The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate Review is here. This book is a historical novel that centers around numerous characters.
We meet Hannie, a freed slave in 1875, Louisiana. Her flashback stories throughout the novel are heartbreaking. Hannie has one goal: find her family that literally got ripped away from her. Hannie is a heartfelt character who we see has to rise to the occasion all on her own to survive. Will she get reunited with her family after enduring such horrific events?
We then meet Lavinia and Juneau Jane. Lavinia is heir to a plantation. However, the plantation is now very poor and worth very little. She’s determined, though, to find a missing piece, and Juneau Jane is right behind her to join in. Will the half-sisters accept each other? Or will the line of prejudices continue to blur their judgment?
In between their stories post-Civil War, we jumped to Benedetta Silva in 1987. She is a teacher who takes on a new assignment to pay for her debts. However, the small town she enters isn’t anything like what she imagined. The question for Benedetta is, can one book change your life forever?
At first, I was hesitant about The Book of Lost Friends because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to read all these different characters at once. Hannie gripped my attention first, and I wanted it to be solely from her perspective. However, once I started to read and learn about Lavinia and then Juneau Jane, I began to think otherwise. What changed my mind was Benedetta. Her storyline’s interwoven throughout in a beautiful way.
This historical novel is unlike any other. Lisa Wingate really grips you in with her writing, whisking you away in this world. I felt what the characters felt, feeling, and tasting their thoughts. What Hannie witnessed was horrific and captured remarkably by Wingate.
Overall, I recommend reading this novel. You won’t be disappointed.