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In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave. Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses: The big questions women ask In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave. Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses: The big questions women ask about their beliefs. The struggles women face in creating a fulfilling life. The complexity of family relationships. The tension between hope and reality. Lu is a story for readers looking for real growth in relatable characters who aren’t afraid to ask real questions. It’s for women who want to experience the full spectrum of who they are and what they believe. It’s for women who want a story about how faith integrates into the whole life of a woman. You will want to share this story with a friend – after you read it again yourself.


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In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave. Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses: The big questions women ask In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave. Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses: The big questions women ask about their beliefs. The struggles women face in creating a fulfilling life. The complexity of family relationships. The tension between hope and reality. Lu is a story for readers looking for real growth in relatable characters who aren’t afraid to ask real questions. It’s for women who want to experience the full spectrum of who they are and what they believe. It’s for women who want a story about how faith integrates into the whole life of a woman. You will want to share this story with a friend – after you read it again yourself.

30 review for Lu.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    “What if Jesus is the answer?” Oh y’all. This book. My heart is still overflowing from reading it. I regret having to shelve my reading of Lu. until now because wow! I was missing out on one of the best debut novels I have EVER read! Pitch-perfect writing, smart & witty dialogue and first person narrative (that feels effortless), a heroine for women in all stages of life, authentic wrestling with real issues of faith, and a host of supporting characters you’ll want to pull in for a group hug along “What if Jesus is the answer?” Oh y’all. This book. My heart is still overflowing from reading it. I regret having to shelve my reading of Lu. until now because wow! I was missing out on one of the best debut novels I have EVER read! Pitch-perfect writing, smart & witty dialogue and first person narrative (that feels effortless), a heroine for women in all stages of life, authentic wrestling with real issues of faith, and a host of supporting characters you’ll want to pull in for a group hug along with main character Lu – you’ll find this and so much more in Troy’s novel. I was hooked from the first sentence – “All the stories have been written, including mine.” – and couldn’t tear my eyes away until I’d read the last line. In between I experienced a wide range of emotions, from chuckling at Lu’s snark to being so moved by her spiritual journey to holding my breath from the sparks whenever she and Jackson were in the same room together to outright laughing and then outright crying. The plot progressed at a steady pace with beautiful wordsmithing and a heartfelt sincerity to the words that draws you in and refuses to let go. To be clear, this may not be ‘comfy Christian fiction’ for some of us. Jackson, one of the pastors at Lu’s family’s church, is back at home starting over after his wife left him. Lu is a character that has been disillusioned with God for many years – and her choices reflect this. She curses on a couple of occasions (there’s even one particularly strong curse word uttered by her best friend Gracie). She’s lived with her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her, and there’s some implied passionate intimacy during a reconnection with him. But oh, my reader friends, don’t let any of those things keep you from reading this book. Because Lu’s journey toward Jesus will so touch your heart – it’s so exquisitely written and naturally-paced – and Chapter 38 simply undid me. “I’ll never forget the moment Jesus turned. Seeing him see me is to know he’d been me … bleeding and broken for me. Because he loved me.” Bottom Line: Lu. by Beth Troy is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. In turns witty and sincere, snarky and heartfelt, it is a study in brokenness and redemption. Lu is a layered and engaging protagonist, as are the rest of her vividly-drawn family. I laughed and grinned a lot through this story – and I found myself choked up and teary on more than one occasion too. And let me just say … the ending … I can’t wait for the sequel to see where the author takes Lu’s – and Jackson’s – stories from here. Lu isn’t the same Lu at the end of this book as she was at the beginning of the book… and neither am I the same. Highly recommended! (I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read with Kindle Unlimited.) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    ~4.5 stars~ This story… wow. What an honest and meaningful journey to faith. It was engaging and even entertaining in many ways, but right from the first line, it gave me so much to think about. I feel a little as though I need to read it again right now so that I can chew over some of the things this story deals with—especially the insights we get from Jackson’s sermons on Ecclesiastes. It’s not often I feel sermons work in a story context, but these ones sure did. I’ve even been prompted to me ~4.5 stars~ This story… wow. What an honest and meaningful journey to faith. It was engaging and even entertaining in many ways, but right from the first line, it gave me so much to think about. I feel a little as though I need to read it again right now so that I can chew over some of the things this story deals with—especially the insights we get from Jackson’s sermons on Ecclesiastes. It’s not often I feel sermons work in a story context, but these ones sure did. I’ve even been prompted to meditate on the books of Ecclesiastes for myself in relation to something I’m working through in my own life. That reminder that there is a time to weep, that it’s okay to simply acknowledge grief for a season—that was exactly the reminder I needed and at exactly the time I needed it. In fact, there are a lot of ways in which this book encourages us to live in that tension between the way things should be and the way they are. If you’re wanting the author to moralise one way or the other over a divorced pastor or a woman who was living with her boyfriend for the last six years, you’ll be disappointed. She presents these characters simply as they are along with their struggles and the lessons they’ve learned (or are still learning) as a result. But if you’re open to a story where the characters explore what it is that gives life meaning (hint: the answer is Jesus) even if they take some missteps along the way, then you will be richly rewarded for picking up this book. And I have to finish by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s writing style. The dialogue!!! Stories with great dialogue are one of my happy places. I loved the back and forth banter between the characters—so natural, so engaging, and conveying so much about these characters without actually coming out and saying it—and the first person narrative was spot on. My one disappointment was that I felt the editing let the story down a little, the most distracting thing being the occasional tendency to switch to present tense in the narrative despite this being written in past tense point of view. But this was a thoroughly engaging read, and I am super keen to read a sequel. Please tell me there’s one coming! I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mika

