This book is every single woman’s nightmare of a scenario. Rosy’s husband dies of a heart attack suddenly and she’s left with 2 boys to raise and the unfolding of a husband that she didn’t really know. She’s forced to face the fact that maybe her husband didn’t really tell her everything she thought he did when their lawyer discovers that there is no money for Rosy and there is a secret mortgage on an alpaca farm hours away. It’s when she decides to move to the farm to save some money that she discovers the secret life her husband lived.
The fact that Rosy has two sons who adored their father makes things even more of a challenge. She’s never quite sure when the right time is to tell her sons that their father wasn’t exactly who they thought he was and she doesn’t want to taint their memories of him either.
The boys don’t make life any easier for Rosy. Typical teens that aren’t sure how to handle the situation ongoing themselves. It has to be distressing for a young boy to lose the father he worshiped and I think Jan wrote the boys perfectly angsty in every way. If life was easy for Rosy we wouldn’t have a story would we?
The fact that the story has a couple intertwining stories within was great. There is the part about Rosy and her life with her late husband, there is her late husbands life that no one else knew of and there is a potential love story brewing in the background. The alpaca farm is a scene that I’ve not read before but it did add an element of interest to the story, I though and the farm itself helped some of the characters interact which was great.
What I Loved:
-Wow, I loved the drama of Rosy’s dead husband. The man knew how to screw up his life and everyone else’s life as well. Even though I never felt bad for him, his story was sad.
-I loved the fact that Rosy not only discovered herself in the book but she discovered who her boys were, who they were as a family
What I didn’t Love:
-James was a bit of a handful… I thought he was a tad over the top and the fact that Rosy just took it was not my cup of tea.
-The book was a little slow starting but once I got to the midway point I felt like the story picked up and I really enjoyed it.
What I thought of the Cover:
-Super cute cover, one of my favorite colors and it’s very ‘chick lit-ish’.
The book is great, the story is crazy but fun to read, although I’d never want to live it. Rosy has so much more strength than I would in this situation and I’m so glad to see her with a happy ending of her own. She deserved it.
It’s a great, light read and fits perfectly in the women’s fiction genre. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the genre and if you have an interest in alpacas that side of the story if a fun experience too!
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About the Author:
So – all about me ………
I went to live in London when I was 17. Pretty young really, amazing that my parents let me go – after six years at a draughty boarding school in Yorkshire, my knowledge of life was hardly encyclopaedic. Mind you, whose is at 17? Initially, I trained as a radiographer but didn’t like it much and dabbled in other worlds where I couldn’t find anything I really wanted to do. Apart from sit and read a book, of course. Nanny? Nope. Not after attempting to look after two hideous children who only spoke Dutch. Cooking in a restaurant in Cornwall? Not really my thing, especially as my role seemed to consist of doing the washing up. So back to London where I spent many years in Wandsworth, getting married and having three fabulous sons, two of whom are twins. Now I live in Dorset, but am unwilling to give up totally on city life and so I still go back there to work at LSE one day a week. I’m a dyslexia support tutor. I also work at a local girls’ school and because of the lovely, long holidays I’m able to spend a good part of the year with all my boys at our holiday home in Italy. Along with our elderly dog, we relish the time we’re able to spend in la bella Umbria. My husband is the Deputy Mayor of our town here in Dorset which keeps him busy.
I’ve recently published, on line, my first novel with the second one to follow shortly. The third one is still in the process of being written. All of them are stand-alone books. Although I’ve been writing for many years, it never seemed a possible financial option as a career but belatedly I’ve realised that if I don’t pursue my dream right now, that’s all it will ever be. The result is The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett.
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