Let’s Discuss! Lost and Found in Paris
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We’re getting ready to dive in to the details of Lost and Found in Paris by Lian Dolan. Haven’t read it yet? Get acquainted with our latest selection here.
Hello, hello! We’ve nearly finished the first month of 2023 and I don’t know about you but I am still riding that new year, fresh start feeling…I just can’t get enough! I hope Lost and Found in Paris was a great companion to all of your new year’s dreaming and planning. I for one have a trip to Paris on my travel list thanks to Joan, Suzi, and all of the other cast of characters in this charming book. I can’t wait to hear what you thought of their adventures. I’ll meet you in comments!
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I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
By Joan’s own admission, she has played it safe since her dad’s passing. What do you think made her take a chance with Nate upon their first meeting?
Is Paris Joan different from LA Joan? If so, why do you think that is? Do you feel like a different version of yourself in different places?
How did you feel about the Joan’s various endings with her mother, Beckman, and Nate?
1. I think Joan took a chance on Nate because she felt the freedom to go after what she wanted, she initially thought it would be a shorter fling than it turned out to be, and it satisfied her mother’s encouragement to put herself out there. It was very low risk high reward and that was right up her ally.
2. Paris Joan became quite tenacious in her search for answers, but I also think the big questions about her dad, and the hope of finding his notebooks, brought her out of her shell. Also, losing something important for work like that must have contributed to her drive to uncover the truth! Lots of big motivators! I think she came back to LA with a lot more Paris Joan in her!
3. I’m glad Joan and her mother were able to move forward in their healing processes alone and with each other. It makes sense to me that her mom ended up with Beckman once they met again, and that Nate and Joan ultimately didn’t work out but I wish they could have! I really liked them together!
Joan was definitely a different person in Paris. She was forced to be carefree and live on the edge. I think her character was so well written, since I found myself in a love hate relationship with Beckman during the entire book.
I’m a fan of the cheesy happy ending and would have loved to read that Joan and Nate somehow found a way to make a relationship work.
I got really invested in these characters – the sign of a well written book!
1. Joan had a chance to reinvent herself. With little holding her back after her marriage ended, she found herself willing to experience a chance encounter. Nate’s “nerdy” exterior helped her to open herself up to him and trust him.
2. LA Joan is calculated and checking off her boxes to fulfil her career and personal duties. Paris Joan is willing to take a risk. With her career on the line and her marriage no longer holding her back she can take the risks needed to build her confidence and solve her dilemmas.
I tend to think I have a different persona on vacation. Having that carefree time without a mountain of chores is my time to shine LOL.
3. I felt like Joan got the explanation she truly needed to move forward with her life. With so many loose ends after her father’s passing, she finally has the time and clarity to move forward and can heal. I only wish her “happily ever after” was a little more standard than the twist her story provided.
1. By Joan’s own admission, she has played it safe since her dad’s passing. What do you think made her take a chance with Nate upon their first meeting?
I feel like there were 2 factors to her spontaneity…first was seeing her ex-husband with his new family at the airport and second was because I doubt she thought she’d see him again after they landed.
2. Is Paris Joan different from LA Joan? If so, why do you think that is? Do you feel like a different version of yourself in different places?
I definitely think you can be different versions of yourself in different places. There are locations so iconic in our lives (childhood home, college town, where we lived as newlyweds, etc.) that we revert a little back to who we were at the time we lived there when we visit.
3. How did you feel about the Joan’s various endings with her mother, Beckman, and Nate?
I was very pleased with how she and her mom connected in France and how they worked out their relationship, but I was really surprised things just ended with Nate and Beckham reappeared.
1. I feel like it was due to her mom urging her to go have an adventure. & seeing her ex at the airport. Seeing he had moved on gave her an impetus to move forward as well. It gave her the final closure she needed. The confidence to never go back to him.
2. ABSOLUTELY!! For one, she was having the adventure she gave up after graduating college. But besides the place, the people gave her a boldness too. Nate & Polly were so supportive of her. In her marriage she never had that support because he was a narcissist & it was about him & advancing his career.
3. The ending was perfection
Sometimes you want it all wrapped up with a pretty bow, but the looser endings were happy, more relatable. Nate was a rebound, it would have been too cheesy for them to end up together. Same for her mom & Beckman. Liked that it was a happily ever after, but not predictable.
This selection was a little different than usual, but trust that you always pick good ones & ended up LOVING it!
I read it while visiting Tampa & checked out Oxford Exchange. Oh my goodness – it is pure HEAVEN there ❤️ The bookstore is my absolute FAVORITE!!!!