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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson comes the story of a mother-daughter journey to rediscover the past before it disappears forever. Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson comes the story of a mother-daughter journey to rediscover the past before it disappears forever. Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend her remaining months or years surrounded by memories at her family’s decrepit old plantation in Louisiana with her only daughter. Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America—mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with her mother suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother’s wishes, even if it means trading in her Louboutins and Chanel No. 5 for boots and mosquito repellant. Upon arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions at it should, least of all her mother’s mind. She is haunted not only by creaky floorboards and things that go bump in the night, but also by the living ghost sleeping downstairs. Every good day Patricia and Lou Ann have treasure hunting in the attic seems to be followed by two days of meltdowns and cold shoulders. And as Lou Ann adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic, she is forced to confront the fact that her mother’s fate is completely out of her hands—and the end may be coming quicker than she even thought possible. Heartrending at times and laugh-out-loud funny at others, How Lulu Lost Her Mind is the book for anyone whose mom has ever made them cry—whether tears of joy, regret, frustration, love, or all of the above. Fans of Emily Giffin, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis won’t be able to forget it.


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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson comes the story of a mother-daughter journey to rediscover the past before it disappears forever. Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson comes the story of a mother-daughter journey to rediscover the past before it disappears forever. Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend her remaining months or years surrounded by memories at her family’s decrepit old plantation in Louisiana with her only daughter. Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America—mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with her mother suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother’s wishes, even if it means trading in her Louboutins and Chanel No. 5 for boots and mosquito repellant. Upon arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions at it should, least of all her mother’s mind. She is haunted not only by creaky floorboards and things that go bump in the night, but also by the living ghost sleeping downstairs. Every good day Patricia and Lou Ann have treasure hunting in the attic seems to be followed by two days of meltdowns and cold shoulders. And as Lou Ann adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic, she is forced to confront the fact that her mother’s fate is completely out of her hands—and the end may be coming quicker than she even thought possible. Heartrending at times and laugh-out-loud funny at others, How Lulu Lost Her Mind is the book for anyone whose mom has ever made them cry—whether tears of joy, regret, frustration, love, or all of the above. Fans of Emily Giffin, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis won’t be able to forget it.

30 review for How Lulu Lost Her Mind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you @goodreads @rachelgwritesbooks and @gallerybooks #goodreadsgiveaway I really enjoyed this book. Although it was a sad topic (taking care of her Alzheimer’s mother), it had several laugh out loud moments. I really loved the relationship between mother and daughter. The setting at the old house was great as well. My only complaint was that the ending felt rushed and incomplete to me. Otherwise, this was a great read wi Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you @goodreads @rachelgwritesbooks and @gallerybooks #goodreadsgiveaway I really enjoyed this book. Although it was a sad topic (taking care of her Alzheimer’s mother), it had several laugh out loud moments. I really loved the relationship between mother and daughter. The setting at the old house was great as well. My only complaint was that the ending felt rushed and incomplete to me. Otherwise, this was a great read with great characters. I would recommend this to any of my book friends!! ❤️📚

