1. The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel
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    The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel
    Lisa Wingate
    Ballantine Books / 2020 / Hardcover
    $19.00 Retail: $28.00 Save 32% ($9.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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  1. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding Novel!
    March 26, 2020
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Sad thing when stories die for lack of listenin' ears."

    Goswood Grove has myriads of stories begging to be released from beneath its former magnificence; they lie suffocating under covered furniture, imposing family portraits, and dusty tomes, for who is brave enough to search for them, much less tell them? Might a determined first year teacher, arriving in a town with so much blended ethnicity that everyone just might be kin to everyone else, be able to release the words in all their glorious ugliness and hopefulness, simply by inspiring her students to revel in the truth of their heritage? It's a challenge that she's willing to take.

    This isn't just a book, it's a volume of history. It's a story with a life of its own; living and breathing through the voices of its characters. It's injustice personified. It's divine providence recognized. It's hope. It's glory. It's life in American as it once was and by the grace of God Almighty will never be again. It's the "best of times". It's the "worst of times". It's time for the "book of lost friends" to be opened.

    "We die once when the breath leaves our bodies. We die a second time when the last person speaks our name." . . . . . "I remember you."

    I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
  2. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Past Meets Present
    March 25, 2020
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    True grit, stamina, and complete determination, along with hidden family skeletons. We are given two young woman over hundred years apart, one a struggling teacher in a hard school, the other a freed slave who used to live on the property that our teachers renting.

    Of course, they never meet, but what a connection is formed here, I felt like I was living history. These woman go to great extremes to help those they are now in charge of, and you wonder where they get the fortitude to continue.

    The story has a great amount of history, showing a great deal of injustice, and if you try and put yourself in Hannie's shoes, I couldn't. There are tears and smiles, and be sure to read the notes at the end, full ofinformation, and completion!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Ballentine Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent story
    March 21, 2020
    Melissa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heartfelt determination, grit, stamina, strength beyond words...that is how I think of the main characters in this amazing story. Two women from different eras connected through history, family and faith. Excellent. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Dramatic and wonderful
    March 19, 2020
    Avid reader Barb
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review Book of Lost Friends

    Wow! Just Wow! I just finished an advance copy of Book of Lost Friends. If you enjoyed Before We were Yours or any of Lisa Wingate's stories you need to read this newest book. It is her best, hands down. This book is beyond captivating, beyond fascinating. It was reach down deep satisfying, like a perfect day. It is memorable, these characters will stay with you, and challenge you. I love history and this was a time and place in history that I had not studied, though many of the themes are current and apply to us today. Lisa has a marvelous talent for adding just the exact right amount of humor to lighten a serious subject, and just the right touches of romance to warm your heart, and the perfect dose of mystery to keep you wondering how it will end. I will close my review with 4 of my favorite quotes from the book.

    Stories change people. History, real history helps people understand each other, see each other from the inside out.

    They deserve the same chance friends and mentors gave me to see the life you create for yourself can be entirely different from the one you came from.

    The past travels with you. It's whether you run from it or learn from it that makes all the difference.

    We all have scars. It's when you're honest about them that you find the people who will love you in spite of your nicks and dents. Perhaps even because of them

    Write on, Lisa Wingate. This was the best! 5 stars with icing on the top! This book was given by the publisher, no review required
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    5++ story, loved it!
    February 28, 2020
    Frosty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lisa Wingate has written an amazing story. I'd never read about the "Lost Friends" ads that posted for folks to find family and friends after the Civil War ended. I love the way she approached the story with a split-time perspective. Benny Silva is the perfect character to guide her students into the history of their town and their families. She has her own interesting story, which you'll discover as you read. I absolutely love Hannie and her spunk and courage. She's incredible. As I read each different time period, I couldn't wait to get back to the other one. Both stories are told in rhythm with one another, even though separated by 112 years. Being reminded how families were split apart is heartbreaking and thought provoking. The struggle to find their people took strength and an amazing amount of courage. If you read historical fiction or contemporary fiction, you'll enjoy The Book of Lost Friends. This is a 5++ stars story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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