Book Review : Lost and Found in Russia by Olga Godim

March 24, 2013 Book review 6 ★★★

Name:                        Lost and Found in Russia
Author:                            Olga Godim
Goodreads Rating:               3 stars

A mix up of babies in a Russian Hospital over 30 years ago? That sounded different not to mention full of drama and the Russian building on the cover sealed the deal, I wanted to read this.

Overall I enjoyed Lost and Found In Russia, it was an entertaining, cultural read. The book is set between Canada, Russia and Israel as Amanda tries to track down her biological daughter Sonya who was accidently switched at birth with her daughter Gillian. For personal reasons, I love any book that delves into the nature versus nurture debate and this book does deal adequately with this. Maybe not as deep as I would have liked but it does touch on it.

I also appreciate that with such an emotional subject, the author had a fine line to thread to avoid the book turning into a big gushy, sappy mess. And this she successfully avoided. Her characters weren’t always likable and appeared money-grabbing at times. They didn’t react the way I would anticipate especially when they found out about the mix-up. But then just when you didn’t expect it, you would catch glimpses of vulnerability that made them more attractive to me. I was a bit hot and cold towards the characters and when they finally met, I was glad for them but that was as far as my emotions went.

I loved the parts set in Russia. I could tell how much the Author loved the country, the literature, the culture and I really loved the insights I got. One part had me on google images so I could go virtually sightseeing along with Amanda. And it wasn’t a lack of description in the book that sent me to google images, it is because the descriptions were so good, I had to see for myself.

I’m recommending this book if you like true-movies as that is what this book reminds me of. Or if you have any interest in finding out more about Russia, this would be a good starting point.

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Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

Bookish Chat : Do you like to explore other countries and cultures through books like I do?  If so, share with me one of the books that you have read that does just this.  I always love getting book recommendations.


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6 Responses to “Book Review : Lost and Found in Russia by Olga Godim”

  1. Kristine

    I saw a movie once similar to this story. I really enjoyed the film so a book would be so much nicer because as we all know, books are better than movies 🙂

    If I had any room on my TBR list I would give this a try. But due to my own blog site, my TBR list for authors is between 30-40 books long at the moment. YIKES! At least they are all extremely unique and great reads so it doesn’t really feel like work. A hobby is a hobby and reading and reviewing is a hobby that I am happy I met you through. Love your reviews! Keep up the great work 🙂

    • Trish Hannon

      Aw, that’s so nice Kristine. I’m indebted to you setting up our GR group, it gave me the push I needed to start this blog so thank you. Yes, reading will never feel like a chore to me and I feel privileged that so many authors have given me their books to review. And I want to be honest and give them an unbiased review showing highlights and lowlights. Once I manage that I’m happy!

  2. Lark

    Have you ever read Snow Drops by A.D. Miller? It’s set in Moscow and the city almost seems like one of the characters; once you’ve read this book you’ll never think about Russia or Moscow in the same way. It’s one of those books that sticks with you days after you’ve finished reading it.

  3. Trish Hannon

    Where the city is like a character; sounds exactly like the kind of book I fall in love with. Have already legged it over to GR and added it to my wish list so I don’t forget about it. Thanks Lark 🙂

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