    You won't be able to put it down! This book is one of the best I've read in a long time. You will fall in love with Lu (the main character) because you can see yourself in her. As I read, I resonated with her trying to find herself and her faith. The characters are complex and add to the story, the writing is engaging, funny, clear, and relatable, and the plot will leave you wanting more. I have bought this book for 5 of my friends because I think every woman should read it! I can't wait until t You won't be able to put it down! This book is one of the best I've read in a long time. You will fall in love with Lu (the main character) because you can see yourself in her. As I read, I resonated with her trying to find herself and her faith. The characters are complex and add to the story, the writing is engaging, funny, clear, and relatable, and the plot will leave you wanting more. I have bought this book for 5 of my friends because I think every woman should read it! I can't wait until the second book comes out!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet Ferguson

    This is a very enjoyable and realistic journey of a young woman who is struggling to find herself and to understand why her family believes in God. There are are a lot of great discussions about faith. Be aware there are several curses in the dialog.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    The truth is there are no words to adequately describe this book. It was a story and a world I enjoyed and would recommend to any and everyone. It is a story about a woman's search for God and like King Solomon, Lu had gone on her own adventures and still came up short of the true satisfaction she was after. The author wove a heart-to-heart story that was touching and captivating. A story that left me in awe of God and yearning for a deeper walk with Him. I undoubtedly recommend this book to ever The truth is there are no words to adequately describe this book. It was a story and a world I enjoyed and would recommend to any and everyone. It is a story about a woman's search for God and like King Solomon, Lu had gone on her own adventures and still came up short of the true satisfaction she was after. The author wove a heart-to-heart story that was touching and captivating. A story that left me in awe of God and yearning for a deeper walk with Him. I undoubtedly recommend this book to everyone in search of a profound read and especially to those with questions about life and God. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    Where should I start… The story of Lu was interesting. Beth Troy wrote the story in a way that made me feel like I was Lu; that I was the person going through struggles and learning to work through them. Lu is a strong character who knew what she wanted in life (or thought she did), she is a very dedicated person; someone dedicated to finding the truth, not just accepting what others tell her. Lu’s thought process was very realistic, and her thoughts were something that most of us think at one po Where should I start… The story of Lu was interesting. Beth Troy wrote the story in a way that made me feel like I was Lu; that I was the person going through struggles and learning to work through them. Lu is a strong character who knew what she wanted in life (or thought she did), she is a very dedicated person; someone dedicated to finding the truth, not just accepting what others tell her. Lu’s thought process was very realistic, and her thoughts were something that most of us think at one point or another in our lives, but that we very rarely voice. Beth Troy did a great job of giving voice to those thoughts and showing that there is a time for every season in life. I do wish that the ending of the book had been a bit different. I wanted Lu to not make the choices that she did, however, I understand that Beth Troy was showing that we all make mistakes and wrong choices in life. But that God will be there for us always, through the good choices and the bad. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for the frank spiritual battles, the well-developed storyline, and most of all for Lu. *This book does contain some mild swearing, and some sexual content (nothing detailed, just implied). I do not particularly care for it, however, that stuff happens all around us. It is naïve of us to think otherwise. I relate it to how Rachel Hauck uses those elements of real life in her books to depict life without Jesus. **I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Freels