  2. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    I’ve known Ms. Gibson for her contemporary romances. That’s not my favorite genre, but I always liked her books. Now she’s written women’s fiction with some romantic elements, and I love this book and the direction her writing is going in. Lou Ann’s mother has dementia, so Lou Ann puts her business as Lulu the Love Guru to be partially managed by her staff and guest bloggers so she can be there for her mother in what could be the last months or years of her life. Her mother, who flirts with all I’ve known Ms. Gibson for her contemporary romances. That’s not my favorite genre, but I always liked her books. Now she’s written women’s fiction with some romantic elements, and I love this book and the direction her writing is going in. Lou Ann’s mother has dementia, so Lou Ann puts her business as Lulu the Love Guru to be partially managed by her staff and guest bloggers so she can be there for her mother in what could be the last months or years of her life. Her mother, who flirts with all men regardless of their age, marital status, and whether they’re gay or straight, has been kicked out of her assisted living facility yet again. So Lou Ann finds a homecare nurse and fulfills her mother’s dream of returning to the estate where she grew up. Lou Ann is not remotely excited about moving to humid, bug- and alligator-infested Louisiana. When she meets Simon, who has been taking care of the estate, it’s irritation at first sight. Fortunately, money is no object for Lou Ann, so she hires him to fix up the old home that is falling apart. Over time, his southern charm starts to melt her defenses, which have been powerful since she learned the man she was going to marry had cheated throughout their entire relationship. This is a beautiful story of mothers and daughters and helping others and learning to ask for help yourself. Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES MAY 19, 2020.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A charming mother daughter tale. Rachel Gibson swept me away to Louisiana with this delightful story filled with love, family, forgiveness, and memory. Lou Ann has carved out a good life for herself. A successful business woman she has created the Lulu the Love Guru brand. Her mother Patricia has Alzheimer’s and is living in a care home. BUT Patricia is a big flirt and craves physical touch, so when she gets caught in bed spooning a married man the care home asks her to leave. Now Lou Ann finds A charming mother daughter tale. Rachel Gibson swept me away to Louisiana with this delightful story filled with love, family, forgiveness, and memory. Lou Ann has carved out a good life for herself. A successful business woman she has created the Lulu the Love Guru brand. Her mother Patricia has Alzheimer’s and is living in a care home. BUT Patricia is a big flirt and craves physical touch, so when she gets caught in bed spooning a married man the care home asks her to leave. Now Lou Ann finds herself needing to care for her aging mother. Wanting to make her mother’s life as comfortable as possible and perhaps spark some past memories Lou Ann decides to move with her mother back to the family home in Louisiana. What follows is a touching, sometimes emotional, sometimes humorous story, with a splash of romance. Lou Ann was a likable character, but her mother Patricia was an absolute hoot. Now not going to lie I would hate to have a mom who flirted with any man with a pulse, but it was fun to read about. Really enjoyed the setting of Louisiana and this house in need of lots of TLC. Also really enjoyed watching the sweet romance develop between Lou Ann and Simon. I would be remiss if I did not mention the love-hate relationship between nurse Lindsey and the parrot. A beautiful story of family both the one you’re born into and the one you choose. This book in emojis 🥄 ☕️ 🍿 🦜 🔨 🐊 *** Big thank you to Gallery Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    Let's get the tough stuff out of the way first, because this means a lot to me. This book tackled a topic that I think is really important but easily over looked. I loved the way Rachel Gibson made memory a visceral entity at least in part - remembered through our senses even when our brains have betrayed us. The author's sensory appeals are so beautifully written that I felt as if I experienced Patricia's slow memory loss first-hand. An enjoyable read and inspirational for those who've met with Let's get the tough stuff out of the way first, because this means a lot to me. This book tackled a topic that I think is really important but easily over looked. I loved the way Rachel Gibson made memory a visceral entity at least in part - remembered through our senses even when our brains have betrayed us. The author's sensory appeals are so beautifully written that I felt as if I experienced Patricia's slow memory loss first-hand. An enjoyable read and inspirational for those who've met with life-altering issues. I enjoyed the strong women characters and the dynamic between mother and daughter. A portrayal of possible challenges we meet in our lives and the growth which comes from acceptance and the determination to overcome and succeed. My second book by this author, I loved how real the characters felt. The writing brought out the antics of the three women and made me get the feels. There was a poignancy and depth in it. The whole book felt superfluous as change soon started happening with new outlooks to love and life. It was the perfect escape from the realities of the world. Emotions and humor made it a delightful afternoon read. Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Books and Rachel Gibson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    this book was a light read as much as a book about caring for your dying mother can be... it is a book where Lola tries to navigate her career with the fact that her mother needs her as her sole caregiver..it was both funny and gloomy..heartbreaking in some parts.. definitely relatable read no matter what kind is your relationship with your mother.