The first half of this book was slow I am 66% finished I am shelving it as finished I m not sticking around to find out how it ends I really don t care how it ends Too bad the plot is interesting but oh, so slow Four months in the life of Kate Darling with brief flashbacks to the early 20th century should not take four months to read.This is a debut novel This author has great potential She notices the details She uses some lovely phrases She understands human emotions She just uses too many words One lovely starry sky could have been described in one well constructed sentence instead of four long clumsy ones That is only one example of her verbosity.The publishing industry has not done itself any favours by cutting back on editorial services With a good editor, this book could have been spectacular Lots of people want to read spectacular books Tighten up a book and increase the sales A good editor would have inspired the author to whittle down all those looooooong descriptions A good editor would also have cleaned up all the awkward sentences and grammatical errors Really, a four sentence paragraph with eight I s in it I would be the first person to agree that language evolves I don t dislike or deny evolution But even in the process of evolution, some things do not change, or change slowly As far as I know, I is still used as the subject and me as the object Confusion reigns supreme when either of these words is joined with and to another subject or object For example, Bill and I are going is correct whereas Go with Bill and I is not Seriously, would you say Go with I Well, when in doubt, pretend that Bill and is not there Yes, a good editor would have corrected these errors And yes, this particular very common error annoys me I could say , but it would not be complimentary, and I have already wasted enough time giving this book too many second chances Your luck has run out, Kate Darling Au revoir Have fun in New York City This novel begins with Thomas Stafford and Alice Eversley in 1928, and re aligns in 1986 when Kate, an art student and photographer, was lead back into her mysterious family history with the death of her famous mother The reader is taken on a three narrative journey from London, to Paris, to Corsica and New York and finally, after spanning three different historical eras in the twentieth century, concludes with a realistically portrayed happy ending of some sorts It is a captivating read For WWII readers there might not be really something new, it s like telling the same story over and over again, but with different characters and different places Yet, although sad, the novel remains an entertaining read about the suffering and challenges of a brutal war on the art world and the people living to tell their tales There is a wee bit of overkill in the historical background, with too many characters added to fulfill the drama Too much of a good thing.However, it was a very good choice and one that should be considered seriously by historical fiction junkies The author manages to stir an emotional reaction to just about every scene and character in the plot The prose is really good, devoid of sentimental fuzz I enjoyed the authors economy with words and her ability to use show don t tell proficiently.This is the third book of this author that I tried, and once again, loved the writing style and prose Recommended. From London To Corsica To Paris As A Young Woman Pursues The Truth About Her Late Mother, Two Captivating Love Stories UnfurlKate Darling S Enigmatic Mother A Once Famous Ballerina Has Passed Away, Leaving Kate Bereft When Her Grandmother Falls Ill And Bequeaths To Kate A Small Portrait Of A Woman Who Bears A Striking Resemblance To Kate S Mother, Kate Uncovers A Mystery That May Upend Everything She Thought She KnewKate S Journey To Find The True Identity Of The Woman In The Portrait Takes Her To Some Of The World S Most Iconic And Indulgent Locales, Revealing A Love Story That Began In The Wild S And Was Disrupted By War And Could Now Spark New Love For Kate Alternating Between Kate S Present Day Hunt And Voices From The Past, THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND Casts Light On Family Secrets And Love Both Lost And Found With the recent devastating death of her mother, Kate found herself floundering The only constant was the daily visit to her grandmother Evie in the nursing home But when Evie confessed a shocking secret to Kate, at the same time giving her an old portrait which she had had for many years, Kate was filled with a mix of emotions Anger, grief, frustration and then her grandmother died Kate s journey to find the woman in the portrait would take her to many places from her home in London, to Corsica, Paris and New York When she was finally able to arrange a meeting with the reclusive but famous artist, Thomas Stafford on the island of Corsica, she had no idea what the future would be She was nervous, scared and sure she had made the wrong decision But a determination she d inherited from her famous ballerina mother kept her moving forward And as she gradually learned about the past, Kate came to realise there was a deep and romantic love story which had spanned decades unfolding in front of her From 1928 England, when Tom and Alice first met as children, through the war years in Paris of 1939 and on to Kate and her search in 1986, the lives of those involved took many turns While there was happiness, there was also sadness and grief What would Kate find in her often desperate but also hesitant search The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley is a story of deep and abiding love, but of separation and sadness, loyalty and caring I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Kate through the lives of the characters as she slowly found the answers she sought The Book of Lost and Found is one I have no hesitation in recommending.