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Fast-paced and colorful, with hints of The Goldfinch and Malibu Rising, and more than one pitch-perfect love story--Lost And Found In Paris sparkles like the City of Light itself and will have you flipping the pages quickly as you're drawn deeply into its mysterious world of art, intrigue, and redemption. -- Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fast-paced and colorful, with hints of The Goldfinch and Malibu Rising, and more than one pitch-perfect love story--Lost And Found In Paris sparkles like the City of Light itself and will have you flipping the pages quickly as you're drawn deeply into its mysterious world of art, intrigue, and redemption. -- Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names The ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, told with wit, style, and a touch of intrigue, by the popular and dynamic author of The Sweeney Sisters. Joan Blakely had an unconventional childhood: the daughter of a globe-trotting supermodel and a world-famous artist. Her artist father died on 9/11, and Joan--an art historian by training--has spent more than a decade maintaining his legacy. Life in the art world is beginning to wear on her--and then one fateful afternoon her husband drops a bombshell: he's fathered twins with another woman. Furious but secretly pleased to have a reason to blow up her life, Joan impulsively decides to get out of town, booking a last-minute trip to Paris as an art courier: the person museums hire to fly valuable works of art to potential clients, discreetly stowed in their carry-on luggage. Sipping her champagne in business-class, she chats up her seatmate, Nate, a good-looking tech nerd who invites her to dinner in Paris. He doesn't know she's carrying drawings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But after a romantic dinner and an even more romantic night together, Joan wakes up next to her new lover to discover the drawings gone. Even more shocking is what's been left in their place: a sketch from her father's journals, which she thought had been lost when he died on 9/11, and a poem that reads like a treasure hunt. With Nate as a sidekick, Joan will follow the clues all over Paris--from its grand cathedrals to the romantic bistros to the twisty side streets of Monmarte--hoping to recover the lost art, and her own sense of adventure. What she finds is even better than she'd expected.


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Fast-paced and colorful, with hints of The Goldfinch and Malibu Rising, and more than one pitch-perfect love story--Lost And Found In Paris sparkles like the City of Light itself and will have you flipping the pages quickly as you're drawn deeply into its mysterious world of art, intrigue, and redemption. -- Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fast-paced and colorful, with hints of The Goldfinch and Malibu Rising, and more than one pitch-perfect love story--Lost And Found In Paris sparkles like the City of Light itself and will have you flipping the pages quickly as you're drawn deeply into its mysterious world of art, intrigue, and redemption. -- Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names The ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, told with wit, style, and a touch of intrigue, by the popular and dynamic author of The Sweeney Sisters. Joan Blakely had an unconventional childhood: the daughter of a globe-trotting supermodel and a world-famous artist. Her artist father died on 9/11, and Joan--an art historian by training--has spent more than a decade maintaining his legacy. Life in the art world is beginning to wear on her--and then one fateful afternoon her husband drops a bombshell: he's fathered twins with another woman. Furious but secretly pleased to have a reason to blow up her life, Joan impulsively decides to get out of town, booking a last-minute trip to Paris as an art courier: the person museums hire to fly valuable works of art to potential clients, discreetly stowed in their carry-on luggage. Sipping her champagne in business-class, she chats up her seatmate, Nate, a good-looking tech nerd who invites her to dinner in Paris. He doesn't know she's carrying drawings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But after a romantic dinner and an even more romantic night together, Joan wakes up next to her new lover to discover the drawings gone. Even more shocking is what's been left in their place: a sketch from her father's journals, which she thought had been lost when he died on 9/11, and a poem that reads like a treasure hunt. With Nate as a sidekick, Joan will follow the clues all over Paris--from its grand cathedrals to the romantic bistros to the twisty side streets of Monmarte--hoping to recover the lost art, and her own sense of adventure. What she finds is even better than she'd expected.

