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The Book of Lost and Found

The Book of Lost and Found 2

by Lucy Foley

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2015

4/5 Rating 2 Reviews
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*** As featured in our Best Books of 2015 (so far!) list!***

In many ways, my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that. It's when life started in earnest HERTFORDSHIRE, 1928 The paths of Tom and Alice collide against a haze of youthful, carefree exuberance. And so begins a love story that finds its feet by a lake one silvery moonlit evening ...It's when there were no happy endings PARIS, 1939 Alice is living in the City of Light, but the pain of the last decade has already left its mark. There's a shadow creeping across Europe when she and Thomas Stafford - now a world famous artist - find each other once more ...It's when the story begins LONDON, 1986 Bequeathed an old portrait from her grandmother, Kate Darling uncovers a legacy that takes her to Corsica, Paris and beyond. And as the secrets of time fall away, a love story as epic as it is life-changing slowly reveals itself ...Sweeping and heartrending - the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.

ISBN:
9780007575336
9780007575336
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2015
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
468
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.6kg
Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time.

The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination. Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

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  • The Book of Lost and Found

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    Lucy Foley’s debut novel, ‘The Book of Lost and Found’ was a good read. It jumps back and forth through different time periods and effectively tells two stories. Kate is the central character, who, heartbroken after her mother’s death, traces down her biological grandparents and is told the story of their love and loss. While uncovering secrets, Kate herself begins to heal and learns to love again. I thought ‘The Book of Lost and Found’ was well-written. I found the start a little confusing, but once you get your head around all the characters, the story really begins to take hold. My favourite part was the middle of the book, when Kate is in Corsica. By the time I read Alice’s part of the story it felt slightly repetitive but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and can’t wait for more from Lucy Foley.

  • A love story with a twist

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    This story is about love, loss, family and so much more. Kate has lost her family and, at the same time, found a mystery that will lead her on a journey through the past. She is given a painting that steers her to a famous artist. It is with him that Kate begins to hear the story behind the painting but, more importantly, about the woman and what she means to Kate. The artist, Thomas, recounts his tale and how it was Alice, the woman in the painting, who ultimately encouraged him to pursue his dreams of being an artist.

    There is a connection between Thomas and Alice but not strong enough to keep them from going their separate ways. Things have changed when the two of them are eventually reunited. Thomas wants to help Alice but she wants to deal with the issues on her own. Then the war begins and in a time of fear and confusion, the two of them are separated. Kate is overwhelmed with the knowledge but now that she is on this journey, she must see it through and discover the ending. She travels from Corsica to Pairs and then New York before she comes face to face with Alice.

    The ending is not what I expected but I think it suited the characters and the plot. It is a love story where the timing never really works out. But it does show that even if we lose something in our lives, something is always waiting to be found. We are transported to the past and back to the present and Lucy Foley does a wonderful job with the flow of the story. It was a happy ending, just not one that you would expect. Lucy has created a unique story that tugs at the heartstrings.