Losing Francesca

Losing Francesca

by JA Huss, J. a. Huss


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WARNING: This book contains no smut. It's not smexy or hot. It's sweet and filled with a longing so deep, your heart will ache and maybe even break. This book is about bare feet on the beach, the sound of crashing waves, first kisses, losing your faith and then, against all odds, finding it again. This book is about bad things that change people's lives, a father's love for his daughter, a brother's love for his sister, a bad boy who finally figures out why he's so broken, and a girl who grows up.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936413232
Publisher: Science Future Press
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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Losing Francesca 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am slowly going down this author 's book list and I have not been disappointed yet. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, having read all your other books and having tead the blurb for this book, I wasn't sure what to expect-other than I knew the book would be good. I loved it! Fee and Brody and Sean and all of the others, I love them all, the story is engaging and thought provoking and sweet and intense. I hope you come nag to these characters again because I feel there's still so much they have to say. Thanks Bev N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sweet book. Like another post stated, another book would be awesome. Loved all the The Sullivan Family. Brody is amazing, I get choked up just thinking about him. Thank you for another great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These two would make a great book 2!!! Hint. Hint
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
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. Taylor
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Losing Francesca is a touching tale of a young women who is torn between two family’s, two ways of life, and two identities. Francesca is taken into custody when she arrives at an American airport because she is matched up with an artists rendering of a six year old Fiona Sullivan who was kidnapped. When the authorities take her to the Sullivan family to live until she turns eighteen, Francesca is furious and outraged. She really is a spoiled brat in the beginning of this story, but she earns the title honestly having been raised by a powerful and rich man who gave her whatever her heart desired. Brody knew that Fiona was the one for him when she was six years old. After she was kidnapped he searched for her for years, when he hears that she has been found, wild horses could not keep him away. When he looks into Francesca’s eyes he knows that this is his Fiona, all he has to do now is convince her that she can be both Fiona and Francesca, after all it is not her name that defines her. This book was absolutely fabulous! From the very beginning you are thrown into this story and you feel sorry for the Sullivan’s, frustration that Francesca cannot even be nice, and compassion for Francesca because she is out of her element and essentially being held prisoner. Then there is Brody. Totally swoonworthy! He has a past and he has a edge to him, but with Fee he is gentle, patient, and just plain beautiful. J.A. Huss writes a story that will twist you up in knots and just when you think you have it figured out, well just take for me, you don’t! The twists and turns, the amazing relationships, and dynamic characters, Losing Francesca will captivate you and have you hanging on to every word and feeling every emotion! A must read that you will never forget! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
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.
JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was amazing. It was also terrifying in that it reminded me, as a parent, that there are millions of children that go missing each year - kidnapped and never seen again. This book wasn't exactly about that, but it definitely triggered those feelings within me, and to me that is a mark of a good book. It makes you think. It makes you feel things that sometimes you don't want to feel. It becomes a very personal experience for the reader. That is what happened to me with this book. Francesca Sabatini is an Italian teenager on the brink of finally turning eighteen and attending college. She takes a vacation to America to enjoy the sights and a little bit of freedom before school starts, but very quickly her vacation turns into a nightmare. TSA scanners identify her as a match for a facial rendering of a girl that was kidnapped twelve years ago. TSA takes Francesca into custody and forces her to return to the horse farm that was the home of Fiona Sullivan, a.k.a. Francesca, before she was kidnapped. They tell Francesca that she has to live there for the seventeen weeks it will be until she turns eighteen and is legally an adult and can make her own choice about who she is. Francesca, of course, is outraged. She knows that she is not Fiona Sullivan, and she is definitely not the adopted daughter of Frank Sullivan, the horse farmer. She is a pampered, spoiled brat of a rich Italian man. Or is she? Matters become even more complicated when Francesca meets Brody Mason. Brody is the little boy from down the road that was in love with Fiona Sullivan before she was kidnapped twelve years ago. He thought Fiona was his soul mate and that they would end up together forever. Now that Francesca has returned, he is determined to prove to her that she is Fiona, and that she is his soul mate. Francesca finds herself becoming more and more confused. