About The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker
Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours, and unlikely friends.
Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.
79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.
Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker will be the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year, perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman.
My review of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is a gorgeous read that I devoured in a few short sittings. It's full of romance, hope, love and friendship. I loved it!
The story revolves around Lucy Baker, a young woman who lives alone. She knits, works for a toy PR company, and although happy with her lot, she knows that she could achieve so much more if she was brave enough to take a chance on life. Lucy is hugely likeable and I wanted her to take that chance.
Her neighbour, Brenda, also knows this truth and so much more. She wants Lucy to find her true love and gives her a locket, the one that helped her in the past. Now, I adored Brenda. An elderly woman with so much to give. I also thought that the dementia storyline was written with sensitivity and understanding. I found this an emotional read.
Then we have the romantic element in the form of George, the blunt and standoffish next door neighbour who just happens to be incredibly handsome. I warmed to him instantly and wanted to learn more about him and why he had moved to the street.
This is a gorgeous romantic read with so much heart. It's a warm hug of a book that can't help but make you feel better. I fell in love with all three of these characters and the story that entangled them. A lovely read.
With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is published by Avon on 10th Jan.