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From London to Corsica to Paris--as a young woman pursues the truth about her late mother, two captivating love stories unfurl.Kate 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 mystFrom London to Corsica to Paris--as a young woman pursues the truth about her late mother, two captivating love stories unfurl.Kate 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 knew.Kate'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 1920s 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....

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The Book of Lost and Found Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2019-05-20 13:04

    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:)

  • Dem
    2019-05-29 20:09

    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.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-30 18:49

    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.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-06-06 18:50

    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 more 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 more 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 more of this author.

  • Carolyn
    2019-06-08 16:51

    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 seamlessly.With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book to read and review

  • Holly
    2019-05-26 13:41

    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.

  • Michael
    2019-05-26 11:58

    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.

  • Sandy (CA)
    2019-06-01 13:41

    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 more 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 more, 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!

  • Jess
    2019-06-12 11:47

    Fun fact: I went to the same high school as Lucy Foley. She visited back in 2015 to give a talk about The Book Of Lost And Found which was soon to be released at the time. She read the first chapter and, to be completely honest, I remember being not at all gripped. I had no intention of reading the book until two years later it popped up in my local library and nostalgia implored me to give it a go.Under any other circumstances, I wouldn't have bothered. The synopsis seemed a bit cliche and I already knew that I wasn't a fan of the writing. But the supposed central romantic element - "a classic sweeping love story" one critic claims - got me interested; I was in the mood for something moving. There's no other way to put this: the relationships are unconvincing. Both couples have about as much chemistry as oil and water. No one (well, I definitely don't) likes instalove. The foundations are hazy at best: Foley expects us to believe that two childhood friends, not even childhood sweethearts, could instantaneously kindle a heated romance when they meet by chance having not seen each other for the best part of a decade... or maybe it's more, I don't care to remember. There was no connection on a psychological or emotional level so the relationship just had no depth. So much for that "sweeping love story" I was craving.The characters themselves lack dimension. A select few are blessed with back stories, but they're never developed fully and are certainly not emotionally compelling as they could be. And anyway, in life, people are more than what they've been through.I know it's cliche and I probably sound like a GCSE English teacher but: show, don't tell?! A bit of telling is completely fine, but when it comes to character profiles I get distressed. Alice, the female love interest and supposedly bad-ass heroine, is described as "brave", "independent", "strong", "[insert other stereotype]"... yeah, you all know the drill. However: Alice does nothing to justify these claims, at least not until one transient glimpse 50 pages before the end. Sadly, it was a little too late, in my opinion. A more accurate character profile would be "wooden wannabe". The writing is repetitive and unnecessarily convoluted - such a relatively simple story should not take the wrong side of 500 pages to tell. At first, I really loved the elegant descriptions, but on the other side of a few chapters, it was evident that the same phrases were just going to be used over and over again. So much time (and page space) was devoted to imagery but it very often didn't in any way move the story forward. I skim-read the later chapters which is never a good sign.The plot was predictable. We all knew how it was ultimately going to end, but the journey there was slow and painful. The story as a whole lacked any real punch - it's too sedate for me. On the flip side, I actually quite liked the narrative structure: an unusual combination of present 3rd person and past 1st person which I thought was quite effective. It was the dialogue that let it down and compromised my overall view - each conversation felt forced and unrealistic. A promising start, but it plateaued fast, mainly because the "glamorous" writing quickly becomes ostentatious. The Book of Lost and Found is a slow moving slog that never really achieves anything. A very easy-going read, but maybe a bit too easy-going.

  • Regina
    2019-05-27 11:52

    It wasn't until after finishing The Book of Lost and Found I realised that this was a debut novel for Lucy Foley. I would not have picked it for a debut novel.This is going to sound very whacky, but here goes. When thinking of what to write for a review for this novel, the words 'Sunday stroll' keep popping into my head. The experience of reading The Book of Lost and Found, was like taking a leisurely walk on a pleasingly familiar path that is speckled with beautiful scenery.3.5 StarsThankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review.

  • Anna
    2019-06-05 17:52

    In a good dual-timeline book, the past is at the heart of the tale whilst the present day acts in a secondary manner weaving in and around it. In this book however, the past story - which begins with so much promise - almost takes a back seat to the two-dimensional chick-lit present, and when the past finally becomes the main focus towards the end, I'd long since started skimming. It meant that despite the eventual poignancy, I had no emotional pull to any of the characters (with the exception of lovely old Tom) and just went 'meh.' Bit of a waste of time all round.