    First, a disclaimer: I know the author personally. As a result, I was prepared to like this book before I even opened it. I love Beth's wit and her spirit, and I fully expected her writing to reflect both. That said, I was not prepared to enjoy this book as much as I did! From page one I was delighted by her descriptive language, captivated by her characters, and thoroughly hooked by her humor. Lu’s situation is relatable, her family could be yours or mine, and her struggle is real. While the bo First, a disclaimer: I know the author personally. As a result, I was prepared to like this book before I even opened it. I love Beth's wit and her spirit, and I fully expected her writing to reflect both. That said, I was not prepared to enjoy this book as much as I did! From page one I was delighted by her descriptive language, captivated by her characters, and thoroughly hooked by her humor. Lu’s situation is relatable, her family could be yours or mine, and her struggle is real. While the book does fall into the category of Christian fiction, Beth's approach is not heavy-handed. She works her Scriptural references deftly into the plot, balancing them with Lu’s skepticism and wit, and her Christian characters are not the “holier-than-thou” saints which cause many to disparage the entire genre. It is a quick, enjoyable read which still gives you plenty to think about, regardless of your age, marital status, or progress in your spiritual journey, as all of us encounter bumps along the way which challenge our faith. Give it a try! And if you happen to use the discussion questions at the end as part of a book club discussion, be sure to take Beth up on the offer to Skype with your group, as you will find meeting her and learning a bit about the backstory to be as entertaining as the book itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Galloway

    I first read Lu. in 2017 soon after it was published. I remember loving it, giving copies to all my friends, and dying for a sequel. Now that the sequel is about to debut, I knew I needed to reread Lu. in preparation. I didn't expect to love Lu. even more than the first time through! Lu. is a story of a woman trying to figure life out. She thought she had chosen a path that would lead to success but at 29, Lu doesn't have her dream job, her longterm, live-in boyfriend has cheated on her, and she I first read Lu. in 2017 soon after it was published. I remember loving it, giving copies to all my friends, and dying for a sequel. Now that the sequel is about to debut, I knew I needed to reread Lu. in preparation. I didn't expect to love Lu. even more than the first time through! Lu. is a story of a woman trying to figure life out. She thought she had chosen a path that would lead to success but at 29, Lu doesn't have her dream job, her longterm, live-in boyfriend has cheated on her, and she is back in her childhood bedroom wondering how to pick up the pieces. This is a story of looking for success is in all the wrong places and learning that you can't save yourself. The characters are people I'd like to be friends with in real life. The writing is engaging. You'll laugh, you'll cry. But you'll also think and wonder about your own life. Jackson's sermons on Ecclesiastes and the Pastor Eddy's sermons on Mark are particularly captivating. I highly recommend to any woman searching for a good novel!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Beth Troy’s debut novel and first book in her Modern Faith series, Lu is an unforgettable, inspiring and absolutely delightful tale. This is a heartfelt story of redemption that also has a bit of wit and sass mixed into the bargain. It’s about finding the purpose of life and finding one’s self. Readers will easily relate to Lue and her journey as she struggles in her personal life, family life, and her career. This story has a large focus on Jesus and finding faith in Him. This is a story that r Beth Troy’s debut novel and first book in her Modern Faith series, Lu is an unforgettable, inspiring and absolutely delightful tale. This is a heartfelt story of redemption that also has a bit of wit and sass mixed into the bargain. It’s about finding the purpose of life and finding one’s self. Readers will easily relate to Lue and her journey as she struggles in her personal life, family life, and her career. This story has a large focus on Jesus and finding faith in Him. This is a story that readers will not want to put down. Series: Modern Faith Genre: Women’s fiction, contemporary Publisher: Kingsbury Publishing Publication date: June 21, 2019 Number of pages: 274 Other books in the series: 2-Louisa Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, and authors, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited OR pre-ordered/purchased for review. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Excel Andy

