Title: Loved and Missed
Author: Susie Boyt
Publication Date: 16th June 2022 (paperback)
When your beloved daughter is lost in the fog of addiction, and you make off with her baby in order to save the day, can willpower and a daring creative zeal carry you through?
Examining the limits, disappointments and excesses of love in all its forms, Loved and Missed is a wonderfully absorbing book, full of insight and compassion, by the author of My Judy Garland Life.
I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for this slender yet incredibly powerful novel – it deserves an avalanche of acclaim! Loved and Missed draws its reader in to the lives of these women beautifully and explores some complex and intense subjects with grace and intelligence. It is written with a deftness and confidence that makes every page sing with emotion. The book is very much character-led, as opposed to full of action – it is about loss, addiction, relationships and above all, love. I felt so invested in Ruth and Lily’s story from the very beginning. Eleanor, Ruth’s troubled daughter, is a constant and unrelenting presence in both Ruth’s mind and the book itself – the complexities and challenges of motherhood are at the heart of this story. I really couldn’t recommend Loved and Missed more highly – beautiful, heartbreaking and written with an exquisitely light touch.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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