Thursday, 7 April 2016

Looking For Lucy by Julie Houston.

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...

This is publication day for the third novel by Julie Houston. The first two were full of laugh out loud humour and although there is humour in this new book the story is a bit more serious.
 How do twins who are brought up together by the same adopted parents turn out so differently from each other ?
Clementine (Clem) is the single mother of a four year old, working and studying for a degree at university.
Lucy is missing after falling into a life of drugs and prostitution. Will Clementine ever see her sister again?
The last thing on Clementine's mind is to start dating again  but when the boring Peter asks her out she feels she has to at least try but what will she do when Peter wants more and offers a better life for her and her daughter. Will she accept or wait for true love that may never come?

We meet Sarah and her story is truly heartbreaking. Conned by the man she loves she has to make the greatest sacrifice a mother can make. The punishment she receives for the misdeeds of someone else follows her through life. Married to the Roger the horrible vicar she gets on with her life bringing up her three children but life may be about to throw her a curved ball.

I truly enjoyed this story. Julie Houston's trademark humour shines through this book from beginning to end. Clementine is such a likable character who is trying to give her daughter the best upbringing she can while putting herself in a position where she can search for her sister but what if Lucy doesn't want to be found. 
Peter is a camp follower ( read the book) and when Clem joins him on a day out the results had me in stitches especially Clem's thought on the other followers.
There are many twists and turns in this story, some very surprising. I loved the new friends that Clem made along with her old friend Izzy they all seemed to slot in well together. I enjoyed their talks around the kitchen table with Clem's amazing food and a glass of wine.
As you would expect all the stories come together seamlessly. 
We learn of love, of loss and of finding love again. We learn that everyone deserves a second chance.
You will laugh and you will cry but you will not be able to put this book down.

Looking For Lucy on Amazon 


  1. Sounds like you like this author's books Anne, in fact I think you recommended them to me before and they're on my kindle. I think this will have to join them. Lovely review.

  2. Thanks Amanda for kind words!! And thanks again lovely Anne xxx


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