The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Expected Publication: 02 Aug 2022
About The Book:
Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother's tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family's struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner's famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she's lost. As Lolly's thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift--three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn't passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn't broken up with the only man she's ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.
The book deals with loss, grief, finding one's self, and what-ifs. It also points out that we should be careful what we wish for...and Lolly goes through every single one. Don't we all wish we could have a chance to see "what would have happened if I took a different road"?
Lolly was an excellent protagonist and I cheered her on throughout, while she made some tough decisions about her future. She was a very complex, well-rounded character and her story was heartfelt, magical, and not to be missed. The fact that lemon meringue is my favourite pie had no bearing on this review. All. The. Stars.
I borrowed this one from my local library, thanks Toronto Public Library!