    Lu. by Beth Troy is the first book of hers I am reading and hopefully, it won’t be the last. What caught my attention immediately I started the book was the POV (point of view). It was written in first person narrative. It felt comfortable for me. Beth Troy is a unique author. Her descriptive prowess didn’t escape my attention. Lu’s story is one that I could grasp. I felt all kinds of emotions reading the book. I had lots of favourite characters but Grandma Pat has a large share in my love. There are Lu. by Beth Troy is the first book of hers I am reading and hopefully, it won’t be the last. What caught my attention immediately I started the book was the POV (point of view). It was written in first person narrative. It felt comfortable for me. Beth Troy is a unique author. Her descriptive prowess didn’t escape my attention. Lu’s story is one that I could grasp. I felt all kinds of emotions reading the book. I had lots of favourite characters but Grandma Pat has a large share in my love. There are lots of themes in this book but the theme largely portrayed is theme of family. Family is where you run to when things are good or bad. “…We can only find our worth inGod“. I love that quote from pastor Jackson. Theme of redemption and choices were navigated here. I can’t wait to read Louisa coming soon this August hopefully. I need to know what happened after the last chapter. I couldn’t decide if I was team Jackson or Team John. I need more! You need to read this book to understand why I am mumbling over my words. Lu. isn’t your average book. It is a book on its own. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This story was amazing! The humor was wonderful with so many laugh-out-loud moments. I loved Lu and really felt for her trying to find her place in the world after feeling like she'd failed. I was frustrated with her for some of her choices but a character I really disliked at first who somewhat grew on me was her ex, John. Jackson, the pastor, was such a wonderful character because of his personality, his faith and how he loved and cared about people. I liked see their friendship and maybe more This story was amazing! The humor was wonderful with so many laugh-out-loud moments. I loved Lu and really felt for her trying to find her place in the world after feeling like she'd failed. I was frustrated with her for some of her choices but a character I really disliked at first who somewhat grew on me was her ex, John. Jackson, the pastor, was such a wonderful character because of his personality, his faith and how he loved and cared about people. I liked see their friendship and maybe more grow throughout the story. I really admired how he stuck by his beliefs when it would have been tempting to compromise. Lu's grandmas were such characters and I loved the Polish culture and food as I'm Polish and that's not something you see much in stories. It brought me back to my childhood when I'd visit my grandma. The spiritual discussions between Jackson and Lu and Jackson's sermons on Ecclesiastes were fascinating with so much insight, such as only God can change a person and we can only find our worth in God. There were a couple swear words, a few phrases that were a little more gritty than usually seen and Lu was living with John at the beginning of the story but she wasn't a Christian and seeing her journey to faith was wonderful. There was some romance and it sounds like there will be a book two coming this summer so I'm so excited to see where it goes! I highly recommend this wonderful story! I received a pdf of this book from JustRead Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Bylin

    This book was a joy to read. It's original, intelligent, humorous and just plain entertaining. The minute I finished it, I downloaded Book 2. The reason? Lu's spiritual journey is a lot like mine. Plus I wanted to know what happened with Jackson. Lu. is one of my two favorite books of 2020. The other one is "Louisa," the sequel. PS. The covers for Lu. and Louisa are brilliant! They tell a story all by themselves. This book was a joy to read. It's original, intelligent, humorous and just plain entertaining. The minute I finished it, I downloaded Book 2. The reason? Lu's spiritual journey is a lot like mine. Plus I wanted to know what happened with Jackson. Lu. is one of my two favorite books of 2020. The other one is "Louisa," the sequel. PS. The covers for Lu. and Louisa are brilliant! They tell a story all by themselves.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Such a wonderful, engaging, unexpected read. I couldn't put it down, and I ended up reading all night! Such a wonderful, engaging, unexpected read. I couldn't put it down, and I ended up reading all night!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Deatrick

    Really good book! I don't know how I came across this one but am so glad I did. Beth Troy writes like an author who has written many books but this is her first! This is the book to recommend if you know someone who is familiar with the gospel but continues to resist it. It is full of examination and scripture that weaves its way to truth - but it is not preachy. I recommend it! Really good book! I don't know how I came across this one but am so glad I did. Beth Troy writes like an author who has written many books but this is her first! This is the book to recommend if you know someone who is familiar with the gospel but continues to resist it. It is full of examination and scripture that weaves its way to truth - but it is not preachy. I recommend it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    Lu is the story of a woman’s journey to faith that begins in betrayal and heartbreak, and leads to even more brokenness before it is through. For Christian and non-Christian alike, this is a story that will resonate as Lu returns to her family home, begins to heal, and considers new possibilities.  Told in Lu’s voice, this is an impressive debut novel that evokes a gamut of emotions. From her family relationships - her Polish grandmother in particular - to her romantic choices, Lu is a complex an Lu is the story of a woman’s journey to faith that begins in betrayal and heartbreak, and leads to even more brokenness before it is through. For Christian and non-Christian alike, this is a story that will resonate as Lu returns to her family home, begins to heal, and considers new possibilities.  Told in Lu’s voice, this is an impressive debut novel that evokes a gamut of emotions. From her family relationships - her Polish grandmother in particular - to her romantic choices, Lu is a complex and engaging character - even with her habit of running away from problems. This novel is unexpected and revelatory, an example of what Christian fiction can be and do. Highly and warmly recommended, this is a book to share with friends. Note: Lu includes a few curse words and implied intimacy, but is definitely Christian fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review is not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | Soul of a Librarian