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    3.5 Stars This book is true 'women's' fiction. There was some mild romance going on, but the plot truly revolved around Lou Anne and her mother Patricia. Many of us of a certain age are really going to relate to the theme of the book, which is handling a parent that is in an elder care facility then put on our doorsteps due to a problem at said home. With the parent, in this case, having Alzheimer's I found it a little difficult to believe that the facility would dump the patient - but dump Patric 3.5 Stars This book is true 'women's' fiction. There was some mild romance going on, but the plot truly revolved around Lou Anne and her mother Patricia. Many of us of a certain age are really going to relate to the theme of the book, which is handling a parent that is in an elder care facility then put on our doorsteps due to a problem at said home. With the parent, in this case, having Alzheimer's I found it a little difficult to believe that the facility would dump the patient - but dump Patricia they did. And Patricia is lucid enough to remember her childhood home and to want to live her last bit of life there. Lou Anne (Lulu) is a very busy, wealthy businesswoman. she doesn't have time for her mother and learning about Lulu's childhood, I too would have been less than thrilled to have this happen to me. To make a long synopsis short - they move down south and the mother gets worse but Lulu learns and really grows as a woman and a daughter. What I found unbelievable was the ridiculous amount of cash Lulu spent (and kept spending) on everything without us ever knowing anything about her finances -this was a plot point that should have been explored more thoroughly to make the story believable. This was a thoughtful well-written novel about something important and unpleasant. There is enough mild humor in this book though that will make up for the darkness. *ARC supplied by the publisher.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    I've read this author's books over the years and always found them to be light and fun-to-read. Her foray into women's lit was impressive. Dealing with loss, horrific disease, role reversals and relationships, the story was well-written in a tenderly humorous, heartfelt and heart-tugging manner. Something unexpected from Gibson, but appreciated and a good read. Full review to follow soon. I've read this author's books over the years and always found them to be light and fun-to-read. Her foray into women's lit was impressive. Dealing with loss, horrific disease, role reversals and relationships, the story was well-written in a tenderly humorous, heartfelt and heart-tugging manner. Something unexpected from Gibson, but appreciated and a good read. Full review to follow soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    How Lulu Lost Her Mind is a heart-felt homage to mothers and daughters. Lou Ann (Lulu) is forced to put her booming business in the hands of others so that she can care for her ailing mother Patricia. Patricia, a passionate spitfire. She is also an unmistakable flirt. She kind of reminds me of an older Blanche Deveraux (from The Golden Girls), except Patricia has been evicted from her third elderly care facility. Now, she wants nothing more than to return to her beloved plantation home in Louisi How Lulu Lost Her Mind is a heart-felt homage to mothers and daughters. Lou Ann (Lulu) is forced to put her booming business in the hands of others so that she can care for her ailing mother Patricia. Patricia, a passionate spitfire. She is also an unmistakable flirt. She kind of reminds me of an older Blanche Deveraux (from The Golden Girls), except Patricia has been evicted from her third elderly care facility. Now, she wants nothing more than to return to her beloved plantation home in Louisiana to spend her final days. Lulu is not very enthusiastic about returning to Louisiana and the decrepit plantation. She is also reluctant to make the transition from successful businesswoman to elderly caretaker, but with the help of a live-in nurse Lulu determines to care for her mother during the last months of her Patricia’s life. This is a wonderfully developed and engaging story about realistic subjects and conflicts. I think many readers will relate to the realities that Lulu has to face – dealing with tensions and resentments from the past, caring for an aging and ailing parent, making personal sacrifices to help others, embracing the present, taking emotional risks, and cherishing the limited time you have with people you care about. This is the kind of book that makes you feel all the feels. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, and the author does not gloss over the heartbreak that comes with losing someone to it. However, Gibson’s skillful inclusion of dynamic and relatable characters, richly described settings, humorous scenes, witty banter, and a slow-burning love story show the beauty and the joy of life as well, even in times of turmoil and grief. I often say that hardest thing about getting older isn’t aging, it’s watching your parents age. This novel puts into words the love and heartbreak, the fear and the worry, and the guilty selflessness that comes with taking care of an ailing parent. A sweet and tender tribute to mothers and daughters, this poignant story will remain with you long after you finish it. https://onebookmore.com/2020/05/18/ar...