With thanks to @lovebookstours and @Redwoods1 for a place on the tour and the opportunity to read and review this book.
Lisa is looking for love, freedom and absolution on the beaches of the world. Grieving for the loss of her parents, married to the wrong man and stuck in a toxic work situation, she has become increasingly dependent on alcohol to numb her pain. After using a dating site for married people, she decides to leave her husband, believing that the grass is greener on the other side. But no one is waiting in the wings to claim her – only younger men looking for an older-woman experience.
Lisa roams the beaches of the world looking for love but in Goa, she discovers yoga, a sober life and a tribe of inspirational women who show her a new path to self-love and independence, breaking the lock on the secret she’s been keeping inside her since she was a little girl.
So when The Most Handsome Man in Goa walks into her life, Lisa must decide if her new-found solo freedom is worth holding onto.
If you loved Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Wild by Cheryl Strayed, then this uplifting book is for you.
We are taken on an enlightening journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of the beautiful destinations visited. The refreshingly honest writing is engrossing and skilfully captures the emotion throughout. It’s written from the heart; there are lessons to be learnt and it covers some difficult topics such as grief, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and the perils of staying in an unfulfilling relationship.
Societal expectations and others’ perceptions can place a burden on how we live our life. Edwards’s demonstrates the benefits of stepping away from what’s expected and forging our own path. The freedom that comes from embracing our true-selves and not living our life to simply please others. It’s bold and unapologetic; it turns the lens inwards to ask what do we want from life? What would make us happy? The answers should then be prioritised.
The importance of self-care is evident and I loved reading about women supporting other women, building each other up, and finding your people.
It’s a courageous story with self-acceptance at its core and shows the joy, strength, and happiness that can follow. It certainly provides food for thought and is an interesting read to delve in to.
About the Author
Lisa Edwards is a former publisher who is now a freelance writer, editor and yoga teacher. She grew up in North Wales, but has lived mostly in southeast England. She lives in Worthing, West Sussex, where she lives alone and walks by the sea every day. She splits her time between the UK and India.
Lisa’s Because You Can blog focuses on her experience as a woman in her forties (now fifties) who leaves an unhappy marriage, dates younger men, travels solo, is childfree by choice and lives a sober life.
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