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    A Cozy Read

    I would first like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me an ARC (advanced read copy) of this book. This was definitely one of those warm and cozy types of books. People always making tea, serving tea, drinking tea with the ones they are close to. “The kettle was coming to a boil again. More tea, but it was a comforting routine, part of the ritual of friendship, and today, more than any day, they were all prepared to drink gallons of the stuff if it helped Lia.” A young librarian starts a book club at her library and ends up trying to help out all of the people who join as time goes by… and possibly to help herself. “Well, I used to think that things were quite simple and then I found myself becoming involved in what was happening in other people’s lives, and I’ve realised just how complicated life can be- how you can be set on a particular path one minute and then something comes along and prompts a life changing decision.” I felt that this story had distinctly EMMA like qualities about it. A young woman who is trying to guide the lives of others without understanding where her own young life should be going. Her mother doesn’t seem to help either, in my opinion.. while Lucy, you come to realise, has a lovely family, her mothers’ initial prompt on why to make friends is a little wayward to me.. “Being a friend costs nothing – and from what you’ve said that’s exactly what Lia and Oscar need right now. Everything happens for a reason, and maybe if you give them a helping hand, somewhere along the line they’ll help you out too, give you something back in return that perhaps you never even knew you needed. That’s how it works in my experience.” Now, I get that she probably meant that these people would give her something that maybe she is lacking in her life, social skills, etc. we all learn from our friends. But, I couldn’t help reading that suggestion from a possibly socially graceless point of view thinking “be friends with someone so I can get something out of it in the end??” Beyond these silly things that I am picking on, maybe I’ve been imbibing on too much of my own recommended drink, it was a very sweet story and it was well written with, in my opinion, very relatable characters.
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    Such a Wonderful, Warm Read!

    As a mad bookworm, I love a novel about a book club and this is one of loveliest ones I’ve come across. Such well-rounded and realistic characters, all with their own difficult life situations to cope with .. and they are all safe in the hands of Emma Davies. Having given up her studies to run a small local library, Lucy sets up a book club which turns out to give it’s members what amounts to their social life. Callum spends his days in the library to escape from his unambitious family; Hattie enjoys the adult company whilst her young daughter attends school; Stanley, recently widowed, likes to sit and read quietly and Lia? Well, as carer for her mother suffering from dementia it is her once a week respite. Each of them have their own reasons for seeking out the company of others, and the book club saves their sanity on a weekly basis. This is such a wonderful read. With plenty happening to the characters – all believable and nobody perfect – all the small details add up to one bumper read. I’m not going to give anything away, but there are enough ups and downs to keep the reader glued and turning the pages at a decent speed. I loved all of it, every single tale and have no hesitation in recommending to lovers of a well-written rom-com. I have enjoyed every novel this author has written, but I think she has excelled herself with Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found. My thanks to Bookouture for allowing me to access an arc via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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    Book Club Will Never Be The Same

    Lucy is, not to put too fine a point on it, a meddler. She can't help herself, she has to put people's lives to rights. Having given up on her dream of becoming a teacher she starts work at the local library and that's where her penchant for interfering really kicks in. Starting a book club mean she becomes overly involved in the lives of it's handful of members. Her age is also very hard to pin down, at times her reactions are like those of a mid-teens school girls and at others she behaves like a much older woman - I guess this is realistic as our responses to situations can be all over the place. I did find her irritating and couldn't really understand why the populace of the book seemed to almost revere her. Fortunately, it is the supporting cast of characters that make this book. This is particularly so with Lia, carer to her mother and desperate to learn to dance, desperate for a simpler way of life, desperate to emulate her mother's youth. The difficulties of looking after someone with Dementia are clearly articulated but with a sense of this is just how things are rather than "poor me pathos" which it could so easily have slipped in to. Her friendship with single mother Hattie is just beautiful and the sort of friendship that we would all love to have. Hattie's tale of being a single mother is poignant and you have to admire her strength in choosing her situation when you find out what a rat her fiance was. The tension with her family relationships is well told, even though you have a good idea of where this is going and how it links with other characters in the book. We don't choose our families and Hattie's determination to make things right with her mother - even though she doesn't know what she did wrong - is drawn perfectly. I also loved the fragile gentility of widower Oscar. Definitely a gentleman from another era with the manners and reticence to prove it. The glimpses we get in to his life are heartbreaking but they haven't broken him. He has some rather strident views and misconceptions about people but isn't afraid to apologise when he is wrong and he does his best. The other "main" character is 19 year old Callum, a young man struggling to better himself, struggling to distance himself from his family who he sees as feckless. He is painfully shy and this comes across so well on the page and when he is "taken in" by bride-to-be Phoebe you do feel for him. The development of his close relationship with Lisa and her family is believable, although I couldn't help but wonder if her cared far more for the idyllic family set up than for Lisa. I may not have liked the main character at all but the people she is surrounded with are so well drawn that I couldn't help but fall in love with the book. You feel like you are going on their journeys with them and all through the book you are wishing for them to get their happy ending - whatever that might be for each person. The plot is soothing and gentle and even a little thrilling in person as secrets are uncovered and divulged. This could so easily have dissolved in to mawkishness but somehow Ms Davies has avoided this pitfall.
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