Review of Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander @ellielovesbooks @digitalreadspr 

Oh, did you know Ellie Alexander has a new book out? No, not a new Sloan Krause mystery, a women’s fiction novel! Okay, she doesn’t steer too far from the craft beer. There is a cafe serving up some mouth-watering, amazingly described lager!

Book editor Emily Bryant finds herself unexpectedly in the charming town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, holding the keys to her grandmother’s rambling Victorian mansion. While sorting through her grandmother’s things, Emily learns that she must edit old manuscripts to inherit the estate. It’s a strange request from a family member who was basically a stranger.

Emily quickly realizes that there’s something different about these manuscripts. Any changes she makes come true. At first, she embraces the gift. She has a chance to help characters find true love or chart a new course for their future. But then things go terribly wrong. Her edits have the opposite effect. The sweet and funky seaside community of Cascata is reeling from the chaos Emily has created. Everything she thought she believed about her family and her past is in jeopardy, and no amount of editing can fix the damage she’s done. 

Then she finds one last manuscript. If Emily can get this edit right, maybe she’ll have a chance to create a new narrative for herself and everyone around her. 

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I was intrigued by the premise of this story but let me tell you what line completely hooked me.

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Isabel Allende’s Zorro and Joanne Harris’s Chocolat showed me that Gertrude had been a modern reader too, drawn to books with mystical elements set in faraway lands.

Any story that can include three of my favorite books in the first quarter, wins my vote!

And in the opening chapter, we find this gem…

I refused to accept that books, even the most revered literary works, couldn’t be altered and improved upon.

Anyone had a problem with what happened to Beth in Little Women? Well, Emily certainly did too!

Cute quotes aside, Emily is a delightful heroine. She’s not had an easy life. It’s been her and her father against the whole world. Why that’s been so was always a mystery and one she sets out to uncover over the course of this novel.

Admittedly, I kind of figured out why Emily’s father had the big falling out with grandma Gertrude before the big reveal. However, I was not prepared for the emotional punch it packed as we see even more of what was happening ‘behind the scenes’ during Emily’s life.

Relationships across the family are explored and brought to the front as the novel progresses. I loved how easily Emily and cousin Shay fall into friendship. That is balanced brilliantly by Arty’s understandable hostility.

In terms of the stories that come true, they are an eclectic bunch. Each one covers a different issue. We have racism, fading love, and ethical dilemmas. The stories aren’t necessarily all tied up tightly by the end. That’s would be difficult as they affect very ‘real’ people who aren’t the stars of this story. However, we do get the satisfaction of some closure to their problems.

Overall, I think Lost Coast Literary is a charming novel that can be described as contemporary magical realism. Although, however you describe it, just know it’s a must read for any bibliophile!

And I so wish The Ballad was a real place. I’d book a retreat there in a heartbeat!!

I give this book 4.5/5 espresso shots.

About the Author

Ellie Alexander is a voracious storyteller and a lover of words and all things bookish. She believes that stories have the ability to transport and transform us. With over twenty-six published novels and counting, her goal is to tell stories that provide points of connection, escape, and understanding. 








I unlocked The Ballad’s front door and took a slow, steady breath before stepping inside. The foyer was dark. I fumbled around for a light switch. When my hand finally connected with the switch light flooded into the room revealing exquisitely restored walnut hardwood floors. Stained glass windows in the curved entryway reflected twinkling butterscotch, plum, and sapphire beams onto the far wall. Two rooms adjoined the entrance hall. To my left was a parlor painted in muted beach tones with a built-in fireplace and bookcases filled with spines arranged by height and held together with chunky driftwood bookends. 
Books. Oh my God, so many books. I let out an audible gasp, unable to tear my gaze from the parlor where an abundance of titles that rivaled that of any small library called to me. I could spend an entire day admiring Grandma Gertrude’s enchanting collection of books. Books are my addictive craze. Forget about ice cream, chocolate, pot, your drug of preference. Give me a stack of books anyway.
I felt like an over-enthusiastic puppy let outside for the first time. 
Fire hydrant. 
Books. Books. Books.
They aren’t going anywhere Emily, and you have a five-thousand square foot mansion to explore. I tugged my attention away from the captivating shelves for the moment.
An intricately carved circular staircase sat in front of me. The ceiling stretched at least twelve feet above me. Period details were evident in the weighty carved moldings and brass hardware. A sign hanging from the newel post at the base of the steps read: PRIVATE. 
Odd. The upstairs was private? 
A cream-colored hallway lined with framed watercolor paintings and floral geometric handwoven area rugs led to the back of the mansion. The entire house had a cohesive natural ocean color palette in milky greens, harbor blues, and soft grays and creams. 
But it was the room to my right that caught my eye. The hand-carved door was shut. Another sign hung from it: LOST COAST LITERARY.
Lost Coast Literary, I repeated out loud. There was something oddly familiar about the name. Was it a memory? Something else? 
I turned the handle, but the door was locked. Maybe one of the keys would open it. I tried the basic house key first with no success. The antique key didn’t work either. 
There must be a key somewhere else, I thought as I ventured upstairs. The serene, soft lighting and gleaming redwood accents continued on the second floor. Ornate millwork, jeweled windows, and knotted spindles gave the space a spellbinding aura. I was completely caught up in its trance. 
The house creaked and sighed as if readying itself for sleep as I wandered into a study with yet another fireplace and a bathroom with patterned tile floors and an attached sitting room. Farther down the hall there were five spacious bedrooms with carved oak fireplaces and three more bathrooms. 
I fought back cloudy memories of running through the long hallway and pretending to put on lipstick in front of the antique mirror. Were they real or was I grasping?

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8 thoughts on “Review of Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander @ellielovesbooks @digitalreadspr 

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  1. Ah my cozy babe, so happy you loved the book. I am ecstatic. Flying high. Psst.. did you check the acknowledgments? Hehehe
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review and all the support you give me. I can’t have risque comments here, can I? With the author making a surprise visit, I don’t want her to know my quirky, cute side. You have to agree to this line. Nopes, that is really quirky and not kinky.
    Thank you. You will be getting the next book for the next tour next week. Hehehe

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    1. I did read the acknowledgments ❤️❤️🌸❤️🌸
      You are awesome! And yes, let’s not let Ellie know how naughty you can be on my blog! 🤣😂🤣

      I really enjoyed the premise of this book and how it was all about books!!


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