Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer.  I just read this author’s debut novel The Wishing Game last month and fell in love with her storytelling.  This new book sounds like it has the potential to be just as whimsical and as a huge Chronicles of Narnia fan, I’m beyond excited to read it.

THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer

by Random House – Ballantine Books

Publication Date: July 16, 2024



Inspired by C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, this wild and wondrous novel is a fairy tale for grown-ups who still knock on the back of wardrobes—just in case—from the author of The Wishing Game.

As boys, best friends Jeremy Cox and Rafe Howell vanished in a West Virginia state park, only to mysteriously reappear six months later with no explanation for where they’d gone or how they’d survived.

Fifteen years after their miraculous homecoming, Jeremy is a famous missing persons investigator with an uncanny ability to find the lost, while Rafe is a reclusive artist unable to stop creating otherworldly paintings and sculptures he shows to no one. He bears scars inside and out from his disappearance but has no memory of what happened while they were gone.

Jeremy alone knows the fantastical truth behind their time in the woods. While the rest of the world was searching for them, the two missing boys were in a magical realm filled with impossible beauty and terrible danger. However, Jeremy has kept Rafe in the dark since their return for his own inscrutable reasons.

But the time for burying secrets comes to an end when vet tech Emilie Wendel hires Jeremy to find her long-lost sister . . . the long-lost sister he and Rafe knew while living in that hidden kingdom. Now the former lost boys must confront their shared past, no matter how traumatic the memories. Alongside the headstrong Emilie, Rafe and Jeremy return to the enchanted world they called home for six months . . . for only then can they get back everything and everyone they’ve lost.



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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

6 replies
  1. Angela @ Literary Wanderer
    Angela @ Literary Wanderer says:

    Oh, this sounds amazing! I absolutely love The Chronicles of Narnia, so using that as an inspiration is really intriguing!

  2. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I didn’t realize Shaffer had a new book coming out until I got the publicist email. I am excited though. The Wishing Game was spectacular

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