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"I knew from the very first page of In Search of Lucy that I would enjoy reading this book immensely and I was right." Tanya --All Things Books

"I really enjoyed this novel. I loved following Lucy on her journey. I thought Ms. Fairfield did an excellent job adding realism to this novel. Lucy was the perfect balance of hope and despair." --Alice, Girls Just Read

"In her debut novel, Lia Fairchild shares a compelling tale with carefully drawn well-defined characters." --Lynnette, Avid Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612182836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612182834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I knew from the very first page of In Search of Lucy that I would enjoy reading this book immensely and I was right. Each character was beautifully written and I identified with a lot of the things that Lucy went through during the story. The plot line was 100 percent believable and I am not ashamed to admit that I teared up a few times while reading this book.
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A sister feeling confused and depressed and wants to end her life, the other sister wants to live so calls for help after no ties for years. Thus began a journey for Lucy towards friendship, love, understanding and forgiveness on out of her pain. She runs into the one person that made her life a living hell...
A very enjoyable read, a nice flow and loved the very end that ties up any questions that might have still been in your mind. A few words need to be fixed but otherwise a great read!
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As soon as I started reading this book, I found myself rooting for our heroine. The author does a wonderful job bringing Lucy to life. I could feel her pain and dispair. I found myself not being able to put the book down because I had to see if Lucy would find the peace and happiness she deserved. The author also does a very good job introducing the secondary characters into the story. Sometimes in books, I find myself having to flip back to remind myself "who is this," or "where did we meet this person," but Ms. Fairchild gives each character their individuality and purpose throughout Lucy's journey. This is the author's debut novel, and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the near future.
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In Search of Lucy is a heartfelt tale of two sisters with a bond that can't be broken no matter how the past has shaped their lives.
Lucy, the older sister, travels down a path that leaves her lonely and broken. Katie, the younger sister, also on a path of her own that is hopeful and loving. The sisters come together as only sisters can and continue their journey together to heal each other. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, it is a wonderful story written with heart!
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Lucy Lang has a problem she is thirty years old, unhappy with her job, unhappy with her life in general, and has very few friends and no special someone. She leads a rather lonely unfulfilling existence that came to be as a result of an absentee mother, a memory of a father figure and a distant sister. Lucy also has another problem she is estranged from herself. Lucy doesn't really know who she is as a person. The internal strife that Lucy has going on in her life is not unusual; there are many of us that are unhappy with our current station in life and this makes Lucy an easily relatable character. The story makes the statement that unless you know yourself, you will never be happy with your life and you will not know what makes you happy or how to be happy. What really matters it is not the way that we go about finding ourselves but that we do find ourselves eventually so that we may lead a rich and fulfilling life; In Search of Lucy exemplifies this.

This book takes you on Lucy's emotional ride. The reader is made privy to Lucy Lang's life and what a life it turns out to be. The story is focused on how Lucy eventually finds herself by way of a life saving gesture for her sister. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found the characters to be realistic and intriguing. The conversation between characters was natural and insightful. The author created likeable characters that make the reader interested in what happens to them next. Ms. Fairchild's use of descriptive language works well, as I read the vividness of each scene stood out. I found myself really wanting to know what would happen to Lucy by the end of the story; which road would she take to find herself or would she ever find herself, would Lucy ever be happy and fulfilled?
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I read the Kindle version of this book, I bought it because of the into price and thought I would try a new author. (Something I don't like to do). Anyway I really liked the book. I enjoyed it so much I bought the paper edition so that my Mom can read the book. I think with experience she will be a fantastic author.
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I really loved this book! I was a bit hesitant because a couple of reviewers said this book is poorly written, and I'm a bit of a stickler in this regard. I'm totally bewildered why they would say that, however, as I found the book to be well written. In fact, to me, it's rather like an American Maeve Binchy (one of my favorite authors). Like Maeve Binchy, this book has heart and makes you feel happy to be alive. Highy recommended for a real upper.
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Lucy drinks too much, is stuck in a dead job, and hasn't spoken to her younger sister, Katie, or alcoholic mother in years. Then, young mother Katie needs a kidney. Can illness bring the estranged sisters back together and help Lucy get her life back on track?

IN SEARCH OF LUCY is a novel with great premise that fell flat for me for the following reasons.
1- Unlikable protagonist- while Lucy certainly had a difficult childhood, she wore it like a capital V for victim on her forehead.
2- The characters were flat and uninspired.
3- There was too much unimportant detail about minor characters that slowed the pace of the book.
4- Way too much telling without showing.
5- Predictable, slow plot.
6- Overuse of passive verbs.

I cannot recommend this novel.
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