Thursday, September 27, 2012

On Tour and Giveaways: Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey

Can you ever really go back to the past?

On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, her unusual family and her low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for? ~~ from Goodreads

My thoughts about Finding Lucas ~~

Okay, everyone be honest here. Who hasn't sometimes thought about an old love and wonder if that love could be rekindled? Or at least wonder where that person is and if that spark would still be there?

I have to be honest, Finding Lucas did have me thinking about my past. Jamie goes in search for a former love after breaking up with her boyfriend, Derek on their 5th anniversary. She starts working on an episode for her TV show where they are going to hook up old loves. Well, that gets her thinking about Lucas, her old love and fantasing about how their love could be now.

I loved Finding Lucas and all the wonderful characters, some I loved and some I just wanted to hate. There is Derek and his controlling mother, who stop by, demanding 'financial restitution for a bad investment'. Seriously? But Jamie has a great bunch of supportive friends around her who push her to step out of her comfort zone. And those are the characters I just loved. I want friends like Jamie's - they had her back!

Finding Lucas is Samantha's debut novel and she has done a fantasic job! This is a very well written story with great characters and it was a pleasure to read. I flew through it, which is a good indicator that it's a great book. This is an author who will be added to my 'must-read' list. I can't wait to see what comes next from Samantha Stroh Bailey!

About the author

Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old. Sadly, it was rejected, but a lifelong passion to write was born.

After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.

Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics.

She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

Connect with Samantha

Facebook | Blog | Twitter (@perfect pen)

Giveaway @ The Book Bag!

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win
one of 3, that's right 3, Kindle e-books of Finding Lucas.
And then check out the giveaway on the tour page.

Tour giveaway

**Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Finding Lucas before October 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.** 


  1. Thanks for being in the tour - definitely thought of my past as well while reading :)

  2. Thanks so much, Susan! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

  3. Wish I could enter! Don't have a Kindle :( Great review!

    1. Thanks Kaley! And you don't have to have a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can get the Kindle app or get Kindle for PC. That's how I started reading e-books.

  4. Kaley, it will be out in paperback soon! :)

  5. Sounds like worth putting on my to read list


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