Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
It’s been years since Zoe Fairchild has been to the small Devon village of her birth, but the wounds she suffered there still ache. When she learns that her old friend and grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe and her fifteen-year-old daughter return to England to help.
Zoe dreads seeing her estranged mother, who left when Zoe was seven to travel the world. As the four generations of women reunite, the emotional pain of the past is awakened. And to complicate matters further, Zoe must also confront the ex-boyfriend she betrayed many years before.
Anxieties spike when tragedy befalls another woman in the village. As the mystery turns more sinister, new grief melds with old betrayal. Now the four Fairchild women will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers within and without, desperate to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.
I signed up for this blog tour because I was in the mood to read some women’s fictions and get lost in a good emotional story. I was not prepared for how wholly I would be consumed by Zoe, Isabel, Poppy, and Gran. It was fantastic.
My favorite parts of the story were the relationships between all the women, the way the disappearances forced them all together, and the multiple POV narration style. First: the women’s relationships. Everyone is going through something, and there’s a lot of emotional stress. It created a lot of push and pull on the relationships of the women, and I thought it really helped each character to evolve. Add in the fact that the women who are disappearing link them together as well, and there’s a lot of dimension to the story.
And we can’t forget the multiple narrators. I love when an author is able to successfully tell a story through multiple points of view. For me, it always makes the story that much more interesting when you’re able to get inside the heads of so many of the characters. And I love that it helps to build a feeling of suspense as you wait to see if the other characters figure out what you already know about everyone else. O’Neal really succeeded with this method of storytelling.
This was my second Barbara O’Neal book, and I’m already trying to decide which of her backlist titles will be my third. The Lost Girls of Devon is a highly recommend from me. I can’t wait to hear other readers raving about it.
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