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Most books do not speak to everyone the same. So often it depends on our current state of mind, as well as, past experiences. How Lulu Lost Her Mind finds me a year after loosing both of my parents suddenly and unexpectantly, with the loss of my mother specifically from dementia. Lulu has to put her life on hold to take her colorful, over-sexed, and Alzheimer’s suffering mother back to the family homestead. There were so many situations that took me back to those days of caring for my Mom that L Most books do not speak to everyone the same. So often it depends on our current state of mind, as well as, past experiences. How Lulu Lost Her Mind finds me a year after loosing both of my parents suddenly and unexpectantly, with the loss of my mother specifically from dementia. Lulu has to put her life on hold to take her colorful, over-sexed, and Alzheimer’s suffering mother back to the family homestead. There were so many situations that took me back to those days of caring for my Mom that Lulu also experiences; trying to savor moments of normalcy together when her mind was clear; guilt, discovery of family history; wanting to pull the covers over your head because you are not quite sure you can take much more of the stress; the loss and finding of objects hidden away; the accusations from a loved one that you know are not true but hurt just the same; trying to juggle it all; and then ultimately saying goodbye and crying out painfully in grief followed by life going forward and joys returning but a hole always remaining. Beautifully relatable story that although it is a painful subject is full of light-hearted moments. The chapter titles are stories in themselves: “I’m alone and lost,” “Mom flirts with the Cheesecake Factory. A display of men. Choices,” “Return of Rattlesnake Patty. Bob’s gone. Raphael is MIA-again.” I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    HOW LULU LOST HER MIND by Rachel Gibson is about a Mother / Daughter relationship at the end of the mother's life. Sad, but true, life will end, and facing it while it steams down on you is tough when you are in the sandwich generation... fortunately for LuLu, she doesn't have a family to make up the top of the sandwich but this only brings up another fact. Facing the impending loss of a parent or loved one while alone. Gibson's book is set mostly in the bayou country of Louisiana with lots of c HOW LULU LOST HER MIND by Rachel Gibson is about a Mother / Daughter relationship at the end of the mother's life. Sad, but true, life will end, and facing it while it steams down on you is tough when you are in the sandwich generation... fortunately for LuLu, she doesn't have a family to make up the top of the sandwich but this only brings up another fact. Facing the impending loss of a parent or loved one while alone. Gibson's book is set mostly in the bayou country of Louisiana with lots of cajun flavors. There are great characters, all developed nicely that add to the story, and one is a mild love interest. I can see that some count this as a romance novel, but I think it is more of a story about the quality of the mother/daughter relationship and the possible romance is secondary. I completely enjoyed the book and found it sprinkled with enough sarcasm and humor to offer some laughable moments, thus offsetting some of the sadness. 4 stars Happy Reading!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna McCaul Thibodeau

    Four and a half stars rounded up to five. This was charming, cozy mother daughter story. Patricia has Alzheimer's and has been kicked out of another elder care facility for spooning with a male patient. Lou Ann takes her mother back to the family plantation in Louisiana and plans to spend what time her mother has left with her. There's also a side story about a dishy contractor. This was a heartwarming story and as a bonus, it was also very funny. I deducted half a star because I felt like the e Four and a half stars rounded up to five. This was charming, cozy mother daughter story. Patricia has Alzheimer's and has been kicked out of another elder care facility for spooning with a male patient. Lou Ann takes her mother back to the family plantation in Louisiana and plans to spend what time her mother has left with her. There's also a side story about a dishy contractor. This was a heartwarming story and as a bonus, it was also very funny. I deducted half a star because I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. Very enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    If you're looking for a light, fun typical Rachel Gibson romance . . . this ain't it. There is nothing light or fun or typical about this book. I have always steered clear of any book labeled "Women's Fiction", but I wanted an audio book and have always liked Rachel Gibson. I am not