Publication: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Science Future Press
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Author via Blog Tour
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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?
Francesca has a secret life that she's trying hard to keep hidden from the Sullivan's. She's adamant that she is not their Fiona and refuses to cooperate for the next several weeks. Brody's world shattered the day that Fiona was taken leaving him in a world or hurt and anger. When he first sees Francesca, he feels that she is his Fiona and that he'll finally get a chance to be with her but she has no hopes of staying. Eventually these two begin to open up to each other, he seems to be the only one she's willing to be somewhat open with. She doesn't tell him or the Sullivan's much about her life but she does give them bits and pieces. Francesca has moved around a lot and has had many names but the big question is who is she really? Will the truth finally surface for her to truly live and our will that choice be taken from her before she's even had the chance to try?
I liked this book and think it's a clean read for older teens. The whole mystery about who Francesca really is can be a little confusing with all the names and characters speaking to her flipping between them in the same sentence or paragraph. Yet, I think this helps connect with her uncertainty and confusion about her identity. The character that touches me the most was Brody because I could visualize him as a young child scared for his friend that he had strong feelings for after learning she's been kidnapped or possibly dead. He really suffered and her coming back whether or not she's Fiona may bring him out of his funk. My favorite moments are the quiet ones with Francesca on the beach or in the woods...so simple but beautiful. Overall,I liked the characters and the romance. Nice read about family, truth and love.
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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