30 review for Lost and Found in Paris

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patcee

    Paris, the City of Light, is trending as the #1 setting for books of historical fiction, war stories, romantic episodes, mysteries and thrillers. And why not? It might as well be the centre of the earth. Everyone wants either to go there or return there. It’s a sparkle of magic in a messed-up universe. Poor Joan. Left abandoned, when she was asked, by her husband who carried on an affair, fathered twins now entering kindergarten, to blend the families. Really! You must be kidding! No. Thank you ve Paris, the City of Light, is trending as the #1 setting for books of historical fiction, war stories, romantic episodes, mysteries and thrillers. And why not? It might as well be the centre of the earth. Everyone wants either to go there or return there. It’s a sparkle of magic in a messed-up universe. Poor Joan. Left abandoned, when she was asked, by her husband who carried on an affair, fathered twins now entering kindergarten, to blend the families. Really! You must be kidding! No. Thank you very much, said Joan. I can make it on my own. Having lost her successful artist father on 9/11 aboard one of the planes, Joan, an art historian, continued to grieve and live a small life. Gobsmacked by her lost marriage, she steps up as an art courier, taking temporary custody of a bundle of valuable (6 figures +) artist’s sketches (her dad’s work)to deliver to Paris. Emboldened, on her trans-Atlantic flight, didn’t she seek a new start with her nerdy seat-mate, Nate? It comes as no surprise that dinner and maybe, just maybe❓a sexy one-night stand, did turn out exactly as she hoped. It seems she gave nary a thought about what would come later. Poor Joan. In an overnight serendipitous twist of fate, her package goes missing. Inside an envelope delivered to her hotel, she finds one of her dad’s drawings and a mysterious poem. Adventure kicks in to lead the lovers on a game of find the lost art, following hints in the intriguing poetry that reads like a treasure hunt. Author Lian Dolan has a grasp of what constitutes great writing. The varying pace of the free-flowing story allows for the reader to feel suspense and then reflect on the intriguing plot developments. Interspersed with the dialogue are flashbacks of prose filling in the backstory that features a family obsession with Joan of Arc and whose historical presence features in the search for the papers. Joan and Nate’s pursuit through the streets of Paris hitting familiar tourist spots triggered for me a wonderfully real sense of place, my memory firmly set to active mode. Just to be sure, there are mini TED-like philosophical paragraphs here and there. plus an excellent ending chapter before the epilogue that offers reasonable thoughts and explanations. Is that enough? Not yet. Ms Dolan refers to The Five Biggies in Life: love and loss, friendship and faith and redemption which, intentional or not, describes what this book is all about. Awesome. 4 1/2 stars raised to 5. This is a lovely novel with stylish composition, intelligent characters, a mysterious storyline, and a huge dose of romance in a popular location. Can it get any better than this? Yes, read it, without distractions, stretched out on a sofa, with a handful of nuts and your favourite sipping beverage at hand. Happy reading!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I would have reviewed this book days ago but I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a glass of wine and this epilogue (my joys are simple and nerdy)! Lost and Found is Paris is my favorite Lian Dolan book so far and that’s a tough choice as her other books are all fab. This is a beach read with bite, an art heist with pizzazz, a family drama, a romance and an immersion into all things fancy and French. I was hooked from the jump and didn’t want to leave the company of Joan, Nate, Suzi and the ot I would have reviewed this book days ago but I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a glass of wine and this epilogue (my joys are simple and nerdy)! Lost and Found is Paris is my favorite Lian Dolan book so far and that’s a tough choice as her other books are all fab. This is a beach read with bite, an art heist with pizzazz, a family drama, a romance and an immersion into all things fancy and French. I was hooked from the jump and didn’t want to leave the company of Joan, Nate, Suzi and the other tres chic characters who pop up throughout. And really, who ever wants to leave Paris?? While reading I kept a running tally of things I wanted to remember like spots to visit in Paris (someday??) and Polly’s perfect Parisian brunch menu. This is a book that you’ll share with your friends, I can see so many French inspired book clubs (must wear black or navy blue to enter). And of course-as a solid gold Satellite Sister I was so excited to get an advanced copy of the book from Goodreads. Through her podcast, Satellite Sisters, Lian has been a transformative part of my life for ten years and I am so thrilled to be able to give an early review to her incredible book. If you enjoy the smart, bold, humorous and honest writing of Lost and Found in Paris you will definitely want to keep the party going with the satellite sister(and mister)hood at https://satellitesisters.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue Goldberg

    ‘Lost and Found in Paris’, by Lian Dolan, grabbed me on the first page. So much of Lian’s past experience shines through, whether it is about Pasadena and the people who live there, her blog writing, her love of music and musicians, or the beauty and vitality of Paris. This is a smart, factually rich story, filled with historical references and loads of museum and art insider information. As in at least two of her other novels, this one begins with a marital earthquake and like ‘The Sweeney Siste ‘Lost and Found in Paris’, by Lian Dolan, grabbed me on the first page. So much of Lian’s past experience shines through, whether it is about Pasadena and the people who live there, her blog writing, her love of music and musicians, or the beauty and vitality of Paris. This is a smart, factually rich story, filled with historical references and loads of museum and art insider information. As in at least two of her other novels, this one begins with a marital earthquake and like ‘The Sweeney Sisters’ protagonist, Joan is the daughter of an artistic icon. Lian Dolan kept me guessing at when the “lost” part of the title would happen and exactly how. Then… boom! Mystery, excitement, puzzles, Paris, and art become a tasty pot-au-feu, and readers will find it difficult to stop eating. Lian Dolan paints elegant pictures of the streets of Paris, giving the reader an enticing look at the surroundings as if standing on the corner, strolling down cobblestone streets or soaking in the cultural highlights. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the City of Lights in person but I feel like ‘Lost and Found in Paris’ could be a primer for planning the trip of a lifetime. Note to author: snap up the domain name “Pasadena Meets Paris” as quick as you can! I’m sure you’ll think of something creative to do with it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Gorecki

