Book Title: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured
by Susanne Bellefeuille
Category: Adult Fiction, 350 pages
Genre: Fiction, Based on a True Story, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release date: December 26, 2015
Tour dates: August 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG (for words Oh God, damn and there is kissing)
Path of Lucas follows Lucas Clarkson who is a simple man, a family man, and a hard working farmer’s son. From a small town in Eastern Ontario, the author, Susanne Bellefeuille, brings us on Lucas’s journey through the trials and tribulations of his life.
Lucas’s path is not as simple as the man he’s portrayed to be. From the days spent working on his dad’s farm to becoming a successful mechanic, with a genuine heart and his incredible strength, Lucas faces many difficult decisions. The choices he makes may be the difference between realizing his dreams and keeping his family together.
Based on true events, this is Susanne Bellefeuille’s first novel.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Path of Lucas is based on a true story which I didn’t realize until the end of the book. I enjoyed the story and the fact that it was based on the story of the author’s father made it even more interesting.
Lucas Clarkson is a hard worker and works for his father on his farm even though he hates the work (although he never complains). He finally gets the chance to go after his dream of being a mechanic but when his parents ask him to come back home because of their finances and circumstances beyond their control, he can’t say no. Although Lucas doesn’t want to return home, he goes back because they’re his family and they need him. Such a good son!
As far as Lucas’s own family, he falls in love with Isabelle, a poor neighbor girl who doesn’t speak English when they meet. Her sister acts as interpreter and they each learn enough of the other’s language to be able to start dating. I found Isabelle’s dedication to her family as inspiring as Lucas’s dedication to his. She didn’t want to marry right away because she had to help support her poor family. When she becomes pregnant, however, they end up marrying sooner than planned.
I liked this book but it would have been so much better if it had been edited. The one thing that really stood out was the dialogue. It seemed stilted and characters said each other’s names several times during one conversation which was distracting.
Path of Lucas has love, tragedy, drama, and family loyalty and tells the story of someone whose path is not the one he chooses, but he makes the best of it and his life is still happy and full of love. This is a good book that could be a great book with some editing and work on making the dialogue sound natural.
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