Tracy’s review of Finding Billie by Priscilla Brown
Billie Williams belongs to a rare breed – she’s a female mechanic. Though happy with her life, she is not as independent as she believes and in her heart she knows something is missing. When Zac Jarvis walks into her garage, they are shocked to meet by chance eighteen years after the abrupt end to their teenage friendship. Zac is a man trying to cope with a tragedy. Dare she risk loving someone with so much baggage? Can he learn to love again?
Zac Jarvis is traveling near his boyhood home so he decides to take a look and see how things have changed. When he stops for gas he finds his childhood friend, Billie, owns the station. Zac and Billie start talking and they find a connection with each other.
Billie definitely wants to get to know Zac better but she knows he travels and can’t quite get a bead on his emotions. Zac’s wife and 2 children were killed in a earthquake 2 years prior and Zac is still dealing with his grief and though he feels something for Billie he’s not sure he can handle a new relationship – or if he even wants to.
The book is about Billie and her life, as well as Zac’s. It highlights an issue with a company that wants to buy Billie’s land to put up a mall. Not only is she not interested in selling the proposed mall would kill the local platypus’s, which is a big deal.
While this book had a good premise, I frankly didn’t feel any emotion when I read it. The writing was very matter of fact and even when someone was supposed to be upset or frightened or even passionate I just didn’t feel it. The book was only 200 pages long and I seriously had to force myself to finish it (and that took 3 days!) because I kept putting it down.
There were definitely good ideas in the story and I liked Billie, her “adopted” son, Tim, and her family. Zac was confused, which confused me. He truly wasn’t ready to move on and that made the “romance” even more awkward. The whole point is that Billie heals him but it just felt almost rushed at the end and that did nothing to make things better.
I’m giving this one a 2 because I really did think the story had potential – it was just the execution that did nothing for me.
Rating: 2 out of 5
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