    Initially I thought it was going to be a light, fairly interesting book. I liked the idea of solving a mystery with clues, of Joan remaking herself while also standing up for herself after being cheated on. But as I got into the book I started getting frustrated. You know that annoying person that has to constantly name drop? That’s what this felt like. Non-stop. I get that it’s fiction and they weren’t real events or anything but non-stop lists of celebrity names with every memory tour got real Initially I thought it was going to be a light, fairly interesting book. I liked the idea of solving a mystery with clues, of Joan remaking herself while also standing up for herself after being cheated on. But as I got into the book I started getting frustrated. You know that annoying person that has to constantly name drop? That’s what this felt like. Non-stop. I get that it’s fiction and they weren’t real events or anything but non-stop lists of celebrity names with every memory tour got really old and started to feel like a point was being made after awhile. There was also a ton of very long reminiscing and very detailed art or modeling stories that were completely unnecessary to the story and felt more like filler than fleshing anything out. They didn’t actually add to the story other than pages and felt like a constant rabbit trail interruption. Also that the romance side of things essentially came down to casual sex and no relationship bugged me as well in a supposed romance. And the biggest thing honestly, the end of the book just made me angry. It’s a bit of a hot button issue for me but someone who egotistically controls and manipulates others is not ok. Not. Ok. In. The. Least. And somehow everyone at the end of the story was ok because his intentions were good?? Nope. I was probably at 3 stars for the book until that played out. Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    I really wanted to love this book but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. It’s quite possible it was the timing on my end but I found the beginning too slow and after reading a third of the book,I still felt like enough hadn’t happened. I did really enjoy the art history component as well as the references to what is was like as a family who lost someone in 9/11. I would definitely try this author again, and think that even though it didn’t work for me, I’m sure many will enjoy it. Thank y I really wanted to love this book but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. It’s quite possible it was the timing on my end but I found the beginning too slow and after reading a third of the book,I still felt like enough hadn’t happened. I did really enjoy the art history component as well as the references to what is was like as a family who lost someone in 9/11. I would definitely try this author again, and think that even though it didn’t work for me, I’m sure many will enjoy it. Thank you to William Morrow for my gifted review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan is a mystery, set in the exclusive art world of Paris, and it’s so much more than just a mystery. It’s a story of one woman’s journey to find herself and find out what matters most. Joan Blakely is the only child of a world-famous artist and a supermodel. Joan works as an art history scholar in a museum in Los Angeles. Her father, an artist specializing in light and lighting exhibitions, died on 9/11 and lost all his notebooks duri Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan is a mystery, set in the exclusive art world of Paris, and it’s so much more than just a mystery. It’s a story of one woman’s journey to find herself and find out what matters most. Joan Blakely is the only child of a world-famous artist and a supermodel. Joan works as an art history scholar in a museum in Los Angeles. Her father, an artist specializing in light and lighting exhibitions, died on 9/11 and lost all his notebooks during the airline crash. Her mother, once a supermodel, now lives a quiet life in Ojai, California. Joan learns that her husband of ten years has not been faithful and in fact has fathered twin boys with another woman. Needing a change, Joan decides to take an assignment with the museum as an art courier to take some valuable drawings to a museum in Paris. Soon after she arrives in Paris, she realizes the drawings were stolen out of her hotel room and she embarks on a twisty, scavenger hunt through Paris in order to find the drawings before the museum finds out. She learns more about her famous parents, and herself as she travels around Paris, searching for the missing drawings. I sure enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and I was rooting for Joan throughout the book. I loved how she grew through the journey and realized she is far more capable than she realized and her ex-husband was leaning on her too much and not allowing her to live her life. There is a side romance, but most of the story is about Joan, her discovery of herself, and the legacy of her famous parents. I truly felt like I was traveling around Paris with Joan. The author has an excellent knowledge of the city, and this made the journey so much fun for the reader. The mystery of the stolen drawings add a bit of adventure to the story and had me stumped until the reveal at the end of the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    2.5 Stars Yeah, so this book didn't really work for me at all. I think it really struggled with knowing what it wanted to be. Was it a romance? Mystery? History lesson? Everything just felt weighted down, and not in a good way. This story follows Joan, a recently single woman in Paris for an art deal. When her art goes missing, she's suddenly involved in a treasure hunt as she races around Paris with some guy she just met trying to figure out what happened. When the explanation comes out, it's as 2.5 Stars Yeah, so this book didn't really work for me at all. I think it really struggled with knowing what it wanted to be. Was it a romance? Mystery? History lesson? Everything just felt weighted down, and not in a good way. This story follows Joan, a recently single woman in Paris for an art deal. When her art goes missing, she's suddenly involved in a treasure hunt as she races around Paris with some guy she just met trying to figure out what happened. When the explanation comes out, it's as convoluted as the space/time continuum. And honestly, was a let down. What I did like was Joan learning to understand what she wanted out of life. But man, did it take a lot to get them. Every memory that was brought up was just packed with so much information about the past. It got to the point where I was rolling my eyes at every mention of celebrity because it felt like Dolan was trying to tell us how cool Joan and her family were. Like oh, over here they hung out with the Rolling Stones. And over here is David Bowie. Ok and? Another issue I had was just how much random nonsense was here. Every time we met a new person we had to get their ENTIRE life story. We don't need that. None of it was relevant and just added to the pacing issue that plagued this book. Maybe if I was an art history major I would have been more in, but while I love history and art, this was just boring with no payoff at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily Horsmann

    Overall I was disappointed by this book. I was expecting a fun light romance but was left with a weird whirlwind romance mixed with a mystery. I don’t like that the author used 9/11 for the death of the main characters father. The author could have used any other accident like a car crash or a train accident rather than using an actual event of 9/11. I also felt like there were too many descriptive paragraphs regarding history or art that I just found myself not caring about. Also every relation Overall I was disappointed by this book. I was expecting a fun light romance but was left with a weird whirlwind romance mixed with a mystery. I don’t like that the author used 9/11 for the death of the main characters father. The author could have used any other accident like a car crash or a train accident rather than using an actual event of 9/11. I also felt like there were too many descriptive paragraphs regarding history or art that I just found myself not caring about. Also every relationship that the main character had felt unrealistic to me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hutchinson

