Jul 9, 2013


Losing Francesca Book Review, Tidbits, and Giveaway!

Losing Francesca by J.A. Huss
Publication date: July 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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?

The Review

            Hey, it's Taylor again! My lovely friend Maia here has been helping me out while I don't have web access, but if you're reading this now, it means that I was able to get this to her. She's doing me a huge favor, so please be nice to her! Not that I don’t think you will be because you're all great. Okay, back to business.
Losing Francesca was such an incredible book. It wasn't just good; it was good. The concept itself is so interesting, and the author executed it beautifully. This is coming from someone who doesn't normally like contemporary fiction because I find it too boring. Well, let me tell you, Losing Francesca was anything but boring.
Even if it wasn't necessarily a climactic point in the novel at the time, I never wanted to put the book down because there was never a dull moment. There was always Francesca's/Fiona's/(you have to read the book to figure her other name)'s question of who she really was, especially towards the end. Or we would have Brody and his issues with finding his long-lost, childhood love only to have her deny everything he had been holding on to.
Speaking of the two of them, I really enjoyed the dual perspectives in the story. Sometimes they can get a little confusing, especially if they overlap chronologically, but it was actually a lot of fun here. They each had a completely different side of the story to bring in, and I don't think it could have been accomplished wholly with one of them having to rely only on dialogue. Baring your soul to the love of your life is great when used in moderation, but I don't need a speech revealing somebody's deepest feelings on every other page. That just doesn't seem realistic to me, so I'm glad that I was able to read all of that from each character's perspective.
And then we've got the whole Sullivan clan. In my opinion, their behavior was the most impressive out of all of the other characters. They had just found the girl that they knew to be the daughter they hadn't seen in years, yet they had to pretend that she was somebody else in fear of scaring her off for good. That pretense may have been harder for some than it was for others, but I think that being able to even attempt that is remarkable. They were very strong people, like all of the characters were, and that just made everything so much more pleasant to read.

My Rating:

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Trailer: www.youtube.com/embed/Q8eZjS58x7I?rel=0

A copy of the novel was provided for us in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Great review! This books sounds awesome and dual POV is something I really enjoy when done well! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Thanks for reviewing the book, Taylor! I'm so glad you liked it! :)


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