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The Lost Ticket

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Thoroughly sweet and heartfelt, but a little sad and flat in places. Having read The Last Chance Library, I had ideas about how I would feel about this book and it was pretty much as expected. The book is very heartwarming and bittersweet, but in some places is very slow and in others has too much going on. I liked the characters but felt they could have been a bit more fleshed out. The overarching plot of the lost ticket was wonderfully timed, but other subplots felt rushed and thrown in to try to check as many boxes as possible. I did appreciate the representation of those suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia to be very accurate and moving. Overall, a cute book with touching moments.
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After having liked Freya Simpson's last book, I thought I'd give this one a go but unfortunately had a hard time with this one.  Perhaps I'm not the right reader for this author.
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This heartfelt, sweet and poignant novel was a perfect book club pick to discuss with friends! It explores themes of friendship, grief, parenthood and finding one's passion in life. I loved all the characters and found myself so moved by the conclusion. 

Thank you Berkley Pub and Netgalley for my copy.
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Freya Sampson's stories are always heartfelt and wonderful. All the giddy feels. The connections are clear and real and poignant, you wish you were friends with them IRL. I can't wait for her next!
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I absolutely LOVED this book!!
I adored the plot, the characters, the setting - everything, It's utterly heartwarming and full of warmth and hope with a beautiful message of friendship and never judging on appearances alone. Honestly, this book has everything, I loved it from the first page and couldn't put it down until the last word.
I particularly enjoyed the setting, the bus 88 of London, it's so refreshing and relatable, as someone who needs a bus to get anywhere the coming together of strangers and becoming friends on the bus journey really spoke to me. 
On the surface, this is a simple light-hearted story, but don't be fooled there is so much depth to this, there is a lot going on which is beautifully entwined together to create a compelling and adorable story. 
I cannot fully express how much I adored this book, and the author's easy and beautiful, writing style and I will definitely be reading more from Freya Simpson!
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I thought this book was pleasantly heart-warming and made me feel so fondly towards Libby and Frank. As someone who has family that has been affected by dementia, this book really felt personal and maybe that's why I feel so strongly about this book. I love how the community came together to help Frank and I think this novel showed everything good about mankind.
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This was fun, but overall underwhelming.  In a crowded market, there are much better things to read than this
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What an absolutely charming and delightful book. 
Although the premise of the book is what grabbed me, this story is so much more than the hook on the back cover. 
First, I loved the diversity of characters. Although the characters all present as white, we get a found family of a confused single woman on the cusp of turning thirty, a literal London punk, an elderly man whose time is running out to find the woman who changed his life 60 years ago, and a twenty something woman who has Downs Syndrome. 
In all the years I've been reading, I think this is the first book I've ever read that features an adult character with Downs Syndrome who is written as a person and not a diagnosis. I hope to see more of this in the books I pick up.
I loved the depth of emotion in this book, the coming together of found family, and breaking of stereotypes in the differing ages, experiences, and abilities of the main characters. 
The only reason this wasn't a 5 star read for me is that I felt a bit too much drama was piled on for drama's sake. That wasn't enough to stop me from loving the book but it did make me feel the hand of the author turning up the conflict when I didn't think it was necessary to add more hurdles. 
It's a delightful read and I'll definitely be reading more from this author.
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“Fate” is a common subtext across many genres. Romance asks readers to believe two people are meant to be together; sci-fi explores parallel universes in the belief that every action and decision has meaningful consequences. In real life, we tell ourselves that things will work out if they are supposed to, that “everything happens for a reason.” As we grow older, we look back on our lives and wonder how things might have turned out differently if we’d chosen another school, job, or partner. 

In The Lost Ticket, British author Freya Sampson’s latest book, an elderly London man named Frank has spent the past 60 years riding the number 88 bus, hoping for a glimpse of the red-haired artist he fell in love with but never saw again after he lost the bus ticket with her phone number. He never even got her name! 

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What a lovely read! I so enjoyed the author's first book (The Last Chance Library), and I might have liked this one even more. I love London, and reading this put me right back there. Looking forward to recommending this to library patrons! 🇬🇧
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Strangers on a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in this heartwarming new novel by Freya Sampson, author of The Last Chance Library.

I really loved this tender love story, which was so perfect for the season. I found myself completely engaged in the storyline of finding connection in humanity, and the relationships we have with others. I loved that each character had their own flaws that made them relatable, and overall it was a really great book!

