About Finding Libbie
Paperback: 331 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 6, 2016)
Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.
In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.
Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Finding Libbie by Deanna Lynn Sletten. I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley thanks to TLC Book Tours and the Publisher Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review of it.
Finding Libbie is about a young woman named Emily who, when helping her grandmother ready her home for sale, finds a box full of old photographs. When she learns that her father was married to his highschool sweetheart before her mother, their love story unfolds.
This isn’t my typical read but I am so glad that I read it. When I first started reading Finding Libbie I had no clue what I would be in for. It started off like a normal contemporary but then the narrative changed and it became a beautiful, tragic love story. I wasn’t expecting that at all!
I am giving this book a four star review, I really enjoyed it and finished it in a day. I loved the beginning stages of Libbie and Jack’s romance. It was tender, sweet and beautiful. This book really drives home the affect that addiction has on your loved ones and how it affects your well being and relationships, we can see that through how Libbie’s addictions affect her relationship with Jack and just her judgement and well being in general. The story turns heartbreaking and tragic. My heart literally soared and then broke for these characters. I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot and what happens to the characters but at some point I found myself doubting whether a happy ending could even be possible, it had me fearing the worst.
This book was beautifully written! So many things come into play like the hard stuff i.e. Addiction to substances, war and social classes but it also had some wonderful things like first love, friendship and hope. An unexpectedly beautiful read! I look forward to reading more from this author.
Deanna Lynn Sletten grew up on the sunny coast of Southern California before moving to northern Minnesota as a teenager. Her interest in writing novels was sparked in a college English class, and she has been writing in some form or another ever since. In 2011, Deanna self-published her first novel and has since published several more, both on her own and with Lake Union Publishing.
Deanna enjoys writing heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes readers on the adventure of a lifetime. She believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, magic, and happily ever after—all of which are reflected in her novels.
Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian shepherd or relaxing on her boat in the summer.