Reading literary fiction is my first love, but some of the books can be quite intense. That’s when I like to dive into the a fun, light read. Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey was just what I needed to relax and unwind after a hectic day.
In Finding Lucas, our heroine Jamie is stuck in a dead end relationship with her boyfriend of five years. Instead of being the cool Derek she fell in love with, now he’s worried more about his skin, hair, clothes, and his high powered job. He’s also convinced Jamie that she’s not good enough for him and she needs to exercise more, wear make-up, and curse less. Thank goodness she finally comes to her senses and dumps her jerk of a boyfriend. As the assistant producer of a Jerry Springer-like television show, Jamie’s latest mission is to reunite people with their long lost love. Live on the air of course. During her research she becomes obsessed with tracking down her high school sweetheart, Lucas. She has convinced herself that once she finds Lucas, she’ll find happiness. Her tunnel vision keeps Jamie from seeing what’s been under her nose the entire time.
As a happily married woman whose husband loves me for who I am and reminds me of it often, I became annoyed with Jamie’s critical self-talk. Her lack of confidence in her talents and her looks made me want to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her! Still, I’m familiar with emotionally abusive relationships and the way Jamie feels is to be expected. As a reader, I am grateful that Jamie had two strong female friends to hold her up when she’s down and encouraged her to go after what she wanted. Heck, Hanna and Lucy kept me going after hearing Jamie’s negative self-talk!
Jamie’s journey to love is fun, so I won’t give away too much of the story. The novel was funnier than I expected. Jamie is embarrassed by her nontraditional family, but I found them highly entertaining, in a granola, hippie kinda way. I know Jamie is the lead in this novel, but Hanna is my favorite character. Hanna owns a high end lingerie boutique, knows how to have fun, and refuses to settle down with one guy. I hope there’s a spin-off novel (sequel?) with Hanna as the main character in the works.
I received a copy of Finding Lucas for review. All opinions are my own.