    Here's the thing: I enjoyed this book. I truly did. Lu, with all of her questions and her humanity, made for a great story about figuring out life and faith. The family connections felt real. There were too many adorable moments between Lu and Jackson to count. Even John came in and stole some brownie points in my heart. The dialogue is great and the sentiment is real. If you're looking at the bare bones of this novel, it's a great read. The writing is rich and delightful. It felt like I was rea Here's the thing: I enjoyed this book. I truly did. Lu, with all of her questions and her humanity, made for a great story about figuring out life and faith. The family connections felt real. There were too many adorable moments between Lu and Jackson to count. Even John came in and stole some brownie points in my heart. The dialogue is great and the sentiment is real. If you're looking at the bare bones of this novel, it's a great read. The writing is rich and delightful. It felt like I was reading to catch up with a friend and I felt an actual loss when it ended, like, "Wait. Where are my people going? Leaving already?!" With that being said, there were a few instances that pulled against my own personal preferences and convictions. Though they may not have been out of character for the characters they were written for, they were out of character for me and so they would momentarily jolt me out of the story for a bit. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions belong to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    Oftentimes when reading an author's debut novel... well, it reads as such. I mean that in no disrespect to the authors, it just simply tends to lack the polish of more seasoned writers. Still, there are certainly exceptions to that, and as I read Lu. I discovered that this was certainly one of those! With a debut like this, I am truly anxious to see more from Beth Troy in the future. First of all, this book doesn't read quite like anything I've found in the Christian fiction genre. We first meet Oftentimes when reading an author's debut novel... well, it reads as such. I mean that in no disrespect to the authors, it just simply tends to lack the polish of more seasoned writers. Still, there are certainly exceptions to that, and as I read Lu. I discovered that this was certainly one of those! With a debut like this, I am truly anxious to see more from Beth Troy in the future. First of all, this book doesn't read quite like anything I've found in the Christian fiction genre. We first meet Lu as she's leaving New York where she lived with her boyfriend, whom she'd just found out was cheating on her. When she comes back home she meets Jackson, a divorced pastor. Just the description of these two characters alone sounds pretty different than those typical in the genre, and perhaps would have some people turning away... but I encourage you to keep reading. There are also mentions of alcohol, physical intimacy (without going into detail) and yes, even a few (2-3) curse words tossed in there as well. Like I said, not your typical content for a Christian novel... and yet, despite all this, I felt it has more Christian content than most novels in the genre. What first starts to read as more of a romantic love story in the making, really is ultimately a very different kind of love story... a story about a woman coming to and falling in love with God. And what a beautiful story that is! All of these imperfect elements to me made this story all the more believable. Life is not always as clean and black and white as many Christian novels portray... and that is exactly why we need a Savior. While I enjoyed the hints of romantic love between Lu and Jackson and do hope to see where it leads in future novels, it was watching that journey towards God's truth that I really enjoyed. At the start, Lu had a lot of questions... as so many do. She attends church with her family, but does so reluctantly. Still, as the story goes on and we see her studying through Ecclesiastes in great detail, we see those walls start to break down. It was truly a beautiful thing! Overall, this is a fantastic read and one that I think fans of Christian will both be surprised by and fall in love with. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this fresh new voice in Christian fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    "All the stories have been written, including mine." It’s a great first line, because it’s a strong statement that sounds true, in the same way as the famous opening line to Pride and Prejudice sounds true … until you think about it. Because we’re all unique, so our stories are also unique. Although our stories also have some common elements: "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. You could "All the stories have been written, including mine." It’s a great first line, because it’s a strong statement that sounds true, in the same way as the famous opening line to Pride and Prejudice sounds true … until you think about it. Because we’re all unique, so our stories are also unique. Although our stories also have some common elements: "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. You could dress it up and call it a journey. But there was nothing new in the story about the girl who went home because she had nowhere else to go." I know not everyone enjoys novels written in first person, but I do—especially when the character has a strong and interesting voice, as Lu (short for Louisa) does. So Lu is home, with a car that barely runs, a 1970’s crockpot, and no money. She finds a job at the local newspaper, where she is asked to write wedding features. And she befriends the young preacher, back in town after his divorce. Lu isn’t sure if she believes in God and she certainly isn’t following him, despite having been raised in church. Jackson challenges Lu to come to church, and she does. He’s preaching a series on the Book of Ecclesiastes, which brought him through his own tough time when his wife left him. These sermons start Lu on her own faith journey, reading the Bible and trying to understand what Jackson sees in Jesus. At the same time, she’s developing feelings for Jackson … all the while knowing nothing can come of those feelings if they don’t share a faith, and Jackson isn’t going to change. Lu isn’t typical Christian fiction. The characters drink alcohol and swear. Lu has been living with her boyfriend, and Jackson is divorced. Yet there is a lot more Christian content than in most Christian novels I read, and it feels natural, not forced. I liked the way the novel showed Lu’s faith journey warts and all, and that the focus was on finding Jesus for herself. My one complaint about Lu was that it ended too soon. There was a clear ending to the main plot—Lu’s faith journey—but not to the main subplot. This annoyed me at first, but in hindsight it was the right decision. I only hope that dangling thread means there is a sequel in the works. Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    This is one of the best books I have read ever. Full review coming soon. UPDATE: 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 th This is one of the best books I have read ever. Full review coming soon. UPDATE: 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin E. Mason