  • Mary Simses
    2019-06-06 17:05

    I read an advance copy of this book and really enjoyed it. Foley is a gifted writer who has created a compelling story about a young woman's search for her maternal grandmother. The writing is lovely - a joy to read - and the settings, which include New York, Paris, and Corsica, are so beautifully described I felt as though I was traveling there myself. There is also a bit of self-searching for Grace, the main character, and, while I felt the outcome there was predictable, it was no less satisfying.

  • Sonia De la rosa
    2019-06-13 16:54

    "Todo lo perdido y encontrado" es una novela que cuentan dos historias con dos hilos temporales. En uno nos encontramos con Kate que acaba de perder a su madre, June . Al visitar a su abuela, la mujer que adoptó a su madre, esta le cuenta que la madre biológica de June se había puesto en contacto con ella muchos años atrás para poder conocer a su hija, pero ella por miedo a perderla nunca se lo dijo.Kate con la única pista de un boceto de un retrato que esa mujer envió va tirando del hilo para conocer la historia de esa mujer que tantos años atrás abandonó a un bebé.La historia de Alice, la abuela biológica de Kate, nos llevará a Londres de los años 20, a París de los años 30 con la ocupación Nazi. Y a vivir una historia de amor que ni el tiempo ni los kilómetros podrá matar.Con Kate en su búsqueda de la verdad sobre su familia nos llevará a Córcega en donde conocerá a Tom un famoso pintor que le contará una parte de la historia de su abuela. Y en esa mansión sobre un acantilado conocerá a Oliver, nieto del pintor que tras un recibimiento un tanto hostil se ira estableciendo entre ellos una relación muy especial.Y ese viaje para conocer el pasado de familia termina en Nueva York, en donde Kate descubrirá que no todas las historias de amor pueden tener un final feliz.Es una novela que me ha tenido enganchada desde el sábado, he tardado en leerme las más de 400 páginas un día y medio. Una historia preciosa con muchos ingredientes... amor romántico, amor de madre, como enfrentarse a la perdida de un ser querido, a sobrevivir, a ser leal a tus ideas aunque eso te haga renunciar a lo que más quieres, a amar de una forma generosa, pero sobre todo a que en la vida pierdas cosas pero puedes encontrar otras igual de importantes. Mi puntuación en realidad son 4 estrellas y media. El final me ha fallado un poco, lo he encontrado precipitado, el final de la historia de Kate y Oliver no existe, te lo cuenta como de pasada.Reseña completa:

  • Margaret
    2019-05-26 18:10

    4.5 starsReview copy from Lovereading.Once I started reading this I didn't want to stop; Lucy Foley is a great storyteller – it’s hard to believe that this is her first novel! It’s the story of Tom and Alice beginning in 1928 in Hertfordshire and moving backwards and forwards in time and place to 1986, from Paris, to London, Corsica and New York. It all revolves around Kate, whose mother, June, had recently died in a plane crash. When Kate is given an old line drawing in pen and ink, dated 1929, of a young woman, she initially thinks it is of June, but realises that it can’t be – the date is too early and the clothes and hair are all wrong. Thus the search for the woman in the drawing and the artist begins.There is so much I loved in this book – the characters, the settings and the time periods, against the backdrop of years before, during and after the Second World War. It’s a love story, of course, as well as a story of loss, discovery and grief as the decisions we make impact not just on our own lives but on those of others too.It is a beautiful book and one that I’d like to re-read one day – I’m sure that I would find things in it I missed this time in my eagerness to find out what happened next.

  • Fluffychick
    2019-06-16 16:49

    A gorgeous book, I loved it!After the death of her beloved mother and grandmother, Kate is alone and bereft but has the opportunity find her unknown family through a sketch of a beautiful woman who closely resembles her mother, but was clearly from an earlier time. Travelling to Corsica, Paris and New York she uncovers the dramatic love story of Tom and Alice and the consequences of decisions made in difficult times, where happy endings are elusive. It’s a sweeping romance that moves backwards and forwards in time, beginning with the carefree, halcyon days of the roaring twenties, through occupied Paris and beyond. Beautifully written and presented, I was totally drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down.Thank you to lovereading and Harper for my review copy.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-31 14:43

    First book I've read by this author and I would definitely read more!This is one of those books where you simply can't tell if it is fiction or not, it is well written. Little slow to start, but once you get a few chapters in you're hooked. Lucy Foley is an author of rare skill. I looooved the descriptions of Corsica.I loved the mystery of Alice and discovering about her over the chapters.Definitely worth giving a go!

