The Girl On the 88 Bus By Freya Sampson


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 at the National Gallery, 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 help 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 number 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 chances for happiness – before it’s too late.

A beautifully uplifting novel about how one chance meeting can change the course of your life.


Who knew a small idea from passing conversation would lead to a fantastic read?

From the beginning of this novel we are taken to 1962 where this man Frank at the age of 22 meets this vibrant woman. He was to meet her but he has lost his ticket. Of course he moves on with life however he always goes back to riding that bus in the hopes of finding her. When one day he bumps into this woman that looked like her, Libby. He retells this story of how this beautiful young lady had helped change the course of his life and he would love to thank her for it.

Libby, having a not so good time of life as it is herself has decided to help him find her and we get to be lucky enough to go along with them in this journey!

The beginning of this novel had automatically captured my attention. Not only is the plot unique, cute and interesting but the writing style is so warm and easy to read and follow where you would want to read it all day if you could.

Libby comes across a range of diverse characters, her sister Rebecca develops as a person, slightly that is. And the others she meets (I don’t want to give too much away) but it’s no surprise the way situations unfold to make life that extra bit complicated for Libby. This novel did have my eyes water in particular scenes towards the end. I really could not stop reading this. Hearing Peggy’s story and her narrative as well in the odd random chapter was that extra bit of colourful ness you love to have in a novel. They where so close and I thought this novel was going to be 100% predicable however it had a nice twist.

When it comes to giving birth I swear I must think in the traditional / correct way because from my experience it actually is 110% spot on. This quote in this novel:

“You yougers these days are so used to planning and controlling everything, and you approach giving birth in the same way, with your books and birth plans and all that malarkey. It’s nonsense (LOL proved to be very true! Thank god I never bothered with much of that)

Well, you can forget all that right now. A baby’s gonna come the way a baby wants to come, and there’s not much you can do besides lie back and let Mother Nature do her work”

Praise be indeed. Spot on advice.

I enjoyed this novel immensely with the way it is written, even the annoying characters such as Simon as it does help Libby to grow throughout this novel. A realistic novel with a realistic heart felt novel that will keep you wanting to know more!

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this novel in exchange for my honest review.

5/5 Stars

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