    If #allthefeelz is a hashtag, then this book is #AlltheRealz!!! How coincidental that today’s morning Scripture (Colossians 2:9-10) says, “… you are complete in Him…” Which is exactly Lu’s story, the journey she was on. To discover who she is, what her purpose is. And how this whole Bible thing relates. Or if it relates. Ms. Troy’s storytelling is real and gritty and honest. Told in first person (this reviewer’s favorite) the story pulls the reader deeper into Lu’s discontent and unrest. Ms. Troy If #allthefeelz is a hashtag, then this book is #AlltheRealz!!! How coincidental that today’s morning Scripture (Colossians 2:9-10) says, “… you are complete in Him…” Which is exactly Lu’s story, the journey she was on. To discover who she is, what her purpose is. And how this whole Bible thing relates. Or if it relates. Ms. Troy’s storytelling is real and gritty and honest. Told in first person (this reviewer’s favorite) the story pulls the reader deeper into Lu’s discontent and unrest. Ms. Troy makes it clear that there is only one answer to fill the emptiness Lu knows so well. I think any one of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, have known some of Lu’s feelings and doubts, if not the depth of them. But the cord, heavy and cumbersome, through it all was how Lu wanted to believe. How she tried. Lu pounded Jackson with questions about the Bible and about his faith; he readily answered every time. Ms. Troy neatly tied Lu’s story with his, knitting them in a comfy cocoon of friendship. And maybe more… Life is complicated and messy, and so is Lu’s story. Ms. Troy asks the questions that we ask; she lays bare the soul, because the walk of faith is not an easy one. Lu is a bold telling of an earnest search for answers, played against the familiar, the comfortable, the known with answers we all resist but desperately need. ROBIN’S FEATHERS ALL | THE | FEATHERS! I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book. #Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Lu., Beth Troy, JustRead Publicity, #AlltheRealz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bernie

