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Summary

In many ways, my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that.

It's when life started in earnest. Hertfordshire, 1928.

The paths of Tom and Alice collide against a haze of youthful, carefree exuberance. And so begins a love story that finds its feet by a lake one silvery moonlit evening....

It's when there were no happy endings. Paris, 1939.

Alice is living in the City of Light, but the pain of the last decade has already left its mark. There's a shadow creeping across Europe when she and Thomas Stafford - now a world famous artist - find each other once more . . .

It's when the story begins London, 1986.

Bequeathed an old portrait from her grandmother, Kate Darling uncovers a legacy that takes her to Corsica, Paris and beyond. And as the secrets of time fall away, a love story as epic as it is life changing slowly reveals itself...

Sweeping and heartrending - the perfect listen for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.

©2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2015 Lucy Foley

Critic reviews

"A classic sweeping love story . . . moving and engrossing" (Katherine Webb)

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Wonderful escapism!

I finished this in two days - I got lost in Alice and Tom's story and I loved Kate's quest, too. it's fantastic escapism... I was transported to a Corsican summer and I felt that I learned a lot along the way about art and history. I didn't want to leave the characters at the end... they all felt so real to me. It broke my heart but in a good way! If you love art, beautiful locations, family secrets and epic love stories then this is for you.

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  • 13-02-17

badly narrated

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration. The storyline was interesting but not so interesting to make me want to continue with it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I only got as far as chapter 4 before giving up on this book. I found the narrator irritating because she constantly mispronounced various words and had a sort of staccato tone to her voice.

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really badly read which ruins the book

really badly read which ruins the book - so flegmatic it's impossible to concentrate. sorry seems interesting so I recommend a hard copy though this author's second book is much much better and beautifully read!

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Loved it - engaging with some surprises!

What made the experience of listening to The Book of Lost and Found the most enjoyable?

There was a lovely 'feel' about this tale - I cared about its characters!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did cry especially towards the end with the details concerning the war

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended - I was sad to say Goodbye to the characters that I'd grown to know, admire and love

1 of 2 people found this review helpful