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    Amy Willoughby-Burle

ISBN: 978-1-62972-411-9

The Lemonade Year

by: Amy Willoughby-Burle

Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.

All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.

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Meet the Author
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Amy Willoughby-Burle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to the anthology Of Mist and Magic.
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Overview

Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.

All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.

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Details

ISBN: 978-1-62972-411-9
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: 2018
Page Count: 352

"Amy Willoughby-Burle delivers a wonderful novel that plays confidently with contrasts and satisfies to the last sip. Sweet and tangy, The Lemonade Year is a lighthearted romance that takes on heavy issues like divorce, miscarriage, and family dysfunction. Food photographer Nina is pretty sure that life after divorce is just the pits...As she tries to negotiate the difficult events of her "lemonade year", Nina must learn to identify what really matters in her life and how far she's willing to go to secure it. Relatable, sassy, and genuine, Nina is a wonderful character who lights up the pages of The Lemonade Year. Nina understands that part of loving someone is paying attention to them...and discovers the pleasure of finally feeling seen herself.


This deft, quick novel moves easily through Nina's many ups and downs. It takes on big issues, from losing a family member to coping with a brain injury, but it's language remains light and friendly, promising that no matter how bad things get, Nina can still have the life she desires.


The Lemonade Year is a smart, satisfying romance that balances life's sour moments with its sweet ones."
-Foreword Reviews