The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal
“The best advice was all the same: listening was the thing that could cure most ills, mind or body. No magic. Only listening.”
The Lost Girls of Devon is about four generations of women and the secrets and betrayals that define and unite them. New Mexico based Zoe Fairchild has been away from her home in Devon, England for years when she gets a frantic call from Lillian, the grandmother who raised her. Her best friend from childhood, Diana, has gone missing, and Lillian needs Zoe’s help to find her. Zoe and her daughter Isabel return to England to help, but Zoe is dreading seeing her mother Poppy who left her with Lillian as a child and never returned.
Part mystery, part family drama, The Lost Girls of Devon explores the ties that bind, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family. The story is told in alternating first-person between all four women, with the main perspective being Zoe, now in her late thirties, as she explores her relationship with the other three women, and Diana, her friend who goes missing at the beginning of the story. I loved this style with alternating perspectives. Each of the characters were wonderful and getting to see their views as individuals added a dynamic element to this story.
I also loved the town in Devon where the story took place. It sounded so charming and cozy, every place that was referenced. I especially loved Lillian’s manor and her gardens, as well as the forests where Isabel is fond of exploring and taking pictures.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing, and Barbara O’Neal for my gifted copy. All opinions are my own.