Samantha has done it again, a wonderful story with interesting characters.
We join Dolly Bell who has spent a year hiding from life on her way to a Lost Luggage auction to bid on a suitcase for Christmas, as she had previously done with her sister Greta. They had gifted each other a case each, every Christmas.
Now on her own with only her goldfish Maurice for company, Dolly would go through the motions.
Stumbling upon a list of firsts written by the mysterious Phoebe set the stage for the story of sadness, self discovery and adventure. It’s never too late. A highly recommended read.
Brand new from the bestselling author of Under One Roof.
One lost suitcase. Two strangers. And a notebook that will change lives.
For almost fifty years, sisters Dolly and Greta have lived together – getting each other through the good times and the bad.
Except this year, Greta isn’t there and Dolly is feeling lost and alone. In memory of her sister, Dolly heads to the lost luggage auction where she and Greta go each Christmas. But her bid reveals a gift she never imagined.
Amongst the clothes is the notebook of a reclusive woman who has hardly been outside for an entire year, but who isn’t ready to give up on life. The notebook’s contents resonate with Dolly. With the support of her neighbours, retired Leroy and eleven year old Flo, Dolly decides to take on the year of firsts Phoebe had planned.
But, can you have a year of firsts when you’re seventy-two? And is Dolly ready to discover the notebook’s secrets, or are some secrets better left lost at the airport?
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Author Bio –
Samantha Tonge is the bestselling and award-winning author of over 15 romantic fiction titles published by HQ, and most recently Aria. Her first book for Boldwood, Under One Roof, was published in February 2022 and her move to Boldwood marks a broadening of her writing into multi-generational woman’s fiction. She lives in Manchester with her family.
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Thank you Samantha Tonge, Boldwood Books and Rachels Random Resources for letting me read and review this ARC.