In Search of Lucy: A Novel

In Search of Lucy: A Novel

by Lia Fairchild


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Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612182834
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Southern California, Lia Fairchild holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. She is also the author of A Hint of Murder: The Writer, A Hint of Murder: The Doctor, and a short story entitled "Special Delivery." Writing is something Fairchild has thought about all her life, and she found completing In Search of Lucy truly satisfying.

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In Search of Lucy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
aobibliophile More than 1 year ago
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anaïs Nin Lucy Lang is consumed by hurt, anger and sadness. her sister Katie left Lucy after everything she did for her. despite being a talented artist, thirty-year old Lucy now works as a receptionist in a nail salon. she tolerates the company of people who consider her a friend though she would rather prefer to be left alone. suddenly her life is about to take a turn when one unexpected call brings back the ghosts of her past. the minute i started reading this novel, i knew i was going to have a hard time setting it aside. author Lia Fairchild has written a book that allowed me to experience vicariously what her main protagonist had to go through on her journey of self-discovery and healing. i find Lucy quite complex yet so endearing and real. she draws strength from her emotional turmoil and soaks it up with alcohol. she builds walls around her to protect herself from getting hurt further but ironically it is these same barriers that entrap her. people see her goodness and potential but Lucy's mind is clouded by negativity and her snide retorts are commonplace when she lets her tongue loose. when her sister Katie needs her help after years of silence, Lucy's "maternal" instincts take over but she still remains stubborn and spiteful most of the time. the steps she took to break free of her self-imposed prison were not easy but she managed to do them slowly and surely. this book has touched me in more ways than one. a lot of personal memories surfaced in my mind during the latter part of Lucy's journey. honestly, i could not help but shed some tears. i wept for what could have been and for people now gone... in losing a part of herself - literally and figuratively, Lucy once again found what she was looking for. her story also reminded me that there is no going back. there is only moving forward and the choice to do so is mine alone.
Ladybug07999 More than 1 year ago
I will admit, I did not purchase this book. I actually won it as part of a contest I entered. So, it wasn't like I read the blurb about it and said . . "Hey, that's something I wanna read about." I began reading and instantly began to "click" with the characters. There is someone in the line up of "cast" that everyone can relate too. The story line, is actually one that is not unheard of these days. With all the "broken" homes, I'm sure this story line is played out across America every single day. Lucy, who at a young age has to become the mother figure for a younger sibling . . get's her feelings hurt when the little sister grows up and no longer "needs" her. Keeping her true feelings inside, for so long, Lucy begins to shut down to the world around her. Lucy begins to feel cheated and used, like she is no longer of use to anyone. Her life becomes one of avoiding others and hardly ever stepping outside that of a daily routine. Not wanting to rely on anyone Lucy must step out of her comfort zone, when she discovers her only sister, the one who hurt her so badly, needs her like never before. Accepting the help of those around her, she sets out on a journey of discovery. Lucy will discover there is more to her than meets the eye, there is a wonderful feeling to be had just by opening ones heart and allowing others in. Lucy will . . . find the starting point of finding herself along the way. I enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it!
crystaldotson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy Lang has spent her entire life struggling...struggling to compensate for her alcoholic mother Linda, struggling to care for her younger sister Katie, and even struggling to find who she is and where her place is in the world. Katie grows up and falls in love with Rick, when they find out they are expecting a child they decide to take off, get married, and start a family. Lucy is so hurt that her sister is abandoning her after all that she done for her that they lose touch. On her own with only herself to care Lucy is miserable. She has a job she doen't really like, doesn't get close to anyone, has no family for support, and with no love to speak of she finds herself depressed and cynical. Never knowing who her father is has left her feeling as though she is missing part of herself. At times even suicide seems a better option to Lucy than the life she leads. Katie is happy with her life, she has a loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Unfortunatly she also has diabetes and is in need of a life saving kidney transplant. When everyone gets tested it's up to Lucy to save her sisters life. Lucy has always been willing to do anything for her sister but after all these years to leave her life, travel such a long way, and to face not only her sister but the neice she's never known is going to require things of Lucy she doesn't know if she can give.As Lucy sets out on her journey she realizes she has a few people that actually care. Benny, Anne, and Kyle are all tryin their best to show Lucy they're there for her. Katie, Rick, and Carly are willing to do whatever they can to make things easier for Lucy. As Lucy prepares to make her biggest sacrifice she realizes that although she may be making the sacrifices she is gaining so much more! In Search of Lucy was full of such realistic characters, touching storylines, and powerful emotions. There are things that happen everyday to so many people that somehow usually never get discussed openly. People struggle and make mistakes, they aren't all happy and not everyone has a perfect home life, and more people barely make it through each day than spend them happy. There are many things about Lucy for readers to connect with and so many ways for readers to share in her emotions throughout the story.Lia did a great job bringing the characters to life and making their personalities shine. The characters are as different as the impact they have on both the story and the emotional rollercoaster that goes with it! There is inspiration to be found on Lucy's journey, both for the characters and the reader!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel kept my attention with great dynamic characters and a great story. I was rooting Lucy to find herself and happiness.
mars76 More than 1 year ago
Lucy Lang has experienced horrible times and as a result has had a hard time of “finding” herself as an adult - thus “In Search of Lucy”. I found I could relate with Lucy - we all struggle with our pasts at some point in time and we all have trouble moving past the events that hold us down occasionally. Fairchild developed a main character that readers will want to know about - they’ll want to know about her and her supporting cast. There were many likable people in the book. My favorite is Carly (she’s much like my own daughter who surrounds herself in stuffed animals AND has a “Bun Bun”). In the name of full disclosure, I’ll mention that I picked up on some editing issues - misspellings, typos, and the such, but it never removed my focus and certainly didn’t distract me from the story or make me dislike the book. Additionally, I would have loved a little more development in plot/characters toward the end of the novel. At some point it just seemed a little rushed. In Search of Lucy will pull readers in, will make readers cry, smile and laugh, and make them want to see Lucy through the entire story (not to mention give her a big hug).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really glad I got this book. It was an easy read and moved along nicely. I laughed and even had tears in my eyes at times. This is a heart warming story that reminds us to appreciate and love. I definately recommend this to anyone that likes good reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago