Release Date: June 21, 2017
Publisher: Kingsbury Publishing
About the Book:
“There’s great hope where the road meets the sky – maybe even an answer. But this road leads home. Just home. I thought I’d finished writing that story years ago, but then yesterday’s story happened – the one about the boy who cheats and the girl who leaves.” Lu Sokolowski never planned to return to her small hometown of Dunlap’s Creek, but it’s the only place she can think of to go after her boyfriend cheats on her. Moving back in with her family lets her run away from her problems, but it also means suffering their attempts to reassemble her failed life, including arranging a job as the wedding beat writer at the local paper and setting her up with Jackson, the divorced pastor of her family’s church. Unexpected success and friendships restore Lu to the family and faith she’d left behind. But when the small-town life Lu never intended shakes up, will she run again?
Lu’s story is a journey of a woman back to her family, her faith, and herself. It’s about second chances and the unchosen circumstances that press the point of who we are and what we believe. Are we the sum of our successes and failures, or does our identity rest in a greater hope?
Lu. by Beth Troy is a book that I would recommend for every woman because it’s a topic that all of us have questioned at one point in our lives. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time. Maybe you’re a new believer. Maybe you’re not a believer but you’re looking for answers to life’s questions. Maybe you’re asking questions like, “Is there any meaning to life? There has to be more than just living and dying in the end.”, “Does life have a purpose?”, “Do I have a purpose?” If that’s you, then I highly recommend this for you because that’s exactly what this book is about.
The author does a beautiful job of exploring the book of Ecclesiastes through Lu’s eyes. She works the Scriptures and sound doctrine throughout the book that fits perfectly with the storyline. None of the characters are perfect but become like close friends and family that you immediately care about.
This is by far one of my most favorite books that I’ve read so far in the entire Christian fiction genre. For this is a beautifully written story about a woman’s journey to finding God. The Lu we first meet in the story is not the same Lu she was by the end of the novel. This is quite different from typical Christian fiction, perhaps a little edgier, because the author writes about real people going through real things. It has all of the feels so you will laugh, cry, cheer, and all of the emotions. Life gets messy and isn’t always beautiful which the author painted beautifully. This may also be a book that will shake and challenge you. I cannot wait to see more from Beth Troy in the future.
Highly recommended, especially for book clubs, because you’ll want to discuss this afterward.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Beth Troy:
Beth Troy is a writer and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her husband, Matt, and their three sons, Jesse, Ezra, and Tommy. She’s the author of Lu, a novel about a woman finding her way back to her family, her faith, and herself. When she’s not drafting Book 2, she teaches Creativity + Innovation at Miami University.