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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?
This is a young adult sweet romance.
"Brody was the real shocker for me. The depth of emotion this young manfeels and conveys is incredible. I cried with him, ranted with him,laughed with him and loved with him. I felt all his emotions just asstrongly 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
- ASIN : B00DMVZ4DM
- Publisher : Science Future Press (January 13, 2014)
- Publication date : January 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1472 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B09HG6WMDH
- Best Sellers Rank: #724,098 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
As the days go by, Fiona decides it will be easier to get along with everybody until she can go to her real home, rather than constantly fight. She starts to help around the farm and talk more openly with the other kids, Frank and Brody Mason. She likes Brody, but can't say that she is his Fiona for sure. More and more stories come out about the past and the abduction that finally makes Fiona wonder who she really is.
The thing I like most about JA Huss's writing style is that she brings you to the brink of madness with mystery, secrets and wondering if the story will have a happily ever after. At 80% I started to go into panic mode thinking this was a cliffhanger or will feel unfinished, but I was wrong, WAY wrong. There is so much going on with this poor Fiona, it's a wonder she knows which way is up.
I really liked this book and thought it was a nice change of pace from what I have been reading lately. Give Losing Francesca a chance, you won't be sorry you did.
I love how JA Huss writes, it's like emotions painted out with entrancing and flowing colors. This story was no exception. The blurb tells you what you need to know about the book and I have to say, every time I read this author's work, it's the definition of a mind bend. She's an expert at twisting the plot into so many directions, misdirections and mystery, you can be left utterly flabbergasted at the end result. You just don't ever see the ending coming.
Francesca Sabatini, also known as the long missing/abducted Fiona Sullivan, is a girl full of secrets. I wasn't too sure what to think of her and she does get downright mighty annoying when she plants her feet to the ground and treats everyone in her adoptive family, The Sullivans, which she has just met, like they are her wardens. In a way, I can see why she feels that way, she's been torn from what she thinks is her blood family, even though the family she's with now are her family too, through adoption. How this all comes about is one insane ride.
Brody is her love interest and one of the town's bad boys. His obsession with Fiona's disappearance 12 yrs ago continues, especially after meeting Francesca/Fiona when she is forced to return to the Sullivan's farm until she turns eighteen. He knows she's the girl he's dreamt about for years since they were best friends as little children. He's amazing- a gentlemen of sorts, dedicated to Francesca/Fiona in a way that makes me just swoon. Who wouldn't drool over such a fine man? Well Francesca can't resist either, and I can't blame her one bit. He's written out as a broken creature, but I don't see him as that shattered. With Fiona's return, he really comes into himself and the way he treats her, oh my, can I just say you will want a Brody too.
As time goes on and Francesca's two lives and lies come to a flitting collision and she really starts to wonder if she even wants to leave and return to the only life she can remember. Her father sounds like a dangerous man who has some sort of power and makes her fear about her future, but we don't really see exactly why until we meet him. Seeing her interact with her adoptive family, along with Brody and the horses on the farm, which draw her in like magnets, makes me root for her to find a way to stay, even with the impending doom of another life sneaking up fast.
Full of twists and turns to keep you guessing what's really going on, I absolutely loved this tale of love, family, discovery and what it means to follow your heart in adversity. Losing Francesca is a tale to stay with you late into the night and send your heart fluttering. You've got to pick this up when it comes out, soooo yummy!
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Author: JA Huss
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, YA
Release Date: 1st July 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
If there's one thing that Francesca is certain of it's that she's not Fiona Sullivan. On entering the US her face was recognised as that of a girl who had gone missing at age 6 and after lengthy court battles she is required to live with the family she was taken from until her 18 birthday. At first those 7 weeks couldn't go fast enough but she soon finds herself slotting into the Sullivans' world and experiencing family life in a way she never had before. And then there's Brody, who has mourned for the loss of Fiona, the girl he thought was his soul mate, for 12 years.
I'm not sure where to start with this. Losing Francesca is different from most of Huss' books simply because it lacks the sex element (though I'll get to the romance in a moment) and I can understand how some readers may be disappointed in that. However I loved this book. It was such a good read and had me completely hooked from beginning to end!
So the romance. It was definitely there, and there was definitely sexual tension between the two leads (even though they didn't act on it beyond kissing). However they acted their age (20 and 17/18) and talked about sex and wanting to take that step. I actually really felt like these were real teenagers! The tension was offset by the other aspects of the relationship, including some super sweet moments.
I found the focus on Francesca's identity. At the beginning she very adamently thinks one thing, but she does slowly begin to doubt herself and though it is hinted at that she has more of an identity than she lets on it isn't revealed until quite late in the book. It's the struggle that most people go through when finding themselves but magnified because of her situation. I liked that as a reader you were part of her finding who she was and beginning to find her independence.
There was also a lot of focus on family, and I liked that there was a more grey bad guy than Huss could have gone for. Because very few of the characters were blood related (which is revealed in the first two chapters so no spoiler) the real focus was on family being where you feel comfortable and who you choose that to be with. It's a very beautiful concept, and something I can definitely relate to.
This was a great read, it was gritty and real with a good level of suspense. Though I wouldn't change her other books, this one is certainly as good as some of her other works!
I have read all of JA Huss' books (bar the Junco Series) and I have loved them all, they have been fun, fast, sexy, twisted, dark, erotic, humorous..you name it, her books are it! One of my favourite authors.
But this book is absolutely nothing like her other books and I think that's why I've left it to last - jees I wish I'd read it sooner!
This books is sweet, its sad, its cute, its emotional, its thrilling, its traumatic, its tear jerking and its downright bloody brilliant!
Brilliance at its best!
Its a wonderful, warm book, full of twists and turns that will keep you focused and wanting to find a moment to get a few pages in.
I cant believe I forgot to review the first time I read it, but I have just re-read and realised.
Worth a read but very very different to anything else by J A Huss - its fabulous
I just couldn't put this book down
It's not the book that most people have come to associate with J A Huss books, but if you are an avid fan, it's is simply another book with Julie at her best
She captures the hearts of the characters an such a way that readers can relate, even in the fantasy world she creates
This is a must read for any book fan