Monday, July 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway- Losing Francesca by J.A. Huss

Welcome to our stop on the Losing Francesca Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours (Giselle @ Xpresso Reads). You can find the full tour schedule here.



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?



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.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Losing Francesca by author J.A. Huss in exchange for an honest review. We thank Julie for the book!

When you say out loud the title of this book, look at the girl with the gorgeous hair and eyes full of mystery on the cover and read the summary, Losing Francesca screams pretty and mystic and up to a certain extent, even spine-chilling. And what's amusing is the fact that the book is just like that. This was exactly the kind of book that I like to read.                                   

Francesca, which is just one of the many names beginning with the letter F that our protagonist goes by, is the daughter of a powerful and dangerous man who does all that he can to ensure his daughters' safety. Then one fine day, Francesca lands in the US as an Italian  pretending to be there on holiday. The authority figures that her face matches the face of a certain Fiona Sullivan, whose mother died while on family vacation and who has been missing since many years. She does not accept that she is Fiona Sullivan and is screaming it out each day while in custody. She then has to live with the Sullivans for a certain amount of time which results into being until drama unfolds. 
I don't even know what name I should go by while talking about the girl protagonist without giving away any information that might spoil the book, so I will just stick with the protagonist girl. So, the protagonist girl was totally different from other girl protagonists. She knew what she was supposed to do and never once questioned her father's authority. She was a nice girl at heart and even though she came with the baggage of multiple personalities, as a person, she was quite pleasing. I liked getting to know her story. 
The Sullivans were such a warm and kind family with a very big heart. The father Frank, the step-mom Angela, the bunch of siblings consisting of Sean, twin brothers and two more sisters, were lovely people. While at the Sullivan farm, the protagonist girl meets Brody who, in his heart, knows that she is Fiona Sullivan, his best friend, his soul mate, the girl who he could not find even after looking for her everyday, the girl who never came back even after he waited for a long time. He is convinced she is her and Brody was not only a great guy but an admirable character whose story and role I loved. Although the book is aptly titled Losing Francesca, somewhere along the way and at the end of the epilogue, I felt that it was as much about losing Francesca as it of finding her and most importantly, it was about finding Brody as well. 
Author J.A. Huss's writing is so pretty and the plot she has created so gripping that I found myself reading major chunks of the book in single sittings. The writing was just pretty pretty pretty. 
Truth be told, the way in which the last bits of information wove together to amalgamate into an ending wasn't something I thoroughly liked. I don't know why, but I was expecting a more crumbling, heart-shattering and messed up ending. Nonetheless, for a change, all I wanted was a happy ending for the protagonist girl and that's exactly what she gets and I was happy. Losing Francesca was a pretty, heart-breaking and heart-warming both at the same time, and a really really astonishing novel that I heart large. 



Enter below to win A Love As Deep As The Ocean necklace and a signed copy of Losing Francesca (INT).

I'd like to thank Giselle and Julie for letting us be part of the tour and thank you for stopping by! 


  1. Thanks for the review you guys! :) Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. You're most welcome, Julie! Thank you for stopping by! ♥

  2. One of the worst feelings is when you miss the opportunity to read a great book. This happened here. I wanted to be part of the tour but at the time I was afraid that I won't be able to read it on time. *sigh* Anyhow I'm happy to heard that you enjoyed this book and that it's really mysterious as it sounds. Great review Sarika :)

    1. Ah, that's okay. You can still try to get your hands on this one since I'm pretty sure you'll like it too, Tanja. Thank you! :)

  3. I didn't think this would be my type of book but after reading your review I really want to know what happens. I'm going to be putting this one on my TBR pile I think.

    1. Oh yes, this was one really good and I hope you can read it sometime, Kristin! :)

  4. I read the premises few minutes ago and I still can't get over my initial shock regarding the storyline. It's so amazing yet heartbreaking at the same time. I've seen these kidnapping and resurfacing stories recently and I like that the author took a chance with such a difficult story. I would really like to give it a try. Thanks for bringing it to my radar, Sarika! Wonderful review! :)

    1. Let me tell you Aman that you put it right out there- the book IS amazing and heartbreaking and you should read it sometime. I think you'll like it. Thank you! :)

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