A fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions ... and dresses ... from the ABIA award-winning, bestselling author Rachael Johns.
Four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all...
On a special night that is supposed to be a celebration of new beginnings, Paige MacRitchie's joy quickly falls away when her mother collapses during the speeches at her book launch. In the aftermath, and terrified of losing her, Paige decides she wants to make the ultimate tribute to her parents' perfect marriage: she will wear her mother's wedding dress for her own big day.
There's just one problem – her mum, Rebecca, no longer has the dress.
As Paige tries to track down the elusive gown, she discovers that Rebecca has a long–hidden secret that, if revealed, could blow her whole family apart. Her new friend Josie is at a crossroads too. She met her husband Nik when she was singing in an eighties–themed bar, but now she's lonely, yearning for a family and wondering if Nik understands her at all.
And then there's nurse Clara. When she married Rob Jones, an up–and–coming rock star, she thought she was in it forever. But now Clara needs to make a new life for herself and Rob can't seem to understand that it's over.
When the fates of these four women intertwine in an unexpected and powerful way, none of their lives will ever be the same again.
'The themes of infertility and pregnancy loss are movingly interwoven into a multifaceted story ... [Rachael Johns] writes wisely and naively, hopefully and cynically, and there's a character for everyone to identify with in Lost Without You. A gorgeously moving read.' - Mamamia
'Heart-warming and compassionate ... Any book lover interested in life's emotional complexities and in the events that define and alter us, will be engrossed in Lost Without You.' - Better Reading
'Rachael Johns writes with warmth and heart, her easy, fluent style revealing an emotional intelligence and firm embrace of the things in life that matter, like female friendship.' - The Age
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Award-winning author Rachael Johns’ latest life-lit book is a serendipitous tale of regrets and second chances. This moving drama focuses on four women, each at a difficult juncture in her life, who are fatefully thrown together during the desperate search for the wedding dress of a mother concealing a long-hidden secret. Lost Without You is written with strikingly tender prose and plenty of nostalgic references to ’80s pop culture. We were smitten with Johns’ sympathetic characters, whose relatable insecurities and flaws necessitated having a box of tissues close at hand.
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