Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review: Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Lydia Laceby (15 Jun 2013)
  • Also available in paperback
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991990214

The blurb (from Amazon)

Rose Parker's husband has been lying. About everything.

When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn.

While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home.

As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.

This heartfelt story begins when Rose discovers her husband's secrets. It mkaes her realise her who marriage is a lie. There is nothing to salvage, so she packs up her car without knowing where she is going.

Her unlikely saviour is Becky, not a close friend but an acquaintance from gardening class.
Becky has empathy with Rose and gives her a place to stay.

Rose begins to rebuild her shattered life with a few bumps and scrapes along the way, but this is something many women who leave a marriage will be able to identify with.

There are some difficult scenes in the novel but overall there is a heartwarming story of a woman who realises she doesnt know who she is and how she wants to rebuild her life.

5 out of 5 for me! My first Top Read for 2014!

You can see my recent interview with Lydia Laceby here


  1. Hi Carol! Thank you so much for reading Redesigning Rose and for the wonderful review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Rose's journey and honoured it's your first Top Read of 2014! xx

  2. This does indeed sound like a heartfelt story and one that may require a tissue or two.


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