Sunday 22 July 2018

The Lost Sister
Tracy Buchanan
Guest Review
Julie Williams

For the first time in your life, she is going to tell you the truth…

Then: A trip to the beach tore Becky’s world apart. It was the day her mother Selma met the mysterious man she went on to fall in love with, and leave her husband and child for.

Now: It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but Selma has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell Becky – a secret she been hiding for many years. She had another daughter.

With the loss of her mother, Becky aches to find her sister. She knows she cannot move forward in her life without answers, but who can she really trust?

Review by Julie Williams
Another intriguing story by Tracy Buchanan, with a surprise at the end which I certainly didn’t see coming. This is an absorbing tale told from the perspectives of Mum Selma in the early 1990’s and daughter Becky in the present time.

With Selma feeling ‘trapped’ in her everyday life of being a wife and a mother, she finds herself drawn to Idris and moves into the cave he is living in with a mixed bunch of people. The only down side is that Becky her Daughter is not there and a bitter custody battle begins. There is no doubt in my mind that Selma truly loves Becky and that the brave or mad decision to up and leave her to live in such an odd environment must have been extremely difficult. Selma’s relationship with Idris the leader of the cavers soon blossoms and it’s not long before she finds herself pregnant which adds to the complexity of her turbulent life.

Becky’s story at present day takes on the quest to find a sister she never knew existed until she meets her estranged dying Mother. Travelling over Europe she discovers how her Mother lived in the caves and confirms this is not a life she would have wanted. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its happy and sad events. It is an engrossing page turner read. My thanks to Net Galley for the ARC, these are my own opinions.

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