Monday, October 17, 2016

The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett - Jan Birley (Review)

27748594The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley
Genres: Fiction, Chick-Lit
Publication date:
November 4th 2015

Publisher: Acorn Independent Press
Format: ebook, 279 pages
How I got it: From Jan Birley for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon 
My rating: 5/5

Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies.

As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her husband’s secret life: secrets accounts, secret deals that their solicitor knew nothing of, secret debts and what looks like a secret “very close friend” at least.

Totally unprepared and suddenly in debt, Rosy is forced to leave London to start a new life with her incredibly reluctant boys in the countryside. Can angsty urban teenagers cope with farm life, let alone enjoy it? More to the point, can their mother? It’s certainly not going to be easy but when you are at rock bottom the only way is up.

My thoughts:

This book follow Rosy as her husband suddenly dies and she is left to find out he had a secret life.   Rosy lived what she thought of as a simple life in London with her husband and two sons.  Rosy had what seemed like everything in order and when her husband dies she finds out none of that was true.

The author did an amazing job developing Rosy as the lead character.  Rosy was a very strong individual even if she didn't know if throughout the whole book.  I felt as a reader I couldn't help but root for Rosy the entire time.   I felt like the internal dialogue that we got to see from Rosy on how conflicted she felt when making decisions really helped to bring her to life.  The story is told from Rosy's POV only and it is perfect! I felt like I really got to know her and her thought process. 

I loved the author descriptions used throughout the novel.  The author really brought all of the scenes to life with the descriptions.  I felt like I was right alongside Rosy in her trips to the country or event the store.  I felt like I could completely imagine what her clothes looked like and the colors of everything around her. 

The book takes a lot of turns that I did not see coming at all.  I felt like once everything was starting to fall into place something else would happen and everything would change again.  The author did a great job keeping me wanting more and at the end feeling complete.   The twists and turns this book takes will keep you on your toes and you wouldn't see everything coming. 

I would suggest this as a perfect nighttime read.  It gave me a lot to think about so there were easy natural stopping points.  Also, there are parts where you just want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to Rosy in the end.

I received a copy of this book from Jan Birley for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About the Author

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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