Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: In Search of Lucy

'In Search of Lucy'
Author: Lia Fairchild


Format: Paperback
Published: AmazonEncore; Feb. 2012
Pages: 308
Genre: Fiction
Grade: B
Source: Publicist


Synopsis: Lucy Lang's life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won't give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

My Take: I love a good family drama ... in books! I try to avoid it as much as I can in real life but I do love reading about it in books. Maybe because it makes me feel better about the dramas I do end up having in my own life or because, when written well, you really do feel for the characters and want them to learn and grow and get over the pains of their past. Whatever it is, all of this was very well represented in Lia Fairchld's In Search of Lucy.

Our leading lady, Lucy Lang, is a bit of a lost soul to say the least when the story opens. She is 30 years old, has a dead end job, not a lot of friends, and no serious boyfriend. She is lonely but doesn't want to admit it because she is afraid to lean on people. I admire Lucy because we slowly learn all that she has had to deal with in her past. Her mom was abusive and she practically raised her younger sister Katie on her own. Now all of her family has dispersed and they don't talk to each other. Having given her childhood over to dealing with her family dramas, her young adult life did not get started on the right foot.

However, Lucy does have friends who want to be there for her if she will only let them: Anne and Benny. These two characters bring some much needed comic relief in what could otherwise be an incredibly depressing tale and as Lucy slowly starts to let them into her life they really help her grow as a person. 

When Lucy's family comes back into her life in an unexpected way, it's up to Lucy to confront her past and deal with her present in order to move on and become a fully realized adult. It was a great story, if somewhat dramatically told, that I really enjoyed.

Cover Lust: I love this cover!  I think it really portrays the 'lost' feeling of Lucy.

Giveaway Details
The publicist has kindly offered up one new copy for me to giveaway! The deadline for this giveaway is Apr. 13th; entries open to those in the US and Canada.

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9 comments:

  1. I love good family drama in books as well. This sounds terrific! kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

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  2. I like the cover too, it does portray feelings

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  3. sold! i love the sound of this book! and i'm just like you. i love reading about crazy family drama especially dysfunctional ones, but i can live without all the drama in my real life. toothybooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I'm all in for family drama!
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  5. Always enjoy good family drama.

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  6. What a captivating novel. Many thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I am interested in this book. Compelling story. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I am curious about this books and would definitely love to read it!
    I hope I win! *crosses fingers*

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  9. Thanks so much for the feature and for your interest in my book.

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