Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth has everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot of a husband-in-waiting to match. But when he leaves her to ‘find himself’ (forgetting to mention the bit about ‘…a younger girlfriend’), Emily’s perfect world comes crashing down. Catapulted into a mid-life crisis, she is forced to take stock and make some major changes. She ditches her job and enrols on a drama course in pursuit of her childhood dream, positive that, in no time at all, she’ll be sexily sporting a stethoscope on ‘Holby City’, and her ex will rue the day he dumped her. Wrong! Her chosen path proves to be an obstacle course littered with rejection and financial insecurity. If she is to survive, she must learn to be happy with less, and develop a selective memory to cope with more than her fair share of humiliating auditions. She tells herself her big break is just around the corner. But is it too late to be chasing dreams?
What does TWG think?
I need to start by saying a rather large thank you to Jane for her patience and support in regards to changing my tour date due to personal reasons. I would also like to thank Jane for inviting me to be part of her tour!
As you can see by the banner, yesterday was meant to be my stop on the tour, but I’m sharing today with Shaz!
To outsiders, it may seem as though you have a ‘perfect’ life. Perfect husband, perfect job, and perfect lifestyle. What’s not to like? Oh that’s right, the ‘perfect’ husband deciding that 40 is too ‘old’ and you’re no longer his perfect wife. Cue the much younger girlfriend, arguments over whether to choose the Bay City Rollers or One Direction to listen to (I assume). Sounds like a bad dream doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s Emily Forsyth’s life. What happens to her ‘perfect life’ now? Just because her husband has decided to have a mid-life crisis, it doesn’t mean that she will…right?
Before I agreed to reviewing ‘Learning to fly’, I wanted to find out more about the author. The name sounded familiar but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Thanks to my trust friend Google (and the lady herself), it became clear very quickly. With Jane’s background safely stored in my head, I began to read the book. There are a lot of similarities between Jane and her main character Emily in terms of career moves. For me, those similarities gave the story more of a personal feel albeit slightly indirectly.
There is a lot of information to take in as the book progresses as it is quite a deep read, it took a while to get in sync with the storyline. But, it happened and I began to warm to Emily. At first she came across as a scatter brain, especially as she tests the water in different careers and gets herself into a pickle (or two). Quite endearing though to say the least.
Working my way through the storyline and following Emily’s life, the true meaning of the book became even clearer. Learning to fly is a story about hope and second chances. It’s never too late to spread your wings and fly. Jane’s writing cements the fact that it is never too late to chase your dreams if it’s really what you want to do. Just like Emily, there will be hurdles, bad choices and many let downs. Perseverance is the key, it’s all about ‘Learning To Fly’.
A warm, engaging and thought-provoking read which is told straight from Jane Lambert’s heart. A pleasurable read.
Learning to Fly by Jane Lambert is available to buy right now from Amazon UK. Also, if you fancy meeting the lady herself, she will be in Blackwells Bookshop in Edinburgh on the 18th August at 6pm!