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Lost Without You

Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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A fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions...and dresses...from the ABIA award-winning, best-selling 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 '80s-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.

©2018 Harlequin Enterprises(Australia) Pty Limited (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises(Australia) Pty Limited

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Elysia Anketell
  • 11-28-18

So enjoyable

Really enjoyable and reminiscent of Liane Moriarty and other authors similar. Loved listening to this while driving.

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  • Vicki White
  • 01-05-20

Emotional rollercoaster

What depth of characters, each as strong as the other, so beautifully written I found myself invested in each of them. The storyline touched me deeply, the emotional & complex storylines were handled with such care and deep respect. I have loved every one of Rachael Johns books, but this is my favourite.

I also loved the audio by Rebecca Macaulay. I am restricted to audio as a means of enjoying books now days and I listen every day, it is my release from the real world, and I can hands down say that I have never enjoyed an audio presentation like Rebecca's before, she read Rachaels book as if the words were her own, the characters from her own mind.

Thank you to both you incredibly talented ladies, Rachael keep writing & getting Rebecca to bring your words to life. The perfect team.

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  • Judith Conway
  • 03-20-19

Not my favourite

I just couldn't get attached to the main characters. Too flawed for my escapist liking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-19

Unlikely

A highly improbable story made worse by a terminally irritating performance sometimes cringeworthy. Don’t bother

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-19

Saw the end a mile off and male voices bad

it was a decent story but I found the male voices very off-putting, they all sounded like dodgy pedos.
However the female voices were fabulous and each was unique. I hated how Rebecca was judged, made me really angry, so I guess it was a really engaging story!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-19

Good intentions, but...

While the book discusses important topics like family, mental health, fertility and complex relationships, the story itself is told in such a clunky way the gravitas is lost. Some of the dialogue actually made me cringe and was hard to listen to. I only finished it because I was travelling in a car with no wifi to download an alternative. The ending however, was predictable and sickly sweet and didn't redeem the rest of the book as I'd hoped.