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Losing Lucy

Losing Lucy [Kindle Edition]

Vivien Hampshire
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Bob and Julie struggle through life without family, money or luck. Bob is a wheeler-dealer who steals what they need… and what they need is a baby.

When Bob takes baby Lucy from her pram, three women’s lives are changed in an instant.

Lydia is Lucy’s childminder. How was she to know that Bob would spot the pram in her garden? She was just giving the baby some air.

Gemma is Lucy’s mum. Feeling trapped by her marriage to an older man, she is seeking excitement in the arms of a lover when her baby disappears. Can she ever forgive Lydia - or herself?

Julie has never recovered from the sudden death of her young son. Miserable, neurotic, increasingly isolated, and immersing herself in barely suppressed sexual fantasy, everything changes when Bob brings home the one thing he believes can save her… Lucy. But is Julie capable of looking after a baby, and keeping her hidden and safe, when she is hardly able to look after herself?

As the search for Lucy intensifies and Bob mysteriously disappears, there is only one way out for Julie. With one baby already dead, is history about to repeat itself? Will anyone find Julie - and Lucy - before it’s too late?

Readers of the author’s monthly Book Deal or Bust column in Writers’ Forum magazine were able to follow the writing and editing of this novel over the course of a year as it progressed from initial draft to completed book. Now this emotionally gripping story of love, loss and friendship is available to read in full for the first time.

"Tightly constructed, features strong and sympathetically drawn characters, is well written and altogether an enjoyably tense and page-turning read." Hilary Johnson Authors’ Advisory Service

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Publisher: New Age Publishers Direct (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WP6VUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vivien Hampshire was born and brought up in West London where she still lives and works. Although a 'scribbler' all her life, she has only been writing seriously since 1997, and now contributes women's fiction to a variety of UK magazines on a regular basis. She also writes extensively for early years professional magazines on all matters relating to working with children under the age of five, with a special interest in anything that encourages young children to enjoy stories, rhymes and simple poetry. Vivien runs creative writing workshops and courses, and gets great pleasure from seeing her students' work being published and paid for! As Rosie Kent, she has contributed several funny poems to children's poetry anthologies. She loves cats, sunshine and chocolate, and is an avid crossword puzzler, passing on her knowledge and love of solving cryptic crosswords through interactive crossword workshops and in the recently published book 'How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and very moving novel 13 Jun 2012
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This is a very powerful story, bravely telling of something that as parents we hope will never happen to us. The characters are very well drawn, and every emotion is explored as their lives are ripped apart by the actions of a very naive man. I was gripped from the moment I started reading, and in such a way that I felt my heart in my mouth several times throughout the story. I loved the way that a number of relationships were explored in some detail, and probably unusual ones formed. I was somewhat surprised by the way the story concluded, but then thought that perhaps someone in that position might well think of doing the very same thing. A wonderfully well written book that I would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Every parent's worst nightmare - the disappearance of a child. A tiny baby in this case: little Lucy, cared for by childminder Lydia.

It took me a while to adjust to the various 'viewpoints' in this story, but after three or four chapters I was hooked. Vivien Hampshire captures perfectly, as far as I can tell, the terrible shock of discovering that your child is gone, and the long, long days of agony, waiting for news.

There is no stereotyping in this novel. Every character in painted in true, deep colours, full of complexity and contradictions. I especially liked the way Bob and Julie were portrayed.

Without giving anything away away, the ending, to me, felt right.

My only criticism is that the pace dragged a little at times, but this is a very subjective judgment and others may disagree.

I would strongly recommend this book, and will look out for more by Vivien Hampshire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Subject Well Tackled 5 Sep 2012
By sallyj
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Vivien Hampshire has a gift for writing natural dialogue and she uses this to bring her characters to life. They are all ordinary people but share a common bond - their lives have been effected by the abduction of little Lucy. Hampshire tells the story from alternating viewpoints which has the advantage of giving the reader a wide vista but the disadvantage of switching character just as they were getting interesting.
I felt the story slowed a little around the middle but not enough to make me abandon the book. I was so desperate to know how it would end but it wasn't quite what I expected!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight To Read 24 Jun 2012
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it is not often a book comes along which contains no errors, no stereotyping, no formatting problems, and when that book is self published too, every praise must go to the author.
Losing Lucy uses the kidnap of a child to explore human relationships in depth and, in particular, how each of those relationships impinges on others. Truly no man is an island, as this book shows.
The characters are true to life, sympathetic, their personalities, their frailties, slowly uncovered as the search for the missing child goes on, while the 'mother' who has the baby struggles with her own inadequacies.
It ís a lovely book, there is no other way to describe it. The ending, whilst a surprise, seemed the perfect resolution to all the problems the book has explored.
Vivien Hampshire is an accomplished writer, you will not be disappointed by this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars difficult to put down! 1 Dec 2013
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The author has a knack of getting inside the thoughts and emotions of her characters. I had to keep reading to see if baby Lucy was found. The ending was unexpected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every parent's worst nightmare 25 Oct 2013
By AnnW
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It is every parent's worst nightmare to lose a child and abduction leaves so many unanswered questions of hope and despair which has been expressed well in this tale. I did find the story moved a little slowly at times although this may have been to give an idea of how much time does indeed pass in these circumstances without any action and at times I found having the stories of several sets of characters within a single chapter made it a bit disjointed but on the other hand it allowed us as readers to keep the stories in parallel in "real" time as it were. I found the whole scenario plausible and the characters were well woven together so that the whole gelled into a very readable tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 29 Sep 2013
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A very engrossing book. Interesting relationship dynamics. Emotional but uplifting. Enjoyed every word would recommend. I will try to read more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We can all emphasise with the characters 24 Sep 2013
By Linda
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An excellently written story. All the characters came alive to me and I could emphasise with most of them. Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Losing Lucy
Losing Lucy, was an enjoyable short read. It was hard not to skip to the last chapter. Characters I could relate to.
Published 12 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars An original idea
I haven't read any fiction on this theme before, and it surprised me what a gripping story it made. In real life, when a child goes missing, the media creates the drama. Read more
Published 12 months ago by F. F. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I don't usually read books like this, I'm a horror or paranormal fan but despite that I enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Rainbow
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This was a really book, I would like to read this again in another 6 months and I would definitely recommend it to my friends
Published 18 months ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written good read
This was a very enjoyable read, very well written, a real page turner. Towards the end, there were unexpected surprises, in addition to finding out how it would end. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
I couldn't put this down. The characters were so real and the plot very believable which made this such a compelling read. Brilliant!!
Published 19 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing Lucy
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Reading about the characters and what was going on in each of their lives made the book difficult to put down. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mads
4.0 out of 5 stars A vivid portrayal of how people cope with grief
This was a book that gripped me from the start. It's not just a story about a lost child - it's a story that shows us the myriad ways people cope with grief. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Gypsy
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