After the death of her father, seven year old Millie Bird is abandoned in the women’s section of the local department store by her mother. While exploring the store, the precocious and always optimistic Millie meets Karl ‘The Touch Typist’ whose wife of many years, Evie, has died. When Millie is discovered by store security, and wanting only to be reunited with her mother, she escapes the store and heads back home. Here Millie crosses paths with Agatha Pantha, her neighbour from across the street, a widow and recluse who hasn’t left her house since her husband’s death seven years ago.
Together, the trio set off on an adventurous mission to find Millie’s mother and along the way discover an unexpected friendship and uncover many feelings, desires and wishes that they have long kept buried as a result of life’s circumstances.
In Lost and Found, author Brooke Davis offers the reader a quirky, somewhat unbelievable story of three individuals from completely different walks of life who are dealing with death, depression, grieving and aging in their own, not necessarily mainstream way. This debut novel is chock full of colourful, odd, eccentric characters and has a storyline that is at times bizarre and silly. To say that Lost and Found offers an unusual take on what most people consider a morbid subject would be an understatement and I’m not quite convinced that it was successful in this regard.