a reader who likes to be challenged, unless it's to solve a mystery, and this story about a woman's trials with her mother who has Alzheimer's is not a book I would have chosen if I had read the book blurb. When face If you're looking for a light, fun typical Rachel Gibson romance . . . this ain't it. There is nothing light or fun or typical about this book. I have always steered clear of any book labeled "Women's Fiction", but I wanted an audio book and have always liked Rachel Gibson. I am not a reader who likes to be challenged, unless it's to solve a mystery, and this story about a woman's trials with her mother who has Alzheimer's is not a book I would have chosen if I had read the book blurb. When faced with this, I usually try to review the book based on what it is, not what I expected it to be. The subject matter is all around is dreary, especially since I'm closer to mom's age than Lou Ann's. Lou Ann Hunter has made a business out of giving advice about sex, love and relationships. As Lulu, the Love Guru, she has made a fortune and has a very full, successful life. Into this perfect life her mother, Patricia, is ousted from her elderly care facility for indulging her innate passionate nature. Now they are at the decrepit, old family home in Louisiana, because Patricia needed to be home and Lou Ann finds herself as Patricia's fulltime caregiver. But, Lou Ann only has one mother and she loves her. The adventure begins when they can't even get the door of Sutton Hall open and continues with the appearance of Simon, The House Doctor, who is up to play doctor with more than Sutton Hall. Taking life one day at a time is the only way to survive life with Patricia, and Simon is there to provide a pleasant distraction, when needed. Lou Ann takes this journey and discovers a lot about herself, her mother and the generations of Sutton's who came before. 3 1/2-Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    The setting: "Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend her remaining months or years surrounded by memories at her family’s decrepit old plantation in Louisiana with her only daughter." [Much on family history and secrets in the crumbling mansion.] And I'm wondering--i The setting: "Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend her remaining months or years surrounded by memories at her family’s decrepit old plantation in Louisiana with her only daughter." [Much on family history and secrets in the crumbling mansion.] And I'm wondering--is there a new niche for Instagram related books since the last book I read had a similar theme to this type of social networking. [Lou Ann is Lulu the Love Guru; a single 38-year old.] The mother/daughter thing. Been there, done that. Yes there were some laughs. And many poignant moments that resonated because I felt same with my mom. BUT. A big disconnect for me is always when I know the trajectory [here, male interest] from the start . Sometimes entertaining. Often repetitive [an Alzheimer's angle? though I think not--necessarily]. And basically just tiresome and predictable. I am in the very distinct minority on this one. Just do not feel the love. Maybe 2,5 but cannot round up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. And I WILL be honest and tell you that for about 25% of this book, I did not like it at all. I didn't like Lou Ann and her Mother drove me bonkers.It wasn't until she took her mom to Louisiana for her dying wish and other people started showing up in the story line that I changed my mind. But THEN I fell in love...with everybody and everything. Lou Ann became hilarious, her mom became someone who mostl Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. And I WILL be honest and tell you that for about 25% of this book, I did not like it at all. I didn't like Lou Ann and her Mother drove me bonkers.It wasn't until she took her mom to Louisiana for her dying wish and other people started showing up in the story line that I changed my mind. But THEN I fell in love...with everybody and everything. Lou Ann became hilarious, her mom became someone who mostly lived in the past but was still really happy because she now lived where she grew up, the caretaker of the house was just plain sexy, her mom's new helper was someone you wanted to take under your wing and show love to, and the bird? That thing became a huge part of the book because his personality was so big. I LOVED the way she talked about the house and it's environment and if it is based on a real house, I would love to visit it some day. This book was so full of growth and just plain FEELING that at times, my heart couldn't take it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ruggiero

