Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Book Review - Lost and Found by Lucy Cavendish

Synopsis - Samantha Smythe has a busy summer ahead of her with her three active young sons.  Her au pair is more interested in the contents of the fridge than in the three children, her husband's off drinking champagne for breakfast in London and the famous footballer who has moved into the village seems to think Samantah is the answer to his problems.

Then out of the blue, Samantha's childhood friend Naomi turns up on her doorstep, with her daughter in tow.  It's been years since they have seen each other and it's not long before they fall back into their old ways.

Samantha would do anything for Naomi, but when she's left to look after Naomi's little girl as well as her own chaotic family, she has to ask herself what she is prepared to do to save a friendship.

Review - Quite a thick book for the chicklit genre with all the usual ingredients.  Late thirties/early forties mum with at least two children.  Too busy with the family to dress like the Uber mums at the school gate but somehow manages to fit in their circle as a last resort because of her friendship with one of them.  Also surprisingly, to the other school mums, Samantha is the one who catches the eye of the famous footballer.

It took a about a third of the way in to set the scene and once this was done the usual chicklit humour surfaced.  It is run of the mill chicklit formulae.  Not my favourite but not the worst I have read.  A light read that you may wish to take on holiday.  2*

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