For life-lit lovers: Why Lost Without You is a fantastic Christmas gift

For life-lit lovers: Why Lost Without You is a fantastic Christmas gift

Choosing which books to buy as gifts at Christmas can be tricky and with the silly season well underway, we’re here to recommend some great books for the special people in your life. Our next recommendation, Rachael Johns’s Lost Without You

Heart-warming and compassionate, Lost Without You is a story of four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all.

On a night that is supposed to be a celebration of new beginnings, Paige MacRitchie’s joy quickly fades when her mother collapses at her book launch. In the chaotic aftermath, and terrified of losing her mother, Paige decides she wants to pay the ultimate tribute to her parents’ perfect marriage by wearing her mother’s wedding dress on her own big day. But there’s just one problem – Paige’s mum no longer has the dress. What ensues is a journey that will lead Paige to discover far more than a lost wedding gown.

Lost Without You is the perfect summer read – the type of book that you want with you at the beach, by the poolside, and on your deck chair. Rachael Johns describes her contemporary fiction as ‘life-lit,’ in the way her plots explore human issues, and close relationships, such as mothers and daughters and the friendships between women. Any book lover interested in life’s emotional complexities and in the events that define and alter us, will be engrossed in Lost Without You.

Detailing the journeys of four women, Lost Without You is a highly engaging, character-driven novel – perfect for those who love to get attached to the characters in their books.

About the Author:

Rachael Johns, an English teacher by trade and a mum 24/7, is the bestselling ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and a number of other romance and women’s fiction books including The Art of Keeping Secrets and The Greatest Gift. She is currently Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women’s issues, a genre she has coined ‘life-lit’. Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training and a very badly-behaved dog. She rarely sleeps and never irons.

Read our review of Lost Without You here, or purchase a copy here.

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                      Synopsis

                      Four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all... On a special night that is supposed to be a celebration of new beginnings, Paige MacRitchie's joy quickly falls away when her mother collapses during the speeches at her book launch. In the aftermath, and terrified of losing her, Paige decides she wants to make the ultimate tribute to her parents' perfect marriage: she will wear her mother's wedding dress for her own big day.There's just one problem – her mum, Rebecca, no longer has the dress. As Paige tries to track down the elusive gown, she discovers that Rebecca has a long–hidden secret that, if revealed, could blow her whole family apart. Her new friend Josie is at a crossroads too. She met her husband Nick when she was singing in an eighties–themed bar, but now she's lonely, yearning for a family and wondering if Nick understands her at all.And then there's nurse Clara. When she married Rob Jones, an up–and–coming rock star, she thought she was in it forever. But now Clara needs to make a new life for herself and Rob can't seem to understand that it's over.When the fates of these four women intertwine in an unexpected and powerful way, none of their lives will ever be the same again.A fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions … and dresses … from the ABIA award–winning, bestselling author Rachael Johns.
                      Rachael Johns
                      About the author

                      Rachael Johns

                      Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she LOVED contemporary romance!She is the author of The Kissing Season, Tease Me, Cowboy, Man Drought, JiltedOutback Dreams, Outback Blaze, Outback Ghost, The Next Season (ebook), and The Road to Hope.

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