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?
While helping her grandmother, Bev, pack things up for a move, Emily finds a box of old photos. As she looks through the box Emily finds pictures of her father, Jack, as a teenager. In many of the pictures her father is seen with a beautiful girl at his side. The girl is definitely not her mother. Her father sure looks happy in the photos.
Jack loved Emily’s mother dearly and they had a happy home life. So who is the beautiful blonde? Emily asks her grandmother and hears a love story that did not end well. The girl in the photos is Elizabeth, aka Libbie. Libbie comes from a family with money. Jack comes from a farming family. He wants to be a mechanic. Jack and Libbie plan to marry despite the unwelcome hostility of Libbie’s mean and vengeful mother.
Jack and Libbie marry and life couldn’t be happier. Things start to change when Libbie has severe mood swings. She changes from happy to angry, screaming and crying. She becomes addicted to Valium, which is handed a like candy in the 70’s. She also turns to alcohol. Jack doesn’t know what to do for her. Libbie sinks deeper into mental illness she attempts suicide. She then drives drunk injuring herself and 2 friends. This is the last straw. Libbie’s parents decide that Jack is at fault. They tell him that if he were taking care of their daughter properly none of this would have happened. Her family bars Jack from seeing her and makes her file for divorce. They don’t see each other again. Jack moves on though unwillingly and brokenhearted.
Emily is touched by the story and wonders what ever happened to Libbie. And the hunt begins.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours once again for giving me the opportunity to read a book by an author I hadn’t tried before. The author weaves a tale that takes the reader through a multitude of emotions and yet I personally could not put the book down. My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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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