Louisa Leaman comes to the blog with a mystery, a lost necklace and second chances with
The Lost and Found Necklace
An art-deco necklace in the shape of a butterfly with a large moonstone is at the center of this story, and Jess will be the Taylor to unravel the mystery, find the necklace and learn about her own history all in one. Now a jewelry dealer herself, Jess has always been of the mind that a good piece (or more) of jewelry will enhance your outfit and your mood, and she often chooses her outfits of the day after picking the piece she will wear. Remembering the necklace in her late mother’s jewelry box when she was a child, she’s been obsessively hunting for it for years: knowing only that an ancestor designed it, that four generations before her had worn it, and now, in the last stage of her life, her grandmother Nancy wants it once again.
Enter Guy at the auction house, the one person who gave her a ‘zing’, only to find that replaced with anger as he bought the necklace right out from under her at an auction. Hampered by both her physical injuries suffered in a failed sky diving accident with an ex-boyfriend and being subject to her elder sister’s rather ‘narrowed’ view of her wandering, she’s now trying to be ‘more responsible and less spontaneous”, and that includes the man her sister and brother-in-law set her up with – a man who, quite frankly, is wonderfully kind but permanently dull.
Guy is different and more ‘outré’, even as Jess is fighting their connection: and without the necklace even if she has some vague promise to ‘borrow it’ to bring it to her grandmother: Jess sets off on a series of adventures / fact seeking missions to learn about the necklace and her own history. She discovers stories about Minnie who designed the piece, Anna her daughter who moved to Hollywood, Nancy her grandmother who always claimed to be born in Hollywood but would say no more, and her daughter and Jess’s mother, Carmen.
This twisty tale is full of self-awareness exercises and challenges mental, physical and emotional for Jess, and the necklace (and bits about different sparkles and styles) was interesting and engaging, even as we could see Jess was struggling with who she was and who she thought she needed to become – two very different people. A wonderful story full of emotion, heart and plenty of conflict (most of it from Jess herself) the story is easy to enjoy and escape into.
Title: The Lost and Found Necklace
Author: Louisa Leaman
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, British, Depression, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published on: 13 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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After a spate of terrible boyfriends, Jess is sure she’s found her perfect man in dependable – but occasionally dull – Tim. But when her grandmother, tasks her with retrieving a family heirloom from a local auction she finds herself face to face with a charming stranger, Guy.
Guy has already bought her grandmother's precious necklace and whilst Jess desperately tries to buy it back from him, he somehow convinces her to go out on a date instead.
Ridiculous. But Guy has the necklace and Jess’s grandmother’s health is declining rapidly. Jess has no choice but to indulge Guy and go on a date with – if only to get the necklace back.
But when she and Guy hit it off on their date Jess’s dependable happily-ever-after is thrown off track…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.