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Full review on www.novelgossip.comWithin the past few months I ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister s Secret and immensely enjoying both I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list I m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it This book is really two separate narratives that eventually merge into Full review on www.novelgossip.comWithin the past few months I ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister s Secret and immensely enjoying both I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list I m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it This book is really two separate narratives that eventually merge into one Told in both the past and the present and from two viewpoints, first from Louise in 2004 immediately following the devastating tsunami in Thailand and from Claire beginning a few years before the tsunami For much of the book I was wondering what these two women had in common but Buchanan slowly tells their individual stories then before you know it things begin to piece together.Louise is desperate to find her mother who was in Thailand when the tsunami hit They ve been estranged for two years and she is full of regret and sorrow while she searches frantically for her mother As she begins to unravel the puzzle of what happened to her mother, Nora she gets wayconfusing information than she bargained for Claire is a character that touched me deeply, especially as she detailed her struggles with infertility I can t imagine the pain and heartbreak that comes with being told you will never conceive.I ve mentioned in my other reviews of Buchanan s work that she has a magical quality to her writing, especially her magnificent use of stunning imagery She writes such a detailed and deeply rich narrative full of enchanting descriptions of the setting The Lost Mother hops all around the globe to some exotic and far flung places and the way she describes these cities allows the reader to fully immerse themselves into the story There were times that I really felt like I was standing next to Louise and Claire smelling the sea air or feeling the red Australian sand beneath my feet This book really has something for every type of reader There is romance, a bit of suspense, mystery, painful secrets and drama along with a deep and emotional depth, both in the characters and the plot The storyline is complicated but not in a frustrating way, just an interesting way that absorbed me until the very last page Originally posted on This Chick ReadsCopy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review In 2004 thousands of people in southern Asia have been killed in what s believed to be the worst natural disaster in recent history The Boxing day tsunami, shall be remembered as the beast who took innocent lives in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles and some other countries As it was reported in the news, the tsunami killedthan 200,000 people in 13 cou Originally posted on This Chick ReadsCopy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review In 2004 thousands of people in southern Asia have been killed in what s believed to be the worst natural disaster in recent history The Boxing day tsunami, shall be remembered as the beast who took innocent lives in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles and some other countries As it was reported in the news, the tsunami killedthan 200,000 people in 13 countries and shall be remembered as one of the saddest days in history.I ve always considered a truly brave act when authors turn to real life events as plots for their novels While it takes a lot of research to stay faithful to the historical data, it also takes a lot of skill and understanding of human psyche and emotions, empathy and even courage to write a fiction novel about an event with such catastrophic dimensions Creating a fiction story which relies on real life evens, and describes the emotion, pain and turmoil of the people involved in such catastrophes is indeed not an easy task.What s believed to be the worst natural disaster, that tsunami in 2004, is the background of The Atlas of Us and focuses on Louise Fenton, who s off to Thailand to find her mother, Nora Soon after, a body is found but it s identified as Claire Shrewe However, Louise doesn t even have the time to feel a slight relief her mother might be alive still, because along with the body, a passport and a book are found The passport belonging to Louise s mother, Nora and strange looking book with notes, drawings, pictures, with The Atlas of Us written on its cover While hope is still present for Louise and she thinks her mother might still be alive, she s haunted by this Atlas and the connection her mother has with Claire.Intertwining two poignant stories, those of Claire and Louise, by going back and forth in time, Ms Buchanan creates a wonderful and layered story which will undoubtedly find its way to anyone s heart Through Claire and Louise s voice and with the help of the Atlas, not only we find outabout their lives, but also about the connection between Nora and Claire.Travelling through time and territory, Ms Buchanan creates a beautiful and well crafted story, and is surely one of the best debuts of 2014 I ve read As much as these two stories were complex, I didn t have any problem in following them through time and space However, some parts seemed too detailed and felt bit overwhelming, for my taste The vivid descriptions are obviously one of Ms Buchanan s strongest feats, however at times they seemed like burdening the story.It s obvious Ms Buchanan is an amazingly talented writer, whose words will touch people s hearts I ll definitely be picking up every book she writes in