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  • Location: Paris, Cote D'Azur, London, Jerusalem

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

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1947: 2015: A story of hope and endurance set on the night of the Paris terror attacks and post-war Provence

  • ISBN: 978-0718183103
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

Since her daughter went missing four years earlier, celebrated photographer Kurtiz Ross’s only companion has been her camera. Since Lizzie disappeared, she has blamed and isolated herself, and almost given up hope. But then one day, there’s an unexpected sighting of Lizzie in Paris.

Within hours of Kurtiz arriving in Paris, the City of Light is plunged into a night of hell when a series of terrorist attacks bring the city to a standstill. Amid the fear and chaos, a hand reaches out. A sympathetic stranger in a café offers to help Kurtiz find her daughter.

This harrowing night and one woman’s kindness will change both of their lives. The stories she shares from post-war Provence bring the two women closer together. And maybe they will both find answers they are looking for.

Travel Guide

Carol Drinkwater’s guide to the locations in her novel Paris

“Unusually, the settings and the story of The Lost Girl chose me not the other way around.

The terrorist attacks of 13th November 2015 in the east of Paris – six attacks in the same area very carefully coordinated – were the subject of that evening’s television news.

Without my being aware of it at the time, the seed for my novel had been sown.

A few days later, still haunted by what I had seen and the wall to wall reportage, I paid a visit to the Bataclan. Of course, the place was cordoned off, but there were flowers everywhere, cards, messages, photographs, candles burning.


Provence/ Cote d’Azur

The chapters set in Provence after the Second World War grew from I know not where except, of course, I know the Côte d’Azur very well. I live overlooking the Bay of Cannes. This half of the book is a love story rich with perfumes and passion and flowers – roses and jasmine, sweetly scented, grown for the nearby city of Grasse and its world-renowned perfume industry.

It also relates events within the film industry down in the south of France which at that time was very exciting.
The Lost Girl juxtaposes modern gritty city life with rural bliss, with Provence before the tourists found it and settled there.


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Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Lost Girl

Destination: Paris, Cote D’Azur, London, Jerusalem   Author/Guide: Carol Drinkwater  Departure Time: 1942, 2015

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