  • Cleo Bannister
    2019-05-30 15:09

    The year is 1986 and Kate Darling has recently lost her mother June a world class ballerina in a tragic accident. Kate is struggling with her grief for the woman who she considered her best friend as well as her mother and she seeks solace in her mother’s saviour, Evie. Following one of their frequent meetings it becomes clear that Evie has been keeping a secret for many years and gives Kate a painting that had been sent to June. Kate senses a mystery and as a means of distraction from her unfulfilling life follows its lead.The picture was painted in 1928 by an up-and-coming artist named Tom, now an elderly man, living on the island of Corsica and Kate goes to visit him to find out more about the woman he painted. Tom reveals his side of a bitter-sweet love story that started in Hertfordshire and ended in Paris during the Second World War.Lucy Foley has bravely included three time-periods as well as three different locations in her tale which is executed with aplomb. The characters are all distinct, all feel authentic and true to the times they are depicted, especially Tom who struggles to balance his parent’s hopes and dreams for him with his love of art. Alice was a victim of the time and family she was born into and had the added encumbrance of her sex, destined to live her life without any purpose except to become a replica of her distant mother. Having just read two books that cover the occupation of France during the Second World War there were clear signs that the author had researched the historical element to use as detail for this part of the book, effortlessly transporting the reader to the exact time and place. By using different places for each of the time periods definitely made the transition of reading easier during the switches backwards and forwards in time.I do love a dual time frame book but only when they are done well, this device, in the wrong hands is a disaster for a number of reasons; to execute a story of this type well the characters, time and place all need to be distinct and authentic. The historical detail has to be spot-on and any of the characters that age during the transition need to be recognisable but not ‘frozen in time.’ Lucy Foley didn’t fall into any of the many pitfalls, instead managing to weave a great saga that had me engaged in the grand love story from the first page.As with all books in this genre the continuing story through the decades depends on a number of coincidences and tortured decisions to keep both the mystery element alive so although there were times that I desperately wished that the protagonists would say, or do, something different, perhaps for once take the sensible option, it wasn’t to be! And nor could it be. Again with books of this type I often prefer either the past or the present and as is often the case, the past was more engaging but I did enjoy the way that Kate was far from irrelevant to the story, she did have a stronger part to play than simply being the narrator of the events of previous years.If like me you are still waiting for Kate Morton to write her fifth book, you could do an awful lot worse (I should know, I’ve tried some of them) than pick up this book in the meantime.

  • Liviu
    2019-05-31 18:06

    another entry from the currently popular dual story-line past/present (here the past is the 1920's-1940's, present is 1986), family secrets with dramatic/tragic love stories in the past reverberating to present and being investigated when tragedy strikes here too etc etcas I really like such when done well, I always keep an eye for new offerings in the sub-genre, so when this appeared last year, I took a look but the opening didn't really hook me as it is slow and has no narrative power, so the novel went on the "looked and maybe read later" list which sadly is huge and keeps growing bigger all the time, so the odds are low on the "read later" front; however when the author released her second book, The Invitation, this year (which has a bit of a junky cover here in the US though the UK cover is magnificent), that book hooked me the moment I opened it and kept me turning pages until the great ending ( ), so i pulled The Book of Lost and Found from the "later pile" too; again slow start so it took me a while and a few other books to really get to continue, but once the action moved to the present day heroine, Kate, former art student, now a mid/late 20's photographer in London, who just lost her famed ballerina mother in a plane crash, while her (adopted) grandmother slowly dying of old age in a nursing home reveals to her that her biological grandmother tried to contact her mother years ago to explain how things happened and sent a drawing proving beyond doubt that she is the "real" mother, but she hid it and never mentioned it, so Kate has to investigate, the novel moved into real high gear and became what I hoped, namely another page turner not to be put down until the enda few more observations - the main heroine from the past, Alice/Celia, is the "larger than life" character such books usually need to work well and her choices (with a few things that happen to her true) basically determine everything, Kate makes a credible and fairly interesting present lead too, things are somewhat predictable after a while, but there are still twists and turns, while the ending part is excellent; on the negative side, the slow start almost killed the book for me, while there is a bit too much clutter as the novel goes on (luckily the author generally introduces such but leaves it soon after like in Oliver's - the present time male lead, grandson of Tom, the past male lead of the excerpt - now recovering after a bitter divorce - mother and former wife stories which are both dramatic too but soon passed over...)overall, definitely recommended and entertaining, so persevere despite the slow start and it will pay off

