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Losing Francesca [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Huss
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Francesca Sabatini came to America to take in the sights, celebrate her high school graduation, and have fun wasting time before college starts in the fall.

That's not what happens.

Fresh off the plane and barely on American soil more than a handful of minutes, Francesca's face is recognized by TSA scanners to be a match for a child who was kidnapped twelve years ago.

Brody Mason remembers the day Fiona Sullivan went missing during a family vacation in Italy and it's haunted him his whole life. So when Francesca shows up at the Sullivan farm down the road, he's compelled to figure out if this girl really is his long-lost friend.

But Francesca knows she's not Fiona Sullivan. She knows exactly who she is. At least she thinks she knows - until Brody Mason relentlessly pursues her and she begins to have feelings for him. Maybe being Fiona isn't so bad?

Reality becomes blurred, secrets are revealed, and life will never be the same when the final questions are answered: Is she Francesca or Fiona? And where does she really belong?

Losing Francesca is a mature young adult/new adult novel that explores the meaning of friendship, family, love, and forgiveness.


Editorial Reviews

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"I know the book has a girl's name in the title, but Brody just swept me away. He stole the show as far as I'm concerned.  - Author Faith Sullivan

"Brody was the real shocker for me. The depth of emotion this young man feels and conveys is incredible. I cried with him, ranted with him, laughed with him and loved with him. I felt all his emotions just as strongly as he did."  - Book Blogger Brandee Price

"It was sweet and innocent, and pure and true, and if you haven't read it yet, you are definitely missing out. I highly recommend it!" - Jessica, Blogger from Jessica Loves Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Science Future Press (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMVZ4DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! July 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Losing Francesca is about a girl who may or may not be who she believes herself to be. But it's also about the journey she takes to find out who she really is - not literally, as in what her true name is, but who she is in her heart. It's also about the damage done when people experience profound loss. How it affects them and the ways in which they cope.

Rather than spending her last summer before college enjoying herself, Francesca finds herself spending it with a family who insists she's their long long daughter/sister. Although she has no memory of them, Francesca, whom they call Fiona, finds herself able to settle in quickly as the Sullivans provide her with things she's never had and never wanted.

Brody Mason is the town bad boy. He's also known since he was a little boy that Fiona Sullivan is his soulmate. He was destroyed when Fiona went missing. He spent years looking for her in the woods between their homes. And when he gave up hope, he so so angry. He spent many years staying in trouble. Now that Fiona is back, and he wholeheartedly believes Francesca is Fiona, he's not letting her go.

I went into Losing Francesca thinking I knew what the story was about. I thought it was about unraveling the mystery of who Francesca is. And it is to a certain extent. But this story is just as much Brody's as it is Francesca/Fiona's. The story is told in a dual POV, both Fiona's and Brody's. This format adds so much depth to the story. Getting glimpses inside both Fiona and Brody's heads allowed me to feel what they were feeling as they discovered things about themselves and their lives.

Brody was the real shocker for me. The depth of emotion this young man feels and conveys is incredible. I cried with him, ranted with him, laughed with him and loved with him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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J.A. Huss got me with Brody Mason. As far as I'm concerned, the entire novel could have been told from his point of view (instead of half) and I would have been a happy camper. I really fell hard for him as a character. He's rough and tumble on the outside, and such a sensitive soul on the inside. But the thing that got me the most is that he waits for Fee. He never gives up on her. She's the one for him and that's it. When she disappears as a child, he never gets to give her that Fruit Roll-Up on the school bus. Instead he continually searches the woods for her each summer, and his devotion is heartbreakingly romantic.

My absolute favorite scene is the one where Brody has Fee climb onto the back of his motorbike. It's probably my pick for swoon moment of the year. The way J.A. describes their bodies being wrapped around each other and how Brody squeezes her hand, it's sizzling hot and beautifully tender all at the same time. I loved it. It's a perfect depiction of Brody's wild nature combined with his utter compassion when it comes to the girl of his dreams. He's full of longing and it's the sexiest 'bad boy with a heart of gold' portrayal I've read in quite a while.

Plus, I like how J.A. doesn't make Brody squeaky clean. He's slept with other girls since Fee's been gone. He's had problems with the cops. He didn't go to college. Instead, he's struggling to get over the loss of his parents who were killed by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve. He's trying to be there to support his younger brothers. He's holding onto life by his fingernails and it's only when Fee returns that he finally feels a sense of relief that maybe everything will be okay. And as a reader, you want that for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Has This Been Hiding??? April 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off I am a huge fan of JA Huss and her Rook and Ronin series. Through her Facebook group I became familiar with this other book she wrote that isn't getting the attention it deserves. Losing Francesca is a straight out long lost love story. There isn't gratuitous sex on every other page, there aren't any tattooed MMA fighters or bikers either. What there is, is a story of a boy who after wishing for twelve long years, finally gets his girl back and the mess of problems she came home with.

Fiona Sullivan isn't who everybody thinks she is, but is not a legal adult for seven more weeks, so she is at the hands of the FBI and American government. Fiona is sent back to live with the Sullivan's, the family that adopted her as an infant. Twelve years ago the family was on a trip to Italy when Fiona and her mother disappeared. Now the government has stumbled upon Fiona and sent her back to Ohio where they think she belongs.

Brody Mason has loved Fiona Sullivan for as long as he could remember. They were neighbors and best friends before Fiona never came back from her vacation. Brody spent years pining for Fiona and taking his aggravation out on others. He hasn't had the most charmed life and now he works at his auto shop while taking care of his younger brothers Case and Park (love these names!).

Fiona Sullivan isn't taking to the Sullivan family as they had hoped. Frank, her adoptive father knows this is the daughter he lost so long ago, but Fiona won't accept that fact. She is belligerent and not interested in the Sullivan's way of life, coming across as a spoiled brat to the other kids. Brody, Frank and Sean, Fiona's brother have waited this long for her safe return, they decide to let her to things her way until she is comfortable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all ages!
I really enjoyed reading this book although I was afraid it would be too juvenile. As it turns out, this book is so well written I could see my daughter and my mother enjoying it... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Deborah Reagan
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved Frannie
I rarely ever read YA novels, but I'm familiar with the author - love her other books - so I thought I'd give this one a try.

And I'm so glad I did. I loved it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Leah D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Romance
This story was different in that it was a bit of a mystery from the start. Who is this girl? Is she Fiona or Francesca? Or neither? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Naddict74
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent sweet loved filled with questions
Although this book is over a year old, I just read it based on a recommendation from a group I'm a part of. And of course, I was not disappointed. J.A. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AlohaDawn
5.0 out of 5 stars not your typical teen/YA love story
Losing Francesca by J.A. Huss
5 stars

This was a twisty and emotional romance. It was well written, and the type of story that can hook an adult and be a safe read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!
Ok JA Huss..I am your bitch. I was late coming to this book party with Brody and Fee, but I am glad I found them. Fee shows up as a long lost sister...or is she? Who is she? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tessa L. Burman
5.0 out of 5 stars Swooning
“If these kidnappers want to talk to me, they will do so in Italian or they will get rudeness in return. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sandra Abbata
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet
I loved this sweet story about love and hope. I would love to know more about events after this book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing Francesca
THIS book captivated me. I was up all night reading it. The author creates characters that feel like real people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Jeanette Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Francesca
A fan of the Rook & Robin series and subsequent books, I decided to give this a try. Julie ' writing makes me feel as if I fell down the rabbit hole and am transplanted directly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.



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