Lost Luggage, a review by Shelley

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Samantha Tonge

Boldwood Books
Publishing September 22nd, 2022
303 pages

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A few years ago I read and enjoyed Knowing You and last December I loved reading Under One Roof so when I saw Samantha Tonge had a new contemporary Chick-Lit book available on NetGalley I scooped up the chance to read it and am I ever glad I did, this was such a delightful read.

I felt for these characters right away and I cared about what happened to them, in other words, I was fully invested in the outcome in all of their interconnected lives. The story is sad yet funny at the same time and it was very heartbreaking but hopeful too. There were some heavy-hitting subjects in this one like grief, self-esteem, eating disorders, and mental health but Tonge manages to deal with them sensitively and with a sense of humour.

Samantha Tonge writes an elderly lady, a retired gay man, and an eleven-year-old girl so realistically I was impressed it was all by the same author. I love books with quirkily unique characters and the growth of every single one of them was a wonderful thing to see happen and read about. I especially loved the moral of the story, family isn’t necessarily blood-related and you can feel loved without a romantic partner.

This one promised to be “a perfect uplifting, feel-good read” and it totally delivered. The end of the book was a tad predictable but I loved everything else so much I am willing to overlook it. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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