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I loved this multigenerational drama I have loved everything She has ever written She has a way of creating a love story without snappiness and her novels are always atmospheric. An estranged mother suffering from dementia A daughter whose oblivious to her own daughters tragedy Four women in need of change.What could be worse than having a mother dying estranged and not being there for her Well, try having a daughter who was abused and not knowing about it because you were off having an affair with a married man Oh, snap But look, I get itWe all have problems..Zoe daughter of Lillian and mother to Isabel has to overcome than just shyness as she attempts to learn to love, forgive, and tear down walls built for protection.This brings to light a new tunnel that she slowly goes through to reach a new life and love.Meanwhile, all is not roses as we uncover her best friend Diana went missing.A body was found on the beach which was a girl who visited Poppy for palm readings.Now, we learn that a storm is brewing and sadly it s bringing something with it to lightDiana has been found Life is cruel Life is hard Life is not perfect.This is the story of those flawed characters that s beautifully written and magnified in a way that brings too light those imperfections and triumphs over tragedies.Thank you to Barbara, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review. @EPUB » The Lost Girls of Devon ì From The Washington Post And Charts Bestselling Author Of When We Believed In Mermaids Comes A Story Of Four Generations Of Women Grappling With Family Betrayals And Long Buried Secrets 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 HelpZoe 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 BeforeAnxieties Spike When Tragedy Befalls Another Woman In The Village As The Mystery Turns 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 5 stars This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 01 July 2020 This book was phenomenal I don t even know where to start to review it Just a wonderful story from start to finish of four generations of women Zoe is the mom of Isabel Isabel has had some sort of tragic bullying episode in high school that has traumatized her and prevented her from going back to school Zoe is divorced from Martin, a musician, and estranged from Poppy, her mother Zoe and Isabel live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Zoe s father raises sheep and is an artistic weaver.Poppy is a free spirited woman who runs a shop in the town of Axestowe on the Devon coast Poppy grew up in Devon and fell in love rather young She raised Zoe in a commune in Devon along with several other children, Sage Diana When Zoe was seven, Poppy left to chase her dreams in India, saying she d be back in a month Zoe was left with her grandmother Lillian, a prolific mystery author, in a grand old estate in Devon Each of these four women has had both tragedy and triumph in their lives From Lillian s late in life career as a novelist, Poppy s successful Kitchen Witch shop, Zoe s career and motherhood, and Isa s ability to write Yet there is also tragedy in each of their lives that holds them back from being all they can be O Neal so successfully captures these women as whole and real and imperfect Zoe smothers Isabel because her own mother didn t Poppy ran off to chase her dreams because her mother didn t And so the cycle continues.Enough good things cannot be said about this novel I loved it so much that I might have to read it again and again The sign of a well written and well cherished piece of work There is the human factor, the mystery, romance and reality all rolled into one amazing piece of writing Definitely a must read Rating 5 5 Genre Domestic fiction Thriller Plot One of Travel Leisure s most anticipated books of summer 2020 From the Washington Post and Charts bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids comes a story of four generations of women grappling with family betrayals and long buried secrets 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 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 My verdict First of all thank you to the kind folks at Netgalley who allowed me to read this book prior to its release in July and for introducing me to a new author I find Ms O Neale s writing to be very eloquent almost reminiscent of poetry and even the though plot deals with heavy subjects she strikes the right balance when it comes to gritty realism and emotional impact with a dash of romance and moments of levity for good measure set against the stunning backdrop of the Devonshire coast where her descriptions make me feel as though I am their along side the characters This book shows us how bad relationships and good relationships shape us and how it s natural to become estranged from friends over time but that no bridge is burned beyond repair and how we can turn traumatic experiences into something positive and learn from them I particularly enjoyed the Wiccan elements in regards to Poppy s character and how much we need to remind ourselves to listen to the rhythms of nature and even our own emotions and how they can foreshadow things to come I particularly enjoyed Isabels rather analogue approach to life