  • Victoria
    2019-05-18 17:43

    From its premise, this book promises to be an epic family drama. It opens with mention of a mysterious drawing, then flashes back in time to a roaring party in the past with flapper girls and childhood friends reunited. Then it moves to Kate’s story set in 1986 as she continues to grieve the death of her mother, a famous ballerina. When her sort-of-grandmother dies six months later, it is only the day after she reveals a secret about Kate’s mother - she has had contact with Kate’s biological grandmother, and so Kate sets about trying to track down her mother’s biological roots. The clues are pretty heavy-handed and easy to figure out, and though it all plays out rather predictably, it is still an engaging read. I like how tactfully the modern romance is handled so that it avoids any kind of darker undertones, but even in that the plot is very predictable. The novel never really feels fresh - oh there are a few details like the art angle that are new - but really it just feels like a story that I have heard before. The relationships - even the central romance - don’t have much complexity and the pacing drags in the middle. The varied timelines both rely rather heavily on telling. The ending isn’t terribly satisfying either. And while Foley manages to cram in the more exciting points of European history. I think that this novel does have the potential to be a great discussion starter for book clubs, but I think there are more satisfying and well-plotted reads out there. It’s not a bad book, but it just never impressed me nor did it ever seem very original.

  • Donna
    2019-06-01 15:59

    I loved the cover and I found the title intriguing. The story, however, was only OKAY. It was slow going for the most part, so even though I liked the characters, it was hard to stay interested. There was also a fair amount of repetition. I'm not sure how many times the color of one person's eyes were mentioned....I lost count (there were also other accounts of this type of repetition). The characters were portrayed well, so that was a plus. But I felt I wanted to know some of them better. The majority of the dialogue felt predictable and didn't add a lot of clarity. So 2 stars.

  • Mi vida en hojas de papel
    2019-05-19 11:54

    Todo lo perdido y encontrado es una novela sobrecogedora que nos enseña que existe el amor verdadero y que a pesar de los años, la distancia, las dificultades políticas y miles de obstáculos más hay sentimientos que nos se pueden olvidar. Una historia de amor que esconde mucho más de lo que parece a simple vista, con secretos, mentiras y misterio.Reseña completa aquí: http://mividaenhojadepapel.blogspot.c...