    I really wanted to enjoy this book because I liked Lulu as a character. She was funny and endearing. My problem with this book came in the subject matter of dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's. I am the primary caregiver for both my elderly parents. It was very tough for me to read about Patricia's character. While I did appreciate the mother/daughter dynamic of the story, I had a difficult time reading this book in general, especially from the very beginning when Patricia gets thrown out of I really wanted to enjoy this book because I liked Lulu as a character. She was funny and endearing. My problem with this book came in the subject matter of dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's. I am the primary caregiver for both my elderly parents. It was very tough for me to read about Patricia's character. While I did appreciate the mother/daughter dynamic of the story, I had a difficult time reading this book in general, especially from the very beginning when Patricia gets thrown out of an elder care facility. I know it was needed to further the plot of having Lulu and Patricia go to Louisiana together, but it seemed so callous, especially now when so many elderly people have suffered so much. As always, just because this book wasn't for me personally, that doesn't mean it wouldn't be right for another reader. It is well-written and Lulu certainly made me laugh out loud more than a few times. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    AJ's book-reMarks

    Lulu the Love Guru is in a pickle. It appears her Mom, Patricia was kicked out of yet another Alzheimer’s assisted living place for being passionate with male patients some that are married and conscious while others not so much. Now Lou Ann,(Lulu) has to find another place that will take her mom and care for her needs. Lou Ann has no choice but to take Patricia home with her while looking for a suitable place, instead, her mom comes up with another suggestion, take her back to her ancestry home Lulu the Love Guru is in a pickle. It appears her Mom, Patricia was kicked out of yet another Alzheimer’s assisted living place for being passionate with male patients some that are married and conscious while others not so much. Now Lou Ann,(Lulu) has to find another place that will take her mom and care for her needs. Lou Ann has no choice but to take Patricia home with her while looking for a suitable place, instead, her mom comes up with another suggestion, take her back to her ancestry home in Louisiana. This was a crazy idea but one that gave her one on one time she needed before her mother's eventual demise. This is a heartfelt story that will make you smile, laugh, and cry. It's an emotional journey one that shouldn't be taken lightly having lost both my parents I would give anything just to have one more day, one more I love you, one more anything!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    December 2020 -- 5 Stars Not what I expected. I'm not sure I would have picked this time to read this. I'm personally going through the very thing this book detailed. The relationship between a mother and a daughter is complicated, but is the strongest bond on earth. No one knows a mother like a daughter, but then a mother has no trouble calling the daughter on her shit either. A timely read by a FAVORITE author. Well done. Happy Reading!! December 2020 -- 5 Stars Not what I expected. I'm not sure I would have picked this time to read this. I'm personally going through the very thing this book detailed. The relationship between a mother and a daughter is complicated, but is the strongest bond on earth. No one knows a mother like a daughter, but then a mother has no trouble calling the daughter on her shit either. A timely read by a FAVORITE author. Well done. Happy Reading!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann Marie

    A special thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the ARC to this book! 5 stars! Absolutely, you see I have a mother with extreme dementia. This book many times hit very close to home. I'd recommend this to girls and guys alike, but especially girls who had a sometimes difficult time with their mom, (for me it was her cheating and sexual preferences or lifestyle). Now that she's old and has lost a lot of her memories and mind, I feel like I'm losing mine! This book made me laugh, cry, reminisce, A special thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the ARC to this book! 5 stars! Absolutely, you see I have a mother with extreme dementia. This book many times hit very close to home. I'd recommend this to girls and guys alike, but especially girls who had a sometimes difficult time with their mom, (for me it was her cheating and sexual preferences or lifestyle). Now that she's old and has lost a lot of her memories and mind, I feel like I'm losing mine! This book made me laugh, cry, reminisce, and cry angry tears and happy tears as well. But it was great for my mind. In fact, I could've wrote this. It hit me in the gut, in the heart and I realize people are different! Her choices may have made me angry at times growing up, but I hold her near and dear to me now everyday, mostly reminiscing because the past is what she remembers. This book could've been titled How Ann Marie Lost Her Mind! 5 stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Delightful, charming, witty, warm, and poignant. This is a lovely, realistic book about the relationship between a successful daughter and her mother who has Alzheimer’s. The setting of Louisiana, with its humidity, alligators, and unique language added a fun and authentic layer to the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cardyn Brooks

