The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker


About the Book

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours, and unlikely friends.

Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.

79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.

Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…

What I Thought

As I read this story it reminded me of the classic fairy tales of our childhood. Complete with a black cat, a good witch, a strong and silent prince charming and a Cinders-esque protagonist, with some spells and a magic locket thrown in for good measure. It all adds up to a compelling and unusual story with magical qualities and a good upbeat, happy feel to it. Where being kind and thoughtful wins the day.

25 year old Lucy Baker leads a quiet life. She works for a Toy wholesaler by day and knits and crochets celebrity character dolls by night. Having always lived in the shadow of her sisters apparently successful life, Lucy’s Mum tends to draw comparisons between her successful older daughter, often pointedly asking Lucy when her career and love life might take off. It’s tended to leave Lucy a little lacking in self confidence and reluctantly accepting of her quiet, unexciting life.

Brenda, her 79 year old neighbour has other ideas and longs to see her lovely friend happy and feels she’s deserving of a good man. Brenda is a herbalist and was quite the Bohemian back in the 60’s so is quite eccentric. Sadly she is also in the first stages of dementia. She gives Lucy a locket which she says will encourage Lucy to be more confident and assertive. It also has messages inside containing spells which Lucy should follow in order to get her man. The man in question being her new neighbour, attractive but rather brusque George.

Lucy obviously is a little cynical about the locket in the beginning but egged on by her other friend from work Jess, they go about putting the spells into practice with sometimes alarming consequences.

I hope I haven’t given too much away, but I just wanted to entice anyone reading this review to want to read the book. There are some great characterisations; who hasn’t come across an Adam or Daniel in the office, both of whom sail pretty close to the wind when it comes to acceptable office behaviour. George – Lucy’s neighbour and prospective love interest reminded me very much of Doc Martin with his awkward social ineptitude.

It was a lovely story. Funny, but with a humour that was never forced, heartwarming and one to just make you sigh and say ahh without being overly sentimental. I loved it and would definitely read another book by this author.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The Kindle edition of this book is due out on 10th January 2019 with a paperback publication date of 21 March 2019. Both are available to pre-order now on Amazon

Thank you to Avon Books UK via Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

  1. I shared this on social media – I hope that’s okay? It’s been shared lots of times subsequently so I hope it directs traffic your way. If you are on Twitter or FB do make contact xxx


    1. Yes that’s fine thank you so much. Yes I’m on Twitter, @natterblog. We’ve exchanged tweets on there. There were lots of shares yesterday, never been so popular 😂 I hope it promotes your book. Will tweet a link again on publication day.


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