Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Finding Lizzie
AUTHOR: Karma Kingsley
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 342 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2016
Lizzie doesn’t know what she wants from life, but she’s sure it’s not the attention of her suffocating boyfriend, RJ. A chance encounter with a group of women on the day of the local Pride parade leads her to meet the wild, free-spirited Kerra. Lizzie begins to realise she’s crazy about Kerra, but how can she come out in a small town where prejudice is rife and even her own mother thinks being a lesbian is wrong? Can Lizzie find herself without losing everything else in the process?
This story is told in third person and completely from Elizabeth/Lizzies point-of-view. Given the length of the story it’s a long time to be in one person’s head. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, quite the opposite actually. Two days after finishing this story, I still find myself sitting here idly wondering about her. To me, the ability to bring a fictional character to life takes talent.
When Elizabeth flees from her boyfriend of four years, RJ, and runs out of gas she encounters Kerra and friends. From that point on the way Lizzie views the world, and her life as she knew it, is unequivocally changed. The main characters are likeable as are the supporting cast, well besides Kerra’s god-awful mother.
I don’t want to give away anything about the plot; to do so would probably involve spoilers. I will say the story kept me engaged and I even found it enlightening, to a certain extent. I could’ve done without the final scene with the police. While I don’t doubt that sort of thing occurs, in fact I know it does, it felt out of place. Well, maybe not so much as out of place as a little contrived.
The writing is solid, with very few errors. My one quibble (which didn’t factor into my rating) almost every paragraph starts with a character’s name Lizzie…Kerra….she…Lizzie…Krissy, it became distracting to read.
Pet-peeve aside, a lot of issues are touched on throughout this story, giving the reader a very real look into bigotry, racism, corrupt cops, homophobes, unsupportive blood relatives, and finding love and acceptance where you least expect it.
Even though there’s some sexy time in this story, something I love, the majority of sex scenes are fade-to-black.
Verdict – Would I recommend this book? Hell yes. Would I read more by this author? Absolutely.