The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray
.ePUB, 283 pages
Expected Publication: June 8th 2021 by Gallery Books
About the Book:
Amy Ashton once dreamed of becoming an artist—of creating beautiful objects. But now she simply collects them. Aquamarine bottles, bright yellow crockery, deep Tuscan red pots (and the odd slow-cooker) take up every available inch of space in her house. Having suffered a terrible tragedy—one she staunchly refuses to let herself think about, thank you very much—she’s decided that it’s easier to love things than people. Things are safe. Things will never leave you. But when a new family moves in next door with two young boys, one of whom has a collection of his own, Amy’s carefully managed life starts to unravel, prompting her to question why she began to close herself off in the first place. As Amy embarks on a journey back into her past, she has to contend with nosy neighbors, a meddlesome government worker, the inept police, and a little boy whose love of bulldozers might just let Amy open up her heart—and her home—again.
I loved this book and it’s characters so much. I found the style of writing quite lyrical at times and I liked the mystery element of the story where Amy discovers what happened to her boyfriend, and best friend, all those years ago. The format of the book is my favourite kind, with the then chapters leading up to what happened and the now chapters finally revealing the truth, but also how Amy gets on with her life.
It's a beautiful yet sad story about friendship, love, real life issues and finally healing. This is a lovely inspirational book about coming to terms with bad things from the past and moving on to a better future...and it gave me all the feels, it was a true delight to read. I was really absorbed by this debut novel and would happily read more from Eleanor Ray in the future. All. The. Stars.
Thank you NetGalley, Eleanor Ray and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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