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All That Was Lost: 'a Page-Turner and Surprisingly Tender' Katie Fforde Kindle Edition
A famous medium is haunted by the truth in this “beautiful and compelling story that delves into what is real, what we are willing to believe” (Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House).
In the 1960s, teenager Patience Bickersleigh discovers her talent for telling people what they want to hear. Fifty years later she is the famous medium known to the world as Patrice Leigh. But cracks are forming in the carefully constructed barriers that keep her real history at bay.Leo is the journalist hired to write Patrice’s biography. Struggling to reconcile the demands of his family, his grief for his lost son, and a celebrity subject who refuses to open up, Leo starts digging for his own answers. But Patrice is hiding much more than her given name—and Leo is harboring a few secrets of his own in this “bold, beautiful, and thought-provoking novel” (Rowan Coleman, author of The Day We Met).
"Intriguing with a cast of complex characters that keep you fascinated, this is a page-turner and surprisingly tender." —Katie Fforde, author, A Perfect Proposal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07BSCPFHR
- Publisher : Legend Press (September 6, 2018)
- Publication date : September 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1770 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,559,331 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,575 in Literary Sagas
- #2,780 in Marriage & Divorce Fiction
- #3,030 in Women's Psychological Fiction
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As implied by the book's synopsis, the story of All That Was Lost unfolds in two time frames. As readers turn the pages, they will discover why Patrice has been lying all her life, why Leo began weaving smaller lies that evolved into huge ones, and why Louise would lie.
This is a story full of secrets as readers will learn as each of the characters' stories are revealed. It was interesting to learn how Patience became Patrice and the secrets she'd put behind her.
Their lives intertwine as they struggle to deal with each of the grief and despair in their own situations. This was a very easy to read and gripping book to read that I would definitely recommend.
I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy through Net Galley in exchange for my post. I was not required to post a positive review. Thank you!
Yet, her own life was one of regrets and sadness. As time goes on, these memories resurface. Secrets from years ago begin to interfere with what was once well hidden. The walls begin to crumble.
A wonderfully written heartfelt novel that kept me engaged.
It displayed heartache from those who had lost their loved ones and the desperate need to reconnect with those souls.
I enjoyed the way in which the plot unfolds and the chapters go between Patience's early years to the present days.
I was sad it came to an end without a resolution to one thing I was looking for in the story but that may be wanting more of the story.
I will be adding more of Allison May's books to my "Want to Read" list.
Louise is persistently trying to track down a medium named Patricia to learn about the afterlife existence of her son, Kyle, while Patrice's biographer Leo indirectly is trying to learn about his son, Olly. There's an all-around searching for identity, connection, understanding through highly emotive coocurring threads of perspective, but there's way too many supporting players to keep separate.
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I read All That Was Lost in one day. Well, technically it may have been gone midnight when I reached the end, but as I couldn’t sleep until I'd finished it, to me that still counts as one day! It’s not often that a book can keep me up at night, but Patience’s story drove all sleepiness from my brain, kept my eyes wide open and my gaze firmly fixed on the kindle screen, while tears streamed down my cheeks. And yes, I do mean streamed. Alison didn’t just bring a tear to my eye with this one.
All That Was Lost is definitely a story about loss, but it’s beautifully told. I felt such a connection to the characters and they stayed with me long after I’d finished reading.
An amazing, emotional, 5 star read.
All That Was Lost is a beautifully written, perceptive novel about grief and anger, and how those terrible things can change us. The loss of the title refers to so many things: how the death of a loved one is different from the loss of a loved one, and how someone can be present in your life but still lost to you. The minutiae of grief stands out like its own character. The inner lives of the characters are beautifully drawn, from Louise the grieving mother trying to fill her pointless days with tiny activities, to Pat the sheltered teenager in a northern town untouched by the swinging 60s, to Leo, trapped in an endless cycle of uncertainty. Filled with rich, thoughtful detail, it’s a book that will stay with me.
This is very definitely worth a read, and I can see that I’m going to spend the next few days thinking about the issues raised - about identity and deceit and family…