Writing The “Book Of Lost And Found” In Italy, New York, And Paris


thThe Book Of Lost And Found fell into the genre of a woman searching for long lost family members she discovered through a letter. When her grandmother died, Kate Darling learned that her mother’s birth mom had actually found her and attempted to make contact. With the loss of both mother and grandmother, Kate launched into a search to locate the grandmother who called herself Celia. The search led her to a famous artist living in Corsica. 

When artist and Celia’s lover, Thomas, responded to Kate’s inquiry, he not only admitted to knowing Celia, nee Alice, but also invited her to visit him at his home on Corsica. The location of the house, which stood right on the sea, gave this book a beautiful setting. But, among the shining sea and lush landscape were turbulent emotions and secrets. Thomas’ grandson, Oliver didn’t warm to Kate initially, but soon became a confidant to her, drawing her out of her grief and reminding her how much she wanted to live a fulfilling life.

Ok, so that could have been the whole book right there. But instead, the author continued on with more stories. First it was a story about a woman searching for her biological grandmother then it became a story of her grandmother’s life in England and then in Nazi occupied France. Then Sophie had a love interlude. There were too many obvious plot events. Also, I felt that the story should have been told in a different order. By the time Alice began to tell her love story, I already knew whether she ended up with Thomas, so the whole affair felt irrelevant and unnecessary.

There was something about the wording that required my full attention to read this. Not that it was a chore, but it took effort. I liked parts of this, but as a whole, it was too lengthy and went in too many directions.

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