In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild
At first glance, the story told within Fairchild’s novel In Search of Lucy might seem like any ordinary coming-0f-age tale. Granted, our heroine here is the ripe old age of 30. But with a childhood as difficult as hers (an alcoholic mother, missing father, deceased step-father, etc.), Lucy had to grow up fast and thus, it’s understandable that she’d wind up in such a downward spiral at her age. It’s too much to ask for one woman to handle.
But handle it, Lucy does. And in handling things, she also formed a very maternal relationship with her younger sister Katie, who grew up and basically abandoned her to live her own life. When it turns out that Katie now needs Lucy in her life again (in a big, bad way, too), what will the trusty older sister do?
In Fairchild’s debut novel, Lucy is a sympathetic main character who brings you on a journey of growth and development right along with her. On the way to help save her sister’s life in Texas, Lucy learns a lot about herself, some new friends, and a budding relationship she left behind her in LA. What unfolds is organic, honest, and very compelling.
While I did find that some parts of the story dragged a little more than needed, I still found myself pulled forward by Fairchild’s conversational tone and simplistic but meaningful prose. It’s almost as though this story is being told first-hand, a quality I often enjoy reading in a novel. Overall, a well-told tale that many women will certainly relate to, be they sisters, friends, or mothers.
The Three R’s
Rating: PG-13, but not for love scenes. To be totally honest, this novel is more of a women’s fiction piece with romantic elements than a full blown romance. There’s not much steam or heat at all; the love story told is more about the two sisters than it is the heroine and her hero.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for steam, you might have gleaned from my “rating” comments that this isn’t that book. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of women’s fiction, strong main characters, and the bonds between family members. Or, if you just want to be pulled into a totally honest story line, pick this up.
Re-read: For me personally, probably not. Still, it’s worth the once-through and the personal contemplation that follows. Who knows… you might find yourself needing that second read to grow with Lucy.