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lost and Found in Paris was written by the author Lian Dolan and is different but also similar to her earlier stories. Our lead protagonist is Joan Blakely, resident of Pasadena and daughter of the famous artist, Harry Blakely. Her father is tragically killed on one of the planes that flew into the twin towers on 9/11. Dad, Mom, and Joan were a very close family, and Joan becomes unmoored after her father’s death and the loss of his voluminous art journals in the crash. Joan marries in h ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lost and Found in Paris was written by the author Lian Dolan and is different but also similar to her earlier stories. Our lead protagonist is Joan Blakely, resident of Pasadena and daughter of the famous artist, Harry Blakely. Her father is tragically killed on one of the planes that flew into the twin towers on 9/11. Dad, Mom, and Joan were a very close family, and Joan becomes unmoored after her father’s death and the loss of his voluminous art journals in the crash. Joan marries in haste and lives to regret it when she finds out her 10-year marriage now includes a family on the side with a set of 5-year-old twins. At this point, Joan was hitting a low point in life. But when she is called on to courier priceless art to Paris, the story steps up a notch because the art gets stolen from her Paris hotel room. The balance of the book involves the chase around Paris to find stolen art, a hot romance with a man she met on her plane to France, her Mom’s (a former model) return to Paris, and various hi-jinks. I enjoyed the story, but I loved the ending. I appreciate that Lian Dolan writes women who recover from loss, lies, and heartache. I like her writing. I am sure this will be a very successful book when released in April 2022. #Art #Paris #live #romance #cozy #joanofarc 🎨 Thank you Netgalley and William Morrow for the opportunity to read this book which was delightful. #reading #books #bookstagram #book #booksofinstagram ##lostandfoundinParis #JustBooksBookstagram #bookish #lindaleereads2021 #mmdbookclub #readinglife #modernmrsdarcy @liandolan #december ❄️ #lostandfoundinparis @netgalley @williammorrowbooks

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    “Art is everywhere and it’s never static. It changes with every pair of eyes, every interaction. We all have a responsibility to create art. Remember that, Joanie, because it’s true of life, too.” (Lost and Found in Paris) Settle in and armchair travel to Paris with Joan. Due to her father's reverence for Joan of Arc and art installations, she was named Joan Bright Blakely. In spite of her luminous name, Joan's life is anything but bright. Her husband confesses to having another family and his be “Art is everywhere and it’s never static. It changes with every pair of eyes, every interaction. We all have a responsibility to create art. Remember that, Joanie, because it’s true of life, too.” (Lost and Found in Paris) Settle in and armchair travel to Paris with Joan. Due to her father's reverence for Joan of Arc and art installations, she was named Joan Bright Blakely. In spite of her luminous name, Joan's life is anything but bright. Her husband confesses to having another family and his betrayal shatters her world. Although Joan locks him out of the house, she feels trapped in the past. For ten years, Casey was her rock after her father was killed during 9/11. Her father was not the only loss she sustained that day. Joan's love of life and adventure crumbled. Seeking security, she married Casey and took a job in the Wallace Aston Museum. When an unexpected opportunity presents itself to transport sketches to Paris, Joan grasps the trip like a lifeline hoping to find herself. A series of meet-cutes, stolen sketches and escapades around France will leave readers armchair traveling along with Joan. Will she find what she's lost in Paris? Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the early edition of #LostandFoundinParis in exchange for an honest review. It was a thrilling read that left me embracing art, culture and Paris' joie de vivre. "St. Joan of Arc, give me the courage and the fortitude to defeat my fears and give me the strength to fight for what I believe in . . .(Lost in Found in Paris)

  11. 4 out of 5

    LeighAnne (that.bookmom)

