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.
©2011 Linda MacDonald (P)2016 Linda MacDonald
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jojomaman on 04-02-18

Wonderful!

Wonderful narration that really brought this women's fiction to life. This author has become a firm favourite now as I love her older heroines and the relationship dilemmas that face them. Well written and well performed

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna Maguire on 28-01-18

Very highly recommended, I loved listening to it

What did you like most about Meeting Lydia?

I have always enjoyed listening to audiobooks but since having my daughter in July last year I have listened to more and more and after reading the blurb for this one I was very keen to get my headphones on and get stuck in!

What did you like best about this story?

I was really gripped with the plot and I loved the characters. I thought Marianne was an excellent character that I could really relate to and sympathise with - I thought the story was really good and it did surprise me with how enthralled I would become in it. The story starts early on in Marianne's life to get some background on her and we move through to the present day and see how the actions from her past still affect her today.

Have you listened to any of Harriet Carmichael’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first I have listened too and she was an excellent choice for the book - it is an excellent performance and really brings the story to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely but I listen to my books as a treat - I have a six month old daughter so one sitting is not possible at the moment!

Any additional comments?

4.5 stars from me rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads, Amazon and Audible - the narrator was superb and really brought the story to life, she was an excellent choice for the book. Very highly recommended, I loved listening to it and its definitely one I would listen to again!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy@Novelgossip on 31-01-18

Emotional and poignant

This was a fascinating read, the type that explores relationships and human behavior and the reasons for our behavior. A number of things lead Marianne to try and contact her childhood friend, Edward including insecurity after her husband begins to show an interest in a younger coworker and basic conflicting (and all too common) midlife feelings and emotions. The appeal of connecting online is also a factor, she likes the anonymity that the internet provides and craves something she can call her own beyond motherhood and being a wife. I think women at any age could find something about Marianne’s journey they could relate to and MacDonald explores her issues in an interesting way.

Carmichael is a lovely narrator, she has a melodic and soothing voice but manages to hold your interest as well. I really like listening to audiobooks narrated by someone with an accent, I think it holds my attention better and there’s something charming about an English accent. I found myself caught up in Marianne’s life and was invested in the outcome and while it wasn’t the neat, tidy ending I usually prefer, I respect the way things were left and understand the authors intention.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ElyLibrarySec on 19-02-17

My New Book Friend

Any additional comments?

Where does Meeting Lydia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would say that this would be in my top third. One reason being that this is a book I can picture myself listening to more than once. It's one where you feel that the female character understands what you, as a woman, is going through at that certain point in your life.

What did you like best about this story?
The narrator was so easy to listen to. She just seemed to get me; to let go of all my outside troubles and concentrate on the story that this author has written.

Have you listened to any of Harriet Carmichael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any of this narrator's performances before. But after listening to this book, I've already scoped out my next one narrated by Ms. Carmichael and put it on my wish list.

If you could rename Meeting Lydia, what would you call it?
I would never even think of doing that to an author. They have picked the title for a specific reason and since I enjoyed the book as it was why would I want to make any changes. I may not have picked up the book, and probably would have bypassed it, but having the audio copy showed me what I might have missed otherwise.

Any additional comments?
This author has put a voice to what a lot of women go through once they hit that "M" stage. It may not speak to everyone but there will be a few who may understand some of what Marianne was going through. It had me wishing that she were my friend so we could meet and chat.

It's a story where a woman is trying to reconnect with her husband but is there someone else trying to get his attention. Marianne then recollects about a friend from school that she remembers fondly and tries to renew their friendship. Isn't that something like we do when we go to school reunions? How many of us try to track some of those friends down using the resources of the internet? Don't we want to know that we still matter?

This was a great way to find both a new author and a new narrator. I can't wait to get my next read from both. It was a story that made my commute and my days where stress started to overtake me more pleasurable.

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