A Life Made of Lava

By: Lissa Del
Narrated by: Lynn Devereux
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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emotional, touching

Evie is battling cancer, but she's doing it her way. Her disease does not define her. Her positive attitude and fun loving spirit shines thru in this story . She knows this time around , she's lost her battle. She won't let that keep her from enjoying her life and family,. She knows they will need help after she's gone. The nanny search is on. She wants the perfect person that will bond with them..
Here comes Julia, a strong young woman, that stole the familys heart. Evie sees the same fun loving spirit that she has, by finishing the interview with the game , the Floor is Lava.
Then there's her husband Nick. He doesn't want to come to terms that this may be her last bout with her cancer. He wants her to continue to fight for her life.
Lissa Del poignant story is about finding inner strength when there is no more hope. This is not a typical depressing story about a woman dying from cancer. theres fun laughter, emotions and tears.
Lynn Devereux tells the story with so much love, emotion and compassion. She captures the personality of each character perfectly. I was gifted this audio book and offered my honest opinion

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  • NM
  • 03-21-19

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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  • Lindsay
  • 03-13-19

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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  • Penz
  • 10-08-19

Be ready for tears!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-19

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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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  • Deedra
  • 08-02-19

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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  • Laken Bouwer
  • 06-07-19

Tear jerking and beautiful

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

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  • DubaiReader
  • 04-30-19

"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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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 04-06-19

Thought provoking

What a thought provoking book, it made me laugh and cry and made me think about how I would act in a similar position. I thought the characters were great, really drawn well, and Nick and Evie's relationship a real foundation of the book. Although about a sad topic, the book wasn't at all melancholy and dealt with the subject matter sensitively and realistically. The book drew me into the character's lives and their different struggles. This is the first book I've listened to by Lissa Del and I will be trying more.

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  • jhanami
  • 04-05-19

Right in the feels without being soppy - fabulous!

Wow! I didn’t know what to expect from this book and was a little sceptical if I would like it - I think most of us know someone who had or has battled cancer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear about it in my precious reading time. However, it hit me right in the feels - in a good way. While it had me in tears a few times, it keeps a perfect balance between humour, profound insights and sadness and the whole story is full of heart, the characters are great and it thankfully avoids drifting into soppyness.
I struggled a bit with the narration to begin with but it was absolutely fine for me at 1.25x - in any case the story was so well written, the characters so real, I couldn’t stop listening. Fabulous!

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  • Arkgirl
  • 04-04-19

Warning - difficult listen when driving!!

Warning - you might find it a difficult listen when driving as you are either sobbing or laughing out loud!! I found this a book that draws you in quickly, with characters you grow to love and care about deeply. Although you know that Evie has stage 4 cancer and there are some tough elements this is still a warm, honest and life affirming read. I raced through it and then was sad when it ended - I will be seeking out more books by Lissa Del.