Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander. This is released on the 29th of March, published by Sweet Lemon Press.
Book editor Emily Bryant finds herself unexpectedly in the charming town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, holding the keys to her grandmother’s rambling Victorian mansion. While sorting through her grandmother’s things, Emily learns that she must edit old manuscripts to inherit the estate. It’s a strange request from a family member who was basically a stranger.
Emily quickly realizes that there’s something different about these manuscripts. Any changes she makes come true. At first, she embraces the gift. She has a chance to help characters find true love or chart a new course for their future. But then things go terribly wrong. Her edits have the opposite effect. The sweet and funky seaside community of Cascata is reeling from the chaos Emily has created. Everything she thought she believed about her family and her past is in jeopardy, and no amount of editing can fix the damage she’s done.
Then she finds one last manuscript. If Emily can get this edit right, maybe she’ll have a chance to create a new narrative for herself and everyone around her.
I absolutely adored this book and it is one of my best reads for the year. A tale about family and self discovery with a dash of magic, I was completely captivated by this from beginning to end and may have shed a few tears.
Set in Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, Alexander paints such a vivid picture figuratively and literally with the books beautiful cover artwork. My dream is to one day live in a small coastal town with my own bookshop, so the location of this tale couldn’t have been more perfect for me and just made this all the more enjoyable.
I loved the character of our lead protagonist, book editor Emily, as we follow her on her journey in seeking answers as to why her grandmother left her home to her when they were estranged, as well as the odd request to edit old manuscripts. It is through this process that Emily finds the answers she craves.
Alexander certainly knows how to weave a magical tale where you find yourself completely immersed in it. A wonderful storyteller that I am so glad to have been introduced to, I am looking forward to reading more from her. If there is one book you need to read this year in the contemporary genre, Lost Coast Literary is it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Thank you to Ellie Alexander, Sweet Lemon Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Loast Coast Literary, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, BookBub and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
LOST COAST LITERARY BLOG TOUR
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LET’S GET TO KNOW ELLIE ALEXANDER
Ellie Alexander is a voracious storyteller and a lover of words and all things bookish. She believes that stories have the ability to transport and transform us.
With over twenty-six published novels and counting, her goal is to tell stories that provide points of connection, escape, and understanding.
BLOG TOUR ORGANISER
Thanks to Shalini from Digital Reads PR for my spot on the Lost Coast Literary blog tour and for the promotional materials.