    "Well, that's the way it is, really. We only know what others want us to believe " This book's cover and synopsis were so intriguing to me! I couldn't wait to read it, and while I did enjoy this one, it wasn't my favorite. The first 25% was really slow. It picks up after that, but I still felt my mind wandering throughout. There were so many pages without dialogue and I felt several chapters were much too wordy. However, I did think the story was well written and fun. I definitely enjoyed the ar "Well, that's the way it is, really. We only know what others want us to believe " This book's cover and synopsis were so intriguing to me! I couldn't wait to read it, and while I did enjoy this one, it wasn't my favorite. The first 25% was really slow. It picks up after that, but I still felt my mind wandering throughout. There were so many pages without dialogue and I felt several chapters were much too wordy. However, I did think the story was well written and fun. I definitely enjoyed the art, art history, traveling and the mysterious elements. It was interesting even though at times it was a little far fetched. Overall, this was a fun book with interesting characters! Fans of woman's fiction, Paris, traveling, art and mystery will definitely enjoy this one. Thank you William Morrow for this gifted copy! 3.5⭐

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Mcdougall

    My favorite books are the ones that make me I feel melancholy during the last chapters because my “friend” is leaving me. This was one of those books. I know nothing about art. I know very little about Joan of Arc. I’ve never been to Paris. But Lian Dolan brought all of this to life. I soaked up the main character, Joan’s journey and loved every bit of it. I hate spoilers, so I won’t go into details, but read this book! It has interesting, well-developed characters, intrigue and just the right a My favorite books are the ones that make me I feel melancholy during the last chapters because my “friend” is leaving me. This was one of those books. I know nothing about art. I know very little about Joan of Arc. I’ve never been to Paris. But Lian Dolan brought all of this to life. I soaked up the main character, Joan’s journey and loved every bit of it. I hate spoilers, so I won’t go into details, but read this book! It has interesting, well-developed characters, intrigue and just the right amount of romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I was looking forward to this novel by Lian Dolan based on reviews of her previous book, The Sweeney Sisters. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read and review. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed but for the most part I struggled getting to the end. Joan Bright Blakely is not a particularly nice person, in my opinion. She came across as very self centered and somewhat mean spirited. I love the premise of a romantic mystery paired with some very well researched historical facts. That I was looking forward to this novel by Lian Dolan based on reviews of her previous book, The Sweeney Sisters. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read and review. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed but for the most part I struggled getting to the end. Joan Bright Blakely is not a particularly nice person, in my opinion. She came across as very self centered and somewhat mean spirited. I love the premise of a romantic mystery paired with some very well researched historical facts. That being said, I could not get into the storyline at all. Too much improbability, manipulation and contrived situations. Perhaps this is not the genre for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Joan's life is blown up when her husband confesses he secretly fathered twins and wants to be more involved in their lives. Fresh off a divorce, Joan takes off to Paris as part of her new job as an art courier but when she wakes up after a one night stand with the man she met on her plane, she discovers someone has stolen the sketches that were in her possession and left a piece of her dead father's notebook in its place. This sets Joan and her new beau Nate off on a series of adventures across P Joan's life is blown up when her husband confesses he secretly fathered twins and wants to be more involved in their lives. Fresh off a divorce, Joan takes off to Paris as part of her new job as an art courier but when she wakes up after a one night stand with the man she met on her plane, she discovers someone has stolen the sketches that were in her possession and left a piece of her dead father's notebook in its place. This sets Joan and her new beau Nate off on a series of adventures across Paris trying to recover the art sketches and figure out who is leaving her clues to her father's notebook. The book gave me tons of Dan Brown's The Davinci code vibes! Joan uncovers secrets about both her father and her mother as she falls in love with Nate along the way. Fun and interesting and great on audio narrated by one of my favs, Brittany Pressley. Highly recommended for anyone looking to fall in love with Paris through a good book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    PAOLAMJ

    What a beautiful story, I love the characters, I love this type of stories and books, an excellent author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    My Best Book Life

