Lost and Found is the second novel by author, speaker and life coach, Ginny L. Yttrup. Set in both the San Francisco Bay and Napa Valley areas, this is a multi-layered story with rich characterization that weaves the themes of emotional abuse and spiritual journeys through the lives of its main characters:
-- Jenna Bouvier, a woman of deep faith with family
ties to the California wine industry, who lives under the controlling hand of
her mother-in-law, Brigitte
-- Gerard Bouvier, Jenna's husband, heir to Bouvier
-- Brigitte, head of the Bouvier empire and wine
label, Domaine de la Bouvier
-- Andee, a successful businesswoman who hides a
troubled past, with the mantra of drive
-- Matthew, a spiritual director who feels an
immediate connection to Jenna because of their shared love for the Lord
and Found revolves around two families in the wine industry and
a financial advisor, Andee. Themes of emotional abuse, hidden past, and coping
addictions are woven in the narrative in a non-condemning way. As Jenna and
Andee grow in their spiritual journey throughout this book, they come to a
crossroads where it seems that all might be lost.
Columnist Rich Adin writes in The Digital Reader: "A quality read is one in which the
characters are stimulating, are 'real,' are 'people' I want to know better, who
have adventures I want to share. A second attribute of a quality read is that
these characters are participants in a well-told story within which I, the
reader, want to participate myself." Adin's words perfectly express my
thoughts about Lost and Found, for I
have rarely found this quality of writing in the inspirational fiction genre.
The strengths and appeal of Lost and Found come from three areas:
-- Quality of writing - Ginny Yttrup is a wordsmith.
One example, as Jenna reflects on Brigitte: "Brigitte's elegance sang like
fine crystal and the song drew me."
-- Rich characterization - Characters are real,
flawed. Jenna's thoughts about her husband: "There was a hopelessness to
Gerard's existence. Not because he was without eternal hope - he believed - but
because he didn't live out of that hope while he was alive. Instead, without
meaning to, he placed his hope in his mother. His hope, his loyalty, his very
-- Spiritual themes - No simple prayer or the quoting
of an occasional scripture verse here. Each chapter is introduced by a
foreshadowing quote from Madame Jeanne Guyon. Jenna and Andee's spiritual
journey is slow and takes the reader along with them. The communion scene in
the Napa Valley cave is an emotional highlight, as is Jenna's confidence that
"God is still silent, but He is present."
I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy
inspirational fiction, especially those who long for a more in-depth, literary
style of writing.
This book was provided by B and H Publishing Group
through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.