- File Size: 944 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Acorn Independent Press (November 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017MF6B0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Brilliantly written this emotion packed novel unfolds to the quandary Rosy is left in with the death of her husband. Everything she thought she knew about him and what they had together wiped clean with news from her solicitor the family’s finances had been depleted.
The story begins in London and moves to the English countryside of Dorset when Rosy discovers the alpaca farm where her late husband invested their money. Rosy makes the best of things along with her young sons and a handful of delightful characters including two suitors.
I truly enjoyed this story and hope there is more from Ms. Birley. Well done!
Suddenly Rosy finds herself in debt, in danger of losing her family home and the owner of a herd of alpacas. Yes, a bunch of four-legged furry exotic animals. Not really the kind of secret you expect your husband to be hiding.
Personally I found the behaviour and language of James quite extreme. Grief and anger aside I felt Rosy ignored his disrespectful attitude towards herself and others. Also the fact that what was good for the goose apparently wasn't good enough for the gander, who had far more problems than Megan. Taking one to the therapist and not 'making' the older child go was a contradiction in itself. The language and phrases he used is something I might expect of an older teen going through hormonal changes and an attitude problem, but not an 11 year old boy.
Rosy not only has to rediscover her sense of self, as a woman and as a parent, she also needs a new source of income. No longer the married woman in a long-term partnership she is now free, single and ready to mingle. Not as easy as it sounds with two emotionally distraught boys and her four-legged woolly friends needing constant attention.
Birley has created a nice wee story here, perhaps the basics of the story aren't unusual, but the family dynamics and interactions are ones readers can relate to. It could happen to anyone of us.
Whilst I myself I am not bothered by swearing at all, I do think Birley needs to take into consideration that some readers may be put off by **** here, **** that and *hag everywhere.Read more ›
The characters in this novel are so well written that you’ll forget they are not real! Rosy is so identifiable and relevant that you can see bits of yourself in her. Her friends and family remind you of people in our own lives.
The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett is the story of a struggle that so many have endured. Rosy loses everything in one foul swoop of bad luck. Her husband dies, and she’s left with an unexpected pile of debt and the duty of raising her two sons. Unfortunately for Rosy, every time she thinks she’s getting her life put back together, the universe is hell bent on teaching her another lesson in life.
Rosy is a heroine we can all get behind. Your heart will ache for her and your spirits will soar when she, of course, is finally able to pull herself up by the bootstraps and find her way.
Jan offers us a top-notch novel and I can’t wait for more from her. I can’t imagine anyone reading this book and not liking it. The writing is great, the characters are likable, the story is relatable. It’s a feel good novel that will satisfy the masses.
Thanks SO much to Jan for the copy to review!
Rosy is a pretty incredible character, for all that she frequently seems unable to cope. The situation Simon leaves her in is awful, not just because of the dying and debt, but the mystery as to why he bought an alpaca farm in the first place. His feckless selfishness is breathtaking at times, yet Rosy does her best not to blame her husband for any of it, mostly to protect her sons’ memories of their father. She’s not always the strongest of characters, and definitely isn’t stern or often fully in control, and there are a few times I just wished she would stop messing about and make a decision (Harry), but somehow she also achieves so much. She loves her boys and tries so hard to do her best against some pretty tough odds, and I loved how she turned everything around.
As for those boys – Archie was amazing, while James was a complete horror. I don’t think Rosy always handled either boy brilliantly – letting Archie take too much onto himself and neglecting him a fair bit, while James got away with far too much and constantly seemed to be reward for his behavior – but it fit in with her personality and I can’t imagine how I’d handle a grief-stricken eleven-year-old as headstrong as James. As for Megan, poor Megan – the selfishness of her mother in not preparing anyone for that was just staggering and borderline cruel.
Then there are the alpacas, the wonderful alpacas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“She thought back to their last morning together before the Tube journey. So apparently normal but, unknown to her, so desperately abnormal. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HappyReader
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of how Rosy Bennett and her two sons try to cope with the sudden death of their husband and father. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. A. Wright
Id first of all like to say, i am surprised this is Jan Birley's first book. From reading this i would of said she had been writing for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grass monster
This is an enjoyable Chick - lit/ family drama about a young Mother of 2 boys who suddenly finds herself a widow and in a precarious situation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beadyjan
I totally loved this book from start to finish! Amy thinks life has gone downhill when her husband dies but its only the start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Cook
Rosy had the perfect life .. lovely London house, hubby, two children what could possibly be better! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ali - The Dragon Slayer
This book is every single woman’s nightmare of a scenario. Rosy’s husband dies of a heart attack suddenly and she’s left with 2 boys to raise and the unfolding of a husband that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by aimee
What a wonderful book! The story opens with the death of Rosy's husband, Simon, during a normal commute to work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clair_B
This was a good book. The plot and the writing picked my interest since the beginning and the mystery to discover pushed me to greedily turn page after page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ItaPixie
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