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Losing Francesca

Losing Francesca [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Huss
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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?

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Science Future Press (13 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.A. Huss writes new adult speculative and science fiction as well as an entire line of science non-fiction textbooks that cater to home learners. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a graduate degree in forensic toxicology. She adores everything science and considers herself a major geek! Her first series is called I Am Just Junco.

What's your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan. This book is the last in a trilogy about a man who comes back to his home planet after hundreds of years of crime and soldiering and gets sucked back into local politics as he carries out a personal revenge agenda.

I love this book because it's a deep character-driven novel disguised in an awesome twisty plot and filled with just about every science fiction element you can think of. This is a story about people more than anything, and lots of readers never got that about the book. I try to make my stories the same way in that they are always about the characters, not the action going on in the plot - even though there is a lot of action and a lot of twistiness in my books as well.

Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series was a major influence on the creation of Junco Coot, the main character in my I Am Just Junco books. I wanted to explore what it would be like to be a soldier who was as hard and ruthless as Kovacs, except from a young female perspective. I think Junco's secret past illustrates what it takes to turn a nineteen year-old girl into a ruthless killer. It's not easy to get that jaded before you're twenty, and it takes many horrible experiences over many years to make killing just another day at the office.

Thankfully, like Kovacs, Junco is a quick learner. But unlike Kovacs, she has a support team there to help her process who she is and what she does. I think this is the biggest difference between the two characters. Yes, her life is horrible, yes, she's done bad things, but people still love her. She still has hope.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read, loved the story line 29 Dec 2013
By Corrine
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really really good read, had to pick it up first thing the next morning to finish it off !! Highly recommend :-)
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A Young Adult read about discovering who you are, the future, love, identity and family

Francesca Sabatini gets off her plane, ready to explore America for a few months until she starts College, only to be dragged away from her dreams by the FBI. Her face has been recognized by TSA scanners and they believe she is Fiona Sullivan, the girl who went missing twelve years ago.

Fiona's adoptive family were The Sullivans, their hearts were broken 12 years ago, when Fiona and her adoptive mother went missing after a trip to Italy. Francesca is forced to stay with them for several weeks until she turns eighteen, then as an adult, they have no legal hold over her. After Francesca refuses to speak English and denies them as her family, they are heartbroken all over again.

Orphaned at a young age 20 year old Brody Mason lives with his 3 brothers, even though his neighbour Mr Sullivan thought that the boys should be placed in his care, his older brother works hard for them.

Brody lost his faith years ago, when he finally gave up hope, he was lost, he got in fights, got in trouble, his childhood soulmate was lost forever. But now, now she's come back, she doesn't know she's Fiona, she insists that she is not, but he knows that it's her, and he's not letting her go this time.

I really enjoyed this book, it's complicated, but not overly so, was a little confusing at the start, there were many characters to keep track of. It's detailed and descriptive, plenty of dialogue, smartly written and written well. The mystery was interesting, but not hidden from view, there are snippets throughout the book that give clues to what the truth may actually be. The romance is similar to Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, but the story is less casual.

Writing style: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Romance: 9/10
Uniqueness: 8/10
Ending: 9/10
Epilogue: 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . . . . . . . 15 July 2013
By kirstyv
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is beautifully written as J A Huss conveys the emotions of the cast of characters, who are confused, unnerved, resentful and optimistic at the appearance of Francesca in America.
The plot has complexities and initially the situation is difficult for the reader to observe as the family argues and private conversations take place, however I feel that the more candid J A Huss allows Francesca to be, through her friendship with Brody, the further we trust her and feel sympathy for the events which have led her to the Sullivan's home.
Losing Francesca is a story about identity, family, friendship and love and J A Huss perfectly forms relationships between Francesca and Brody; her and Sean but also Francesca and Frank. Although all of these begin under false pretences they are continued and built on mutual respect and because J A Huss has created these characters with a deep humanity and sensitivity they are believable and the reader wants them to work.
The warning with the book says . . "contains no smut" and honestly Francesca has to beg Brody to kiss her but they are both helping each other to mend,and their's is a romance, rather than a quick f***, and I love J A Huss for that!!
There were certain elements of the story I was not so comfortable with, (but I want to leave my review spoiler free!) which is unfortunately why I have only given the book a 4 star rating but otherwise this is one I would definitely recommend!!
More please J A Huss!!!
I received this as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
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**WARNING** There will be MAJOR screaming in this review! If you don't like reading a lot of exclamation marks, please turn around and walk away. Thank you very much!

OH MY!!!!! I have said this before, and I will say it again. JULIE HUSS IS FREAKING AMAZING!! She can never ever ever ever ever stop surprising me with her wonderful and creative mind. Without her, I wouldn't be in the ridiculous mess.

With all of her sci-fi and melting romance to swoon over, Julie created another amazing book for all of us to enjoy. Believe me, I was practically screaming when I found out I was part of the blog tour. And it's such an awesome thing that I love Julie and her books too.

Now, onto the book. We didn't get to meet the bad-ass Junco or the smexy Rook in this one, no. Instead, we got to meet a pretty normal girl with a messed up life. We get to meet Francesca. She was supposed to come to America to go to college like normal people, but instead, the scanner matched her with a child that had gone missing in a family vacation twelve years ago. I have to say, there were moments where I got so confused of her names. You will get it when you read this awesome book!!

I have to laugh out loud though when Francesca spoke Italian for the first few chapters. I had to keep on going to Google Translation to understand her. LOL!!! Ah it was so hilarious!! (I'm sorry, Julie, but I don't speak Italian)

And Brody.........AHHHHH!!! Brody is such a hottie. I swear, Julie can never run out of ways to describe swoon-worthy boys. I mean, HE RIDES A BIKE!!! HE RIDES A FREAKING BIKE FOR GOODNESS SAKE!! (oooooh I need to calm down) That's all I'm going to say about him, the rest, you just need to buy this book and read it.
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