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In Search of Lucy

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,370 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Thirty-year-old Lucy Lang is lost. She spent most of her young life sacrificing her own needs to care for her half-sister and deal with their alcoholic mother. Now abandoned by both of them, Lucy struggles to find her own purpose in life; a struggle that is laden with wretched memories and regret. With no family, no relationships and an unfulfilling job Lucy becomes depres ...more
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Published February 16th 2011 by AmazonEncore
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Traci Hohenstein
Apr 06, 2011 Traci Hohenstein rated it really liked it
I immediately fell in love with the characters and was drawn in the story from the get-go. I found myself rooting for Lucy and hoping for a good outcome.

Lia's writing is crisp and clean, which I find to be refreshing. You will find yourself soon lost in the story and the pages will fly by. I look forward to reading more from this debut author!
Alice Bola
May 20, 2011 Alice Bola rated it liked it
I have read many books lately in which the heroine is just about perfect with a flaw that is endearing and problems that you know will be solved by the last page because that’s the way it has to be. Lucy Lang is not that woman, she’s not even close. She’s sad, damaged, broken. She has a life that she is not living. Every time she has opened her heart to someone, she gets hurt.

At the beginning of the novel, we find Lucy in a dead end job in spite of having a love of art. She is a loner, a drunk.
Jul 25, 2015 Cally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful well written story by a very talented author.

Lucy is 30 years old and feels like she has done nothing with her life after she spent it looking after alcoholic mum and half sister. These two end up deserting Lucy.

When Lucy receives a phone call from her brother in law that her half sister is seriously ill and needs a kidney transplant, she drops everything to rush to be at her sister's side and donate her kidney in order to save her sister.

Without giving away any spoilers I lo
Aug 19, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anaïs Nin

Lucy Lang is consumed by hurt, anger and sadness. her sister Katie left Lucy after everything she did for her. despite being a talented artist, thirty-year old Lucy now works as a receptionist in a nail salon. she tolerates the company of people who consider her a friend though she would rather prefer to be left alone. suddenly her life is about to take a turn when one unexpec
Lynnette Phillips
Apr 20, 2011 Lynnette Phillips rated it really liked it
In her debut novel, Lia Fairchild shares a compelling tale with carefully drawn well-defined characters.

In Search of Lucy, available on Kindle, is the account of Lucy Lang, a thirty year-old woman who feels she has wasted her life. She has always taken care of everyone else only to have them desert her in the end and why shouldn’t they? Even she sees how worthless she is.

When Lucy gets a phone call from her brother-in-law saying her estranged sister is ill, she drops everything to drive across
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This was a poignant, moving story and well-crafted by the author. Lucy’s unhappy years are never over-dramatised – you are doused with just the right amount of emotion. She’s easy to like without feeling pathetically sorry for her, despite the wall of self-preservation she has built around her. The author has created a group of friendly and sympathetic characters around her: one of them with serious romantic intentions in mind.

There is
Sibel Hodge
Mar 28, 2011 Sibel Hodge rated it it was amazing
This is a journey of discovery for Lucy to try and climb out of a pit of despair and self-hatred that was fuelled by a damaging relationship with her mother. In saving her sister's life, Lucy finally has the strength to repair her own fragile life, and she recognizes the opportunity to love again.

This was a story of how family relationships can affect the delicate balance of our lives. I could totally relate to Lucy and was rooting for her all the way. It was a great read that pulled me in from
May 18, 2011 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I knew from the very first page of In Search of Lucy that I would enjoy reading this book immensely and I was right. Each character was beautifully written and I identified with a lot of the things that Lucy went through during the story. The plot line was 100 percent believable and I am not ashamed to admit that I teared up a few times while reading this book.
M.A. Comley
Sep 06, 2011 M.A. Comley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

Lucy Lang's characterisation and feelings have been expertly crafted by the author.

Her self-discovery and journey through life has you rooting for Lucy throughout.

