Review: The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

Review: The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson is a sweet story that will put a smile on your face. The characters are intriguing and the story is one that has a theme of perseverance. If you enjoy books with multigenerational friendships and a heart-warming message, this is one to watch for.

Review: The Lost Ticket by Freya SampsonTitle: The Lost Ticket
Author: Freya Sampson
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Strangers aboard a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Last Chance Library.

When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, brokenhearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 that he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like hers. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery art museum, but Frank lost the bus ticket with her number on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her, but with no luck.

Libby is inspired to action and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she papers the bus route with posters advertising their search. Libby begins to open her guarded heart to new friendships and a budding romance, as her tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away.

More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chances for happiness—before it’s too late—in a beautifully uplifting novel about how a shared common experience among strangers can transform lives in the most marvelous ways.

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Review: The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

Libby, the main character, is dealing with a breakup and trying to move her life forward. Although she has moved in with her sister and become a nanny to her nephew, she makes the time to help a stranger on the bus. Her character is full of spunk and kindness, and I loved watching her find the strength within herself to move on.

❀ Fantastic Side Characters

The side characters are also fantastic, and I have to say that Frank is a favourite. He is an 82 year old man riding the 88 bus in search of a woman he had a brief encounter with years ago.  Frank is sweet and romantic, which makes his character that much more endearing. His punk carer, Dylan, is another side character that really gives the story depth and interest.

❀ An Unlikely Group of Friends

What unfolds is an unlikely group of friends helping one another. I loved watching these characters get to know one another and work together to find Frank’s girl. Their determination and resourcefulness is both admirable and heartwarming.

❀ An Uplifting Story

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson is a perfect book to read if you are in the mood for an uplifting story. The characters are wonderful and the story is lovely and upbeat. It is definitely one to add to a fall TBR.

About Freya Sampson

Freya Sampson

Freya Sampson is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Last Chance Library and The Lost Ticket/The Girl on the 88 Bus. Before becoming a full-time writer she worked in TV as an executive producer, and her credits include Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglesprogs, and two series for the BBC about the British Royal Family. She studied History at Cambridge University and is a graduate of the Faber Academy. Freya lives in London with her husband, two young children and an antisocial cat

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