Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lost and Found in Russia by Olga Godim

Title:  Lost and Found in Russia
Author:  Olga Godim
Published:  February 1st 2013 by Eternal Press
Page Count:  224
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:   ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After a shocking discovery that her daughter was switched at birth thirty-four years ago, Amanda embarks on a trip to Russia to find her biological daughter. Meanwhile, Sonya—a thirty-four-year-old Russian immigrant and a former dancer— battles her daughter’s teenage rebellion. While Amanda wades through the mires of foreign bureaucracy, Sonya dreams of dancing. Both mothers are searching—for their daughters and for themselves.

My Review:

My first thoughts on this book? OMG!!! Could you just imagine? Holy Hannah! What a trip.

This was a very well written novel. If the subject matter and the destinations hadn’t kept me captivated, Godim’s writing definitely did. The story had a nice flow and her descriptions laid everything out as if you were looking at pictures sent by the characters, rather than reading about their journey. These descriptions as well as Godim’s narrative help to build the very solid, somewhat heartening, and yet rather disconcerting story that Godim gives to us for our enjoyment. The defined progression towards the story’s conclusion allows you, as a reader, to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

This novel presents us with a very well developed cast of characters. They become such a real part of your life that even when you want to throw a pillow at them because they are doing or have done something completely ridiculous you can’t help but feel for them. They are also a very diverse cast who manage to work together, as a family, even under the most intense and heart wrenching circumstances. Although you feel for them, and for the trials that they have been, are going, and will go through you also get a warm and fuzzy feeling from them. Also, because of their diversity you can’t help but relate to at least somebody in the series.

This novel definitely was a bit of a remarkable ride that really makes you wonder. What if? What if??? WHAT IF??????

Buy your copy online here today!

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