    Life imposes itself, often beating us down until we lose our sense of self. Louisa Sokolowski (Lu) suffers the trauma of a broken relationship and is thrust onto an unwanted journey of self-discovery. She returns to her small-town home to the often peculiar embrace of family and friends. Lu finds herself questioning far more than she had bargained for; her relationships, her career and her faith. You will delight in the strong and sometimes, strange characters Beth Troy weaves into her tapestry. Life imposes itself, often beating us down until we lose our sense of self. Louisa Sokolowski (Lu) suffers the trauma of a broken relationship and is thrust onto an unwanted journey of self-discovery. She returns to her small-town home to the often peculiar embrace of family and friends. Lu finds herself questioning far more than she had bargained for; her relationships, her career and her faith. You will delight in the strong and sometimes, strange characters Beth Troy weaves into her tapestry. You’ll find yourself chuckling at her wit. You’ll find romance here, although maybe not what you’d expect. And while faith certainly lies at the core of this novel, it is not overbearing. With its smooth narrative, Lu reads quickly, but in its aftermath, it lingers. You may find that like Louisa, you begin to question your own beliefs and what is most important in your life. If so, you will find this shared journey of discovery to be time well-spent. And if you are like me, upon reaching the end of the novel, you will find yourself truly disappointed that a sequel is not at the ready.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    I could not put this book down. It had so much going for it. Great characters, lots of emotion, a charming love interest, and a cute setting. On top of that, Lu was such a relatable character that I could at times picture myself in her shoes. She reacted like I might react, and I found myself just really liking her. The only thing that put me off was her faith in throughout the story. That was not like me at all, however I think it was necessary for her story. Hey, we’ve all been there at one ti I could not put this book down. It had so much going for it. Great characters, lots of emotion, a charming love interest, and a cute setting. On top of that, Lu was such a relatable character that I could at times picture myself in her shoes. She reacted like I might react, and I found myself just really liking her. The only thing that put me off was her faith in throughout the story. That was not like me at all, however I think it was necessary for her story. Hey, we’ve all been there at one time or another in our lives, and it was so great to see the Lord working on her as the story went on. There were a lot of fun parts to this book too. My favorite? Lu and Jackson playing cornhole. It was just a cute scene that made my giggle a little bit. Then later on when Lu was doing research and attending the weddings for her newspaper bit, I just thought that was a great way to break up the emotional parts. But know this, the emotional parts are powerful. They will speak to your soul and you will be moved. Her journey is wonderful. My only complaint…the story ended! At the time I didn’t realize there was a sequel. Thank goodness there is!! I cannot wait to see what is next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Most of what I read is romance of the Christian or clean variety. I assumed that's what I was getting with Lu. (Clearly, I didn't read the synopsis first.) Instead, I got one woman's honest search for Truth wrapped up in a powerful story. And, for the first time I can remember, I actually enjoyed—even welcomed—the snippets of sermons included in the pages. Lu. is difficult to describe. It's clearly Christian fiction, in that it's all about Lu's journey to finding Christ. But it's also edgier than Most of what I read is romance of the Christian or clean variety. I assumed that's what I was getting with Lu. (Clearly, I didn't read the synopsis first.) Instead, I got one woman's honest search for Truth wrapped up in a powerful story. And, for the first time I can remember, I actually enjoyed—even welcomed—the snippets of sermons included in the pages. Lu. is difficult to describe. It's clearly Christian fiction, in that it's all about Lu's journey to finding Christ. But it's also edgier than most Christian fiction, in that it includes a smattering of swear words and a fade-out sex scene (totally non-explicit, and it's an integral part of the plot). It's incredibly thought provoking, and it makes me want to go back and read the Bible passages mentioned, especially Ecclesiastes. This book isn't for someone who wants squeaky-clean fiction, but it is for someone who appreciates a realistic, thoughtful story and doesn't mind a little grit. I highly recommend it. 4-1/2 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    I don't typically care for fiction because it either takes itself far too seriously, or like all too many chick-lit novels, it's frivolous or sappy. How refreshing is it, then, to read a book like Lu. Troy's debut novel is genre-busting at its best. For the record, I'm calling the new category "Irreverent Christian Fiction" (are you listening, Amazon?). Troy's writing is on point -- excellent pace, visuals that come alive, and my favorite part: plenty of witty banter. The characters, Grandpa Pat I don't typically care for fiction because it either takes itself far too seriously, or like all too many chick-lit novels, it's frivolous or sappy. How refreshing is it, then, to read a book like Lu. Troy's debut novel is genre-busting at its best. For the record, I'm calling the new category "Irreverent Christian Fiction" (are you listening, Amazon?). Troy's writing is on point -- excellent pace, visuals that come alive, and my favorite part: plenty of witty banter. The characters, Grandpa Pat and Nana Bea especially, remind you of family members who are totally believable but just that bit too ridiculous that, frankly, they belong in a book. But most importantly, Lu is real. While none of us can claim to have lived this fictional character's journey, there are parts of her in each one of us -- the snarkiness, the doubt, the curiosity, the genuine desire to find meaning and purpose... and the persistence to not give up until she does.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    I often feel like Christians (especially those who grew up in the church and surround themselves with other Christians) forget what life was like before Jesus. But Beth Troy reminds of that in her debut novel. And what an unforgettable story this is. Lu is struggling. In her personal life. In her career. And with where she stands spiritually. When she comes home to her family after discovering her boyfriend cheated on her. And once in Dunlap’s Creek, she is challenged in ways she couldn’t imagine I often feel like Christians (especially those who grew up in the church and surround themselves with other Christians) forget what life was like before Jesus. But Beth Troy reminds of that in her debut novel. And what an unforgettable story this is. Lu is struggling. In her personal life. In her career. And with where she stands spiritually. When she comes home to her family after discovering her boyfriend cheated on her. And once in Dunlap’s Creek, she is challenged in ways she couldn’t imagine. The first-person point of view works well for this story because it is 100% about Lu and her journey to trust in Jesus. The dialogue is excellently written, the characters are raw and real and human, and the story is engaging. Lu is not about the perfect Christian who has a blip in her road. It’s about the true digging into and wrestling with the decision, it’s about family and friendships, and so much more. And the best news? A sequel is coming soon. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mei Carmer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was so good! I did not want to put it down! Lu is relatable in so many ways; I saw so many parts of myself and others in her. Beth Troy does an amazing job of accurately capturing how women think and feel. There were so many emotional twists and turns that I was not prepared for but deep down knew were needed. I fell in love with the way Lu and Jackson interacted with one another. Talk about swooning! Beyond the romance, Lu paints a raw picture of someone coming to faith. Lu grew up in This book was so good! I did not want to put it down! Lu is relatable in so many ways; I saw so many parts of myself and others in her. Beth Troy does an amazing job of accurately capturing how women think and feel. There were so many emotional twists and turns that I was not prepared for but deep down knew were needed. I fell in love with the way Lu and Jackson interacted with one another. Talk about swooning! Beyond the romance, Lu paints a raw picture of someone coming to faith. Lu grew up in a Christian family, but once she reached adulthood, she was left with questions and disbelief. The soul-searching that Lu undergoes was meaningful and had me reflecting on my own faith journey. Lu was the book that I didn't know I needed to read, and I am so glad that I did.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Lu is a top rated book because it is so "real." Lu, or Lu-ser as called by her brother, has been around church and believers all her life, but all those things are not true for her. Then she gets her feet knocked from under her and she starts seeking. She agrees to attend church, and the divorced minister has real-life thoughts and applications to his sermons that make her think. Lu keeps chasing for answers, and the minister lets her think out loud. However, she decides to run away from home. T Lu is a top rated book because it is so "real." Lu, or Lu-ser as called by her brother, has been around church and believers all her life, but all those things are not true for her. Then she gets her feet knocked from under her and she starts seeking. She agrees to attend church, and the divorced minister has real-life thoughts and applications to his sermons that make her think. Lu keeps chasing for answers, and the minister lets her think out loud. However, she decides to run away from home. The ending is so surprising and satisfying, where her searching ends in truth, causing me to read it a second time! I am ready for more books by this engaging author. Special thanks go to the blog "Reading is My SuperPower" for recommending this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This is such a wonderful book! From the moment I started reading and got to know Lu, I could not put the book down. It is inspirational, as we follow along with Lu on her spiritual journey. And it is entertaining, with humor and genuine, lovable characters. The writing is so skillful in creating the storyline, and the way the spiritual and the humor work together is truly amazing. I developed a real affection for the characters and cared about their ups and downs. I believe that being able to de This is such a wonderful book! From the moment I started reading and got to know Lu, I could not put the book down. It is inspirational, as we follow along with Lu on her spiritual journey. And it is entertaining, with humor and genuine, lovable characters. The writing is so skillful in creating the storyline, and the way the spiritual and the humor work together is truly amazing. I developed a real affection for the characters and cared about their ups and downs. I believe that being able to develop that connection between characters and reader is the mark of a great writer. I finished the book not wanting to let go and wanting more. Can't wait for book #2 and continuing the adventure!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne Lynn Minick