aside from her writing and photography especially after what she did experienced and it reminded me that sometimes we need to log off and not be so worried about what others think and instead think of what we want for ourselves I loved The butterfly analogy used throughout in both Zoe and Isabels art and how it represents the metamorphosis of character, how Zoe went from a happy go lucky child to resenting her mother and how Isabel went from a depressed teenager disengaged with life to a brave young woman who managed to find the beauty in anything she saw I read this book in a matter of 12 hours and I am so grateful for net galley for introducing me to the wonderful world according to Barbara O Neale and will most definitely be looking forward to reading and reviewing her next release this lovely author is one to watch Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Shalini Boland will love this fabulous family saga Click the image to be taken to fantastic fiction so that you may pre order your copy. RR Rating 3 off balance starsFormat Ebook , 351 pgs, pub 7 14 2020RR Synopsis Four generations of women reflect on their relationships to one another, past regrets, and current desires, all amidst a missing woman storyline RR POV This is my first read by O Neal, so I wasn t sure what to expect I found two of the primary characters very compelling but didn t enjoy the chapters centered around the other two Ultimately it felt like the balance of the story was just off The subplot mystery about the whereabouts of one of their missing friends would have made a much interesting focus in my opinion Recommended Readers Women s fiction fans who love character driven standalone novels told from multiple points of view I received an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley LakeUnionPublishing in exchange for an honest review. A compelling, heartfelt tale of four generations of women, seeking to find their path and heal their pain some of which they caused each other.Isabel is fifteen and has been traumatized by an experience with her High School friends that she isn t willing to talk about even with Zoe, the mother she is so close to Meanwhile, Zoe s friend in England has disappeared and so the two of them decide to cross the Atlantic to visit Zoe s ailing but proud grandmother in the same town If you re looking for escapism in these dark times, this book will sweep you away to Devon in the South of England, to a fishing village complete with quaint shops, white cliffs, fish and chips and an annual festival As always, Barbara O Neal paints with all the senses, not just the sights, but the smells, sensations, colors, and taste of being there in her story universe, nestled in a village by the sea.With this novel she touches on a universal theme of forgiveness, and how the inability to forgive can prevent us from moving forward and being happy in the now And asks the question of whether forgiveness can really be an option for Zoe, who has never moved on from her own mother abandoning her as a young child Lovers of intergenerational stories and those looking for an escape from today s reality, where you can be immersed in a different place and the lives of others, will particularly appreciate this uplifting exploring the bonds between women. I really enjoyed this story and these characters Highly recommend Fantastic A great story about four generations of women dealing with the unraveling of deep hurts and finding out who they are and loving who they are and knowing together they are stronger There is also the mystery of a close friend Diana who has disappeared and discovering just what happen to herLillian, mother to Poppy and grandmother to Zoe, who was a fiction writer who is slowly developing dementia and coming to terms with the disease and also remember her own betrayal of her daughter by not being there when Poppy need her Poppy, mother to Zoe and daughter to Lillian, who escape marriage because of its constriction and left her seven year old daughter behind to find herself and finding love with a man who was married not thinking of the consequences of that relationship Zoe, the daughter of Poppy, who keeps people at a distance so she doesn t get hurt again I understand this one , who is still dealing with being abandonment by her mother.She is also dealing with her own betrayal of her old boyfriend Sage.Isabel, Zoe daughter,Poppy granddaughter and Lillian Great granddaughter, who is dealing with a sexual assault from people who she thought were her best friends and dealing with such a deep hurt that I don t know how she survived it, but she does it with the love of the strong women in her life.The mystery of the friend seems secondary but it helps to tie all the elements together nicely and I kind of figure it out at the beginning.I want to thank Barbara O Neal, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an Advance copy of this wonderful book In this intricately and beautifully woven tale of four generations, O Neale unflinchingly explores the darker side of the love between mother and daughter in all of its complexities including the covert resentment, jealousy, and frustration so often felt and so seldom talked about Book Clubs will want to get their hands on this one for sure