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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The engaging, soul-stirring story, What's Not Lost: A Novel by Valerie Taylor, follows a woman’s journey to finding herself and discovering happiness. Once again, Kassie’s life falls into disarray after her late husband's burial when her fiancé’s pregnant ex-girlfriend shows up at her door. Despite the new turn in Kassie’s and Chris’s lives, she is optimistic and excited for him. Kassie is also looking forward to going to Paris for a business assignment; a life-changing opportunity she earned by herself. Kassie’s best friend warns that the distance could strain things between her and Chris. Still, Kassie is excited and takes up the assignment. By chance, she meets a Greek businessman who changes her perspective. She forges new friendships and discovers more love and happiness than she has ever known.
Valerie Taylor masterfully creates characters who are real and vulnerable. I loved Kassie’s growth throughout the book; how she finds her true self and can follow her heart. I also loved the characters’ vulnerable moments and how believable they were. Taylor’s ability to create secondary characters whose lives are entangled with the main characters’ stories is fully displayed. I found Kassie’s cat’s viewpoint at the beginning of the story amusing. I also loved that the story is suspenseful and slowly builds its way to a satisfying conclusion. What's Not Lost is a lovely, captivating novel with a host of colorful characters and many moving moments. Readers will find Kassie’s emotional journey compelling and enjoy its happy ending.