    This is by far one of the best works of Contemporary Fiction I have read. Lu is an incredibly lovable character who is not typical or predictable. Her story could be the story of so many women, which is why the book will reach such a wide audience and will touch so many people. Ms. Troy's sense of humor, her quick wit, her lovely characters, and her page-turning story line will grab you from the beginning and keep you guessing throughout the book. I can't wait for the sequel! This is by far one of the best works of Contemporary Fiction I have read. Lu is an incredibly lovable character who is not typical or predictable. Her story could be the story of so many women, which is why the book will reach such a wide audience and will touch so many people. Ms. Troy's sense of humor, her quick wit, her lovely characters, and her page-turning story line will grab you from the beginning and keep you guessing throughout the book. I can't wait for the sequel!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Smith

    Lu is smart, sassy and spiritual. This is the book for all the girls out there who are no longer eating the spoonfuls of Christianity or philosophy or life lessons from their parents, but actually claiming their faith as their own, and trying to figure out what that means. Troy's debut novel will find it's way into your heart and somehow change you—shift a thought, create a new one, resonate somewhere inside, leaving you more certain of the things that truly matter. Lu is smart, sassy and spiritual. This is the book for all the girls out there who are no longer eating the spoonfuls of Christianity or philosophy or life lessons from their parents, but actually claiming their faith as their own, and trying to figure out what that means. Troy's debut novel will find it's way into your heart and somehow change you—shift a thought, create a new one, resonate somewhere inside, leaving you more certain of the things that truly matter.

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