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Review: The Lost Manuscript – Cathy Bonidan

As soon as I saw this book appearing on NetGalley, I requested it. This story sounded so so good! Sadly, I didn’t get accepted. However, when the book finally released on the 12th of January, I immediately bought it! In this blog post you can read if it was as good as I thought it would be!

What is the book about?

Author: Cathy Bonidan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: January 12th, 2021

Pages: 288

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

When Anne-Lise Briard books a room at the Beau Rivage Hotel for her vacation on the Brittany coast, she has no idea this trip will start her on the path to unearthing a mystery. In search of something to read, she opens up her bedside table drawer in her hotel room, and inside she finds an abandoned manuscript. Halfway through the pages, an address is written. She sends pages to the address, in hopes of potentially hearing a response from the unknown author. But not before she reads the story and falls in love with it. The response, which she receives a few days later, astonishes her…

Not only does the author write back, but he confesses that he lost the manuscript 30 years prior on a flight to Montreal. And then he reveals something even more shockingthat he was not the author of the second half of the book.

Anne-Lise can’t rest until she discovers who this second mystery author is, and in doing so tracks down every person who has held this manuscript in their hands. Through the letters exchanged by the people whose lives the manuscript has touched, she discovers long-lost love stories and intimate secrets. Romances blossom and new friends are made. Everyone’s lives are made better by this bookand isn’t that the point of reading? And finally, with a plot twist you don’t see coming, she uncovers the astonishing identity of the author who finished the story. 

What did I think of The Lost Manuscript?

I loved the epistolary format of this book! Letters read fairly quickly, which I loved!

Although Anne-Lise – the main character – is the character who puts the whole story in motion and keeps putting it in motion, I found that she was very nosy at times.

‘I think I have a right to know the end of this saga that I started, don’t I?’

Almost all the characters go through a development at the end of the book which really did warm my heart. This book has the power of giving you a good feeling about life and how a tiny thing can change other people’s life for the better.

‘Everything seems possible in this moment. So, for all of this, I thank you, Anne-Lise.’

I’m sad we didn’t get to read parts of the oh so life changing manuscript, as that would’ve really added to the story. The whole story basically revolves around this manuscript, so I would’ve loved to get a glimpse of it and why it was so life changing. I found this to be a missing piece in the story.

Overall, I really loved reading this story. It was a quick read about an extraordinary situation!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Lost Manuscript – Cathy Bonidan

  1. Okay Joy let me just say that your reviews are always convincing me to look into adult and romance titles that I never considered reading, like this one which look so unique! Always love reading your thoughts on them! 😌💕

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