FICTION

The Lost Girls of Devon

Lake Union: Amazon. Jul. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781542020725. pap. $14.95. F
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Mystery writer Lillian Fairchild might be close to 90, but she’s still observing the village life in Axestowe in Devon, England. What she’s seeing now makes her uneasy, as does the disappearance of her home nurse, Diana. When Lillian’s granddaughter Zoe learns Diana hasn’t been heard from in two weeks, she and her teenage daughter, Isabel, come to stay with Lillian. Zoe feels guilty because she’s only had superficial conversations with her once best friend after Diana betrayed her and befriended Zoe’s mother, Poppy. While Poppy has made a home in Axestowe with her popular store, the Kitchen Witch, Zoe hasn’t forgiven her mother for abandoning her with Lillian and never returning to reclaim her. Diana’s disappearance, and the mystery of a murdered young woman on the beach unites four generations of the Fairchild women, though the heart of the story is the Fairchild women’s search for love and understanding.
VERDICT A woman’s strange disappearance brings together four strong women who struggle with their relationships, despite their need for one another. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will appreciate the emphasis on nature and these women’s unique gifts in this latest by the author of When We Believed in Mermaids.

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