Saturday, 16 April 2016

Book Review - Looking For Lucy by Julie Houston

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Title: Looking For Lucy (The Midhope Novels Book 3)
Author: Julie Houston
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: White Glove
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Clementine needs to find Lucy before it's all too late. She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn't easy, even when your daughter's as adorable as four-year-old Allegra. So when Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, it seems almost too good to be true. It is...

Looking For Lucy is the latest book in the Midhope Novels series by Julie Houston. Although its good to see the ladies from the previous books in the series make an appearance, this story can definitely be read as a standalone, and in a lot of respects is quite different from the previous two. It has a much more serious slant to it, and touches on a whole variety of topics.

However due to the amounts of secrets and lies, and half truths that keep getting unveiled at regular intervals in Looking For Lucy, I'm reluctant to talk too much about the plot. What I can though say is Clementine a marvellous main character, is always trying to act in her four year old daughter, Allegra's best interests with all the decisions she makes. She is big hearted and although may not always be doing things with the anticipated motivation, she is trying to make the best of tough situations. 

Her main concern other than Allegra, is Lucy. She is determined to find Lucy but it takes a good while into the book to discover just who Lucy is and then what the motivation is for her to be found. 

Was also get chapters from Sarah's point of view, which initially I was wondering where they would fit in, but as her back story is revealed, the links were very clear, and was a good way to allowing the reader to have the knowledge in bite sized sections before she is combined with the rest of the story. 

There are moments for all your emotions in this book, from laughter, crying to shock at times, as the story progresses. It is a well written book, that kept me interested and that had plenty of good bits. In some ways its an inspirational story too, about how Clementine pulls herself up continually from tricky situations and tries her hardest to make the best of things. 

Thank you to Julie Houston for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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