Millie Bird is a seven year old girl who always wears red wellington boots to match her red, curly hair. But one day, Millie’s mum leaves her alone in the Ginormous Women’s underwear rack in a department store, and doesn’t come back.
Agatha Pantha is an eighty-two-year old woman who hasn’t left her home since her husband died. Instead, she fills the silence by yelling at passers-by, watching loud static on her TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.
Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven years old and once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife’s skin. He sits in a nursing home, knowing that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.
Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie’s mum. Along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.
I like it when I read a book that I have picked for no other reason than I liked the cover (sorry) and I am presented with a quirky, unusual but extremely loveable story. This is exactly what I got with Lost and Found.
The story of a young girl who has been abandoned by her mother but forms unusual friendships with two old age pensioners, who in a sense have been abandoned by life, is not one that is often told. The connection between the three characters is through their mutual sense of loss. Whether it be a husband, wife or parents. And the unlikely friendship between the three is strengthened by sharing the adventure that they are on together.
Brooke Davis has created a wonderful story with Lost and Found. Her characters charm you with their innocence, their anger and their gumption to change their world. You cannot help but root for their success. The book leaves you feeling hopeful and warm inside. The best feeling that only the best stories can give you. Well done, Brooke Davis.
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis is available on the 29th January 2015.
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