The best type of read for summer is one you pick up by the pool one day, only to look up hours later, realising you’ve completely lost track of what’s going on around you because you’ve been so entranced in another world.
It’s the type of book you continue to pick up every time you’ve got a minute – when you’re waiting for a coffee, or waiting for a friend – wanting to absorb it as quickly as you possibly can.
But it’s not a book you forget. You remember it for a very, very long time, because of how it made you feel.
Lost Without You is that book. And you’ll be seeing it everywhere this year on your summer holiday.
ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) award-winning, bestselling author Rachael Johns, known for a number of romance and women’s fiction books like The Art of Keeping Secrets and The Patterson Girls, crafts a fresh and poignant story with Lost Without You.
The story goes like this: On a special night to celebrate a significant achievement in Paige MacRitchie’s life, excitement quickly turns to worry when her mother suddenly collapses. With concerns for her mother’s health, Paige decides to honour her parents’ perfect marriage in her own upcoming wedding by wearing her mother’s wedding dress.
The problem, however, is that her mum, Rebecca, gave the dress away – a long time ago. How can Paige possibly find it?
As Paige tries to track down the dress, she starts to unravel a secret in her mother’s life that could change everything.
Paige's brand new friend Josie has her own struggles. She desperately wants a baby, after having experienced the pain of miscarriage, and feels like her husband can't possibly understand. With him travelling for work, Josie is lonely and isn't getting the support she needs.
Then there's Clara, Rebecca's nurse, who has a beautiful extended family but never had children of her own. She's ended her marriage and now has to build a new life - a prospect that's as exciting as it is scary.
As you'd hope from a story like with different threads like this, the four women's live intertwine to reveal some truths none of them knew - all of which make a deep impact on their lives.