the future and hope there will be many All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comWithin the past few months I ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister s Secret and immensely enjoying both I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list I m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it This book is really two separate narratives that ev All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comWithin the past few months I ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister s Secret and immensely enjoying both I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list I m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it This book is really two separate narratives that eventually merge into one Told in both the past and the present and from two viewpoints, first from Louise in 2004 immediately following the devastating tsunami in Thailand and from Claire beginning a few years before the tsunami For much of the book I was wondering what these two women had in common but Buchanan slowly tells their individual stories then before you know it things begin to piece together.Louise is desperate to find her mother who was in Thailand when the tsunami hit They ve been estranged for two years and she is full of regret and sorrow while she searches frantically for her mother As she begins to unravel the puzzle of what happened to her mother, Nora she gets wayconfusing information than she bargained for Claire is a character that touched me deeply, especially as she detailed her struggles with infertility I can t imagine the pain and heartbreak that comes with being told you will never conceive.I ve mentioned in my other reviews of Buchanan s work that she has a magical quality to her writing, especially her magnificent use of stunning imagery She writes such a detailed and deeply rich narrative full of enchanting descriptions of the setting The Lost Mother hops all around the globe to some exotic and far flung places and the way she describes these cities allows the reader to fully immerse themselves into the story There were times that I really felt like I was standing next to Louise and Claire smelling the sea air or feeling the red Australian sand beneath my feet This book really has something for every type of reader There is romance, a bit of suspense, mystery, painful secrets and drama along with a deep and emotional depth, both in the characters and the plot The storyline is complicated but not in a frustrating way, just an interesting way that absorbed me until the very last page Disclaimer I am a close author friend of Tracy s However, as my critique partners will tell you, I m painfully honest and don t dish out false praise, so if I like something then I genuinely mean it And I loved, loved, LOVED The Atlas of Us In the wake of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami, Louise Fenton heads to Thailand in search of her estranged mum, Nora, who has gone missing When she discovers a body carrying her mum s distinctive bag, which contains Nora s passport and a journal entitl Disclaimer I am a close author friend of Tracy s However, as my critique partners will tell you, I m painfully honest and don t dish out false praise, so if I like something then I genuinely mean it And I loved, loved, LOVED The Atlas of Us In the wake of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami, Louise Fenton heads to Thailand in search of her estranged mum, Nora, who has gone missing When she discovers a body carrying her mum s distinctive bag, which contains Nora s passport and a journal entitled The Atlas of Us, Louise fears the worst But her hopes are restored when a man identifies the body as that of travel journalist Claire Shreve, the author of said journal Using notes and clues left in Claire s diary, Louise attempts to piece together the mystery of her mother s whereabouts and in the process unearths a shocking secret that Nora has been guarding all these years Told from both Louise and Claire s point of view, The Atlas of Us is an intricately woven mystery within a mystery full of twists and surprises, which takes you on an enthralling voyage around the world It ll come as no surprised that, like Claire Shreve, Tracy was a travel journalist in a former life, as her vivid depictions of the landscapes leap of the page and make you truly feel you are there Claire s story particularly resonated with me, and I think it ll connect with a lot of women out there The story starts with Claire at a crossroads in her life Unable to have children and at breaking point with her husband, Claire has to decide whether to continue along the safe path or venture down the road less traveled Enter Milo, the oh so swoony farmer, whom she meets while on a work trip in Exmoor Oh my days, Milo dreamy sigh The first meeting between Claire and Milo is utterly electric the chemistry between the two is intense and yet their romance feels authentic and builds at a natural pace, and I was soon swept up in it Truly, one of the most powerful and exquisite romances I ve ever read The Atlas of Us is a passionate, beautiful and heart wrenching tale about loss and new beginnings that will haunt you long after you ve turned the last page Tracy Buchanan has set the bar high with her debut novel, The Atlas of Us She covers a lot of ground here, literally and figuratively and pulls it off Beginning with a daughter looking for her estranged mother in the debris from a Tsunami in Thailand, the novel takes off and doesn t slow down With stops at a Mango Farm in Australia, Venice and Finland as well as interactions, emotions and mysteries that right right along, your literary passport will be stamped Buchanan makes you care about t Tracy Buchanan has set the bar high with her debut