Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lost and Found by Ginny Yttrup

Back Cover Blurp:

It appears Jenna Bouvier is losing everything: beauty, family, and wealth. When her controlling and emotionally abusive mother-in-law accuses Jenna of an affair with her spiritual director and threatens to expose them, Jenna also risks losing her reputation as a woman of faith. Will she capitulate to her mother-in-law’s wishes again or fight for what she holds dear? As Jenna loses her life, will she find it?

Andee Bell has found exactly what she wanted: fame, fortune, and respect. There’s also a special man in her life—Jenna’s brother. Despite her success, a secret quells Andee’s contentment. As memories torment, will she find peace in a relationship with God, or will she sabotage herself while also taking down the only person she cares about? As Andee finds her life, will she lose it?

Moving between San Francisco and the Napa Valley, Jenna and Andee form an unlikely relationship that leads them to a crossroad. They can follow familiar inclinations, or risk it all and walk in faith.
My Thoughts:

I think I was spoiled by the high quality debut novel, "Words".  When you open with something as compelling and riveting as that, it's hard to get better.  I enjoyed Ginny's second story, but didn't find it as gripping and didn't bond with the characters as I'd hope I would.

Jenna's mother-in-law is something else, though!  Talk about a cold, controlling woman!!  Holding on to hope and keeping a compassionate heart in such a repressive environment was a miracle in itself.  But I wanted Jenna to do more with her 'anonymity'...kept waiting for the whole thing (don't to give it all away) to soar.

As for Andee, I never grew to care much for her.  I'm not sure why...she just wasn't anyone special.  Mostly annoyed by her.  I felt for her once she revealed the secret that kept her bound, but even then she didn't grow on me.

The entire time I read, I kept waiting for something...more.  If you asked me, I couldn't tell you what it was.  Just felt like I wanted more.  And Jenna's relationship with her spiritual mentor set off red flags all over the place for me.  As a wife of a pastor, that is a no-no, no matter how many boundaries are in place.  Maybe that was the deciding factor for me liking the book.

I received my copy from B&H Fiction in exchange for my honest review.  "Lost and Found" is mildly recommended.  But Definitely check out Ginny Yttrup's debut novel, "Words".  THAT  book is HIGHLY recommended!!

Happy Reading!



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JoyAnne said...

I agree, WORDS is much better!

Jenn said...

I LOVED Words! Thanks for your honest review! :)

Jennifer said...

I also loved WORDS. Too bad this one didn't live up to it. I didn't even realize the author had another book out! Thanks for your honest review!