Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation to join the blog tour, and to Simon and Schuster for a ebook proof to read and review. I enjoyed reading Caroline’s debut novel, The Other Daughter last year – you can read my review here https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/02/24/the-other-daughter-by-caroline-bishop/
Florence and Lilli meet at finishing school in Lyon. Despite some differences, they forge a firm friendship that promises to last a lifetime. But a terrible betrayal prematurely tears them apart.
Years later in England, Florence has become the woman her friend knew she could be – creative, bold, and independent. The exact opposite of Alice, a young woman troubled by a recent trauma, whom Florence is determined to help bring out of her shell. Just as Lilli once did for her.
When Florence discovers that the novel she’s reading is written by Lilli and is based on their time at school, the two stories begin to unfold together. Past events illuminate the future, and it becomes clear that long-held secrets can’t stay buried forever.
Having enjoyed reading Caroline’s debut novel, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review The Lost Chapter.
This is a dual timeline novel, with Florence at finishing school in Lyon in 1957 and as an artistic mature lady with a dog and a cat in present day England. Florence has been prompted by an article about a book featuring the finishing school, to think back to the time she spent in Lyon.
Modern day Florence has arranged for local teenager Alice, to be a dog walker for her. Alice is saving up before going to University but is off to study a course because it will be useful, rather than something she wants to learn more about and to enjoy studying. Alice and her mum suffered a tragedy recently and the family need help to move on with their lives.
I loved how Caroline created wonderful female characters who came together to share friendship, creativity and support. This is an uplifting book as different generations of women help each other to move forward, to find their true purpose and passions, and to be honest.
Thank you Caroline for another beautifully written story and a virtual visit to France. This book is a mixture of historical and modern fiction, and I’m happy to recommend it. If you are in the UK and have a Sainsbury’s nearby, then pop in and treat yourself to a copy of the paperback for £3. The book is also available in all good bookshops now.
Caroline Bishop began her journalism career at a small arts magazine in London, after a brief spell in educational publishing. She soon moved to work for a leading London theatre website, for which she reviewed shows and interviewed major acting and directing stars. Caroline turned freelance in 2012 and a year later moved to Switzerland, where her writing veered towards travel and she has contributed to publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph and BBC Travel, writing mainly about Switzerland, and co-wrote the 2019 edition of the DK Eyewitness Guide to Switzerland.
For two years Caroline was editor of TheLocal.ch, an English-language Swiss news site, and it was during this time that she became fascinated with aspects of Swiss history and culture, particularly the evolution of women’s rights.