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Evie Danvers has three beautiful, if slightly out-of-control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley; and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage-four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. 

Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law, and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone. Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honor her dying wish. Can’t he?

©2018 Melissa Delport (P)2019 Melissa Delport

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  • 21-03-19

I couldn’t do it!

My heart is broken. At least at times it seemed like it would break, whilst listening to this book. A heart-wrenching tale of the one thing we can all be sure of, no matter how it comes our way. Listened to this one at every opportunity and it didn’t disappoint. I cried, I laughed, I hoped... The narration lacked lustre at times, as it was quite monotone for me. Just not my preferred style. Nonetheless, it didn’t detract from story and the the selfless human being that is Evie, although I’m not convinced the treatment of her mother-in-law was entirely justified. However, I’m willing to forgive her on this occasion as I get back to the premise of the story. I’m not sure I’d be able to be that selfless. I’d like to think I would; not so sure I could. A beautiful, contemplative tale. Would read or listen to more from this author.

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Beautiful and heartbreaking

What a beautiful and heartbreaking book about love in even the darkest of times. Being handed a diagnosis of incurable cancer the love this mother has for her family causes her to set up a plan for them for the future. Attempting to make her husband see that she won’t get better and accept the inevitable was so sad but the book was ultimately about how love is all that matters even in the worse of times.

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This book is a thing of beauty...

Oh, and Nick,” I interrupt before he can build up momentum, “the floor’s lava.” For the infinitesimal space between heartbeats, I think he’s not going to react. It would be the first time in eighteen years and the flash of fear the thought induces almost brings me to my knees. Then, without another word, Nick leaps onto the kitchen counter, upending the cold pot of overboiled spaghetti and almost decapitating himself on the overhead pot rail. And I smile. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with shitty diapers, or a failing business, or even stage four bone cancer, when the floor’s lava, you get off it.” Evie Danvers is a loving wife and doting mother of three children. Unfortunately she has Stage 4 bone cancer. This isn’t her first rodeo, however as she’s beaten it twice before. This time around is different as Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Her devoted husband Nick is in denial and assumes she’s seeing her oncologist but the reality is that Evie has been avoiding her doctor. Instead she has resolved to get her affairs in order. Her first course of action is to hire a nanny to help around the home with her children when the pain becomes too much. Following a string of unsuitable candidates, Evie chooses Julia Soanes who reminds her of herself. When Evie’s health worsens, Julia will prove to be a godsend in more ways than one.. You know that feeling... the one that tells you that this book is going to be amazing? I had that feeling after reading the first couple of pages. This was a warm, honest and life affirming read about love, even in the darkest of times. It was also my first introduction to the author. Told from three perspectives; Evie, Nick and Julia’s, the story centres around a woman diagnosed with cancer who realises she’s lost her battle but refuses to be defined by her disease. The strength of the book lies in the utterly convincing, loveable, three dimensional characters that the author has gone at great lengths to portray. Each character seemingly complimenting the other. The family dynamics as well Evie’s enduring friendship with her best friend Kat, made for poignant reading. Readers will instantly fall in love with Evie, for her wicked sense of humour and her outlook and zest for life. Her strength, indomitable spirit and sheer resolve to go out on her own terms will have you evaluating the important things in life. Beautiful. Brilliant and utterly gut wrenching. This life affirming haunting read will hit readers right in the feels and stay with them long after the final page. And yes, I ugly cried.. I received an advanced free audible copy of A Life if Lava and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Lyn Devereaux’s narration was warm, clear and concise with excellent pacing. I felt that her voice was perfect for the tone of the novel.

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So emotional

This story hits every emotion. I cried and cried and I laughed. Such a heartfelt story. Evie is such a strong, loving character. She is selfless. Great story and great narration by Lynn Devereux.

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A beautiful, emotional read

Whoa! What a fantastic book! I was given the audiobook version of this story by the author in return for an honest review and here it is! I absolutely loved listening to this amazing story. It evoked a rollercoaster of emotions. Very sad at times. My worst fear would be to die and leave my family and husband behind and this issue is explored so well in this book. I loved the characters. Found them well developed and believable. The narrator told the story beautifully and portrayed the Characters well. Thank u for the amazing read. Will look out for more from this author! ❤️

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Heartbreaking, wonderful, thought provoking. What more can I say! It takes a hardy soul ready to laugh and cry!

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An utterly gut wrenching, laugh-out-loud, raw and honest book about a subject we all fear and dread and many have to face. I loved everything about it from the characters to the very clever way the author weaved this story of love and friendship and a zest for life to grip my heart. The narrator's voice took some getting use to and it did help to speed it up, otherwise well narrated.

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A life made of lava

This was an incredible book!It was sad but joyful.It spoke volumes about the womans love for her family,and how she wants to have it taken care of even after she dies of cancer. I cried and laughed. Lynn Devereux was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Tear jerking and beautiful

Truly an amazing read. Could never have asked for a more emotional and brilliant story

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"The floor is lava!"

I loved this book - assuming that you are allowed to love a book about dying. It took a serious subject and filled it with wry humour and lovable characters. Evie Danvers has already survived two rounds of treatment for her bone cancer, so when it reappeared for the third time, she knows her time is limited. She has a devoted husband and three young children, so this is not an easy decision. The way she goes about her preparation though, is impressive. I don't want to give too much away, this is a book you have to read. I have given 5 stars for the book itself, if I were to rate the narration it would not be so high. The narrator reads well but makes no effort to distinguish between male and female voices and if you happen to have lost concentration at the opening of each chapter, you will have no idea whose voice you are listening to. This is a realistic scenario, well handled, with a taste of wacky and crazy thrown in. Not to be missed.

