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Lost and Found in Paris: A Novel (original 2022; edition 2022)
by Lian Dolan (Author), Brittany Pressley (Narrator), HarperAudio (Publisher)
Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan (2022)
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unfortunately I just wasn’t really engaged in this book. Neat premise - after a shocking discovery and divorce, Jean heads to Paris on a work assignment she volunteered for. There she finds herself on a bit of an adventure.
I enjoyed The Sweeney Sisters, so I jumped at the chance to read Lian Dolan’s newest story. This book was a visit to Paris, an art and history lesson, a puzzle to solve, a family in need of healing and a women coming into her own rolled into one. The character development of Joan was refreshing. Watching her come into her own and gain the confidence she needed to move on was spot on. I enjoyed the cast of characters! Parts did drag in reference to art and light references, but I still enjoyed the storyline. I found the ending very satisfying. I look forward to this author’s next book!
Thanks to Ms. Dolan, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone.
I was hooked by the description alone! And the book itself? I was engrossed start to finish. A strong, independent, intelligent female protagonist, stolen art, and a mysterious scavenger hunt - wow!
The beautifully detailed backdrop of Paris, and well thought out characters make this story come to life. Though mostly fast paced, this mystery adventure slows down for poignant moments as Joan reconciles the past and sees things from another perspective. It's a wonderful balance of drama, intrigue, thrills, history, and the ending could not have been more perfect!
*Thank you William Morrow Publishers, Lian Dolan, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Lost and Found In Paris by Lian Dolan is about a woman who has faced tragedy in the public eye, buried her grief to make others comfortable, marries for the wrong reasons, and takes a job that is safe. It’s about reinvention, discovery, letting go of the past.
Joan Bright Blakey, the daughter of a supermodel and world famous artist, finds herself in the wake of a major life shake up. An art curator, she agrees to carry some artwork to Paris. A new beginning, unfinished business, both?
Dolan is in her element and really shines with this messy family tale just as she did with The Sweeney Sisters. Once again she brings us a location as a character. I was immersed in the city of Paris, it’s cuisine, galleries, and countryside. I was so invested in how the story unfolded layer by layer. I was right with Joan on her quest, each step of the way, led by connections to her father. The relationship between Joan and her mother is complex but honest, and grows with understanding. I loved Joan’s arc, her self awareness, her regrets, her growth. I cheered her on!
I will be recommending Lost and Found in Paris over and over for Francophiles, readers of women’s fiction, those that enjoyed Lian Dolan’s previous books, and readers of Emily Henry, Linda Holmes, and Emma Straub. This will go perfect in your summer beach or pool bag! I’ve already read it twice.
Thank you to BookClubGirl NetGalley and WilliamMarrowBooks for the gifted copy. Pub date 4/5/22.
"Fast-paced and colorful, with hints of The Goldfinch and Malibu Rising, and more than one pitch-perfect love story--Lost and Found in Paris sparkles like the City of Light itself and will have you flipping the pages quickly as you're drawn deeply into its mysterious world of art, intrigue, and redemption." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names The ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, told with wit, style, and a touch of intrigue, by the popular and dynamic author of The Sweeney Sisters. Joan Blakely had an unconventional childhood: the daughter of a globe-trotting supermodel and a world-famous artist. Her artist father died on 9/11, and Joan--an art historian by training--has spent more than a decade maintaining his legacy. Life in the art world is beginning to wear on her--and then one fateful afternoon her husband drops a bombshell: he's fathered twins with another woman. Furious but secretly pleased to have a reason to blow up her life, Joan impulsively decides to get out of town, booking a last-minute trip to Paris as an art courier: the person museums hire to fly valuable works of art to potential clients, discreetly stowed in their carry-on luggage. Sipping her champagne in business-class, she chats up her seatmate, Nate, a good-looking tech nerd who invites her to dinner in Paris. He doesn't know she's carrying drawings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But after a romantic dinner and an even more romantic night together, Joan wakes up next to her new lover to discover the drawings gone. Even more shocking is what's been left in their place: a sketch from her father's journals, which she thought had been lost when he died on 9/11, and a poem that reads like a treasure hunt. With Nate as a sidekick, Joan will follow the clues all over Paris--from its grand cathedrals to the romantic bistros to the twisty side streets of Montmartre--hoping to recover the lost art, and her own sense of adventure. What she finds is even better than she'd expected.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Conveniently, her boss asks her to take some pieces of art to Paris for sale, and even more conveniently, she is seated next to a most attractive computer executive on her overseas flight. Can there be a doubt they’ll hook up?
To make a long and predictable story short, they not only hook up but he also helps her solve her problem of the stolen documents which leads to the discovery of the family secret that finally allows Joan free to lead her own life. ( )