The Lost And Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley


Publisher: Acorn Independent Press

Publication Date: 4 November 2015

“Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies.

As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her husband’s secret life: secrets accounts, secret deals that their solicitor knew nothing of, secret debts and what looks like a secret “very close friend” at least.

Totally unprepared and suddenly in debt, Rosy is forced to leave London to start a new life with her incredibly reluctant boys in the countryside. Can angsty urban teenagers cope with farm life, let alone enjoy it? More to the point, can their mother? It’s certainly not going to be easy but when you are at rock bottom the only way is up.”


Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. The description really appealed to me because I have a tiny bit (okay maybe more than a tiny bit) of farm life in my history and I always enjoy reading about characters who swap city life for country living.

I liked the quick pace of the storyline, right from the very start there was plenty going on to hold my interest. Rosy’s life had been completely tipped on its head and she was struggling to come to terms with it all.

The mystery purchase baffled me as much as it did Rosy, there was an incessant ‘why?’ floating around in my head and I couldn’t wait to find out the answer.

As Rosy’s new life came together I couldn’t help but feel proud and I had mixed feelings when she made an unpleasant discovery. She may not have thought so, but she was such a strong character, she dealt with everything life threw at her and, for me, that’s what made her so likeable.

Having briefly worked with alpacas myself many years ago, I really enjoyed this side of the storyline. I challenge anyone to read this book and not develop some kind of interest in these beautiful creatures.

The author’s style of writing was lovely and very comfortable to read. This enabled me to connect with the storyline beautifully. There were so many parts of Rosy’s life that was familiar to me, I regularly found myself smiling and nodding because I had recognised a moment or feeling.

This was a drama-filled book combined with waves of touching moments. It was a joy to read!


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