The changed face of The Lost Girl

Not literally, of course! No, Charity Walker is still 100% Chinese and looks it. Her Chinese heritage lies at the heart of the novel. But she’s going out into the world of paperbacks with a different face.

When The Lost Girl comes out as a paperback on 7th August, it will do so with a different cover. The striking cover for the digital version, which came out at the end of last year, did not transfer well to the paperback, so a new cover was born, a cover full of the atmosphere of the West.

Allow me to introduce the changed face of



What if you were trapped between two cultures?

Life is tough in 1870s Wyoming. But it’s tougher still when you’re a girl who looks Chinese but speaks like an American.

Orphaned as a baby and taken in by an American family, Charity Walker knows this only too well.  The mounting tensions between the new Chinese immigrants and the locals in the mining town of Carter see her shunned by both communities.

When Charity’s one friend, Joe, leaves town, she finds herself isolated. However, in his absence, a new friendship with the only other Chinese girl in Carter makes her feel like she finally belongs somewhere.

 But, for a lost girl like Charity, finding a place to call home was never going to be that easy …


I found this a fascinating period of American history, about which I’d known nothing until I stumbled upon it by chance, and I loved writing the novel. I’m thrilled that readers are saying that they, too, were caught up in the story, characters and events. If you would like to see what the readers are saying on Amazon, click here.

  • Beautiful! I’m sure it will do well. We’re so lucky with our covers.

    • Liz:

      Many thanks, Angela. I’m thrilled with it – there’s so much atmosphere in the cove. Bother were terrific covers. Yes, we’re very lucky.

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  • Zana:

    Oh I love it. Very cool. Off to buy it!

    • Liz:

      Many thanks, Zana! I was fascinated by the period and loved writing it and I very much hope that you enjoy reading it. 🙂

  • Liz, we travelled in Grand Titon a couple of years ago and stayed in a cabin not dissimilar to the one on your lovely cover. Most evocative, anne stenhouse

    • Liz:

      I. too, have been there, Anne. What spectacular scenery! And the cabin in which I stayed, not far from Jackson Hole, was also very like the one on the new cover. Hopefully, I’ll go back to Wyoming one day. I travelled throughout the State when researching A Bargain Struck, the first of my three novels set in Wyoming, and loved every minute of it.

  • Such a lovely cover. It got my attention! Good luck with the paperback!

    • Liz:

      Many thanks, Annemarie. I must say, I’m thrilled with it. It takes me back to Wyoming, which is what you want a cover to do.

  • Lovely cover . . . atmospheric.

    • Liz:

      Thank you, Janet. That’s what I think, too. As Anne and I were saying here just now, we both stayed in similar places when we were in Wyoming. It takes me back to my fabulous trip there.

  • Liz,

    I really enjoyed reading The Lost Girl and posted reviews on Amazon and Good Reads.

    To be honest, I like the new book cover which captures the setting for your novel, but I am a tad disappointed because I would have preferred an image of your heroine against a suitable background.

    • Liz:

      I only very recently saw your review, Rosemary, and that you called The Lost Girl an ‘unforgettable story’ – I’ve had my head deep in the current novel I’m writing. I thought it a really lovely review and am so glad you enjoyed the novel as much as you did. Thank you so much for your review, and for taking the time to quote my description of the rain. I take your point about not having the girl against the background in the new cover. We found it well nigh impossible to find a girl who looked 100% Chinese, and of that period. Also, I’m drawn to the idea of letting the readers see Charity in their heads. Sometimes, a photo of the girl can take away that leap of imagination, although not always. Many thanks for taking the time to review the novel on Amazon and to comment here – I really do appreciate it.

  • I really like this cover, Liz. It’s stunning and that together with the book blurb makes me want to read it. x

    • Liz:

      What a lovely comment, Sonya. Thank you for it. I was so excited when I discovered this aspect of Wyoming’s history. Instantly, I felt that it had the potential for a moving story, set against a most interesting background, which would be fascinating to research. I wasn’t disappointed – I loved every minute of writing the novel.

  • Love this, Liz. I do agree with you about a photograph of the character taking away the leap of imagination. Also agree with Angela. We are lucky. The Choc Lit covers really are beautiful. Best of luck, sweetie! 🙂 xx

    • Liz:

      Many thanks, Sheryl. Yes, we are lucky with our covers. Your cover was terrfic, too. Berni seems to get the tone just right. 🙂

  • Great cover, Liz! And I’m so delighted to hear that you’ll get a paperback version in early August. Thrilled, in fact! Can’t wait to hear news of what else is in the pipeline since you say you’ve had your head deep in a new book.

    • Liz:

      Many thanks for your comment on my new cover, Beverley. I’m delighted with it as it takes me back (mentally only, alas) to my wonderful visit to Wyoming, where I saw so many similar scenes. I very much hope to go again before too long.

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