Desert Flowerby Angela Scott
Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert--the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam,
Evolved Publishing presents "Desert Flower" by Angela Scott, the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed "Desert Rice." Upper YA/New Adult/Contemporary 16+ (some mild adult situations).
Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert--the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime was more than unfair. Two is downright cruel.
Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family-Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. It also pits against one another the two men who vie for her heart: Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it; and Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.
When bad choices made as a child lead to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads, forced to face her demons head-on if she plans to have any future at all-with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive one's self is damn near impossible.
Visit old friends in this harrowing sequel to "Desert Rice," in which award-winning author Angela Scott brings back the characters so many readers have loved.
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I read Desert Rice and had to buy the sequel Desert Flower. I'm so glad I did. What a wonderful story. Samantha is all grown up and off to college. She is home for the summer and goes for a horse back ride and stumbles across a man naked in the sand. After her horse runs off and leaves her stranded with this man, help comes after night fall. Things develop between them, but he ends up leaving. The rest I won't say because I don't want to ruin the story. A must read!
Powerful and emotionally complex, beautiful! This is the sequel to the amazing "Desert Rice". When I reviewed the first book, I said I had read it in one day. Well, guess what? I read this one in one day as well. Angela brings back our beloved characters and tells us how they have been resolving their lives and moving on. Right? But wait!! Stuff happens!! Decisions (good and bad) are made, ghosts come back from the past, and superbly detailed reflections from the main character, Sam, make you want to just pop in the book and go talk to her. "Desert Flower" makes you stop and think. One starts reflecting on one's own life and choices. It is amazingly real and poignant. An absolute MUST read!
The book was addicting to say the least. I'll admit that I didn't plan on reading it as fast as I did but once I picked it up, it was impossible to put it down. This whole story is an emotional roller coaster that sometimes I wanted to get off and pretend I'd never experienced it in the first place. But I am glad that I finished it because it really was a great read, just an extremely emotional one. ... Authors should not enjoy making readers cry but it's stories like this that make me believe they do. I guess I can understand that though, the power to evoke emotions proves how powerful a story really is.
"Desert Flower" is the sequel to Angela Scott's "Desert Rice". A smoothly paced plot with the continuation of the characters we met in the first book. Angela totally outdone herself in "Desert Flower", I found it so much better than the first! A real page turner and highly recommended to all readers. I do suggest reading the books in order so you don't get lost, as the first book will give you all the background. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Review by Tori: I read Desert Rice in preparation for reading Desert Flower and am glad that I read them in order. The first book gave me some background and insight into the story that may not have had quite the same punch without reading it. I liked seeing the strong relationship between Jacob and Sam evolve - in the first book Sam is only twelve, but is wise beyond her years due to her circumstances. She has lived through sexual abuse, betrayal, murder, but has also learned how strong family bonds can be, even if they are not related by blood. Desert Flower starts out seven years later and her relationship with Carson (a boy who had become her protector in Desert Rice) has changed into a physical one. Feeling confused, days later she also sleeps with Turner. This creates one very interesting love triangle. I enjoyed that Jacob was still so supportive of Sam, even though he knew about both men in her life. You also got to learn more about Laura and Boone in this book - they had taken them in in Desert Rice and without owing anybody any obligation have adopted them as their own. In Desert Flower this relationship solidifies and you see what great people they really are. The pace of the book was consistent throughout Desert Rice and Desert Flower. The story would move along over a period of days and then jump ahead a few weeks - which was confusing at first, but then I came to expect the jumps in time. This wasn't really my style of book, as I really enjoy fantasy and sci-fi - but I found myself very involved in the story and did not want to stop reading. I have a feeling there is a third book that could come out of this story. My mom just told me that she has written a Zombie series and I am really looking forward to reading those!