    Maybe more of 3.5 stars. There were many things I did like and a few that I did not. Growing up in the LA area, I enjoyed the references to Southern California. I also liked that the main character, Joan, was strong and snappy when her husband admitted his affair. Often times an author makes the lead female wishy-washy and their judgement is convoluted by feelings of love. I appreciated that Lian Dolan did not. I also appreciated the fact that the main character was realistic in that she did not Maybe more of 3.5 stars. There were many things I did like and a few that I did not. Growing up in the LA area, I enjoyed the references to Southern California. I also liked that the main character, Joan, was strong and snappy when her husband admitted his affair. Often times an author makes the lead female wishy-washy and their judgement is convoluted by feelings of love. I appreciated that Lian Dolan did not. I also appreciated the fact that the main character was realistic in that she did not choose to sleep with someone else in order to feed her emotions after her marriage was over. She needed time to heal before moving on with her life. On another note, I am utterly obsessed with books that take place in Europe so I did like that aspect. Being transported through the imagery depicted was fun. Unfortunately, I felt that the many references to wealth and celebrity of the main character’s parents/life/friends came off as somewhat pretentious. I’m not sure if that was the authors intention, but it felt a bit overdone. Just my own personal preference in a book. The book was well written, it just wasn’t for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie Levine

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. By the end of the first chapter I was in love with the characters and couldn't put it down. The combination of mystery, romance and adventure kept me hooked until the last page. Highly recommend for an enjoyable vacation read. Can't wait to read more from Lian Dolan. @LianDolan I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. By the end of the first chapter I was in love with the characters and couldn't put it down. The combination of mystery, romance and adventure kept me hooked until the last page. Highly recommend for an enjoyable vacation read. Can't wait to read more from Lian Dolan. @LianDolan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Such a fun read! After the 5⭐️ Sweeney Sister, I was looking forward to this author’s next book and this met my expectations. I find women’s fiction hit or miss — the writing more often than not is pedestrian and bland. But this author writes smart interesting characters with stories that quickly pull me in.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    I really enjoyed this book and the premise for it was really interesting and fun to read. Joan Blakely 10 yr marriage is over after her husband lets her know he has a five-year-old kid with someone else and he wants to be a father to him. She impulsively takes a courier job to Paris and ends up sleeping with her seatmate and when she wakes up he and her package are gone but in its place is a sketch from one of her dads sketchbooks that she though were lost when he died on 9/11. He was on Flight I really enjoyed this book and the premise for it was really interesting and fun to read. Joan Blakely 10 yr marriage is over after her husband lets her know he has a five-year-old kid with someone else and he wants to be a father to him. She impulsively takes a courier job to Paris and ends up sleeping with her seatmate and when she wakes up he and her package are gone but in its place is a sketch from one of her dads sketchbooks that she though were lost when he died on 9/11. He was on Flight 11 from Boston that hit the north tower. So her and Nate end up going around Paris on a scavenger hunt to figure out who has her dad’s notebooks and the sketches that were stolen before she loses her job and learns a lot she didn’t know about her dad on the way. I really love how the author describes how Joan’s life was changed forever after 9/11 and that she ended being the caretaker for her dad’s legacy of his art installations because her mother just couldn’t deal with life without her father and how her own dreams were put on the backburner. Just so good and the ending was great and who ended up having the notebooks was good especially how much of a drama queen they were. Thanks to William Morrow and Custom House and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    James

    great book check it on amazon https://amzn.to/3C0RzvU great book check it on amazon https://amzn.to/3C0RzvU

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    This was a really good read. A mystery treasure hunt, some romance, and art history come together on a tour through Paris. Joan and her friend Nate follow clues that take them through parts of Joan’s past as they go to different parts of Paris. It was fascinating reading about Joan’s father, a fictional art figure from the 1960s until his death in 2001. He did lighting for all the big bands like The Rolling Stones etc. Joan’s mom was a famous model and photographer who took a lot of behind the s This was a really good read. A mystery treasure hunt, some romance, and art history come together on a tour through Paris. Joan and her friend Nate follow clues that take them through parts of Joan’s past as they go to different parts of Paris. It was fascinating reading about Joan’s father, a fictional art figure from the 1960s until his death in 2001. He did lighting for all the big bands like The Rolling Stones etc. Joan’s mom was a famous model and photographer who took a lot of behind the scenes pictures. I loved the Paris treasure hunt. 4 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dana Stabenow

    A tale of privileged people living in pretty places. Not exactly where the rubber of living meets the road.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth Medrano

