The Lost Hours

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The Lost Hours

Similes! Similes! Save me from the similes and the metaphors! Which isn’t really all that big a deal as I still loved the book. The Lost Hours was an interesting look into the lives of past friendships and how people progress in life.
When Piper realizes that she really didn’t know her grandmother, despite living with her for several years she sets out to find out her grandmother’s story. Her grandmother has passed away and she thinks it makes for a good book. 
When her grandmother was a girl she and her two best friends bought a necklace together and each wore it in turn. While they had the necklace the rule was that they must add a charm to it and they had to write in a diary. The diary would then also be passed onto the next necklace wearer. Piper has her grandmother’s section of the diary as well as the necklace. She decides to try to find her grandmother’s best friends. One of them has since died, but the other lives a few hours away. However, when Piper sends a polite letter requesting to visit Lillian’s grandson writes back saying his grandmother is too ill to receive visitors. As Lillian’s picture appeared in the newspaper just the week before, Piper is sure this isn’t the truth. She calls Lillian, using her birth name and a fake last name, and asks about renting the guest cottage on Lillian’s property. When she arrives she finds there is far more going on than she anticipated.

Book Blurb for The Lost Hours

The award-winning author of The Memory of Water delivers a gripping tale of family, fate, and forgiveness.

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper's dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather's death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn't exist-or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. She remembers her grandmother's box buried in the backyard, after her grandmother was sent away to a nursing home. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace-and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace's charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s- each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2009 4.50