novel, The Atlas of Us She covers a lot of ground here, literally and figuratively and pulls it off Beginning with a daughter looking for her estranged mother in the debris from a Tsunami in Thailand, the novel takes off and doesn t slow down With stops at a Mango Farm in Australia, Venice and Finland as well as interactions, emotions and mysteries that right right along, your literary passport will be stamped Buchanan makes you care about the characters no matter how flawed they become and you will want an Atlas of Us for yourself the passion for love and living Murder, mental illness, bad marriages, dysfunctional relationships and second chances abound There are some predictable and over wrought scenes but Buchanan s history as a travel writer clearly shows and the location descriptions steal the show Well done.I am eager to seefrom this author and you will be, too.Provided by publisher A confection of chapters that will take you around the world, from Exmoor to Thailand, Australia, Serbia, Dubai, San Francisco and Finland from the Q A with the author at the back of the book, this was her favourite location.Two stories dovetail as lives collide and interweave, from the late 20th century to the last days of 2004.It is a difficult novel to review without giving away too much so despite, or because of what I write you will just have to go out and buy it and see for yourself how A confection of chapters that will take you around the world, from Exmoor to Thailand, Australia, Serbia, Dubai, San Francisco and Finland from the QA with the author at the back of the book, this was her favourite location.Two stories dovetail as lives collide and interweave, from the late 20th century to the last days of 2004.It is a difficult novel to review without giving away too much so despite, or because of what I write you will just have to go out and buy it and see for yourself how the story evolves.Louise has struggled pretty much all her life with being, to all intents and purposes, abandoned by her Mother, Nora, who was permanently on the search for a life without bourgeois ties, an artist and free spirit Early on in the book Louise discovers that her Mother in all likelihood had decamped to Thailand and was on one of the islands at the time of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 Louise determines to fly out to Thailand to try and discover what may have happened to her.Claire is a travel journalist, who eventually finds her wings after a life riven with pitfalls She is following in her Father s footsteps, writing as she goes and it was he who encouraged her to march off the map Things for her change drastically again early on in the book when she witnesses a shooting at a wedding venue, she is in the middle of a break up with her partner and her life veers off on a totally unanticipated path She becomes involved with one family, whose young daughter tugs on her heartstrings and their mutual fondness fills a deep emotional hole in Claire, who is unable to have children of her own Claire has to deal with heartfelt situations and it is clear that the author s own experience mentioned at the back of the book is coming through.The stories of Louise and Claire come together and gradually there are dawning revelations just how intertwined their lives and those of their loved ones have become.For us at TripFiction, the wonderful locations were like finding ourselves in a sweet shop, as the story lines move swiftly from one locale to another, all beautifully rendered It is so evident that the author is a travel editor, as she pinpoints with real dexterity the different feel of the chosen locations from the deep red earth of Uluru in Australia, to war torn Serbia and the exoticism of Thailand As the characters move around, each place essentially has at least one chapter devoted to it and it is clear the author is really familiar with her choice of destination and has clearly done a lot of research For me the book had a feel of a set of short stories with a couple of leitmotivs winding their way through to unify them, skimming the surface there are times when the reader gets lost in the current story it can feel a little disruptive when it is time to move on to another character in another time and setting And if there was one small weakness it would be the coincidences of encounters between the characters, in order to keep the story moving, that felt a little contrived.The Boxing Day Tsunami comes to horrific life and underpins the narrative of family, loss, and hope The author also ventures into Serbia at the time of war and to an animal rescue centre Buchanan certainly does not shy away from tackling difficult themes An electric and consuming romance develops, and at the heart of the story is a book full of mementoes that one lover gives to another, and that is the Atlas of Us their joint experiences and journeys both actual and emotional.This is one of the hot Summer reads of 2014 and a wonderful way to travel the world And I can t finish without mentioning the terrific and exotic book cover, which is sure to entice the reader to purchase Wow I experienced a whirlwind of emotions while reading this beautiful book An intense, emotionally charged story, of families and secrets and the lengths we go to protect those we love Enjoyed this amazing book A must read. Review I have to be honest I really didn t enjoy this book very much I had high hopes for it, but they were really not met I thought the premise behind the book, a bit of a mystery surrounding family in the wake of the tsunami, sounded really promising, space for drama and intrigue as well as a hint of sadness and there was bound to be a love story in there somewhere right I was just really disappointed by the storyline as a whole I found myself switching off in parts and struggle to remem Review I have to be honest I really didn t enjoy this book very much I had high hopes for it, but they were really not met I thought the premise behind the book, a bit of a mystery surrounding family in the wake of the tsunami, sounded really promising, space for drama and intrigue as well as a hint of sadness and there was bound to be a love story in there somewhere right I was just really disappointed by the storyline as a whole I found myself switching off in parts and struggle to remember every detail of the entire book now because it really hasn t stuck with me and I ve literally just finished reading it I think for me, the potential was there for a lot to happen and nothing much really happened I thought the structure of the book was excellent, stories running alongside each other but during different times, knowing that the two stories would tie up at some point and the mystery would be revealed The stories didn t tie up until the very last moment and I didn t really attach myself to either story I think that Clare s story kept meinterested than Louise s story There was definitelydrama there andthings happened, but i thought that perhaps they were happening just for the sake of it and sometimes things didn t really contribute to the plot at all I d didn t get Louise s character at all and so I think that s why I didn t like her story as much The characters in Clare s story had a lot about them, they all had hidden pasts and secrets they were keeping from one another despite promising not to, however, although I was drawn to these characters, I didn t feel connected to their stories I felt Louise was pretty flat as a character and I don t really understand where the other characters in her storyline came from or how they fitted in I did read this book in its entirity, persevering until the end to see if anything grabbed me but it really didn t and I really have struggled to find something interesting to say about it There are exotic settings but the description didn t particularly whisk me away there There are interesting characters, but I dint really fel any connection with them and there are interesting storylines, but they didn t really tie together for me so overall I didn t really enjoy this book or get what I was expecting from it It won t put me off picking up other books from this author in the future though, but this just wasn t for me (Epub) ó The Lost Mother ì Previously published as The Atlas of Us in the UK How far would you go for those you love the most When Louise McKenzie s mother is reported missing after the Boxing Day tsunami, Louise leaves her young family and travels to Thailand There, she finds a bag containing her mother s passport and a book filled with beautifully illustrated maps The Atlas of Us, belonging to a woman named Claire Who is Claire How was Louise s mom connected to her And might the atlas help Louise find the answers she needs and her mom As Louise pores over the keepsakes hidden amongst its pages, she pieces together the mystery of a love affair, a dark tragedy and a secret both Claire and her mother would go to the ends of the earth to protect A gripping, page turning and emotionally powerful story about love, loss and making peace with the past, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty What readers are saying about Tracy Buchanan A compelling, page turning read about secrets in families and the unwitting consequences I was completely hooked Sad, powerful and absorbing Julia Williams A compelling and emotional read that pulled me in full of intrigue and secrets A riveting story that I know will stay with me for a very long time Alexandra Brown Beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting Really worth a read HelloAn ambitious and deeply poignant story that will take you into another world Heat I could see it playing out like a movie as I was reading I loved it Novelkicks A pacy read A great book to take to the beach Daily Mail Emotionally charged Take A Break Previously published as The Atlas of Us in the UK Wow What a book Starting with a gorgous book cover that urges you to turn the page.The story begins with a woman caught up in the tsunami in Thailand, we can only imagine what her fate was.Louise hasn t spoken with her mother in two years after a falling out She knows her mum was in Thailand so she flies out to find her much to the horror of her disapproving and controlling husband.While searching for her mum Louise finds her bag inside which is an atlas full of photos and keepsakes belonging Wow What a book Starting with a gorgous book cover that urges you to turn the page.The story begins with a woman caught up in the tsunami in Thailand, we can only imagine what her fate was.Louise hasn t spoken with her mother in two years after a falling out She knows her mum was in Thailand so she flies out to find her much to the horror of her disapproving and controlling husband.While searching for her mum Louise finds her bag inside which is an atlas full of photos and keepsakes belonging to Claire Sherve who is presumed dead as body has been identified by a friend.We then hear Claire s story and it s a heartbreaking one I was so wound up about it because I really liked her and I knew what happened to her at the end.We are taken through the story from Thailand to Exmoor, Serbia,Venice, Finland and Australia Claire meets Milo and his extended family and although this may be the love she has been looking for it also comes with heartbreak.There is so muchto this story and what a wonderful film it would make.This is one of those books where I m so anxious to tell you what happens next but I also don t want to spoil your enjoyment I couldn t put it down What a great debut novel from Tracy Buchanan, I can t wait for her next one