  • Nereia
    2019-06-13 12:48

    Il libro dell'amore perduto, in inglese The book of lost & found, viene presentato come un romanzo avvincente e selvaggiamente romantico. Ammetto di essere, in parte, in disaccordo con questa definizione lanciata dal Daily Mail e riportata in copertina.Si tratta, senza ombra di dubbio, di un libro molto romantico e, forse, la scelta di definirlo "selvaggiamente" romantico è più che azzeccata. Purtroppo, però, Lucy Foley non ci narra una storia che io definirei avvincente.Kate, fotografa rimasta orfana di madre da pochissimo tempo a causa di un incedente, viene a conoscenza di un segreto che riguarda la sua famiglia d'origine. Evie, nonna adottiva, in punto di morte le confessa di aver tenuto nascosto a June – madre di Kate e famosissima ballerina classica – di essere stata un tempo contattata da una donna, Célia, la quale sosteneva di essere la madre biologica di June. Evie, però, non ha mai avuto il coraggio di ricontattare quella donna, per paura che June ne rimanesse ferita e che Célia non fosse altro che un'arrivista, intenzionata a servirsi dell'enorme successo ottenuto da June fino a quel momento.Kate, quindi, decide di indagare nel passato di della madre e, rovistando tra vecchie lettere, entra in possesso di un disegno che ritrae una donna che somiglia in modo incredibile alla madre.Quel ritratto, scoprirà successivamente la nostra Kate, è stato fatto da Tom Stafford, famoso pittore, agli inizi della sua carriera. Kate, decisa più che mai a scoprire la verità, si imbarcherà in un viaggio che la porterà a scoprire la Corsica, Parigi e, infine, New York e che si rivelerà essere non solo un viaggio attraverso diversi Paesi ma, soprattutto, un viaggio attraverso il tempo e i forti sentimenti.Fin qui tutto bene, la storia presentata dall'autrice – sebbene non si possa dire sia particolarmente orginale – è interessante e si pressuppone, già dalle prime pagine del romanzo, che verrà raccontata una storia d'amore a dir poco travagliata. D'altronde, la scelta del titolo non è casuale.Qualcosa, però, nella costruzione del romanzo non ha funzionato. Non si tratta dello stile dell'autrice, molto semplice e che non si lascia andare a inutili descrizioni di luoghi o paesaggi non strettamente necessari. Non si tratta nemmeno dell'intreccio narrativo, seppure un po' troppo lineare per i miei gusti. Purtroppo, e mi dispiace davvero tanto dirlo perché volevo che questo libro mi piacesse più di "così-così", ho trovato tutto troppo scontato e prevedibile.Mai una volta ho dubitato sulla presenza del lieto fine, mai ho dubito sullo svolgersi della storia e mai ho dubitato su quali sarebbero state le reazioni dei personaggi. Sono una lettrice esigente, è vero. Laddove si pecca di trama originale è bene che ci siano altri pregi, quali ritmo della narrazione, dialoghi brillanti, personaggi ben caratterizzati.Ne Il libro dell'amore perduto non ho riscontrato quel quid, quel qualcosa che mi incuriosisse a tal punto da non riuscire a chiudere a malincuore il libro la notte.Lucy Foley racconta una storia romantica e lo fa con estrema delicatezza e con una buona dose di dolcezza, senza però mai inserire nulla di accattivante. Ecco cosa è mancato, ecco in cosa non è riuscita l'autrice: non è riuscita a rendere avvincente e accattivante la storia di un amore negato.Tutto procede così come il lettore lo ha immaginato, così come l'animo romantico di ognuno di noi vorrebbe che andasse, più o meno. Ciò che poi mi ha lasciata paerplessa e non mi ha affatto convinta sono i motivi per i quali questo amore, piuttosto che sbocciare, si trasforma in un amore negato, perduto.Mi sarebbe molto piaciuto se l'autrice, inoltre, avesse speso qualche parola in più per l'introspezione di alcuni personaggi che, purtroppo, non riescono a entrare nel cuore del lettore perché poco caratterizzati, rimanendo sullo sfondo, come fossero mere pedine utilizzate solo per giustificare le azioni degli altri personaggi.Mi dispiace moltissimo dare una valutazione bassa a questo romanzo ma, purtroppo, credo che l'autrice non sia stata in grado di sfruttarne al meglio le potenzialità.Un romanzo molto apprezzato in Inghilterra – paese natale della Foley – che, a causa della mancanza di pathos, per me rimane solo narrativa di intrattenimento.Recensione tratta dal mio blog Il libro dell'amore perduto di Lucy Foley

