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10 thoughts on “Once Lost

  1. Steve Steve says:

    I m a little conflicted by this book The first half of the twin storylines seemed to drag a little, with a lot of it isn t fair, and what about me being banded about, and the swearing of the one of the main characters was rather off putting However, about halfway through, the storylines pick up in a big way, leading to not one, but two very delicious climaxes that left me unable to put the book down The resolution was also rather shocking, and I would have preferred a littleclosure, but I m a little conflicted by this book The first half of the twin storylines seemed to drag a little, with a lot of it isn t fair, and what about me being banded about, and the swearing of the one of the main characters was rather off putting However, about halfway through, the storylines pick up in a big way, leading to not one, but two very delicious climaxes that left me unable to put the book down The resolution was also rather shocking, and I would have preferred a littleclosure, but I m happy enough with what was there


  2. Lesley Moseley Lesley Moseley says:

    3 1 2 stars Really enjoyable read, well paced, and knowable and likeable characters, I even got passed the alternative voices, device mostly.


  3. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Once Lost is an intriguing story about two best friends, the complexity and drama of life and family relationships, and the challenges that arise when their quest for the truth about issues in their lives are revealed, and unexpectedly change their lives.Author Ber Carroll weaves a fascinating tale that transports the reader between Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia, as the reader follows the alternating life stories of the two best friends Louise and Emma This is an intriguing story that Once Lost is an intriguing story about two best friends, the complexity and drama of life and family relationships, and the challenges that arise when their quest for the truth about issues in their lives are revealed, and unexpectedly change their lives.Author Ber Carroll weaves a fascinating tale that transports the reader between Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia, as the reader follows the alternating life stories of the two best friends Louise and Emma This is an intriguing story that delves into the complexities and drama of the best friend s lives and family relationships that are wrought with trials and tribulations, drama, and the search for answers.The reader easily gets drawn into Louise and Emma s story, as they both face challenges in their lives with tension, drama, and an unexpected touch of mystery thrown into the mix The author does a great job of drawing the reader into the story by alternating between the lives of both women, while adding in surprising twists and turns, and intertwining the complex dynamic of the past and present that swirls with mystery and secrets.The author takes the reader on a wonderful journey that is filled with an interesting cast of characters and enough drama, tension, and even a touch of romance, that easily keeps them turning the pages and wondering what will become of the best friend s lives, their friendship, and family relationships, when the answers that they have searched for come to the surface You can t help but get drawn in as the women learn to deal with the challenges, choices, disappointments, and successes of everyday life, and how they overcome them in order to find a happy medium in their lives.I loved the author s rich description of the alternating settings of Dublin and Sydney It feels like you are transported to these cities where you get to vicariously experience the sights and sounds and landmarks, it makes you want to visit them.If you love to read stories about complex and dramatic family and friendship relationships interwoven with everyday life experiences, then Once Lost is a must read.Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the author publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot


  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    Book 24 for aww2015Once Lost is told by best friends Emma and Louise, who grew up neighbours in an inner city suburb of Dublim They are now in their mid twenties and living half a world away from each other, facing their demons with their biggest ally so very far away There are two very separate storylines linked only by the strength of the friendship between Emma and Louise, they each tell their story in alternating chapters.Carroll has explored some tough topical issues and the far reachin Book 24 for aww2015Once Lost is told by best friends Emma and Louise, who grew up neighbours in an inner city suburb of Dublim They are now in their mid twenties and living half a world away from each other, facing their demons with their biggest ally so very far away There are two very separate storylines linked only by the strength of the friendship between Emma and Louise, they each tell their story in alternating chapters.Carroll has explored some tough topical issues and the far reaching effects they have from addiction and mental illness to absent parents and teen pregnancy.Louise was only eight years old when she returned home to find her mother gone without a trace, leaving her in the care of a stepfather who was under no obligation to stay Fortunately for Louise, Emma was only next door and her mother took on the nurturing role but it wasn t the same At eight years old how can you understand your mother disappearing, that s not what mothers do Mothers nurture and protect and are always there.The remainder of the review will be live at Beauty and Lace


  5. Cait Cait says:

    I struggled to get through this and I think it s because I didn t like the two main characters I don t think that was the author s intent Emma and Louise should be likeable they ve both dealt with personal struggles and have overcome them to be relatively successful And yet they bitch and moan incessantly, judge others harshly, hold everyone to a higher standard, and are unkind in general But they don t see that They each see themselves as these benevolent saints granting their favour I struggled to get through this and I think it s because I didn t like the two main characters I don t think that was the author s intent Emma and Louise should be likeable they ve both dealt with personal struggles and have overcome them to be relatively successful And yet they bitch and moan incessantly, judge others harshly, hold everyone to a higher standard, and are unkind in general But they don t see that They each see themselves as these benevolent saints granting their favour on everyone from their nice pudgy co workers to even a drug addicted ex boyfriend from when they also did drugs Glass houses I think Louise is the worst Yes, her mother abandoned her when she was 8, but her Mother s mental health never factors in to the 16 years she wondered about why I think the author also needs to write older characters or in period setting, because she is completely out of touch with how any 24 year old would act in the modern world where this is set They act like matronly women who can t navigate the digital world I finished this book but really wanted to stop when there was drama, an argument with her boyfriend, and multiple chapters devoted to Louise having dyslexia Really Partners don t storm out because you didn t disclose that you have DYSLEXIA in the first few weeks of dating That is not real life I think Ber might need to switch to writing boomers for any of her plots to be relevant or believable


  6. Gail Gail says:

    An easy and enjoyable read Following Louise s journey as she searches for her Mother through the eyes of Emma and Louise , in Dublin and Sydney respectively The story is fairly predictable, but the growing understanding and appreciation of the impact of mental illness draws the story into a clearer focus.


  7. Susan Adele Susan Adele says:

    Highly recommend.I enjoyed this novel Ber Carroll s characters are well developed and become real to me She integrates important life issues into her stories which is helpful to her readers who may be dealing with similar issues I highly recommend this and all of her novels.


  8. Vicki Vicki says:

    I enjoyed reading Once Lost It s been a while since I read a book in one sitting ok,laying in bed than sitting I would have liked to spendtime with each character and found the short chapters jumping between characters jarring.


  9. Jill Jill says:

    3 1 2 stars I found the characters engaging and very real A couple of minor storylines through the book were a little annoying But a good light read overall


  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    Loved this story of two lifelong friends, one living in Ireland and the other in Australia I have found a new author to enjoy.


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Once Lost ❰Download❯ ➼ Once Lost Author Ber Carroll – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Are some things better left unfound Best friends Louise and Emma grew up next door to each other in a grim inner city suburb of Dublin Now Louise, an art conservator, is thousands of miles away in Syd Are some things better left unfound Best friends Louise and Emma grew up next door to each other in a grim inner city suburb of Dublin Now Louise, an art conservator, is thousands of miles away in Sydney, restoring a beautiful old painting She meets Dan, whose family welcome her as one of their own, but she will always feel lost until she finds her mother who walked out when she was just eight years oldBack in Dublin, Emma is stuck in a job where she is under appreciated and underpaid, but her biggest worry is her ex partner, Jamie Emma has lost so much because of Jamie her innocence, her reputation, almost her life Now she is at risk of losing Isla, her young daughterSo where is Louise s mother Will Emma ever be free of her ex Both women frantically search for answers, but when the truth finally emerges it is shattering than they had ever expected.