Monday, March 16, 2020

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Finding Frances by Kelly Vincent @kvbooks @GoddessFish

Finding Frances
by Kelly Vincent
GENRE: Contemporary YA


Retta Brooks thinks her life is on track after convincing her overprotective mom to stop home-schooling her and allow her go to Buckley High. She comes home from a night out with friends to find that her whole world has changed, and she has extremely hard decisions to make. Not to mention finding the answers to questions some people would rather she not know. Is she strong enough for what lies ahead?


I observed the room while I ate. There seemed to be a lot more talking than actual eating. And kids were moving around all over the place, table to table, chatting with different people.

Then I watched the cowboy from Media Studies— Jack—walking purposefully toward me. Was he going to talk to me?

“Hi,” he said when he stood before me.


“Why don’t you come sit with us?”

My face warmed. Did he think I was pitiful for sitting all by myself? And did I want to sit with him and his friends? What if they were all country like him?

He laughed. “Don’t worry, everybody’s nice.”

Now I was embarrassed by my overly long silence. “Okay, that sounds cool.” Then I added, “Thanks.”

“We’re over in the east corner, by the fire exit.”

I stood up—the chair screeched again—and picked up my tray. We snaked around tables to get to the corner table. He sat down, and the only open chair was next to him, so I set the tray down and squeezed in between him and a girl with long, blonde hair. A different one from the girl in English. There were lots of blonde girls here. I faked a brave face just as Jack said, “Hey, guys, this is Retta.” 

My Review:

Retta Brooks is over joyed when she finally talks her mom into letting her go to a brick and mortar school instead of being home schooled. For the first time in her life she has friends and she can join the track team. Retta loves to run.

Retta has a lot of questions and she knows that her mom is hiding something from her. What she has no idea every time she questions her she gives her very vague answers which then causes Retta and her mother to get into big fights.

Then one day after school Retta comes home to a tragedy that will change her life forever. Her life is turned upside down and she has no idea who to trust anymore. What is her mother hiding from her? Retta’s life is turned into a whirl wind and sends her on the run with people chasing after her.

Finding Frances is a very intense and heart wrenching story that is filled with suspense and action that keeps the pages rolling. Retta’s story jumps off the page and right into your heart and will have you rooting for Retta the whole way.

Finding Frances is one of the best books I have ever read. I was very proud of Retta and how well she dealt with everything she was experiencing and with the people around her.  Retta is a very strong and independent girl.

I recommend Finding Frances to all YA Contemporary fans.

About the Author:

Kelly Vincent wrangles data weekdays and spends the rest of her time playing with words. She grew up in Oklahoma but has moved around quite a bit, with Glasgow, Scotland being her favorite stop. She now lives near Seattle with three cats who definitely help her write her stories. She’s also working toward the Red Earth Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.

Buy Links:

Also available on Apple Books. Will be on Kobo and Google soon.


$40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Kelly Vincent said...

Thanks for hosting and the nice review!

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your review!

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