When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, broken-hearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like her own. They made plans for a date, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her.
Libby is inspired by the story and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she makes it her mission to continue Frank’s search. As she begins to open her guarded heart to strangers and new connections, Libby’s tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away . . .
More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chance for happiness – before it’s too late.
The author of The Last Library brings us this beautifully uplifting novel about how one chance meeting can change the course of your life forever.
I thought this was an absolutely gorgeous, heartwarming, feel good story of friendship and love.
Firstly I love feel good stories like this where friendship and love bloom out of everyday scenarios like this so this book instantly appealed. It was great to follow Frank and Libby’s relationship as they grow closer. I liked how they all seemed so real, each having their own problems but still managing to complement and help each other. It was also fun to follow them on their search for the girl on the bus and see where the journey took them.
I think I went through every emotion whilst I read this book. There were some really funny moments that had me laughing out loud but also some sad, poignant moments that made me think. I found this book hard to put down at times as I was so engrossed in the story and wanted to find out what happens and if they ever find the girl on the bus. It’s one of those books I’d love to get the opportunity to read for the first time again.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Zaffre for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Freya Sampson worked in TV and was the executive producer of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglesprogs.She studied History at Cambridge University and is a graduate of the Faber Academy. She lives in London with her husband, two young children and an antisocial cat.Her debut novel, The Last Library, was published in 2021, The Girl on the 88 Bus is her second novel.