid-life crisis and she is suddenly on her own. Her mother is sick and one of her daughters is making a poor life decision.  Will Marcy be able to find the strength to deal with it all?

I'll admit that in the beginning, I wasn't loving this book  Marcy was kind of annoying and I wanted to shake her for even think of taking Harvey back after what he did. But something compelled me to keep reading and I was glad I stayed with it. I ended up really rooting for Marcy.  I was afraid she was going to be one of those weak housewives without any clue how to move on, but she surprised me. She ended up being the best character in the book.. I loved the relationship she had with her three children and how they were so supportive of her.  There were some laugh out loud moments that I loved and the ending was perfect.

The only down side to the book was the attitude of certain characters toward extra-marital affairs.  I had a hard time reconciling their justification of it and it made me not like them. But, I was able to move on from that part and enjoy Marcy's journey.  This is a heart-warming debut about starting over later in life and one I do recommend.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.




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 


About Marilyn Simon Rothstein


For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. Lift And Separate, released by Lake Union Publishers, is her debut novel. Her second novel, also contemporary women’s fiction, will be published in December 2017.

Connect with Marilyn

Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Thursday, July 6th: BookBub Blog– 6 Books That Will Have Women Laughing
Monday, July 17th: Novel Gossip
Wednesday, July 19th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Monday, July 24th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, July 26th: A. Holland Reads
Monday, July 31st: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, August 1st: Why Girls are Weird
Wednesday, August 2nd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, August 3rd: Readaholic Zone – author guest post

Friday, August 4th: BookNAround
Monday, August 7th: Must Read Faster
Tuesday, August 8th: Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, August 9th: Jathan & Heather
Sunday, October 1st: Writer Unboxed


3 comments:

Laura Thomas said...

That happens to me too. In the beginning, I don't connect and find the character annoying. Then things change. I don't know if the author intends that to happen though. And sometimes, if the story line is strong enough, it doesn't matter if I bond with the characters. This sounds good:)

Carole said...

Hi Kari, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Books You Loved: August so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad you ended up enjoying this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.