#BookReview: The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley

Reviewer: Michelle

I received a review copy

the lost and foundSummary:

Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies.
As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her husband’s secret life: secrets accounts, secret deals that their solicitor knew nothing of, secret debts and what looks like a secret “very close friend” at least.
Totally unprepared and suddenly in debt, Rosy is forced to leave London to start a new life with her incredibly reluctant boys in the countryside. Can angsty urban teenagers cope with farm life, let alone enjoy it? More to the point, can their mother? It’s certainly not going to be easy but when you are at rock bottom the only way is up.


Rosy Bennett is living my nightmare. She suddenly loses her husband and is alone to raise her two sons. Her house is paid off, but only working part time won’t pay the bills. When she starts to work out her husband’s estate, she is shocked by the fact that she DID have a new mortgage… to an alpaca farm.

The thought of having to live and work on a farm is horrifying to Rosie and her boys. She tries to make the best of it just like any other Mother would, but her youngest son is proving to be a problem child. With the help of her neighbor Theo her son starts to come around, but Rosie is soon stuck in a love triangle that she is terrified to be in. Eventually her world turns upside down again when she finds out her husband had a secret life… one that includes someone very delicate.

This book really surprised me. It was a little slow going in the beginning but eventually the pace picked up and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened with Rosy. I had definitely didn’t expect the part about her husband’s secret life… what a twist! I loved how this was also about the love and security animals can provide us. A great book, 4 stars from me!

4 stars

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