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The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by [Birley, Jan]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Acorn Independent Press (4 Nov. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017MF6B0I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story opens with the death of Rosy's husband, Simon, during a normal commute to work. Whilst dealing with her grief and that of her young boys, the last thing that she is worrying about is her financial situation and the security of her family home. However all that changes when Rosy's solicitor informs her of the sale of all of Simon's investments and she finds that the house that she believed was theirs, had in fact been re-mortgaged to raise funds for a alpaca farm in Dorset.

What ensues is a move for Rosy and her boys to this farm which is worlds apart from their lavish London lifestyle, they have to adjust to village life whereby everyone knows their business and the life of a farmer!

This was such an easy read which draws you into the life of alpaca farming, I really enjoyed the insight into these four-legged animals and at one point, actually commented to my husband "did you know that alpacas hum when they are happy"!! This is so-much more than just a story into finding love after being widowed, it is about how your life can be turned upside down and how you come out of the other side. It's about adapting to a new life and approaching the challenges that this brings head on.

Whilst this is an easy read it isn't for the feint-hearted as it does include some colourful language courtesy of the youngest boy, James, who is particularly struggling with his father's death, the secrets he was hiding and the new life in the country.

I adored Rosy, her approach to life, taking on the alpaca farm and the farmhouse head on...embracing the new life for herself and the boys. I liked her no-nonsense approach to things and her ballsy nature. Rosy's belief in herself and her alpacas, with the support of the local community is refreshing.
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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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By Beadyjan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2016
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This is an enjoyable Chick - lit/ family drama about a young Mother of 2 boys who suddenly finds herself a widow and in a precarious situation. In a scenario I hope never to experience, Rosy’s husband drops dead on the morning train right in front of her and her cosy well-heeled enviable life crumbles to pieces.

Her 2 boys are hard to handle youngsters and make life even more difficult – in particular the younger lad James is just a nightmare! I found Rosy’s attitude toward dealing with him a little bit namby-pamby, he really needed a firm hand and the way he spoke to her was appalling.

Not only does Rosy find herself unexpectedly a single Mum, she is horrified to discover that the beautiful family home with all its lovely memories has been mortgaged to the hilt to fund her husband’s completely secret and unlikely purchase of a run-down Alpaca farm in the wilds of Dorset.

Being townies Rosy and her sons are reluctant to move there but their situation forces them to sell their urban nest and relocate, learning about Alpaca farming and country life as they go. I found the idea of Alpaca farming which is the main storyline in this lovely book, really appealing and I wish my husband would secretly buy an alpaca farm behind my back!

Settling in to their new life Rosy finds the chance of romance but baulks at getting into a new relationship so soon after her husband’s sudden death although she seems remarkably open to giving it a try, especially as her husband’s double life reveals itself and her relationship with him turns out to have been built on sand.

This is a light hearted way of weaving a story around quite awful situations and making it fun and easy to read chick-lit. A great romantic beach read for the summer and definitely one for fans of Erica James and Katie Fforde and highly recommended for all die hard chick lit lovers.

I received a free ebook from the authors publicists Hello Chick-lit for reviewing.
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