    Although this is a departure into women's fiction from R.G.'s more lighthearted romances, How Lulu Lost her mind offers readers her signature traits of camaraderie and emotional complexity between the featured and secondary characters. Although this is a departure into women's fiction from R.G.'s more lighthearted romances, How Lulu Lost her mind offers readers her signature traits of camaraderie and emotional complexity between the featured and secondary characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    How Lulu Lost her Mind is simply…wonderful. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t – and didn’t want to –put it down. In an age where more and more CHILDREN are caring for the longer-living parents, the struggles are very real and Rachel Gibson has done a heart-wrenching, realistic, and totally wonderful job of showing just exactly how hard those struggles are. Lulu Hunter is successful, independent, and unencumbered in her romantic life. She’s also the alter ego of Lulu the Love Guru, How Lulu Lost her Mind is simply…wonderful. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t – and didn’t want to –put it down. In an age where more and more CHILDREN are caring for the longer-living parents, the struggles are very real and Rachel Gibson has done a heart-wrenching, realistic, and totally wonderful job of showing just exactly how hard those struggles are. Lulu Hunter is successful, independent, and unencumbered in her romantic life. She’s also the alter ego of Lulu the Love Guru, a jet-setting advice maven. Her mother, unfortunately, has Alzheimer’s and has been in several care facilities since diagnosis. Just when Lulu is about to launch out on new business tour, her mother is tossed out of her latest care facility due to her…well, passionate nature. Let’s just say Patricia is a fan of all things love and love related, including canoodling with men she is not married to. Faced with personally caring for her ailing mother, a mother who insists she wants to go to her ancestral home in Louisiana to die, Lulu hires a live-in caretaker and the three of them embark of the trip. I don’t like spoilers so I won’t divulge all the secrets and shenanigans mom and daughter get into, but there’s a foul mouthed parrot, a hot Cajun contractor, and a baby that make life just a little bit more of struggle than Lulu ever anticipated. This book is love letter, pure and simple, to mothers and daughters who have reached that age where the maternal roles are reversed. I cried, I laughed, I wet my pants, when I read this book. I can’t think anyone who loses themselves in this work won’t be able to put it down! Brava. 5 stars from me- wish I could give it more. Thanks Netgalley and Gallery books for the sneak peek at what I predict will be a bestseller for 2020.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mama K

    Quick, cutesy, predictable read. Little too "romancy" for my taste, but i did enjoy the mother/daughter storyline. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Quick, cutesy, predictable read. Little too "romancy" for my taste, but i did enjoy the mother/daughter storyline. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Lou Ann Hunter's picture-perfect life spirals out of control when her mother's Alzheimer's gets her evicted from her group home. Caring for her mother becomes a 24-hour job and both Hunter's are losing their mind. When Lou Ann places an ad for a caregiver, 26-year old, Lindsey is an answer to Lou Ann's prayers. When Patty's (Mom) implores Lou Ann to return to the family's ancestral home in Louisiana, Lou gives up her career to tend to her mother's last wishes. Full of heart while tugging on read Lou Ann Hunter's picture-perfect life spirals out of control when her mother's Alzheimer's gets her evicted from her group home. Caring for her mother becomes a 24-hour job and both Hunter's are losing their mind. When Lou Ann places an ad for a caregiver, 26-year old, Lindsey is an answer to Lou Ann's prayers. When Patty's (Mom) implores Lou Ann to return to the family's ancestral home in Louisiana, Lou gives up her career to tend to her mother's last wishes. Full of heart while tugging on readers' heart strings, Gibson explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters and the controversial topic regarding the right to die. I had trouble getting into the story but I soon found myself "baited and hooked" falling in love with Patty's quirky antics and Lou Ann's steadfast devotion. Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the advance edition in exchange for an honest review. Watching my grandmother struggle with dementia and my parent's commitment to make her last days memorable, brought a personal connection to the story. I laughed and cried with the characters and watched Lou change from a high-power executive to the head of her family. I would caution that someone going through this situation with a family member might find it difficult to read or on the other hand, find camaraderie with the characters. "I'm not just going to try to get along with Mother. I am going to get along with her. I have to remember that she can't help her attitude and behavior...Obviously her mind retains the good and forgets the rest." "How Lulu Lost Her Mind"

