Review: The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton

The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

” Alan Carver was what Tim had needed in his life. And he could have had his father back. If only his father had tried harder. Or if Tim had been able to forgive. Amy felt a wave of forgiveness wash over her like Roberta’s soap. If she had a second chance with the people she’d lost, she wouldn’t waste it. She’d forgive them and at the very least have her friends again.”

I loved this book from the moment I started it. I loved the author’s voice, I loved Amy. I was rooting for her from the beginning and didn’t stop for a moment. I loved how she loved all these flawed people around her and could see the magic in them and how she supported who they were.

“She didn’t have the heart to tell them that really, it was not the plants that mattered to her. It seemed strange that some people could be so kind while others destroyed beautiful objects for no reason.”

This is the story of Amy, whose best friend and boyfriend disappeared eleven years ago and she’s not heard from them since. She started hanging on to things and never let go so her house is a full-on hoarder house now and she still works at the company where she was doing an internship at 11 years ago. Her whole life is stuck.

‘Richard appeared at Amy’s gate. “We all have baggage,” replied Amy. She glanced back into her house. “No one travels lightly anymore.”’

But then a new family moves in next door and slowly little things start happening that unravels her life. I loved all the characters and how they were each flawed in their own way but none of them were perfect good or perfect bad. Even the tangential characters weren’t caricaturish.

but most of all i loved the voice this novel was written with. I felt drawn to it and found so much joy reading it.

with gratitude to Gallery Books and netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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