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Lost and Found

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A dancer who cannot dance and a doctor who cannot heal find in each other the strength to love.

History books will call it The Great War, but for Benjamin Holm, that is a misnomer. The war is a disaster, a calamity, and it leaves Benjamin profoundly wounded, his mind and memory shattered. A year after Armistice, still struggling to regain his mental faculties, he returns to
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published October 4th 2019 by Liv Rancourt (first published October 1st 2019)
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, slow-burn
This story was out of the ordinary for me but I’m grateful I took a chance on it. I’m still fairly inexperienced with my historical dabbles and I believe this story would have been a struggle for me several years ago. Interesting how our preferences shift and taste changes. On that same note, I would hesitate in saying this story will be for everyone. Why? It is rather slow and ticks along at a leisurely pace. For some, including my former self, this could be frustrating. However, I was intrigue ...more
3.5 stars

An unusual book. I liked the setting (Paris in the early 1920s) and the premise: Benjamin is trying to track down his old friend Elias, but is hampered (or maybe misled) by the PTSD that's affected his memories. Rancourt is good on the little details that convey atmosphere, and there's a excellent sense of place and time - both Paris in early summer and later a Frost-ian Vermont autumn.

She's good too on the sense of dislocation Ben feels -uncertain of his past, uneasy with the foreign e
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Lost and Found is a wonderful bit of historical romance fiction. If you enjoy enemies to lovers, I think you’ll enjoy this because of how cool Louis acts towards Benjamin—even when it’s patent that all Louis wants is Benjamin’s undivided attention.

I also got hooked on the substantial thread about Benjamin’s missing memories. At first, I thought Benjamin was just being coy about not remembering, but as the fuzzy or incomplete (or just plain lacking) memories persi
Jeannie Zelos
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lost and Found, Liv Rancourt

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Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance

One of the reasons I love LGBTQIA reads is that the romance that always seems to have that extra edge of passion. Maybe it's because of the barriers, historically it was illegal, punishable by prison, and even now in our supposed enlightened terms its still frowned on. People still carry that bigotry and make life difficult for those who want to love outside what they feel is *right*. Sad isn't it that we ca
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, free
4.5 stars rounded down.

This is a lovely, quiet book that is almost as much a love letter to Paris just after WWI as it is between the two MCs. It is also a great story about the effects of shell shock and war. I felt so bad for Benjamin, even before we find out how his mind was tampered with by well-meaning, but ultimately clueless doctors. Louis was harder to know because we are never in his mind as we are Benjamin's, but his pain over the loss of his passion, dance, was tempered by his accept
Sheryl Beesley
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely read. Liv's books are always so vivid... I feel like I was in Paris after WWI taking this journey alongside Benjamin..

And what a journey it was... I don't want to give anything away.. let's just say it was very emotional as he searched Paris for his childhood best friend who was missing after the war.

Highly recommend!!
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Multifaceted WWI era romance with beautifully interwoven themes, seriously erotic scenes and a lovely story

Lost and Found is a book worth your time. It themes - pain so severe that it blots out memory, the crumbling of faith as a generation falls into the abyss of WWI, the tensions between family and self-fulfillment, and the courage required to love - are beautifully interwoven. Set in 1920 Paris, it tells the story of Benjamin Holm, a doctor traumatized during the war by an attack on a battlef
Anne Barwell
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
4.5 stars rounded up.

The author does a fabulous job in setting the scene and anchoring the story and its characters firmly in the time period. The descriptions are fantastic and give a great sense of place, as well as time, and also the mood of both of those. I thought the story was very visual, with each scene easy to imagine, rather than just being words on the page.

I was drawn into Benjamin’s story immediately, and needed to know what had happened to Elias. I thought the author captured Benj
Loved the post-WWI Paris setting, but the romance didn't work for me. I couldn't understand the initial enmity between Ben and Louis, and I didn't buy it when that turned to attraction and love. The narrator, Ben, was extremely closed off from his own thoughts and feelings, which made sense as he was suffering from PTSD and memory loss, but it contributed to the lack of connection with Louis. I liked but didn't love Rancourt's Aqua Follies, so I guess her voice just doesn't quite work for me. ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, bittersweet, evocative, poignant, 1920's Post-WWI Paris, brooding dancer, tormented doctor, HEA. It doesn't get much better than this.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good story, but I don’t know if it is really for me. I must commend the author on the writing though. The history of the story, the feelings of the war, the PTSD, the trauma, guilt and so much more were spot on. It’s not an easy story to deal with. Maybe I’m just not in the right frame of mind for this story today, because I don’t want to downplay how well it was written. It’s just a darker story. As wartime stories and the aftermath usually are.
Benjamin has gone back to Paris in a hu
Debbie Christiana
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Lost and Found (m/m romance and historical fiction) by Liv Rancourt is set post WWI - a refreshing change from the majority of books I've read set during or after WWII (which I like, but a change of scenery is good) with the beautiful city of Paris as the backdrop, is a complex and emotional story about war, love and loss.

Benjamin, an American doctor, traumatized during the war, returns to Paris to find his best friend and fellow soldier, Elias, who he was supposed to meet up with after
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I've read it though I'd rated it higher if it was trimmed about 20-30%. My mind went wondering off several times in the middle.
I understand the ode to Paris but I'd rather had a more substantial description of what made the MC fall in love with each other, especially since they have spent a lot of initial page time disliking each other.
The writing was very lyrical and felt more flowery than needed, that's why I think some trimming will do a lot of good to make the story arc tighter.
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Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was a little frustrated with Ben and his seemingly aimless/unstructured search for a 'missing' best friend in the streets of Paris before it suddenly became clear to me that it was Ben himself who is 'lost in Paris'. The author skillfully winds back the fog in Ben's mind/memories as he makes slow headway with his quest, injecting romantic intrigue with the addition of a brittle & injured Louis, who's reluctantly recruited to assist Ben. Rancourt is a new author for me and I've ...more
Sasha Ambroz
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Benjamin Holm founds himself in Paris, without some of his memory, but with a purpose: to find his childhood friend, who disappeared somewhere after the World War I. Instead he finds enigmatic, sarcascit and broken (oh, how I love those ones!) French Louis Donadieu.
For me the writing was a little bit erratic, jumping from emotion to emotion too much. I guessed too early what happend to lost friend, so the plot was a lost cause for me. Nevertheless, I liked the book.
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 40%. This book was very, very slow, like reading a 200 page poem that needed to be taken in very small segments in order to fully understand what was going on. I gave up mid way through. I'm sure its my problem, not the author's.

Jules Lovestoread
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Gorgeous storytelling. <3 A really beautiful book. Full review coming to ! ...more
Amy Dufera
This was a DNF for me. I just found it slow and boring
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