Great read that was thought-provoking until the final page.
Heather -
Sep 14, 2014 Heather - rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In Search of Lucy

By: Lia Fairchild

Pages: 308 Paperback

Rating 5 Stars

This is my third Lia Fairchild book; I thought that it was fantastic! I loved Lucy; I rooted for her all the way. I think that being a debut novel it had something that grabs you and pulls you into the story.

Lucy Lang is from the dysfunctional family life Alcoholic Mom, little sister and with that having to grow up to fast. Unfortunately Lucy is still searching for herself. When her sister is in needs her, Lucy becomes the pro
Feb 11, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an inspiring story! Lucy is entrapped in never ending pain from her childhood.

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Oct 25, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit, I did not purchase this book. I actually won it as part of a contest I entered. So, it wasn't like I read the blurb about it and said . . "Hey, that's something I wanna read about." I began reading and instantly began to "click" with the characters. There is someone in the line up of "cast" that everyone can relate too. The story line, is actually one that is not unheard of these days. With all the "broken" homes, I'm sure this story line is played out across America every single d ...more
Beth Peninger
I read this on my Kindle, in the dark, while walking the treadmill. I believe I have it on my Kindle because it was probably a free one and the description sounded decent enough. And it was decent enough but it didn't really wow me.
Lucy is a single young woman who has had enough trauma in her life that she relies a little too much on alcohol to help get her through rough spots. She's also had enough trauma that she doesn't trust anyone so she's totally isolated herself. She has some fringe frie
Sheilagh Lee
Jul 11, 2011 Sheilagh Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In Search of Lucy
by Lia Fairchild

In Search of Lucy, Lucy is struggling with left over issues from her childhood. She raised Katie protected and mothered here over the years but Katie left for her own family life in Texas and left Lucy behind. Lucy was left bereft and empty nested especially as her addicted mother abandoned her too leaving nothing but debts. She had no education nothing but memories of her sister and the pain of her childhood to keep her company. Lucy lives in limbo suffering th
Jan 04, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 als
Apr 03, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
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I really liked this book. I thought it was well written and the characters were very likable and I was able to relate to their situation. It really made me think that if something happened to my sister would I be willing to give her a kidney, no questions asked. And my answer is: I'm not sure. We don't get along, we haven't gotten along for a very long time. Probably 25 years or so, we haven't seen eye to eye. She has made some very poor decisions in her life that I can't support and I really st ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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With an alcoholic mother who was rarely around but prone to violent outbursts when she was, Lucy found herself being protector and carer for her younger sister Katie. Life was very difficult for the girls but while Katie grew up quite well adjusted and was able to meet someone and fall in love, things were not so easy for Lucy. Choosing to stay home to take care of Katie over going to college meant Lucy wasn’t able to fulfil her dreams so when Katie fell pregnant and moved away with her boyfrien
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild

Just looking at the cover of this book I thought I would be in for a nice mystery, but like they say, "never judge a book by it's cover". Within the first few chapters I found myself attached to Lucy and the other characters.

After an extremely difficult young life where she had to deal with her alcoholic mother, the death of her step-father, and taking care of her little sister, Lucy has built up a huge protective wall around her. Not wantin
Faith Mortimer
Sep 19, 2011 Faith Mortimer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two sisters: one confused, depressed and suicidal, the other desperately ill but wanting to live. After no contact for years, both sisters agree to meet. We then begin our heartfelt journey with Lucy as she looks for friendship, love, understanding and forgiveness.

30 year old Lucy Lang has major problems, a lousy job, few friends and no one special enough to call her own. She leads an unfulfilled existence mainly as a result of an absentee, alcoholic mother. Lucy suffers from an internal strife
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Lucy Lang has experienced horrible times and as a result has had a hard time of "finding" herself as an adult - thus "In Search of Lucy". I found I could relate with Lucy - we all struggle with our pasts at some point in time and we all have trouble moving past the events that hold us down occasionally.

