Saturday, September 10, 2022

Book Review: "The Lost Ticket" by Freya Sampson

You never know how your life can be changed by a random encounter.

Libby’s life is falling apart. Her longtime boyfriend broke up with her, and she’s out of a job and a place to live. When she boards the number 88 bus one day, she meets Frank, a kind, elderly man.

Frank tells her that in 1962, on this same bus route, he met a beautiful red-headed girl whom Libby reminds him of. The two made a plan to visit an art museum the next week, and she wrote her name and phone number on a bus ticket. Which he promptly lost.

For the last 60 years, Frank has been riding this bus, hoping to catch a glimpse of his mystery girl. Libby is enchanted by this story, and with the help of a new friend she meets on the bus, decides to search for the girl, so Frank can finally be reunited with her after all this time. But as his dementia worsens, she wonders if their search will succeed before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, Libby finds the strength to start a new life, to chase her own dreams instead of following the path she’s been expected to. Will she take a chance on happiness this time or will it slip away again?

A friend told me how much she loved this book, and I can certainly see why. It’s sweet, heartwarming, and life-affirming, and it left me with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes!

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