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad to be Fiona? Maybe her life would be better if she was? Maybe if even she isn't really Fiona, it would be better to pretend that she was? Then she could have Brody - and he might be worth losing everything else that she thinks she is. J.A. Huss is such a good writer. I love how everything flows, and she is also very gifted with characterization. I connected with both of the main characters in this book, and did so almost from the beginning. Francesca was a bit of a brat at first, but it was understandable. She was very angry with the situation she found herself in, and was indignant and confused all at the same time. She reacted pretty much how every other seventeen year old girl put in her same position would. And then there's Brody. Oh my, he was heavenly. He loved Fiona so much, and was so sincere and honest for a boy his age. He was steadfast and unwavering in his feelings for Fiona, and I think that shows a depth of maturity for a boy his age. Overall, I really, really loved this book. It is one of my new favorites. And like the disclaimer says, "WARNING: This book contains no smut. It’s not smexy or hot. It’s sweet and filled with a longing so deep, your heart will ache and maybe even break. This book is about bare feet on the beach, the sound of crashing waves, first kisses, losing your faith and then, against all odds, finding it again. This book is about bad things that change people’s lives, a father’s love for his daughter, a brother’s love for his sister, a bad boy who finally figures out why he’s so broken, and a girl who grows up." Truer words could not have been said. I usually lean more towards books that are filled with the above mentioned smut, and smexiness, but this book connected with something else inside me. It was sweet and innocent, and pure and true, and if you haven't read it yet, you are definitely missing out. I highly recommend it!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Ms. Huss is a master storyteller! Losing Francesca is about a girl who may or may not be who she believes herself to be. But it's also about the journey she takes to find out who she really is - not literally, as in what her true name is, but who she is in her heart. It's also about the damage done when people experience profound loss. How it affects them and the ways in which they cope.  Rather than spending her last summer before college enjoying herself, Francesca finds herself spending it with a family who insists she's their long long daughter/sister. Although she has no memory of them, Francesca, whom they call Fiona, finds herself able to settle in quickly as the Sullivans provide her with things she's never had and never wanted. Brody Mason is the town bad boy. He's also known since he was a little boy that Fiona Sullivan is his soulmate. He was destroyed when Fiona went missing. He spent years looking for her in the woods between their homes. And when he gave up hope, he so so angry. He spent many years staying in trouble. Now that Fiona is back, and he wholeheartedly believes Francesca is Fiona, he's not letting her go. As I mentioned, I went into Losing Francesca thinking I knew what the story was about. I thought it was about unraveling the mystery of who Francesca is. And it is to a certain extent. But this story is just as much Brody's as it is Francesca/Fiona's. The story is told in a dual POV, both Fiona's and Brody's. This format adds so much depth to the story. Getting glimpses inside both Fiona and Brody's heads allowed me to feel what they were feeling as they discovered things about themselves and their lives.  Brody was the real shocker for me. The depth of emotion this young man feels and conveys is incredible. I cried with him, ranted with him, laughed with him and loved with him. I felt all his emotions just as strongly as he did. The confusion Francesca/Fiona feels over loving the man she considers her father but wanting the life the Sullivans and Brody offer - it's mindboggling. But watching her figure out what she wants for herself, for her life, even as these startling revelations about her life were made, was something to behold.  Along with Francesca/Fiona and Brody, I also enjoyed the other characters populating this story. Sean, Fiona's brother, was adamant in his belief that Francesca is his sister. His protectiveness of her was so touching. Frank Sullivan, Fiona's adoptive father, was a pleasure getting to know. To see the hope he's always held that his daughter would return to him is astounding. Learning about the man who raised Francesca, too, was illuminating. Obviously, Losing Francesca evoked some intense emotions from me. And that's the hallmark of a fantastic book in my opinion. Ms. Huss continues to rise in my esteem. I don't think I've done justice to the story in my review. It's a very powerful book. So I'll just say read Losing Francesca NOW! You won't be disappointed.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
This book is a 5-star book, hands down. Once again Ms. Huss does it again, creating an entire world populated with people that you care bout from the first moment they appear on the scene. Francesca Sabatini was stopped at LAX because her imaged flagged some facial recognition software. This software claimed that Francesca was one Fiona Sullivan, a young girl kidnapped with her mother while the family was vacationing in Italy twelve years ago. Both she and her mother disappeared without a trace, at least until now according to the authorities. After time spent in hospitals and mental wards the courts declared that 'Francesca' had to spend the remaining seven weeks until Fiona's 18th birthday living with the Sullivans. Though Francesca insists that she is not Fiona, proof keeps piling up that she isn't 'Francesca Sabatini' either. Having three passports under different names, but all with her photo didn't help her case. Nor did failing four polygraph tests. Yet she knows that she is not this Fiona Sullivan girl that everyone is insisting she must be. The whole situation frustrating, annoying, and even frightening. But her biggest fear is that someone will figure out who she really is. Francesca, aka Fiona, aka Fee, starts her time on