*many thanks to Berkley for the gifted copy for review
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I loved this book so much.  Everything just worked and I truly couldn't put it down. Its such a wonderful story. I smiled. I sobbed. I cheered. I gasped. I felt all the feels and I can't say enough that I recommend this beautiful book. 4.5 stars rounded up.
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what a touching book about loss and hope, love in less than perfect circumstances, learning to trust in yourself, boundaries, and simple kindnesses. i loved both libby and frank’s stories and their joint quest. This definitely qualifies as a quirky contemporary fiction with a cast of lovable characters. I loved how all the characters interacted with each other and how their relationships developed over time. if you’re looking for a heartwarming, cozy read, add this to your list!

side note: as an obstetrician, i find it very hard not to judge the truth of dramatic births in non-hospital settings scenes but i had to let this one slide lol.
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Sweet and charming. But just not for me.  
I am in the minority as  most other reviewers loved it.  Perhaps it was just bad timing.🤷🏻‍♀️

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing.
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When Libby Nicolls’ boyfriend breaks up with her and kicks her out of their shared house, she is forced to stay with her older sister in London, filling in as a glorified nanny to her nephew. On the 88 bus, she meets an older man named Frank, who enthralls her with his story of his dream girl he met forty years ago on the very same bus.  Libby decides to help Frank reconnect with the girl of his dreams by finding her.  She works with Franks’ caregiver, Dylan, whose mohawk and goth demeanor contrasts with his inner “softie” personality.  In helping Frank and spending time with Dylan, Libby just might find some meaning in her life and the courage to seek out her own dreams.

The Lost Ticket is an engaging, thoroughly enjoyable novel about relationships. It delves into the complicated but rich connections that humans make through their lives, with relatives, lovers, even acquaintances that may initially start out as casual, but become in strange ways, integral to their lives.  There are touching and bittersweet moments in this quick moving narrative that will stay with readers.  Libby shows a lot of growth and becomes more comfortable in her skin as she involves herself in the quest to help Frank and finds new friendships along the way.  The romance between Libby and Dylan progresses in an authentic, perfectly paced way.  Dylan is a sweetheart with flaws that make him more endearing. Although the suspense near the end felt a little contrived, The Lost Ticket delivers a very satisfying read that will leave a smile on the reader’s face.
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Genre: Contemporary Fiction 

Format: Audio 

4🌟 - I liked it! 

Thank you @prhaudio for the complimentary audiobook and @netgalley and @berkleypub for an E-ARC. 

This book was so cute! This definitely fits the bill for quirky contemporary fiction full of lovable characters, charm, heartbreak, and deeper reflections upon life and the choices we make. 

Libby and Frank had the sweetest dynamic, and I loved how all the characters interacted with one another throughout the book. 

If you’re looking for an easy and heartwarming read, this is one you need to check out! 

If you enjoyed this one I would recommend Adult Assembly Here and I’ve seen comparisons to Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting (TBR).
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I wasn’t sure I’d like this story and I ended up loving it.  You will get wrapped up in being on Bus 88 and meeting all the wonderful characters that help Libby and Dylan find Frank’s mystery woman.  Libby makes some tough life decisions along the way as this book deals with family, friends and ex-boyfriend struggles.  Can’t wait to recommend this!
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The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson is a sweet story that will put a smile on your face. The characters are intriguing and the story is one that has a theme of perseverance. If you enjoy books with multigenerational friendships and a heart-warming message, this is one to watch for.

Libby, the main character, is dealing with a breakup and trying to move her life forward. Although she has moved in with her sister and become a nanny to her nephew, she makes the time to help a stranger on the bus. Her character is full of spunk and kindness, and I loved watching her find the strength within herself to move on.


The side characters are also fantastic, and I have to say that Frank is a favourite. He is an 82 year old man riding the 88 bus in search of a woman he had a brief encounter with years ago.  Frank is sweet and romantic, which makes his character that much more endearing. His punk carer, Dylan, is another side character that really gives the story depth and interest.


What unfolds is an unlikely group of friends helping one another. I loved watching these characters get to know one another and work together to find Frank’s girl. Their determination and resourcefulness is both admirable and heartwarming.


The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson is a perfect book to read if you are in the mood for an uplifting story. The characters are wonderful and the story is lovely and upbeat. It is definitely one to add to a fall TBR.
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I enjoyed the back and forth between searching for Frank's long-lost bus crush and Libby's gradual life reshaping. The friends she made along the way were welcome characters. Overall, the story really dragged in parts though, and I had to read it in stops and starts.
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4 stars

📝 jaunty, witty, quirky writing
👥 multi-pov
🇬🇧 set in the UK!
🕵️‍♀️ a fun investigation!
💔 examines the experience of a breakup
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 + family & found family dynamics 
👴🏼 + the experience of aging
🤰 + caregiving & motherhood 
👩‍❤️‍👨 friends to lovers (closed door)
🌱 personal growth themes 
🎨 art vibes
👨🏻‍🎤 punk energy!
📺 nostalgic
🥹 heartwarming
😊 cute as heck!
🫶 wholesome
⚠️ dm me for TW!
🏊‍♀️ idk what is is about quirky found family stories w elderly characters but I always feel like they mention heavy topics but don’t dive as deep as I want???
VERDICT: a wholesome, heartwarming, nostalgic & cute story exploring found family through quirky characters & a nostalgic search - fun british, art & punk vibes but wanted just a BIT more depth!
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