    Great story about finding yourself. I kept trying to figure out the clues. It was hard to put down!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    After Joan discovers that Casey, her husband of 10 years, has 5 year old twins (!!!), she accepts an art courier trip to Paris. Unfortunately, after a romantic night with a stranger, the valuable sketches are missing! Did Nate take them? And if so, why? "It's about love and friendship and faith and loss and redemption. You know, Life's Top Five." I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I thought the scavenger hunt aspect was pretty fun, and I liked that Joan didn't pine over her asshole husband. I a After Joan discovers that Casey, her husband of 10 years, has 5 year old twins (!!!), she accepts an art courier trip to Paris. Unfortunately, after a romantic night with a stranger, the valuable sketches are missing! Did Nate take them? And if so, why? "It's about love and friendship and faith and loss and redemption. You know, Life's Top Five." I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I thought the scavenger hunt aspect was pretty fun, and I liked that Joan didn't pine over her asshole husband. I also enjoyed the art history lesson about Joan of Arc and Joan's perspective on what it felt like to lose a loved one (aka her famous artist dad, Henry) during the 9/11 tragedy. However, the characters felt a bit pretentious at times, and I found the ending a bit odd and farfetched. It felt like the author tried a little too hard to make this unlikely plot work. Location: Pasadena, California and Paris, France I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol Scheherazade

    Wow first review!!! Loved loved. Well developed characters and FUN story. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the gift of ARC in exchange for unbiased review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany E-P

    Terrible. It has all the elements that should make me at least like it, if not love it. Art, Paris, meet cute with a nerdy guy…but it was histrionic and unbelievable

  27. 4 out of 5

    Corrine Zimmerman

    Main character was so self-centered. Too much name dropping, and it moved SO slowly.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine Franzreb

    Loved this! I felt like I was right there in Paris living and breathing this story along with Joan as she navigated her way through a series of interesting situations.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin Henderschedt

    L.A. Times bestselling author, Lian Dolan's, books keep getting better and better. Lost and Found in Paris is my favorite so far. It is dynamic and gripping and I think it would make a great feature film. Dolan's characters are all well-developed, interesting, and consistent throughout. Joan, the main character, goes on an epic journey and all of the other characters are intriguing and necessary to the story. They all add to the suspense of the story at one point or another, each one having his o L.A. Times bestselling author, Lian Dolan's, books keep getting better and better. Lost and Found in Paris is my favorite so far. It is dynamic and gripping and I think it would make a great feature film. Dolan's characters are all well-developed, interesting, and consistent throughout. Joan, the main character, goes on an epic journey and all of the other characters are intriguing and necessary to the story. They all add to the suspense of the story at one point or another, each one having his or her own element of mystery. Nothing about the prose is superfluous. Just when you think you have the mystery solved, the book takes a turn and again you begin to wonder how it will turn out in the end. I was truly impressed by the writing. More than once, I paused and re read a sentence to focus on and enjoy the careful word choice and almost poetic description of thoughts and actions. While the writing is descriptive, nothing is gratuitous. Every element adds to the progression of the story as Joan travels on her journey and evolves as a person. I love that the book is well researched and spot on about the art world, and about Paris- itself an essential character in the book. I recommend this book to lovers of literary fiction and suspenseful stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Thank you, Net Galley, for the advance copy of Lost and Found in Paris. With her signature hilarious dialogue and the palette of Paris, Lian Dolan shares the story of Joan Blakely and her relationships -- some that form, some that wound and some that inspire. Of course, Joan Blakely's biggest challenge is to redefine her relationship with herself. Lost and Found in Paris is a fun and engaging read featuring characters as quirky and colorful as the art they create. But be forewarned: As soon as I f Thank you, Net Galley, for the advance copy of Lost and Found in Paris. With her signature hilarious dialogue and the palette of Paris, Lian Dolan shares the story of Joan Blakely and her relationships -- some that form, some that wound and some that inspire. Of course, Joan Blakely's biggest challenge is to redefine her relationship with herself. Lost and Found in Paris is a fun and engaging read featuring characters as quirky and colorful as the art they create. But be forewarned: As soon as I finished reading, I found myself looking up flights to Paris.

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