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. Can t believe this is a debut novel I absolutely loved it Thought it was beautifully written It spans from the 20 s to the 80 s, told from a few perspectives, and travels from England, Corsica, Paris, New York All executed brilliantly Loved this story even though it was heartbreaking. The story starts with a drawing of a woman All that identifies her is that she is, a friend of the artist s and the pen and ink drawing was from around 1929 From there it moves back to the meeting in1928 between Tom Stafford and Alice Eversley These two had known each other as children and lost touch over the years.It then jumps forward to Kate who is trying to come to grips with the death of her mother and best friend Lovely to see a mother and daughter relationship portrayed so positively, instead of the negative representations of the mother daughter relationship we often get in books I really related to Kate and to her grief for her mother Kate s mother was a famous ballet dancer It isn t until her adopted grandmother Evie dies and Kate is going through her things that Kate finds there was a lot to her mother s and her real grandmother s story than she ever knew I loved the descriptions of Corsica in this book and I liked the way the story developed to help us learn of Kate s real grandmother I enjoyed this novel and the way secrets and events from the past that shaped lives are revealed While it was an entertaining read about relationships, love and sacrifice, it wasn t for me a completely compelling read Still, it was a very enjoyable way to spend the time and the characters and setting were well developed and portrayed This is a debut novel and I will be interested to read of this author. Kate is grieving the loss of her mother, the world renowned ballerina June Darling, when she receives some startling information from her grandmother Evie June had always known that she was adopted but believed that her mother had never tried to find her However, Evie gives Kate a letter and a beautiful drawing of a lovely young woman and sets in train a journey of discovery that takes Kate to Europe and America in search of the truth.This is an unusual love story disrupted by the conventions of the times, careers and by war The writing is very assured for a debut novel and the characters are well drawn, particularly the central women, Alice and Kate and artist Thomas Stafford It makes for a fascinating tale, spanning three generations, continents and time periods seamlesslyWith thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book to read and review Spanning three distinct time frames throughout history, this beautiful book tells the story of a love so strong that was not meant to be in the physical sense and the lost and founds that came as a result of it London 1928, Thomas Stafford, will unexpectedly come across on old childhood friend at a party who he has not seen for 15 years, Alice Eversley The two will become inseparable and over time fall in love Alice is Tom greatest supporter and it will be her encouragement that we see him pursue his passion for drawing and painting Little does Tom know that one of his drawing will six decades later see his past thrust back into the limelight.London 1986, Kate Darling is slowly getting over the tragic death of her mother, June, when during a visit to her grandmother, Evie, she is told with great regret, that June s mother had made contact with her years before After Evie hands her a letter from June s alleged mother, Celia, she notices on the back a drawn picture of a women who has a striking resemblance to her mother and herself Through a friend of Kate s who knows everything art, she discovers the person who drew the picture is a man called Tom Stafford Kate, after writing to him asking about the drawing will be invited to his Corsica home Throughout Tom s recollections, some joyful and some painful, Kate, will slowly put together the pieces of a legacy as remarkable as it is life changing.This is a big call for me, but barring something truly amazing coming along later this year, i am happy to declare this exceptional read my book of the year There is simply nothing i can fault it on The story grabs you from the first page, with description that are so vivid you can easily picture yourself among the many moments in time and complemented with characters so memorable that you cant help but be swept up by it s qualities that combines to create something quite remarkable The books title is also so accurate and it is also a pleasure to see a cover that perfectly sums up the narrative For anyone who is interested in a love story with a difference and have a hankering for writing so exquisite that it will leave an imprint on your mind, this comes with my highest recommendation. This was an okay book and an easy read but it never quite grabbed me totally It tended to jump around a lot even changing timeframes within time frames and I was glad I was reading a paper copy so I could quickly look back and see which year I was in It also seemed a bit too long for its content.Those are just quibbles though The story itself was good and I rapidly became invested, along with Kate, in finding out what had happened to her real grandmother I very much liked the character of the young Tom Stafford, and Alice was interesting too I guess I am not really a devotee of this kind of romantic novel so my rating may be lower than most people s It is probably a very good book just not for me The book of lost and found was slow moving and lacked any real punch.I bought this book in hard back and loved the cover and the presentation The premise of the novel had me intrigued and I felt this was going to be a book I would enjoy.Unfortunately the story fell flat for me after about 140 pages and I think the reason for this was the lack of character development I don t mind a book to start out slowly if the the character development and plot warrants it I just never gelled with the characters in this novel A good sense of time and place in a novel will keep my interested even if the characters don t and again The Book Of Lost And Found fell flat for me as well An ok read but not a book I will be recommending.
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- 432 pages
- The Book of Lost and Found
- Lucy Foley
- 25 May 2017 Lucy Foley