• The Book of Lost and Found

  • A Novel
  • By: Lucy Foley
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (681 ratings)

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The Book of Lost and Found

By: Lucy Foley
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2015 Lucy Foley (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lucy Foley masterfully evokes period and setting in The Book of Lost and Found. Readers may count on losing hours of sleep to remain immersed in lush Corsica, luminous Paris, and lively New York, with an unforgettable group of characters, and a mystery that spans decades. Sublime!" (Erika Robuck, best-selling author of Hemingway's Girl and Call Me Zelda)
" The Book of Lost and Found is an irresistibly entertaining and evocative novel, a tender, heartwrenching tale of love lost and found immersed in a suspenseful historical mystery. Lucy Foley's impressive debut thoroughly satisfies, and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next." (Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule and Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker)
" The Book of Lost and Found is a sheer joy to read. Everything I love is in there - romance, the linking of past and present, travel to wonderful (and wonderfully described) destinations, characters I wish I could meet, and an evocative mystery - all spun together with Foley's engaging and elegant prose." (Mary Simses, author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café)

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It reads like a traveloge

This story has a romantic, atmospheric start, but the constant switching between time lines and characters POV and changes in locale began to wear thin. It reads like a traveloge. After a lot of drama and too much plotting, the story is wrapped up much too quickly. It felt rushed and unsatisfying.

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How lucky am I?

How lucky indeed to have found author Lucy Foley. This is my second read of hers. Her descriptive talent placed me in the sites she described and the narrative goof to the last word.

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Terrible ending!

I have enjoyed 2 otter Lucy Foley books immensely, however for me, this one had the trifecta being of mystery romance and history. This would have been a 5 star rating until the the story reached the very depressing and sad account of Alice’s ww2 imprisonment. Now that being part of the climax was essentially for the heart pull but then fell flat with the very abrupt ending. We’re left having to read between the lines that there may have been communication between Alice and Tom after Kate first met Alice. At the very least, it should have ended with the story of how Oliver and Kate’s relationship solidified since they were still together years later. It’s almost as though the writer was tired of the book and finished before the story was done being told. Very disappointing!

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meh till Alice

narration was the best. her different "voices" weren't awesome, but as good as any, I suppose. the story was pretty slow going till Alice comes on the scene- everything about WWII was so good, I felt like I was right there. I get why the earlier parts were so obviously important to the story. tye "turn of phrase" as they say, was stupendous. ms.foley is perfection and painting a picture with words. I've read others by her that are great all the way thru. this one isn't bad, I hope I don't miss speak. as you go along it's kind of: ok, ok, meh, meh, ok, oooohhhh okaaay, wow, oh my! wow, oh wow. I guess the earlier parts are a means to an end. all in all, I'm not positive I'd recommend it to a friend.

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Good, but not as good as other Foley novels

While I enjoyed this book, I must admit it seemed to miss some of the mystery and suspense of her other novels. It is however a charming, though sad, love story. The narration. however, is very good. Well worth the listen.

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An exquisite love story

This book is about compelling and unusual love and interconnection that span of three generations, both world wars and many countries. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator’s telling of it.

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wanted to like it but wouldn't recommend it

wanted to really like it, but found it very detailed in some areas and other areas not enough info is given so it lacked balance. I had issues worth some voices especially Oliver's which was nasal and grating. It made me not like him. the ending was rushed and poorly told. Will not recommend this book.

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Dreamy Story

I like a story that transports me to other places and times as this book does so well. This would be a great book for a book club because it makes you think about actions and consequences. How life may have been different for the characters had they made different choices. Eventually, you can reflect on how choices of relatives before you shaped your life. The narration is superb.

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Well written, but too much story? Not enough too?

This was well written and very different in format from Lucy Foley's other books. While the book was quite lengthy, somehow there was both too much story and not enough fleshed out with some of story line. I might have enjoyed two "twin" books instead of one big book. Also the relationship between the young people was cute but the tension felt forced.

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Well told story with a great sense of place

This is a deeply felt, well told story that unwinds slowly, but not too slowly. I loved the descriptions of the places in which the narrative occurs, and greatly loved the characters. Very well done.

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