I absolutely loved this book. Lost and Found (Love in New York Book 1) is the first book I read by Elle Casey, and in her author bio she states that she puts out a book a month! Hello, filled up reading list! Read on for all book details, my 5-star review and to find out how you can win an e-copy of Elle Casey’s Cabin Fever (Love in New York Book 2). This tour was brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
Lost and Found (Love in New York Book 1) by Elle Casey
Sometimes engagement rings can get lost and then found. Sometimes people can too. All it takes is a heavy-duty dose of karma and the magic of Manhattan to make it all come together.
Leah is a financially destitute new age hippy. James is a wealthy surgeon with a trust fund. She’s awkward, he’s poised. She’s completely crazy, he’s way too sane. People might say they have nothing in common, but they’d be wrong. They both live in Manhattan, they both have no idea how to change a baby diaper, and they’re both lost … until they find one another.
She: Leah, 29, completely broke, one step before homelessness, her purse is empty but her heart full of love for life and hope for something that will change her luck. Well, it’s not that darn ring she found in the fountain!
He: James, 39, the go-to plastic surgeon for celebrities. A tragic event messed up his orderly life, and he’s shouldered family responsibilities that don’t fit. He’s doing his best to help out, but everything seems to fall apart. Yet his mind keeps going back to the obviously crazy, hippy chick that keeps bumping into him.
Conflict: It’s the most unlikely duo I’ve read. A frazzled, juju-believing, totally disorganized woman and a put-together, career-oriented professional clash (literally) and find each other with a huge karmic boost.
Setting: Modern-day Manhattan. From highbrow surgeon offices and Cartier sales people to the ailing homeless and eighties Bronx castoffs, it’s a vibrant mix.
Chemistry: Very slow building. It’s the case where logic says WTF? but your gut says “go for it and you won’t be sorry”. As the protagonists’ relationship comes toward the end of the book, I expected a low heat or glossed-over come together, but, no, they go down with a bang!
The good stuff: This story is structured in a very original way. The first third is from Leah’s point of view; in the second third, we rewind to the beginning of the story, and see James’ life, and in the last third, one chapter is Leah, the next James. The voices are very distinct. Leah’s is roll-on-the-floor hilarious, James more serious, matching his grave situation, so the middle part of the book is more somber. I loved the change of pace, and how complete the story felt told from both sides. The characters are full-fleshed and fully developed, real, relatable and loveable. The secondary characters are just awesome. The wit, especially in the first third of the book, deserves a prize. I can’t remember laughing so hard, staring at my Kindle.
The other stuff: Nothing important, really. Maybe the fact that there was a rewind when James took over, and we got to re-see the two of them bump into each other, knowing how that would play out, took some of the excitement away. The middle part of the book doesn’t push the story forward; it’s just retold. I’m not sure if having alternating voices in each chapter from the beginning wouldn’t work better. But, if that’s the author’s personal style, I’m game.
The bottom-line: Excellent book. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll swoon (bare-chested guy holding a baby? Swoon!) you’ll never regret reading this.
I was offered an ARC in exchange for an honest review.