Title: The Lost Manuscript
Author: Cathy Bonidan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 12, 2021
The Lost Manuscript is a charming epistolary novel about the love of books and magical ability they have to bring people together.
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 shocking--that 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 book--and 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.
Usually, I don't enjoy books in epistolary narrative but maybe because I did it as an audio, I was able to truly enjoy it.
A manuscript has been found in room #108 and the person staying there, Anne-Lise Briard has tracked down the author. The author confesses writing it when he was twenty and losing it thirty years ago while in Montreal. Additionally, he also lets her know that he didn't write the second part of the story.
Anne-Lise and her friend Maggie decide to track the manuscript's movement from the present to the past with the idea of finding the person responsible for writing the other half.
Every new discovery brings another interesting person to the mix whose life was affected in one way or other by the manuscript.
Soon finding Waldo is a must!
So many good stories in this book! I love how persistent Anne-Lise was about finding the people who at some point had the book. David's story made me sad while Maggie's journey made my romantic heart happy.
From France to Great Britain to Montreal to the USA, the author takes us on a trip down memory lane for many.