  • Littlebookworm
    2019-05-28 15:48

    1986, and Kate Darling still grieving the loss of her mother, finds herself handed a family mystery by her adopted grandmother, in the form of a sketched portrait of a beautiful woman by the famous artist Thomas Stafford. Intrigued to discover the truth that led to her mother's abandonment as a baby, Kate resolves to track down the only person who might hold some answers; the now reclusive artist himself.Hertfordshire, 1928, and at a swinging house party led by the bright young things, the paths of childhood friends Thomas Stafford and Alice Eversley reconvene; the old bond between them as resonant as ever, though new emotions stir between them now too, with the beginnings of a romance that will last in their hearts for a lifetime. For Tom and Alice the path of true love is a rocky one though, tried and tested not only by the world events around them, but the personal barriers that prevent them being together; Alice hails from aristocracy, whilst Tom is a mere aspiring artist. Can there be a happy ending for these two star-crossed lovers?This is an exceptional debut from Foley, who writes with a surety and wonderfully eloquent turn of phrase; seamlessly weaving together a story that spans generations and continents and which is told from several different points of view in turn. Her style is reminiscent of Kate Morton at times, though did also remind me of Judith Kinghorn's One Last Summer; and I eagerly look forward to her future work.The Book of Lost and Found at its heart tells an age old story of two people who are clearly meant for each other, yet who life seems determined to keep apart. What could have been clichéd and predictable, however, is in Foley's hands instead portrayed as a beautiful love story that has an aching poignancy. This is in part due to her wonderful characterisation of both Tom and Alice, who leap into life from the pages. Tom comes across as a very solid and anchoring presence throughout the novel; whilst Alice has a remarkable sense of independence and bravery. Like all such love stories, there are twists and turns, and key decisions made that alter the course of the characters' lives; and whilst at times I felt like screaming at some of the characters for their choices, I could always understand why they acted as they did. I think Foley also deserves praise for her depiction of the characters across the years, which can sometimes be tricky; yet she manages to keep the essence of her characters whilst at the same time believably ageing them.Whilst I preferred the parts of the novel relating to the past more than I did the present, Kate's own story is well conveyed too; and she comes across as a character in her own right, with her own blossoming romance engaging.I loved the depictions of Corsica with its remote and wild beauty. The parts of the novel set in Paris around World War 2 were also captured well I thought, in terms of the sense of place and time. Perhaps Alice's story during World War 2 was a little rushed; as given all that she went through during this period, it seemed as if it could have formed the plot for a book in itself.I also liked the fact that Foley doesn't tie up everything completely neatly at the end; as a reader there are perhaps still a few questions that are entertained, but I was satisfied to ruminate on these for myself. Overall I found this a wonderfully engaging read that I enjoyed savouring; the story and characters taking real shape and lingering in the mind long after the final pages were turned.

  • Carolina
    2019-06-18 17:44

    Evie decide confesarle a su nieta la verdad sobre el origen de su madre ya fallecida, entregándole una carta y un dibujo que envió su supuesta verdadera abuela por lo cual Kate decide emprender un viaje a la verdad.Soy una amante de este tipo de historias, mi punto de referencia es Kate Morton que es una experta en narraciones similares. Cuando yo leí la reseña de 'Todo lo perdido y encontrado' sumado a esto era una recomendación que leí en alguna página como un brillante debut para Lucy Foley, me dije que debía leerlo.No es un mal libro, pero encontré rasgos de muchos otros libros, tanto así que en ocasiones fue increíblemente predecible. De hecho hubo momentos tan forzados y ridículos que me parecía increíble que le publicasen. Todo fue apresurado y atropellado, como la relación que hizo con el autor del dibujo que fue la primera pista, el romance que ha surgido de la nada de Kate con Oliver el nieto del pintor, fue todo tan rápido, de un capítulo a otro Oliver era tan entregado a la causa con tan poco conocimiento que absurdo por donde se mire, además él viene siendo un hombre roto, alguien que sale de una terrible relación y ya está de la noche a la mañana prendado de Kate que me dije ¡Este chico debe pasarme la receta para curar el corazón roto tan mágicamente! Después a mitad e camino desaparece totalmente, se vuelve sólo una mención esporádica hasta el último capítulo. Alice fue la mejor parte, me gustó más su desarrollo dentro de la guerra, hubo momentos en que podía imaginar el ambiente, las dificultades, la miseria que se respiraba en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la fuerza que Alice requirió para salir. Esa parte me hizo relajarme de todo lo demás, pero todo empezaba a fallar cuando se forzaba el relatar la paternidad de June, la madre de Kate.La identidad del padre de June fue otra cosa que no me gustó mucho, descubrirla un poco más adelante de la mitad del libro no es lo que más me incomodó, fue como se descubrió, Alice lo dice casi al instante de ver a Kate, cuando comenzó todo como un misterio al final ni hubo misterio que descubrir, solo se supo así sin más.El final es lo peor de todo, cuando estas aceptado como fueron las cosas y te la pasas diciendo 'pobre Alice', das vuelta a la página y ya se acabó, así sin más, sólo sabes que Alice muere y más adelante que Tom también, siempre quise saber si Tom supo toda la verdad porque eso nunca quedó claro, si él y Alice se volvieron a ver, que sucedió en el futuro.Yo esperaba algo más al ver una reseña y una portada tan linda, deseaba mucho hasta la última página que me sorprendieran con algún misterio descubierto, pero en cambio me topé con una historia que pudo ser mucho más explotada pero apostó por ser terriblemente tibia e ilógica. No me gustó y nunca la volvería a leer.

