Meeting Lydia

  • by Linda MacDonald
  • Narrated by Harriet Carmichael
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in the kitchen, insecurities resurface from a time when she was bullied at school. Jealousy rears its head and her marriage begins to fall apart. Desperate for a solution, she finds herself trying to track down her first schoolgirl crush: Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.
Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession, jealousy and the ever-growing trend of Internet relationships. It will appeal to fans of adult fiction and those interested in the dynamics and psychology of relationships. Author Linda is inspired by Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon and David Lodge.

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An Emotional Journey Of Self Discovery.

If you could sum up Meeting Lydia in three words, what would they be?

Emotion, self-discovery, relationships


Who was your favorite character and why?

Marianne because she seems like she suffered a lot in her young life that she can't get over and so she spends time looking for the freedom to let the past go and reconnect with those she loves and do care about.


What about Harriet Carmichael’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed listening to Harriet Carmichael read Meeting Lydia. It was clear who the characters were through their different voices, and nice to listen to on a cold Sunday.


Any additional comments?

Meeting Lydia By Linda McDonald.

Meeting Lydia was a very interesting and somewhat an emotional Journey for Marianne as she comes to terms with getting older, and her feeling of the bullying she suffered as a child that still affected her life as an adult.This along with her husband's lack of attention to her emotional needs prompts her to go in search of Lydia's distant comfort from her school days.

I also found her daughter to be a very likeable character who is strong and open and also travelling down a different road herself. While trying to deal with the clear distance between her mum and dad.

I found the topic of bulling and how it doesn't always end when those bullying stop very interesting and the fact that when she searched out Lydia, it had a profound effect on how she felt about the pain from those days she had in her heart after they made contact.Will Marianne ever meet Lydia? Or reconnect with her husband? Get this Audible book to find out.

I would recommend this book if you like stories about relationships, finding oneself and stories with interesting characters.

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- Holly.

Transfers to audio perfectly

What made the experience of listening to Meeting Lydia the most enjoyable?

Exactly how I had imagined the characters when I read the paperback.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Marianne is always going to be my favourite as it is easy to identify with her.


What about Harriet Carmichael’s performance did you like?

Harriet's voice and intonations did not detract from the storytelling. I enjoyed her emphasis, pace and found it easy to visual the settings.


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- Shaz Goodwin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-11-2016
  • Publisher: Essential Music