Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Zoe Folbigg, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Brand new from the bestselling author of Under One Roof.
One lost suitcase. Two strangers. And a notebook that will change lives.
For almost fifty years, sisters Dolly and Greta have lived together – getting each other through the good times and the bad.
Except this year, Greta isn’t there and Dolly is feeling lost and alone. In memory of her sister, Dolly heads to the lost luggage auction where she and Greta go each Christmas. But her bid reveals a gift she never imagined.
Amongst the clothes is the notebook of a reclusive woman who has hardly been outside for an entire year, but who isn’t ready to give up on life. The notebook’s contents resonate with Dolly. With the support of her neighbours, retired Leroy and eleven year old Flo, Dolly decides to take on the year of firsts Phoebe had planned.
But, can you have a year of firsts when you’re seventy-two? And is Dolly ready to discover the notebook’s secrets, or are some secrets better left lost at the airport?
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Samantha Tonge never fails to impress me with her stories full of community, friendship and characters that just pop right out of the pages and become part of your life in so many ways. She is the master of exploring family/friend dynamics and relationships and I devour every book of hers with great gusto.
Dolly lives a lonely life but has a tradition of going to a lost luggage sale yearly. This time she finds a diary and some belongings from a woman named Phoebe, who has documented her year of trying new things (firsts). Along with an 11 year old and a gay, elderly neighbour, Dolly sets out to try her own year of firsts.
I adored how this involved several generations and three totally different characters, plus Phoebe’s story too. Each character has their own issues and troubles and are carrying their burdens but the way their lives entwine and all their stories become woven together creates such a beautiful tale of friendship and discovery.
For me, Lost Luggage is about a journey – different to each person but impacted by them all the same. It’s about it never being too late, finding yourself and your own way and experiencing new things.
This book made me feel in so many ways. I chuckled, cried and felt warmed at different points but overall it’s such a wonderful and uplifting story for those who love women’s fiction but not necessarily looking for a book heavily based on romance. This is a brilliant, multi-generational novel packed with tender moments and heart-warming bits.
I highly recommend.
Author Bio – Samantha Tonge
Samantha Tonge is the bestselling and award-winning author of over 15 romantic fiction titles published by HQ, and most recently Aria. Her first book for Boldwood, Under One Roof, was published in February 2022 and her move to Boldwood marks a broadening of her writing into multi-generational woman’s fiction. She lives in Manchester with her family.
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