Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein


Release date December 1,2016

Book Blurb from

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.

My Review:

After thirty-three years of marriage, Marcy Hammer’s husband, Harvey, has left her for a younger woman. The woman happens be a model who works at the lingerie corporation he owns.  Marcy, who is in her mid fifties, is facing every woman’s worst nightmare.

Marcy is in a state of disbelief that her husband has left her. She is not ready to share the news with her family. She also fears idle talk and humiliation from the community she lives in.  Faced with a difficult situation, Marcy struggles to figure out how to move forward in her life.

Reaching out to her children and closest friends, Marcy slowly begins to accept that her new life might not include Harvey.  She is coming to the realization that rebuilding and making changes life will come with an emotional price tag. She begins to ponder broader question such as future romantic possibilities and selling the “family” home.

This book is very easy to read and provides a realistic story of a woman facing a life do-over. I enjoyed much of the sarcasm throughout the book and found Marcy’s journey well depicted. This book is about a woman’s ability to absorb a period of bad karma and with some work emerge as an improved person on the other side.

This is a debut novel by the author.

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