Review of Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston

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 novel 

the 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-plot 

which is closely enmeshed with Clementine's story.
The characterisation throughout both plot and sub-plot is real and vivid.

I loved the way that Harriet and  Grace, 

the main characters from Julie Houston's earlier novels, feature in Looking for Lucy as supporting players. Along with the setting in Midhope, the inclusion of Harriet and Grace provides continuity between the three novels although Looking for Lucy can easily be read as a stand-alone work.

The missing Lucy of the title 

is another well rounded character whose story brings a whole new dimension and added depth to the narrative.

All in all, another unputdownable read!

I read Looking for Lucy with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and look forward to reading whatever Julie Houston writes next.

Follow this link for more details of Looking for Lucy in the Amazon Kindle Store.