  • Anne
    2019-05-24 14:42

    It's not very often that your very first review of a new year (Happy New Year to all!) starts with "I think I might have found one of my books of the year". The moment I stumbled across this book (a mention on Twitter) I just had to read it - I never normally pursue a review copy of a book (thank you to the HarperCollins Publicity!) but it sounded just perfect. And it really is... quite perfect.First of all, it's a quite excellent story - comfortably spanning three separate timeframes in the telling, moving between them quite seamlessly, as the links between the stories slowly and cleverly emerge. It has the wonderful strong female characters I love in both Alice (particularly Alice) and Kate - characters with complexity and depth, characters that you grow to love. The supporting cast is excellent too - Thomas Stafford is thoroughly fascinating, and is rightly at the centre of the book while the female characters grow in strength. It's well researched, with a depth of historical detail that's effortlessly used in the story's telling: the settings are vividly described, wholly appropriately when Tom is an artist and Kate a photographer, and spring to life as you read. The love story at the book's heart is beautifully told - wholly convincing, all consuming, and thoroughly gripping. And the writing is really, really excellent - flowing and beautifully readable - making the book a page turner from the opening pages, where Tom is uncomfortable amid all the bright young things at a 1920s party, to the perfect epilogue. Add to all that the quite gorgeous cover - as a Kindle reader I'm rarely struck by such things, and so glad I read a paper copy - I'm not sure what else you could possibly ask for in a book.The publicity for this book says "sweeping and heartrending – the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton". I wouldn't argue with that - those authors are two of my personal favourites. There was something about it that reminded me of Deborah Lawrenson too - particularly Songs of Blue and Gold - and perhaps a little of Lucinda Riley. But Lucy Foley has a style all of her own, and this is an exceptional first novel - I can't wait to see what she does next. Whatever you do, don't miss this one.

  • Maya Panika
    2019-05-26 12:07

    This is a pleasant read but nothing new and with writing that is, on occasion, terribly hackneyed and verging on the cliché. This is at its most egregious in the first half of the book when Protagonist Kate is just discovering her tragic family history. Kate is a woman in her twenties, the setting is London in the mid eighties but Kate talks in the oddest way - I had to say, it felt very much like the author had read too many nineteenth century novels before writing this novel. I don't know how old Lucy Foley is, maybe she is very young and the mid eighties seems like ye olden dayes, but I was there and I promise you that very few spoke as Kate does here. Eventually the style settles down a bit and the story starts to come through. Not at all a bad story, enjoyable certainly, but not in the least fresh or original. I enjoyed the Corsican chapters the most. Lucy Foley has clearly spent time there. The descriptive quality of these chapters is, at times, lyrical and lovely and I really felt I was standing on that bare, rocky soil, baking in the heat, breathing in the scent of myrtle, sage and thyme and the salty breeze. The second half holds a far less interesting story (there are a great many novels about the war in Paris that are much better than this) but the writing is better, more imaginative, less pretentious. The story also picks up pace at this point, but never really goes anywhere unexpected. At no point is the writing exciting enough to make up for a rather tired story in which all the characters are such Characters. All have such madly artistic, terribly tragic lives, unimagined wealth and/or beauty. None of them feel like real people.I was left with the impression that this was an attempt at a pop re-write of Atonement or... well, a dozen or more novels really. It succeeds, in that it's a nice easy read; enjoyable and absorbing - I rattled through its 454 pages in 4 days - and a pleasant way to wind down at bedtime.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-06-13 19:10