the Sullivan Farm angry and sullen. She doesn't understand why they can't see that they are ruining her life, ripping her away from her family in an attempt to replace the daughter they lost so many years ago. It takes her a while to realize that they are all going through the same thing, just from the other side. Brody Mason, the local bad boy, has always loved Fiona. For as long as he can remember he knew she was his soulmate and would one day be his wife. Pretty impressive for a seven year old! When Brody hears that Fiona may be back he rushes to the store where her older brother Sean works. “She's Fiona?" is all I can manage to say. "She's definitely Fiona. I'm just not sure what to make of things right now and I know you have this obsession with her and you probably want to know everything, but that's all I have. Frank is not being very forthcoming about his talks with the FBI. He's not even telling Angela.” “I'm not obsessed, by the way. We were friends, that's all." "Brody, you were seven years old when she disappeared. You looked for her out in the woods until you were eleven. And they went missing in Italy when we were on vacation, so how that even made sense to you, I just don't know." I shrug. It was disturbing. One day you're thinking about how you'll be able to give your first-grade girlfriend a Fruit Roll-Up to show her you care on the morning bus ride to school, and then she's just gone.” Fee and Brody strike up a friendship when he 'rescues' her from an emotional 'family' argument that has her running blind in a bid to just get away for a while. She literally runs into Brody on his dirt bike, accepts his hand and hops on behind him, as he spirits her away to a secluded spot. That one kind act and his brutal honesty with her draw her closer to Brody, and in turn he helps her see that the Sullivan's aren't doing this to hurt her. They are trying to mend broken hearts and find answers, answers everyone seems to think she has. Once Fee stops being so self-centered she starts to get to know her other 'family,' and to care for them. As more and more questions are raised, Fee starts to question her entire life. She knows her father and stepmother love her, even if they do lead a very non-traditional life. But then all obscenely wealthy people seem to do that, don't they? At the same time she can feel the love the Sullivan's have for her, and they aren't exactly poor by any stretch if the imagination. The emotional roller coaster that each character goes on is so well described you feel as if you are there in the cart with them, going up hills, and suffering the have your stomach suddenly lodge itself in your throat when the cart drops you down from on high. Throw in the loop-the-loops and corkscrew turns and you begin to get a sense of what Fee, Brody, Sean, and all the others are emotionally going through, pretty much 24/7. Each time you think you have Fee's story figured out, something else is added to the equation, leaving you floundering about in even more confusion. The ending is not what I'd originally expected, but then by the time I was about halfway finished with the story I'd given up on trying to guess how it all ended, and if everything would come together or not. Hands down this is one of those books that you won't put down until you've read each and every last word. So go use the restroom, grab something to drink and a small snack if you think you may get hungry, and settle in for a ride unlike any other!!
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed Tragic by JA Huss, so when I heard about Losing Francesca I knew I wanted to be part of that blog tour and read it. I didn't expect it to be this good. Losing Francesca started of a bit slow for me and I got annoyed at all the italian sentences that where trown around without translation. I wanted to understand what she was saying. After this slow start the story really came alive for me. If you are expecting a book like Tragic you won't get it. This story is sweet and filled with love. Really I almost sat there crying a few times, because it was just so sweet and I could feel the love and the emotions. I really like JA Huss her writing style and plan on also checking out her science fiction series too, because I have to know if it's as good as her contemporary books. This story is about love and family mostly, but it also has some mystery that only get's cleared up at the end. I loved the mystery aspect, although at the beginning it just was really confusing. The story starts off after most of what is stated in the blurb already has happened and I just wanted to go back in time and read about that too, because I was a bit lost and I had no idea who the main character was. And even though it is told in I perspective, you don't get to know everything that goes on in her head. A lot stays secret until the rest of the characters find out. And I am not saying this book is perfect, it certainly missed some more in depth explanations at the end, but I loved this book and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The characters are great, but what I loved most about them was that I could feel their emotions. The main character ends up in a strange place and you feel her fear and sadness and panic. And the other characters are great too, although I wished I could get to know some of them better. Brody and the main character are the two I got to know best, the other character also play a role, but less so. I did like the Sullivan family and how they felt so real and alive. And even though I don't get to know everything about them, I still liked them. To conclude: this book is so sweet and full of emotions and I loved it. I couldn't stop reading. There is romance and mystery and love and family. And I loved getting swept up in all the emotions. There where some explanations that could've been a bit more elaborate and some characters I wanted to get to know better, but all in all it's a great book and I loved it.