I really enjoyed reading The One Saving Grace, Julie Houston's second novel (review here) and went straight on to read her recently released title, Looking for Lucy.
This is another novel set in the fictional village of Midhope in West / North Yorkshire and it's another great read from the talented Julie Houston.
From the book description:Clementine needs to find Lucy before it's all too late. She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn't easy, even when your daughter's as adorable as four-year-old Allegra. So when Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, it seems almost too good to be true. It is...
Early on in the novelthe reader has a pretty good idea of where the plot is going and what the likely outcome will be. But, the route to the highly satisfying ending is filled with surprises, unusual twists and unexpected obstacles.
The book is very readable:it's partly narrated by the main character, Clementine, and with good contrast in the other sections where the author takes over.
I really liked Clementine.She is a strong character who demonstrates positive qualities of resilience and determination that are used most effectively by the author to drive the novel forwards.
There is a well-developed sub-plotwhich is closely enmeshed with Clementine's story.
The characterisation throughout both plot and sub-plot is real and vivid.