    Προτερήματα:- Είναι πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η ζωή της Άλις, όσο ήταν νέα τουλάχιστον. Είναι ωραίο το ότι η συγγραφέας μας ταξιδεύει σε μιαν άλλη εποχή, δίνοντάς μας όσο στοιχεία χρειάζεται για να την βιώσουμε, χωρίς να το κουράζει πολύ.- Υπάρχει αρκετά καλή διαχείριση των χρόνων, αφού παίζει με το σήμερα, την δεκαετία του '80 αλλά και του '20. Στην αμφίδρομη αφήγηση, αυτό είναι ένα μεγάλο συν αφού, παρά το γεγονός ότι μεταφερόμαστε μπρος-πίσω, είναι πάντα ξεκάθαρο το στάδιο που παρακολουθούμε και δεν μπερδευόμαστε καθόλου.- Έχει καλή δομή και αναμφίβολα, είναι καλογραμμένο. Σίγουρα η συγγραφέας, ξέρει να χειρίζεται πολύ καλά τον λόγο και να μας μεταφέρει ξεκάθαρα τις εικόνες, άσχετα αν τελικά, δεν καταλαβαίνουμε πιο ήταν το point του βιβλίου.Αδυναμίες:- Η μεγαλύτερη αδυναμία του βιβλίου, είναι ότι δεν αναπτύσσει και δεν εξελίσσει όσο πρέπει την αρχική ιδέα η οποία, ομολογουμένως, είναι πάρα πολύ καλή και εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα. Με πιο απλά λόγια, ενώ θα μπορούσε να έχει απογειώσει το βιβλίο, καταφέρνει να προσφέρει ένα μέτριο αποτέλεσμα, που μάλλον ως άνευρο θα το χαρακτηρίζαμε.- Δεν φτάνει ποτέ στην κορύφωση αφού, είναι εξαιρετικά προβλέψιμο. Δεν ξέρω αν αυτό είναι μόνο δικιά μου αίσθηση, αλλά ειλικρινά, ήξερα τι έχει συμβεί, πριν να αποκαλυφθεί και αυτό, σίγουρα δεν είναι καλό για τον αναγνώστη που περιμένει μια ανατροπή.- Ενώ στον πυρήνα του, έχει έντονη συναισθηματική κι αισθηματική δράση, όταν καλείται να κορυφωθεί ο έρωτας, στερείται πάθους κι έντασης. Δεν λέω ότι περίμενα κάτι πιο hot, αλλά σαφέστατα, ήθελα κάτι παραπάνω έτσι ώστε να βιώσω την συγκίνηση του συναισθήματος.- Το γεγονός ότι όλοι οι χαρακτήρες, ανοίγουν την καρδιά τους και εκμυστηρεύονται τα βαθύτερα εσώψυχά τους στον πρώτο που θα βρεθεί στον δρόμο τους... πως να το κάνουμε... δεν είναι ούτε ωραίο, ούτε ρεαλιστικό. Θα μπορούσε να το έχει αναπτύξει λίγο, έτσι ώστε να ανεβάσει λίγο τον βαθμό δυσκολίας και όλο αυτό, να είναι και πιο δυνατό σε συναισθηματικό επίπεδο.

  • Karen ⊰✿
    2019-06-07 13:41

    Kate's mother dies unexpectedly and this leads Kate on a journey to discover her estranged grandmother. Through this process, Kate learns about her grandparents, and their story across the decades through WWII and beyond.The novel timeshifts across three main time periods, and each explores different characters of the time and their decisions, motivations, and the repercussions of these on other people and future generations. I enjoyed this as a historical fiction novel with interesting characters that discover what they have lost....and found. It is a slow burn and not for readers who prefer action or complete explanations. Like life, this novel doesn't give you all the answers, nor does the narrator pass judegment on the characters, that is ultimately left to the reader to contemplate.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-24 18:57

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book and as soon as I received it I started reading it.I had heard good reviews mainly on Twitter, so had high hopes for this read! It did not disappoint, from the moment it began I was drawn in to the author's world. The characters are likeable & you want to know what happened to them. It covers a dark period of history, which is written about in a sensitive manner. Well written and well set out, keeping my interest through out. It is also a beautiful looking book! Will definitely recommend this book to others.

  • CristinaRamírez
    2019-06-18 12:07

    3.5 y nada mal para ser la primera novela publicada de esta autora. Sigue el estilo de mi adorada Kate Morton (quizás un poco más sosegado) y nos lleva a Londres, París, Nueva York y Córcega en dos momentos distintos a través de los ojos de tres personajes que aparentemente no tienen nada en común pero que termina descubriendo un vínculo más fuerte que el arte.