12 May 2020

Lu. | Excerpt + Giveaway

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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.

Publisher: Kingsbury Publishing
Release Date: June 21, 2017


The thick heat of morning promised a hot July day that would continue the good work the humidity and wind began on my hair. I didn’t need to look in the mirror to know it was a balloon. To know my eyes were red. I looked to the horizon instead. There’s great hope where the road meets the sky—maybe even an answer. But this road led to home. Just home. 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.


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.


(1) winner will receive a bookish library card mug!

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  1. This is a great prize, thanks for sharing about this new book!

  2. JustRead Tours12/5/20 17:24

    Thank you for sharing!!

    -JustRead Tours

  3. Anonymous13/5/20 16:44

    I love the mug.

  4. Sounds like a book I would like to keep and give one to a friend! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing about the book and the excerpt!

  6. Thanks for the chance to win!