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Finding Libbie: A Novel

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,359 ratings  ·  225 reviews
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’
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Published September 6th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I have to admit that when I selected this book, I thought I was getting a family saga with a touch of mystery. WRONG. Instead, Finding Libbie is pure romance, not a genre I am particularly fond of and therefore something I only occasionally dip into.

But putting that aside, I found the writing rather dull. For a story about love, passion and mental illness, there was no fire, no passion in the writing. It was all rather flat and came across like a school essay written by a rather mediocre studen
DJ Sakata
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

Opening the bottle, she took out one pill and held it in the palm of her hand. It was such a tiny thing, yet it could relieve such heavy pain.

Her thoughts drifted to another room, another bed, another nightstand with a glass on it. That's when it hit her - she'd become her mother.

My Review:

Finding Libbie was a difficult and melancholy read for me. I struggled with the profound angst and duplicity occurring during this tale, as those tropes are just not among my favorite things. T
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for granting me yet another great opportunity to read an Advanced Reader's copy. Another wonderful book!

Emily is intrigued with an old hat box she has found in her Grandmother's closet. She opens it and discovers pictures of her father and a young lady. Her Grandmother tells her it is his first wife. Then she begins to tell the story of a tragic love affair.

The first part of the book is about Jack and Libbie's life together. I quickly became enthrall
3.5 stars. While Finding Libbie starts in the present day, it soon moves make to the 1960's, to that time of the Vietnam war, when women mostly still stayed at home and didn't go to work. When some were bored and fell prey to drugs and alcohol.

Libbie comes from one of the most wealthy families in the town. Her family or at least her mother places her value on wealth to measure worth. Her sister was someone I really disliked, she was a real stirrer of the pot. Libbie's dad was good, if somewhat
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bulk of this novel tells the story of Jack and Libbie. The high school sweethearts seemed destined for a happy life together, but their happiness is short-lived. Planning the wedding was stressful enough for Libbie, but it doesn’t end after the wedding. Libbie continues to struggle with fears and feelings she can’t control, not to mention her mother’s mysterious “illness” and her older sister’s resentment at having to care for their mother. Libbie is determined to be perfect in every way, bu ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant love story

I will start by simply saying that I loved this beautiful, heartbreaking, poignant book. I became emotionally invested in the characters and their story from the very first page. Emily is helping her grandmother, Bev, pack her things for a move into a new home when she stumbles upon a hatbox filled with old photographs of her father, Jack, and a young woman named Libbie. Libbie was her father's first wife...a fact that is news to Emily, who didn't know until that moment that
Linda Zagon
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed "Finding Libbie" by Deanna Lynn Sletten. In my opinion this novel was an easy ,enjoyable summer read and, the characters were easy to relate to. In "Finding Libbie",I think that the author was also using the subject of finding oneself. The topic of mental illness, and the ignorance in the past and progress in the present is also evident. Is it possible to have a second chance for love? I like being able to hope for happily ever after. I would recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley an ...more
Samantha March
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy
Oh wow, what a read. It was wonderful to get the back story of Jack and Libbie, how they fell in love, their journey together, and what tore them apart. Then we get another story of Emily and how she finds out about Libbie, and gets determined to find Libbie and bring her father joy again. While that might sound like a lot to handle, this was written so well that it never felt like too much or too confusing. There are some serious subjects in here like mental health and a
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finding Libbie was tougher to read than I thought it would be--very good, but just hard to read emotionally. From the description, I thought more time would be spent with Emily looking for Libbie, her father's first wife--a big surprise to Emily who learns about it when helping her grandmother pack up her house. The bulk of the book is set in the mid-1960s-70s, and tells the love story of Libbie and Jack, how it all began and how it went terribly wrong when Libbie's mental health issues lead to ...more
I absolutely LOVED Finding Libbie. This is the first book of this authors that I have read, however I have a feeling it will most certainly NOT be my last! Finding Libbie is full of memories, sorrow, heartache, tears and love. This book is definitely one of the best books I have read this year!!

"It's just that Dad and Libbie's story is so sad, I feel a need to find out if Libbie is okay, whereever she is."

One of my favorite quotes from this book, it shows how caring Emily is and how much she t
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How would you handle finding out that your father was previously married and you had no idea? That is just what happens when Emily helps her grandmother pack her house and finds pictures of her father with another woman. This was such a touching and emotional love story of Jack and Libbie that left you wanting and wishing for the best in the end. Talk about pulling your heart strings and moving you to tears! I really enjoyed this book!

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
I was intrigued by the premise of Deanna Lynn Sletten's novel, Finding Libbie. Emily is helping her grandmother pack up the family farm when she finds a hatbox filled with old photos of her father as young man. Her grandmother tells Emily that they are photos of Emily's father Jack with his first wife Libbie.

His first wife? Emily had no idea that her father was married before. Her own mother died last year, and Emily knew how much her parents loved each other and how devastated her father was wh
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

What a roller coaster ride this book was! In a good way. Deanna Lynn Sletten is a new to me author and I'm glad I got to try her out.

The majority of this story centers on Jack and Libbie. They courted, fell in love, married, and lost each other in the late 60s through early 70s. Once you see it coming, and know what's coming, you can't help but hope your wrong. Jack is the most loving and caring hero. In the beginnin
Christy Wilson
What a different read for me, that I did enjoy.

