The Lost Ticket [Book Review] @BerkleyPub #WomensFiction

In The Lost Ticket, two strangers on bus 88 join forces to help an elderly man find the woman he has pinned after for sixty years.

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson (ccover) Image: graphic picture of a red double tecker bus on a pink background with yellow titleGenre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Multigenerational Friendship, London

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My Summary of The Lost Ticket:

Thank you #NetGalley @BerkleyPub #BerkleyWritesStrongWomen #BerkleyBuddyReads for a complimentary e ARC of #TheLostTicket upon my request. All opinions are my own.

When twenty-nine-year-old Lily boards bus 88, she is heartbroken after breaking up with her fiance and losing her job. An elderly man (Frank) strikes up a conversation because Lily reminds him of a girl with red hair he once met on bus 88 sixty years ago. Frank lost the ticket that she wrote her number on and he’s ridden the same bus for the intervening years in hopes of finding her. Libby is inspired to help him and an unlikely person joins in the effort. There is a race against time as Frank suffers from dementia. How will this chance meeting and friendship affect Lily’s and Frank’s lives?

My Thoughts:

A Cast of Interesting Characters:

First, I love a heartwarming, multigenerational friendship, and I cheered Lily and Frank on as they made plans to find Frank’s “girl.” As Lily opens up to Frank, she appreciates his kind and gentle words of encouragement regarding her recent breakup and starting over. Frank’s part-time caregiver, Dylan, is an interesting young man who is devoted to Frank and wants to help find Frank’s “girl.” Dylan and Lily form a tentative friendship that could lead to more. I loved the author’s nod to attentive and compassionate caregivers such as Dylan and her sensitivity to dementia patients in the stage of needing more care.

Engaging Plot:

I love a multilayered plot that is not completely predictable and has a few surprises. The Lost Ticket doesn’t disappoint. We are engaged in Lily’s heartbreak and attempt to start a new life, her relationship with her sister, her project to help Frank, her growing friendship with Dylan, and her dramatic confrontation with her old boyfriend. Two big questions: (1) Will Lily and Dylan find Frank’s girl before Frank’s dementia increases? (2) Can Lily and Dylan navigate all these complications and build a relationship of their own?


Lovely themes include found family, friendship, aging, sisters’ relationship, kindness, community spirit, first impressions, hope, last wishes, and second chances.

Recommended Light Reading:

Overall, The Lost Ticket is an endearing and delightful story with tender themes that might bring a tear or two to your eyes. Recommended for fans of women’s fiction (closed-door romance), for readers who love heartfelt stories and multigenerational friendship, and for book clubs.

Content Consideration: dementia, an unexpected pregnancy, an emotionally abusive relationship

Related: I also loved The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson.

My Rating:  4 Stars


The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson (cover) Image: a graphic picture of a red double decker bus against a pink background with yellow title

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Meet the Author of The Lost Ticket, Freya Sampson

Author of The Lost Ticket, Freya Sampson

Freya Sampson works in TV and was the executive producer of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglesprogs. She studied History at Cambridge University and in 2018 was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize. She lives in London with her husband, two young children and an antisocial cat.


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    • Thanks Wendy! It’s a sweet memorable story!

      Btw…I just now found this comment as well as 2 more of yours in my spam folder. I usually clear spam once a month so sorry about my delayed response!

  1. I loved this and her previous book too. I’m glad that you enjoyed it too. I am puzzled why it has a different title in the US. Different covers are bad enough but different titles seems really strange

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