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.