Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: September 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?
Finding Libbie is a compelling and heartbreaking book that also manages to leave you with a feeling of hope in the end. I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would. I'll admit that it was slow for me to start, but I ended up being drawn into the tragic love story of Jack and Libbie. Emily finds out that her father was married before he married her mother. After hearing their story from her grandmother, she sets out to try to find Libbie.
As I said, I ended up really liking this one. It's not an easy read because it's so sad at times. I had to keep reminding myself that the majority of the tale takes place in the 60s and 70s when women's mental health was often swept under the rug or largely misdiagnosed. It would be a much different story if Jack and Libbie's love story took place in present time I wanted to scream at Libbie's family throughout the story. Through her quest to find Libbie, Emily also figures out what she wants for her life. I liked that part of the book as well.
My only wish for this book would have been to see more interaction between two of the characters toward the end. It would have rounded out the story even more for me. I do recommend this one. It will break your heart and make you smile at the same time.
About Deanna Lynn Sletten
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.
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Friday, September 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, September 19th: Ms. Nose in a Book
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Wednesday, September 21st: Mama Vicky Says
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Monday, October 10th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
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