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Finding Lucas [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Stroh Bailey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Can you ever really go back to the past?

After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad-boy-turned-metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She's had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago's sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she'd lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down. But are some loves best left behind?

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About the Author

Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old. After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other authors. Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on mommyish.com and many other publications. Samantha also has a Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988020424
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VIIU6A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Heidi
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot believe how many fantastic books I am reading lately - Finding Lucas is no exception!

Jaime leaves her long-term boyfriend and decides to find her teenage love Lucas. The search is not straightforward and presents itself as challenging (both physically and emotionally).

Finding Lucas is Samantha's debut novel (and what a debut this is!). I loved every page of the book. All characters are extremely well created and developed. By the end of the book, I had an exact picture in my head of what these characters could look like.

I really enjoyed Samantha's very descriptive writing style. She uses a lot of brackets to include further information. In my opinion this adds to making the story come alive - I loved it.

Jaime's character really grew on me throughout the whole book. She comes across as being such a passionate person! I really felt for her, when things didn't go as planned and her insecurities showed. In fact, all the characters in the book are amazingly well portrayed. Jaime's patchwork family (there is her gay mother and her partner, her sister and her father plus his new partner) are so endearing!! The "funniest" character for me was Derek's mother. Can people really be that deceiving and manipulative? I guess so - she certainly adds humour and laughter to the story!

The TV show for which Jamie is an associate producer, reminds me very much of "Jerry Springer" - I had to smirk (and cringe) several times whilst reading about the topics and candidates brought onto the show :-).

I can highly recommend this heart-felt, funny and entertaining read! I absolutely loved the ending (without giving too much away but Jamie's character development is amazing and inspiring).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 20, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with the reviewers and say that I really loved this book. I loved the quirky characters and the hero and heroine. Andrew was wonderful, and I agree with the reviewer who said Rachel's story should be the next book. The author's descriptions of Chicago and Montreal were very nice, especially the scene in Chicago when Jamie goes to her parents' home to look for Lucas's letters and her yearbook. I have been spending time going to my parents' home lately so that scene was especially poignant to me - all of the memories. I found out earlier today that they will have to sell their home and stay in a nursing home because of health problems so this scene really hit home.
Jamie's friends and family are a wonderful support system and Eva and Derek were really nasty to her--everything you want in villains. The scene where Hanna helps Jamie with her makeup was laugh out loud funny.
The dialogue rang true for me, especially when Hanna said that she was being Jamie's friend and "you'd do it for me." My friend recently helped me when we found my parents on the floor of their home, dehydrated and with infections and thanks to him, we were able to get them to the hospital. When I thanked him (profusely), he said "that's what friends are for. You know that. You'd do it for me." Jamie's line "Thanks a bunch, o, boyfriend o mine" was funny, too. I always refer to my friend as "o cab driver o mine", and it reminds me of the old "Green Acres" TV show when Mr. Haney was selling birthday cards for Arnold the Pig that said "Happy Birthday o pig o mine." (speaking of that, the pop culture references appealed to me). And I loved when Jamie asked Andrew, "Don't you have anything better to do than listen to my personal conversations?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, fun chick lit! December 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
Rated 4.5 Star

Finding Lucas is a fun, fabulous chick lit! Laugh out loud funny, this novel is about finding yourself and being true to yourself, amidst a quest for love. Surrounded by a quirky family, an evil arch enemy at work and a new friend who happens to be of the opposite sex, Jamie Ross goes on a fun ride in Finding Lucas.

I immediately connected with Jamie. She's my kind. She's not all fancy shoes and pink cocktails - although she did like to drink, and smoke even, which is something we don't see much of. She's wonderfully flawed and completely confused about her direction in life and her ex boyfriend, who was a complete arse. I loved that she didn't sit around idle when she finally breaks up with him (which might have been my only negative with the novel - it seemed to take a chunk of time for her to final ditch him and then less time was spent finding Lucas which surprised me as this is all on the cover blurb and I usually expect what is on the cover to happen quickly). I liked that it wasn't cliche where she was cheated on. Her ex had just changed...into a self centered, metro sexual moron. I thought he and his mother were perfect and there were a couple of scenes with them that had me snorting - among others.

All the characters are fabulous. I loved them all - except the ex and her evil work nemesis, but they were fun to hate and that was the point. Her family is completely dysfuctional according to Jamie, but in a loving way and I really appreciated the way she comes to realize how wonderful and supportive they are through the course of the novel. Although the love situation was a bit predictable, it was fun to follow along and I loved the predicaments Jamie gets herself into, in typical Chick Lit style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected
This little book has twists and turns and makes for a delightful read. Characters are well formed, story line well developed.
Published 16 days ago by Shirley Pounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick back and enjoy!
Fun summer reading! Main characters were well developed and the plot was easy breezy....
Published 1 month ago by Maria C. Beteta
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real and Relatable Heroine, a Satisfying Tale
I bought this book from Amazon because I like smart, funny, Chick Lit and it's becoming increasingly harder to find. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LoveBooks212
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's to Normal
The thing I loved about chick lit was that it put normal woman in the spotlight but it is a genre to quickly turned into one cliche after another. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Therese Van Arsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was light and fun to read. Loved the style and humor of the author. Good summer beach read!
Published 3 months ago by Maureen E. McMullen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic read!
I loved Jamie from start to finish. This book had me laughing out loud and staying up far beyond my bedtime lost in its pages. I highly recommend it!
Published 3 months ago by L.Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read!
Inappropriate, but funny, I actually enjoyed this book. Jamie is tired of her long time boyfriend trying to change her into the picture perfect trophy wife of his dreams. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lindsey Hemming
4.0 out of 5 stars I want to be friends with Jaime and her gang
Ok, right from the first line I was hooked. Jaime's candid and irreverent attitude was fun and refreshing, creating a heroine to really root for. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tats1824
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Great book, great message…be yourself, love others as they are. The only thing i would change is tone down the language.
Published 5 months ago by add gurl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!!
A fun light story about finding love where you least expect it. Believe this was a debut so will be anxious to see what Ms Bailey comes up with next.
Published 5 months ago by S. Rasco
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More About the Author

Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old (it was rejected) and a lifelong passion to write was born.

After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.

Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on mommyish.com and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics.

She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

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