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I was wondering if I was going to like Rachel Gibson moving to "women's fiction"... It seemed like I waited forever for another book by Rachel Gibson, I didn't like it... I LOVED IT!!!. Her books are always rom/coms and her characters are always fun to read. In this book she still has those same kind of characters, but the book has more drama and is the dynamic of three women, a mother, daughter and the care giver to the mother that has Alzheimer's. Rachel does have romance in this book too, it' I was wondering if I was going to like Rachel Gibson moving to "women's fiction"... It seemed like I waited forever for another book by Rachel Gibson, I didn't like it... I LOVED IT!!!. Her books are always rom/coms and her characters are always fun to read. In this book she still has those same kind of characters, but the book has more drama and is the dynamic of three women, a mother, daughter and the care giver to the mother that has Alzheimer's. Rachel does have romance in this book too, it's subtle at first and then as Lulu and Simon get to know each other it becomes more intense in their banter between the two.. But the main emphasis of the book is about Lulu and her mother Patricia and how they both deal with Alzheimer's. The title is of the book is well suited as Lulu patience with her mother and this fatal disease has her loosing her cool. And to add to the mix, her mother has insisted that they move from Seattle to her ancestral plantation house in Louisiana. The house is a money pit and with the help of her mother's care giver, who has a few surprises of her own, and Simon the sexy handyman, Lulu is able to move through the minefield that has become her life and learns how to deal with it. I loved this book so much and it add moments that made me LOL and moments that had me grabbing for my tissues. They characters are wonderfully quirky and you can't help but keep turning the page to see what is going to happen next with Lulu, Patricia and Lindsay and the men that have come into their lives. I could not put this book down. I can't wait for Rachel Gibson to write another book in this genre.. Well done Rachel, Well done!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.5 stars! I've only ever read Rachel Gibson's romances and loved them. They've always been well crafted, funny, and sexy and have remained some of my all time favorites. This is Rachel's first non-romance, but it does have a powerful love story, but between Lou Ann and her mother Patricia. I loved this story so much. It packs an emotional wallop and it made me laugh and cry. Rachel brings her trademark style of writing to this women's fiction novel and it shines brilliantly. I was left wanting t 4.5 stars! I've only ever read Rachel Gibson's romances and loved them. They've always been well crafted, funny, and sexy and have remained some of my all time favorites. This is Rachel's first non-romance, but it does have a powerful love story, but between Lou Ann and her mother Patricia. I loved this story so much. It packs an emotional wallop and it made me laugh and cry. Rachel brings her trademark style of writing to this women's fiction novel and it shines brilliantly. I was left wanting to know more of what happened in everyone's lives when the book ended. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book was so good! I could hardly put it down! I laughed until I cried several times. Touching moments but enough light hearted moments it wasn’t depressing. Lulu was wonderfully sarcastic lol. This is women’s fiction so the focus isn’t romance but there’s two potential HEAs :) kissing only, nothing explicit but some language (it really fits into the plot and wasn’t gratuitous) highly recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Views of Heather U

    LOVED THIS BOOK! LOVED IT! Yes, it had some sad moments, you felt the pain of the main character, but the love she felt for her mom, the bond, it was captured in the author’s writing. Fast paced, light-hearted with a touch of sadness, but the bond between a mom and her cubs.....can’t be broken. Well written and really do recommend!

  28. 5 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    Nope, sorry. I lost my mother recently after a long and destructive battle with Alzheimer’s; and I find nothing even remotely amusing about it. As much as I’ve enjoyed Gibson over the years, this is not for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Heartwarming story of an overworked professional woman dropping it all to spend time with her mother. I loved the setting of the home in Louisiana and learning about Lulu's family while she acclimates to life in her old family estate. Heartwarming story of an overworked professional woman dropping it all to spend time with her mother. I loved the setting of the home in Louisiana and learning about Lulu's family while she acclimates to life in her old family estate.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is my first book by this author and I completely enjoyed it. It lifted my spirits and made me disappear to lovely place. The narrator was awesome with the slight accents every once in awhile, and it moved at a really nice pace.

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