Fairchild developed a main character that readers will want to know about - they'll want to know about her and her supporting cast. There were many likable people in the book. My favorite is Carly
This is the story of Lucy who has lived her life with no real meaning. When she was young she was often left alone to care for her younger sister Kate due to their mother's alcoholism. Now as adults Lucy feels alone, out of touch, and doesn't have a life filled with friends and family, both of which she craves. Out of the blue, Lucy is contacted by her sister because Kate is sick and needs a kidney donation. The only one left who can possible save her is Lucy. During the process of Lucy reunitin ...more
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Lucy feels like she's going nowhere. She's working a dead-end job and alienates herself from everyone around her that tries to get too close. She's broken and wanting something more, some sort of meaning to her existence but is doubtful that she'll find it. She's only known heartbreak and sadness. It was very easy to see where Lucy was coming from. Although Lucy's feelings are extreme, I think most everyone has felt some sort of infinite sadness at some point in their life. It does seem to take ...more
Misty Baker
Feb 23, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing reviews (to me at least) is very personal. I have this unbridled passion for books, and the need to tell everyone about them, but from time to time I find myself at a loss. Not necessarily because the book was good or bad, but because it expresses something so much deeper than myself. “In Search of Lucy” is a good example of one of those moments; that time in space when I feel like I’ve stared at this blank page much longer than it took me to read the book, struggling to find the words. ...more
Cathy Speight
Jul 30, 2011 Cathy Speight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a young woman, Lucy, who has reached stalemate in her life: at a tender age, the family dynamic is shattered by the death of her stepfather. Her mother reacts badly by turning to one-night stands and alcohol. Lucy becomes the lynchpin of the family having to be mother to her half-sister and having to control the downward spiral her own mother is pursuing. Lucy has to grow up way before her time and sacrifice not only her college education, but her own childhood and teen years. ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Shanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy Lang has spent her entire life struggling...struggling to compensate for her alcoholic mother Linda, struggling to care for her younger sister Katie, and even struggling to find who she is and where her place is in the world. Katie grows up and falls in love with Rick, when they find out they are expecting a child they decide to take off, get married, and start a family. Lucy is so hurt that her sister is abandoning her after all that she done for her that they lose touch.
On her own with
Apr 30, 2012 Leish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are quickly introduced to Lucy and she is what we might consider a loner. She lives alone, has had a rough upbringing and mainly just goes to work and home. She is struggling internally and not too willing to let people in. I can related in some ways to Lucy because I am also a loner, but thankfully I have a relationship with my family.

I love how Lia Fairchild slowly introduced some friendships into Lucy’s world. Meeting new people, or even accepting people you already know can be a tough thi
Alejandro Canton-Dutari
In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
There are books that are non-stoppers. Well, this is not one of them. It is one of those who you read at ease but looking forward to return to.
I was intrigued by how the author would balance the main character's ambivalence towards her sister, who physically needed her, and the physiological and psychological requirements to be a live organ donor. My opinion is that Ms. Fairchild worked it out well enough; though, in real life the d
Marilou George
Feb 25, 2012 Marilou George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In Search Of Lucy is a heartfelt tale of two sisters with a bond that can't be broken no matter how much time has passed or how the past has shaped their lives.

Lucy, the older sister, travels down a path that leaves her lonely and broken. Katie, the younger sister, is also on a path of her own that is hopeful and loving. The sisters come together as only sisters can and continue their journey together to heal each other.

I enjoyed this story very much, the characters are very realistic with belie
Brandi Streeval
Oct 31, 2012 Brandi Streeval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i got this book for review from the Author i knew i would really like it alot and i was right this book is so so good and so so Amazing the storyline is so good, each character was well written, i really enjoyed this book alot, in the beginning of this story Lucy is working a job she does not even like, she loves art and wants to do a job in art, she does not even have one good friend, she has no friends at all, she was left alone by the person she loved and cared about more than anyone her sist ...more
Collette Scott
Sep 24, 2011 Collette Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book held such a strong message that I eagerly turned each page. There was so much depth to the story that it is a valuable read. Lucy is such a human character as a lost thirty-year-old who drinks too much and pushes everyone away. She is easy to relate to, as I'm sure we all have people in our lives that are from a similar bent. However, despite her faults, Lucy has a good heart and gives generously to others. This story shows how her friends and family would love to give back, but Lucy's ...more
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