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  • Mom Seeks Smut
  • 22-09-19

Tearjerker

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review} This was surprisingly heartfelt story. I always love a challenge in listening to books I wouldn’t ordinarily choose. I liked the depth and honesty of the characters given the devastating situation. I found the audio to be smooth, enjoyable and true to its characters. #audiobookobsessionreviewer

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  • Brenda Blair
  • 14-09-19

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This was a tough book to get through because of the subject matter. The book was well written and narrated well too. I loved Evie’s idea of making sure that Nick would be okay in the end. I loved the fact that Evie had a strong support system and people who loved her. This book was chalk full of love, anger, and laughter in between. It cut at my heart strings to see Nick, Evie, Jessie, Julia, and Cat suffering in silence. Contemporary fiction is not my go to genre but I really loved this audiobook. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • MommaBear
  • 13-09-19

Heartbreaking and Beautiful

This story hurts for me, as I'm a step-mom to two daughters who lost their mother to cancer at a young age (6/10) just 4 years ago. It wasn't as emotional for me this time, whether it was due to Audiobook or having read it last year, I'm not sure why. The audiobook is very well performed. This story will make you want to be a better mom.

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  • Juliana
  • 10-09-19

Life is a volcano, often

I am always hesitant to read contemporary romances. The formula seems to be the same in so many of the blurbs; Good looking boy meets a girl no one would ordinarily look at twice. Fortunately, "Life made of lava" tends to throw that formula under the table or in this case, into the lava. In many ways, the book is more about surviving what life throws at you, In Evie's case, not surviving the third flare-up of bone cancer. Evie still has so much love to give and so little time in which to give it. Julia on the other hand, like Evie, has a lot of love to give and unlike Evie, not enough people to give it to. This book is a romance, but take away your billionaire playboy and shy journalist graduates. I loved the romance of Evie and Nick and the almost romance between Julia and Nick. There are no love triangles, just a story about how love doesn't end when someone is no longer there, but that doesn't mean we can't love more people. The narrator is perfect, When she recites the part of Nick, she doesn't pretend to be a male voice, but she gets the intonations and the accent 100% correct. Overall, a great listen without the necessary paraphernalia often imagined to be the cornerstones of the genre.

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  • Sara
  • 06-07-19

Sad but Beautiful Story

I enjoyed listening to this book despite the sad topic. I have never in all of my years of listening on Audible had to increase the speed, but the narrator was so slow that I couldn’t take it so I had to speed it up so she would talk faster. Once I did that, it was fine but parts of the narration seemed weird to me. The overall book and storyline was good and I did enjoy it. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Lloyd
  • 27-03-19

I adore this book!

This novel is stunning, heartbreaking and beautiful! The different tones the narrator uses for each of the characters, especially the children, completely tricked my mind into believing there was more than one person speaking! I can’t wait for more from this author <3

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  • Dee
  • 25-03-19

I'm not crying, you're crying!

You know in the first chapter where this book will end up. The story is very much along the lines of 'Terms of Endearment' so be prepared. I loved this family. I loved Evie and Nick. I loved their story. I loved their friends. There is more truth in this listen than I'm comfortable with so I had to step away from time to time. Still, I'm a better person for having experienced this story. The narration was hard to follow. The book went back and forth between Evie and Nick but sometimes there was no clear distinction between the voices. I found myself not always knowing who was talking. This was a very sweet, sad, wonderful story.

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  • Lisa
  • 22-03-19

Lava

Story was touching but the narrator was horrible. I got the kindle to finish it. I have hear Devereux in other audio books and she was okay. Don't know what happened. I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Tammy
  • 14-03-19

A heart wrenching story.

I am in the minority on this one and it could be the timing more than the book. I live in New England and the weather has been dreary for so long now that the last thing I needed was a sad book. I liked it but never got hooked like everyone else did. I also had a real hard time with the narrator. I was concentrating on if it was really a person or a robotic type narration. So, please read what others thought about the book and listen to a sample to see if the narration is okay for you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-08-20

Whoa, emotional book 4.5 stars overall

This was the first book that I've read/listened to by Lissa Del aka Melissa Delport. I am a romance reader. I prefer HEA love stories. But this story suck me right in making me laugh, cry, sigh, cry, scream, laugh, cry throughout with a huge sigh at the end. It's a heartbreaking story, but not depressing. The ending wasn't what I was expecting, but I didn't hate it. But it could be open for a second book?? I hope so. That'd be an awesome romance sequel! This was well written with wonderful characters. Cheating seemed to be accepted/expected, even if not condoned, and I didn't like that aspect. That was the reason for the one star drop. Usually it's something I don't tolerate at all, but the way it's handled was palatable. Lynn Devereux did a great job narrating. She didn't have huge voice changes so a couple times it was a little confusing. But from the story and context it was easy to get back on track. I'd love to hear her again. Her voice is smooth and easy to listen to for longer periods of time. A wonderful overall performance. *I received a code for this book and this is my voluntary and honest review.