by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer of Lost and Found is book seven of a series of novels set in an idyllic South Carolina community. I have not read all of the books and, while I will probably do so, my enjoyment of this title was in no way diminished.
This is the first fiction that I have read in which the Corona Virus is front and center as it impacts the lives of many of the characters. I think that the author did a masterful job with incorporating real life into the story. I hoped that David would successfully quarantine, that Linnea’s boyfriend would be able to leave England, that Hope would deal as well as a six-year-old might, and much more. I felt connected to each of them as they dealt with the early days of the pandemic.
The novel’s primary character is Linnea whom I remembered from book 6. She is experiencing changes and trying to reconfigure both her professional and personal lives. There are both a former and current boyfriend with whom Linnea has a relationship to figure out. Old boyfriend John is communicating through charming paper airplanes as the story begins. This is because he is quarantining due to Covid. Gordon is in England and may not be able to leave due to restrictions on entering the U.S.
Readers will enjoy spending time with a wide ranging cast of recurring characters, each of whom has their own story and also a connection with Linnea. There are Linnea’s aunt, her parents, her niece and her neighbor, just to mention a few.
Mary Alice Monroe knows how to invite a reader into a world. I very much enjoyed spending time there, even if Covid came along too.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy women’s fiction.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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