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Lost Without You - Rachael Johns

Paperback Published: 22nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781489261465
Number Of Pages: 496

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Four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all...

On a special night that is supposed to be a celebration of new beginnings, Paige MacRitchie's joy quickly falls away when her mother collapses during the speeches at her book launch. In the aftermath, and terrified of losing her, Paige decides she wants to make the ultimate tribute to her parents' perfect marriage: she will wear her mother's wedding dress for her own big day.

There's just one problem – her mum, Rebecca, no longer has the dress. As Paige tries to track down the elusive gown, she discovers that Rebecca has a long–hidden secret that, if revealed, could blow her whole family apart. Her new friend Josie is at a crossroads too. She met her husband Nick when she was singing in an eighties–themed bar, but now she's lonely, yearning for a family and wondering if Nick understands her at all.

And then there's nurse Clara. When she married Rob Jones, an up–and–coming rock star, she thought she was in it forever. But now Clara needs to make a new life for herself and Rob can't seem to understand that it's over.

When the fates of these four women intertwine in an unexpected and powerful way, none of their lives will ever be the same again.

A fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions … and dresses … from the ABIA award–winning, bestselling author Rachael Johns.

thoroughly enjoyed this book.


loved all the different characters, great read



no brainer


started out with great promise but got silly characters not really sympathetic nor likable,

New South Wales


I loved this book so many twist to the story


Enjoyed it



Interesting character driven 'life lit'


I've read all of Rachael Johns' 'Life Lit' books (and a couple of her romances), and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I was excited when 'Lost Without You' was being released. At first, it felt like there were lots of characters to keep track of, but by the end, I knew them all so well! Rachael did a great job of revealing each of the character's stories and their connections to the 'travelling' wedding dress. The stories of Paige, Rebecca, Clara and Josie show new connections, old connections, and the stories tell of the current time, and also memories of the past. There's a bit of an 80s focus in this book, and that's an era I love the music and movies of, but even if you didn't, it's certainly not the main focus of the book. The characters, and their life stories are the focus. If you enjoy a book where the characters are richly portrayed, and interactions between them are shown… well… this is a book for you! Rachael's forte is introducing us to characters we feel we've gotten to really know and care about. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this is a fabulous story, beautifully told, and one I'm recommending to friends and family. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and HQ Fiction for a copy of this book for an unbiased review.



Rachel delivers a great read


Loved the way Rachel wove the story around the main characters so that we learnt how they were all involved with each other



Great prompt service and awesome book


Great xmas present this year.



Lost Without You

4.3 6


ISBN: 9781489261465
ISBN-10: 148926146X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 22nd October 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.61

Rachael Johns

About the Author

An English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. That's some of the ingredients that make up one of the most successful Romance Writers in Australia, Rachael Johns.

In a relatively short space of time, Rachael has shown herself a force to be reckoned with, helping to bolster a new movement in Australian Romance writing.

At 17 she began writing, enlightened by the thought that she could create whatever ending she liked, and almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, she joined the Romance Writers of Australia association.

It was there that Rachael learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts. She learnt about the craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc, and also discovered that she loved contemporary romance.

Visit Rachael Johns's Booktopia Author Page