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Lu by Beth TroyTitle: Lu
Author: Beth Troy
Publisher: Kingsbury Publishing
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Are we the sum of our circumstances or is there … more?

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.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My thoughts

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 a life without Jesus.

**I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.


Beth Troy

Beth Troy is a writer and educator who teaches courses in Creativity & Innovation and Women & Entrepreneurship at Miami University. Her first novel, Lu, is a modern woman’s journey back to her family, her faith, and herself. Beth will be publishing the sequel in Summer 2020.

Beth lives in Ohio with her husband and three sons. Go to her site or follow her on Instagram to read more about her life and writing.

CONNECT WITH BETH: Website | Instagram


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  1. Sounds like a book that would remain on my bookshelf to read over and over again! Thanks for sharing!

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