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The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by [Birley, Jan]
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  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
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  • Publisher: Acorn Independent Press (November 4, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017MF6B0I
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With the death of her husband Simon, Rosy’s life naturally plummets, but she learns over the next year just how far that free fall takes her, and yet she manages to survive.

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!
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When it rains it pours, which is exactly what it must seem like to Rosy Bennett after the sudden and unexpected death of her husband Simon. One secret after the other, and there seems to be no end to the betrayal. The quiet married father of two seems to have been leading quite the double life.
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.
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Jan Briley has changed my opinion of Chick Lit with her exceptional debut novel. I am normally a reader of mystery/thriller type books but I do like variety and will pick up general fiction. Romance and chick novels are not my thing and never have been. The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett has proven that a Women’s Fiction novel does not need to be sappy and full of dreamy dudes.

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!
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Well, wow. What Rosy goes through in this book… one moment her life is perfect, then her husband dies, she finds she’s deeply in debt, there is no money to pay for it and her youngest son clearly hates her. And that’s just in the first few chapters. To say that Rosy goes through the mill during this book is a massive understatement. And I really enjoyed the journey.

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.
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