It’s always a pleasure to support debut authors so I’m delighted to host today’s stop on the blog tour for Path of Lucas by Susanne Bellefeuille. Subtitled The Journey He Endured and based on true events in Susanne’s own family, the book tells the powerful story of Lucas Clarkson.
And there’s a chance to win one of 5 print copies of Path of Lucas (open to USA and Canada only). To enter, click on the link below. The giveaway closes on 9th September 2017.
You can follow all the stops of the blog tour here
About the Book
Lucas Clarkson 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.
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I liked the structure of the book with a dramatic opening scene providing the starting point for Lucas to tell his daughter, Lucy, the story of how he met her mother, Isabelle, and the struggles they faced together.
I found the courtship of Lucas and Isabelle touching and their life-long devotion to each other was heart-warming. Especially charming were their efforts to communicate early on in their relationship – Isabelle speaking very little English and Lucas speaking very little French.
The story that Lucas tells Lucy is one of navigating family crises, illness, bereavement, and of having to make agonising choices between duty and responsibility or following your dream. Lucas’s commitment to his family is never more effectively communicated than during a particularly troubled period in Isabelle’s life. The reader is certainly given the sense that it is only Lucas’s love and determination that gets the family through.
Although there is tragedy, struggle and sadness, Path of Lucas is also a story of love, devotion, determination and friendship. About the pleasure to be found in simple things like sharing family meals, choosing gifts for loved ones, listening to favourite music or enjoying the natural world around you. But more than anything, it’s about a belief in the importance of family.
As a debut novelist, the author still has to hone her writing skills so that the prose flows smoothly and dialogue sounds natural. This would allow this engaging and heart-warming story to shine through even more brightly.
I received a review courtesy of iRead Book Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review.
In three words: Emotional, moving, dramatic
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About the Author
Susanne Bellefeuille is a sister, mother, grandmother, and an inspirational mentor to many people. Graduating from the social service worker program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, Susanne spends countless hours offering her professional aid, guidance, and most importantly, her friendship to people with intellectual disabilities. Susanne’s life changed remarkably after the realization that her desires would require her to complete college and set a better example for her children and grandchildren. From being a high school dropout and a mother at the young age of seventeen, Susanne has journeyed a considerable distance to become the successful person she is today. Her journey is not only to write books but also to help people reach their full potential, as she truly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to shine in life.
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