Finding Libbie starts with 30 year old Emily assisting her grandmother with items in her grandmother's home, preparing for a move. An old hatbox is found in the far reaches of a closet, with photos of Emily's father and a young woman named Libbie - her father's first wife, of whom she knew nothing about.

What follows is the story of how Jack and Libbie fell in love, starting in 1968.

Reading the synopsis, you get the feeling that the book is more abo
Title: Finding Libbie
Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Finding Libbie" by Deanna Lynn Sletten

My Thoughts....

"Finding Libbie was a well written story [part 1 and part 2] that will keep your attention all the way to the end. I liked the shift of the read staring 'at present day...shifting to the late 60's, to Jack and Libbie's story...and then back to the present day.'

What would you do or think if you found out that your father w
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, for-review, kindle
Finding Libbie is a compelling and heartbreaking book that also manages to leave you with a feeling of hope in the end. I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would. I'll admit that it was slow for me to start, but I ended up being drawn into the tragic love story of Jack and Libbie. Emily finds out that her father was married before he married her mother. After hearing their story from her grandmother, she sets out to try to find Libbie.

As I said, I ended up really liking this
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! Simply wow! Am in awe of this author for wringing out my heart with this story. This is actually the love story of Jack and Libbie. They loved and lost 30 years prior, Jack moved on, but Libbie drowned in her sickness and despair. It took a chance encounter with some old pictures and buried memory for Jack's daughter to make it her mission to find Libbie.

She did find Libbie. Now Jack is a widower. Will these two still connect? *Spoiler alert*. They did, but I was still heartbroken. Yes,
Christine Moore
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so very much to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was a story of love, heartbreak, finding who you truly are and what you want in life. Emily is helping her Grandmom pack up her house and finds a hatbox of old photos of her Dad. She finds out her Dad was married before to a woman named Libbie. Emily's Mom has recently passed so she finds out everything she can about Libbie even trying to track her down. The ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a good storyline. I was glad that even though it dealt with two-three generations, the story did not keep going back and forth between the generations. That made it much easier to follow the characters. On several levels it is a love story but the book is also about addictions and mental illness. It is well written and the characters are believable. I will recommend it to family and friends. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for allowing me to read an advanced copy for my hones ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a silly book!!!!! Such a pity that when one reads reviews before buying a book it's never possible to know the age of the reviewer and his/her taste in the written word. One person wrote of this book that she was sorry to get to the end because she was not ready to finish her relationship with the wonderful characters. My opinion - the characters were ridiculously stupid and bland. Skimmed through it - should have just tossed it in chapter 2. ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and loving

I devoured this story about Libbie. Ms. Sletten writes with care as she tells her stories. Finding Libbie is a sweet, clean story with a few unforgettable characters.

I recommend this story, and I recommend Ms. Sletten as an author and a storyteller.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This is a unique love story that will warm your heart! Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. I really enjoyed this book!
Liza Jane
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from NetGalley and Union Lake Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

An honest, bittersweet story that keeps you on the edge as you bear witness to the destructive path that mental illness can carve into a family’s past, present and future. Finding Libbie, by Deanna Lynn Sletten, is emotional and captivating.

Jack Prentice loved Libbie for what felt like his entire life. When he married his dream girl he had no idea that their dream would quickly turn into a nightmare. H
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

This story is a heartbreaker. Be sure you have a box of tissues handy whenever you dive into this marvelous story. Personally, I needed a hug every couple of chapters. This story gets you right in the feels.

In part, that’s because the love story related in this novel is heartwrenchingly bittersweet. As we look back on it through the lens of the storyteller, we know that it is going to end in tragedy. What we experience as the story is told is the depth of t
Karen A.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. The journey that jack and Libbie make Is unbelievable And the difference or diagnosis makes.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Libbie tells such a moving story. It begins with Emily helping her grandmother to clean out her farm house before she moves. Emily finds an old hat box of letters and photos, and realizes her father was married as a young man, before he met her mother.

The first part of the book tells the story of Emily's father, Jack, and his first love Libbie. They were high school sweethearts in 1968, although she came from a prominent family and he was from a strong working class family. The book b
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Prentice offers to help her grandmother Bev pack up her belongings into a series of boxes in her farmhouse home. She is soon to move and wants to get ahead of sorting a lifetime’s worth of mementos and furnishings into piles to be kept, boxes for the charity shop and things that can be thrown out. Whilst emptying a wardrobe, Emily comes across a pretty hatbox stuffed full of photographs and other personal belongings of her father’s, who has been recently bereaved. Emily’s mother had died a ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Libbie is a poignant tale of love found, love lost, heartache, and a trail of memories that will captivate your heart and soul. The author weaves a beautiful and dramatic tale that follows Jack and Libbie's love story.

The story opens up with Emily Prentice discovering a hatbox of photographs of her father Jack with a young woman named Libbie. Unbeknownst to Emily, Jack and Libbie had been high school sweethearts who got married in 1968, but their short-lived marriage only lasted until th
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Review: I'm totally obsessed with family stories that involve secrets.The main bulk of the story is set in the decade that I wish I had grown up in, the 60s.

This story is an emotional one, which is another thing that I tend to gravitate to when it comes to books. I like stories that pull me in like that. If a book can make me laugh, feel anxious or cry then I know it is a good read.

Jack and Libbie's relationship will draw you in like that. T
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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND, MISS ETTA, THE WOMEN OF GREAT HERON LAKE, MAGGIE'S TURN, THE LAKE HARRIET SERIES, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

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