Your Roots are Showing

This is just the most fantastic book! It has plenty of love, betrayal, frustration, emotional turmoil and ups and downs. I was hooked on Lizzie the minute I met her on the first page. At times I wanted to shake Lizzie for being so drawn-out but it was well worth the wait. 🙂 I loved this book and will read any others that this author puts out. As I understand it, this is her first novel. I had to keep a word journal for this book because there are so many differences in the language. Read them, some of them are a hoot! lol

Your Roots are Showing

                   Elise Chidley

Story summery– Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful  home and darling (when they’re not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she’s had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates. Unfortunately, her husband James doesn’t understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word “divorce” ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life – working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children’s books. But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can’t get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

Word Journal –

Gloucestershire –  England. The setting of the story

Digestive biscuits – sometimes referred to as a sweet-meal biscuit, is a semi-sweet biscuit originated in the United Kingdom and popular worldwide.

 Rescue Remedy – Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.

Gobsmacked – utterly astounded

Swot – student or a way of studying

Swanned out – Someone that is the ultimate lame; truly a ham. Don’t expect much out of  them.

Gone off of – to have given up on or to be done with someone

Minutiea – (mi – new – shuh) the details of something

Reddybrek – is an oat based breakfast cereal

Self-flagellation – the action of flogging oneself. Excessive criticism of oneself

Cottoned-on – to understand, usually after some initial difficulty

Kitted out – dressed from head to toe with accessories

Kith and kin – ones acquaintances

Habitué – a resident of or frequent visitor to a particular place

Cotswolds – a farmer will define the cotswolds as an area of gently sloping hills good for arable and sheep farming

Wellies – a type of boot. (wellington boot)

Splashed out – to have splurged money on

Punters – customers

Squiring – a man who attends or escorts a woman

“a right charley’ – an idiot.

Knobs on – to be excited about and to show enthusiasm

Nip up – go somewhere quickly. To be right back after going quickly

Hold-all– a suitcase

Maintenance payments – alimony

Obdurate – stubbornly persistant

Croft – small plot of ground adjacent to a house and use as a kitchen garden

Doggerel – comic verse composed in irregular rhythm

Fait accompli – means a course of events that has already been completed and cannot be undone

Remonstrate –  Make a forcefully reproachful protest

In flagrante – is a legal term used to indicate that a criminal has been caught in the act of committing an offence

Whinge-pot – I think it might be a temper tantrum or something

Recalcitrant – A person with such an attitude

Dosh – A contempory slang term used for an amount of money

Situ – site or location. I think a lake perhaps

Hobnobs – Mix socially, esp. with those of higher social status

Octogenarian – A person who is from 80 to 89 years old

Alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness

Mot juste – the exact, appropriate word


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