The Lost Girls of Devon
by Barbara O’Neal
Publish Date July 14, 2020
by Lake Union Publishing
About the book
It’s been years since Zoe Fairchild has been to the small Devon village of her birth, but the wounds she suffered there still ache. When she learns that her old friend and grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe and her fifteen-year-old daughter return to England to help.
Zoe dreads seeing her estranged mother, who left when Zoe was seven to travel the world. As the four generations of women reunite, the emotional pain of the past is awakened. And to complicate matters further, Zoe must also confront the ex-boyfriend she betrayed many years before.
Anxieties spike when tragedy befalls another woman in the village. As the mystery turns more sinister, new grief melds with old betrayal. Now the four Fairchild women will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers within and without, desperate to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.
“A woman’s strange disappearance brings together four strong women who struggle with their relationships, despite their need for one another. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will appreciate the emphasis on nature and these women’s unique gifts in this latest by the author of When We Believed in Mermaids.” —Library Journal
“The Lost Girls of Devon draws us into the lives of four generations of women as they come to terms with their relationships and a mysterious tragedy that brings them together. Written in exquisite prose with the added bonus of the small Devon village as a setting, Barbara O’Neal’s book will ensnare the reader from the first page, taking us on an emotional journey of love, loss, and betrayal.” —Rhys Bowen, New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of The Tuscan Child, In Farleigh Field, and the Royal Spyness series
“The Lost Girls of Devon is one of those novels that grabs you at the beginning with its imagery and rich language and won’t let you go. Four generations of women deal with the pain and betrayal of the past, and Barbara O’Neal skillfully leads us to understand all of their deepest needs and fears. To read a Barbara O’Neal novel is to fall into a different world—a world of beauty and suspense, of tragedy and redemption. This one, like her others, is spellbinding.” —Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of A Happy Catastrophe
Family Drama. We all have it. We may even have a little mystery in our lives, some more serious than others. In the end, family is family and we find a way to work through the emotional turmoil and come together, as turbulent and ardent as the road may be.
Zoe Fairchild hasn’t been back home for years, but when she finds out that her grandmothers caretaker and old friend goes missing, she and her daughter head back to the Devon village she grew up to help out. Emotions run high as she meets up with her estranged mother, as well as an ex-boyfriend she betrayed in the past. When tragedy strikes another woman in the village and the evidence turns more malevolent, this multigenerational gang of ladies must wade through high tensions and old wounds to attempt to heal the past, themselves, and each other.
Barbara O’Neal nails it again with her irresistible characters and her fluid writing, drawing us into another family drama that is unputdownable. Her ability to portray emotion on paper is as captivating as the narrative it revolves around. The added mystery, danger, and intrigue give this family drama an extra thrill that makes this book the consuming read it is. Already with over 600 ratings on Goodreads after only 2 weeks of publication, The Lost Girls of Devon lives up to the 4.5 stars it’s already achieved and I have to give it 5 stars myself. A very enjoyable, magnetizing and immersive read about betrayal, loss and love, The Lost Girls of Devon definitely needs to be your next beach read this summer.
I just would like to thank Barbara O’Neal ,TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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About the Author
Barbara O’Neal is the author of twelve novels of women’s fiction, including The Art of Inheriting Secrets, How to Bake a Perfect Life, and The All You Can Dream Buffet. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.
You can learn more about Hank at www.BarbaraONeal.com
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