I had a quick look at Lisa’s profile on Goodreads before I started to write this review and was amazed to see that I had read all but one of her books. Although thinking about it I don’t know why I was amazed. You know what you are getting when you open one of her books. A good solid plot-line with wonderful characters – people that you’d want to be friends with. I Found You doesn’t disappoint on this score.
Alice lives by the beach in a tiny cottage with three children, an assortment of dogs and runs a successful internet business from home. It is a cold wet day when she notices a lone man sitting on the beach staring out to the horizon. Oblivious to the rain. After a while she can’t bear to watch him just sitting there getting drenched and she offers him her old lodger’s abandoned coat.
When it turns out that the man has lost his memory and has no idea who or where he is Alice invites him in to the family home and attempts to help him put his life back together. Nicknamed Frank by her youngest daughter memories begin to come back and Alice helps him to work out what happened and why he is in this fugue state.
I loved Alice. She is such a wonderful character. Strong and confident, artistic and sensitive. I want to be her new best friend. Her map pictures sound wonderful and her tumbledown cottage full of dust and children and animals evokes such a homely picture. I did piece together what had happened in advance of the big exposé but it didn’t detract from the story at all. Another gem from Jewell!
Supplied by Net Galley and Cornerstone in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: 14 July 2016. 448 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.