Review: Finding Favor by Lana Long
In the eight years since seventeen-year-old Favor Miller’s father died, she’s had to endure her reluctant, self-righteous guardians the Browns. Every day for eight years, they’ve reminded her that she doesn’t fit in, that she’s not one of them. Every day for eight years, she’s eagerly awaited the day when she’ll finally be free to live her life her way.
On the eve of high school graduation, Mr. Brown ambushes Favor with the offer of college funding and a to-die-for summer internship–with the one stipulation that she must discontinue her friendship with his son, Ethan.
Accustomed as she is to sharing everything with her best friend, this is one secret Favor must keep in order to protect Ethan. The distraction of his new girlfriend, her growing friendship with his older brother, and her need to understand her family history, add in further complications.
As Favor debates signing the contract, she must decide if she’s willing to give up her best friend in order to pursue her dreams. Will she have to stay in the place she’s so desperately wanted to escape in order to make the right decision and get what she really needs?
The other day, I was browsing through the list of Kindle freebies and came across this book. Based on the synopsis, it sounded interesting, so I downloaded it. I read it and loved it so much I decided to write a review for it. I’ve never written a review for a book that wasn’t given for review, so this says a lot about how much I loved the book.
A word of advice if you’re thinking of reading this in a public are: don’t! I read this by the hotel poolside, and had to constantly fight back the tears before I became a sobbing mess in public. Right from the start, the story pulled on my heartstrings. The deplorable treatment received by Favor was heartbreaking. It was only towards the end of the story that she was vindicated somewhat.
This story is based on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Any reader who has read that book would recognize the similarities between that story and this story. As a big fan of Jane Austen, I was delighted to read the modern retelling of one of her best books.
I am truly surprised that this book is the author’s debut novel and a self-published one at that! I would have never guessed that just by reading the story. It is such an attention-grabber and I couldn’t put it down until I had completed it. The story is well-written. There’s always something happening, and most of the time, it’s something devastating for Favor.
I loved every bit of the story. Although the angst and sadness could be a bit too depressing at times, I couldn’t help but want to read more and more and more.
As a devoted fan of young adult novels herself, Lana Long is thrilled to be gracing the YA world with her first novel, Finding Favor. Many years of daydreaming and several writing classes and workshops have contributed to the development of Finding Favor as well as to Lana’s inevitable future books. Through her experiences at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, the Big Sur Writing Workshop in California, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference, Lana has learned an amazing amount about writing novels. Although writing serves as a relaxing process for Lana, she is also grounded by her family, by her work as a church treasurer, and by volunteering at her kids’ elementary school. She hopes that her books provide readers with the same entertainment she herself finds in YA novels. Visit her website at www.lanalongbooks.com.