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    A mid-life crisis full of humor & self-reflection

    What now? When forty-year-old Emily Forsyth’s pilot boyfriend, Nigel, dumps her it seems that her life as a glamorous, jet setting flight attendant is lacking. Why not follow her dream of becoming an actress? She did put her life on hold after she met Nigel, but there is nothing or no one holding her back now. With no job, no money and no home, she adapts to her new life with humor, courage and determination. "Who needs therapy or self-help books to mend a broken heart? All you need do is follow these three easy steps: a) Give up your well-paid, secure, and interesting job. b) Sell your comfortable home and move into someone’s poky back room, complete with resident psychocat. c) Forgo all luxuries and live from hand to mouth doing menial jobs." Emily’s exploits are hilarious from a short-term job as a jewelry sales person to a presenter for a shopping channel and a commercial tryout of eating cold pasta with gusto (“think When Harry Met Sally, think … think … orgasmic!”). When she finally finds her steady niche job as a waitress in an Italian restaurant and meets the attractive and very Italian Francesco, Emily’s life starts looking up. Her acting jobs start to increase and become more promising, but her time with Francesco becomes fewer and farther between. She has worked so hard to get to this point. Is she ready to give up her dream again? Though this is a work of fiction, I have to wonder if some of these experiences were pulled from her life as a “cabin crew” member and actor. Emily’s adventures are exciting and funny and her journey to discover herself and be happy with her life choices is nothing to be scoffed at. As a woman “of a certain age”, I can relate to Emily’s circumstances and thought processes. This is a great read and Lambert’s humor and sincerity are a breath of fresh air. If you like humorous women’s fiction, you’ll enjoy this debut novel. The Start of Something Wonderful was previously published as Learning to Fly.
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    Inspiring, humorous, and heartfelt!

    The Start of Something Wonderful is a delightfully affecting tale that takes us on a journey into the life of Emily Forsyth as she courageously decides at forty to reinvent herself and give up all the luxuries she's become accustomed to and follow her life-long dream of becoming an actress. The writing style is light and genuine. The characters are fun-loving, realistic, quirky, and likable. And the amusing plot is filled with hope, heartbreak, infidelity, friendship, family, dreams, romance, awkward moments, entertaining mishaps, yummy food, and an insight into the crazy world of theatre production and movie making. Overall, The Start of Something Wonderful is an engaging, effortless read that highlights that at any age it's possible to start over and live a happy, rewarding, fulfilled life you just have to commit and jump!
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    An Amazing book

    Emily Forsyth worked for Amy Air for most of her life, she had the beautiful apartment, flash car, enough designer items to open her own shop and a pilot boyfriend, Nigel, who she loved dearly. When Nigel announces that he’s leaving, Emily takes the news badly. After some pet talking from her friends she realises that it’s the perfect time to follow her heart and have a go at being an actress, a job she has always wanted to do, before it’s too late, or is 40 too late already? There has to be some sacrifices, though to becoming an actress including living in someones backroom instead of the swanky apartment, riding a bike not a flashy car and doing lots of low paid jobs just to bring some money in. Was Emily right to quit her job and follow her heart? Time will tell. The Start of Something Wonderful is pure chick-lit and a real joy to read. Emily is a lovely character, far stronger than she thinks she is. I mean, how many of us would have the bottle to change careers at 40? Especially if it meant giving up a life of luxury and stepping into the unknown – not many I would guess. From the opening chapter to the final page I was captivated by this book. It has that ‘just one more chapter’ pull, although my only crumble is that the chapters are really long, so that one more chapter could see me sat for another 20 minutes reading, although, that’s not something to really complain about! The plot is filled with lots of amusing scenes, weaved within uplifting, thought-provoking, heartwarming scenes. If you take anything away from this book, it is that it is never too late to follow your dream. You can tell from the writing that Ms. Lambert has first hand experience of Emily’s situation and if this book is anything to go by, as well as acting, she is also a brilliant novelist. I am looking forward to reading more from Ms. Lambert, and especially more about Emily.

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