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?
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About the Author:
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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I really enjoyed this book. J.A. Huss knows how to make characters believable in extraordinary circumstances.
The characters are great. Francesca comes off as an awful person at the beginning of the book, but once she loosens up, she is actually pretty awesome. Can I just say that I absolutely love Brody! He’s persistent, but not in annoying way. He’s completely swoon-worthy. He actually talks to Francesca, and doesn’t try to tell her who she is, or isn’t. Sean is also a great character. He’s everything a brother-type should be. The Sullivan family is awesome. They deal with Francesca with kindness even when she’s being a major pain in the ass.
Losing Francesca is emotional, and pretty quick paced. Francesca is remembering things and isn’t sure what to do with that info. She just wants to be with her family. I also enjoy getting both her and Brody’s perspectives. We are able to see their issues with the situation. Both have their problems, but those are forgotten as they hang out.
If you are a fan of the New Adult genre, definitely give this book a try. I highly recommend it.
1. Where did you get inspiration to write Losing Francesca?
I honestly do not remember. I have no idea. I know I thought it up in January 2013, but I cannot even recall how I came up with the whole kidnapping thing. And this book changed a lot from that initial time to the final product. It’s very different.
2. Why did you decide to write New Adult instead of YA or adult?
I hate books about school so that’s one thing that I do not like about young adult. I’m not interested in school so I didn’t want to write about it. Of course, there’s lots of YA that’s not about school – and I do enjoy a lot of paranormal and SF YA. Plus my characters always cuss a lot. They have filthy mouths and I wanted them to have real relationships and not have to worry about corrupting someone’s kids, so I decided on new adult.
3. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
4. Brody & Francesca’s favorite song and/or band?
Brody’s favorite band is My Chemical Romance – song… Teenagers
Francesca’s favorite band is Imagine Dragons – song… Demons
5. Do you listen to music while you write, or do you need complete silence?
Music… I cannot write without the earbuds!
Bands: Metallica, Mayday Parade, P!nk
Books: Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Movies: Tombstone, The Last Samurai, or The Fifth Element
Songs: Pretty much everything by Metallica, especially old Metallica. (My hubby is a huge Metallica fan too! 😀)
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