Hello, Sunshines on this sunny day, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; The Village of Lost and Found by Alison Sherlock. I can’t wait to share my review of this charming book with you all.
Firstly I want to say thank you to the Boldwood team and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
The Village of Lost and Found by Alison Sherlock.
Series: Riverside Lane Series #2
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Brand NEW from the bestselling author of The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts.
Scandal hit party girl Lucy Conway needs to leave London fast, so she packs her bags and escapes to the sleepy village of Cranbridge to take care of her beloved Uncle Frank.
But the country village isn’t quite as idyllic as she remembers. To make matters worse, her Uncle’s pride and joy, The Cranbridge Times, is close to going out of business.
Editor-at-Large Tom Addison is having a crisis of confidence and needs help if the newspaper is going to survive.
With time on her hands, can Lucy work some magic and together save the family newspaper?
Over a long, hot summer, friendships are made and hearts begin to heal. And, with the help of a stray dog, perhaps Lucy and Tom can find their very own new beginning…
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2MC47nP
Firstly, can we just take a moment to really appreciate how lovely this cover is? It’s so pretty and cheerful, and it works perfectly with the story. I love the simplistic design of the girl sitting on the bridge with her dog, big thumbs up to the art department.
When I sat down to read this book, I didn’t realise that this was apart of a series, in fact, it is the second book in the Riverside Lane series, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book at all, I read it very easily as a stand-alone. This is also my first Alison Sherlock book, I thoroughly enjoyed her enchanting and almost dream-like writing which is so perfectly entwined with real wit and emotion, I can’t wait to discover more of Sherlock’s work.
Set in the dreamy, picturesque little village of Cranbridge, this is a charming little second chance romance, yet at its heart, there is family and friendship. We see wild-child turned good girl; Lucy who for reason’s I won’t divulge the has to speedily flee London, she must flee the scandal which is circulating around, the social sharks can smell blood in the water – but she is far better off as once she arrives in Cranbridge, she becomes apart of the community, she makes good friends and is wanted and cared for.
She decides to leave her not quite happy life and move to the quiet village where she can help look after her beloved uncle Frank, one of the few people who actually care about her – after all her family don’t give a fig about her as she is the ‘wild troubled child’, it’s only her Uncle who genuinely cares. I really like the bond between Lucy and her Uncle, I think deep down they are both lonely, misunderstood people who just need someone to show a little love and kindness.
Once there Lucy like all of us readers instantly feel happier and very much at home, Cranbridge is such a sweet and unassuming little village with some of the best character’s – think Vicar of Dibley and you are on the money. Lucy is soon deposited into the Cranbridge Times, the local newspaper owned by her uncle Frank, where she soon sees that the paper has fallen on hard times.
She is more than ready to roll up her sleeves and help rescue her family business, but she has another problem which she must also face ad that is the handsome, charismatic and grieving editor; Tom, he’s lost his way in life since the death of his mother and he has found himself stuck in a rut and in blazes Lucy the breath of fresh air with imagination which; The Cranbridge Times and Tom need. I loved watching their relationship blossom, they don’t always see eye to eye but her confidence grows as her ideas and opinions are actually listened to, she works hard to help mend the paper and its editor.
I love the community spirit of the village, I love the candid humour, the joy and warmth which engulfs day to day village life, it’s all so perfectly written it’s got laughter, humour, joy, a little sadness and a wide range of characters coming together which create a balanced and realistic story which will make you smile.
The Village of Lost and Found is a charming, heart-warming and feel-good little story full of lightness and warmth, it’s the perfect sunny evening read, just close your eyes and be swept away to delightful Cranbridge, I can’t wait to visit again.
About the Author
Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream.
Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title was published in July 2020.
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