This follow-up novella to the critically acclaimed Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings is set in the American West in the 1970s against a backdrop of a counterculture spiritual movement. Rémi is attempting to live quietly as a tradesman in Arizona, but his peaceful respite is soon ended when Bichette forces her way back into his life. Against his better judgment he accepts a quest from her and soon he finds himself searching not just for a man foolish enough to cross his temperamental immortal beloved, but searching through Bichette’s own past and secrets as well.
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Danielle Peterson was born in Spokane, Washington. She currently lives in the Netherlands and attends the Den Haagse Hogeschool for an education in Public Management.
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Peterson has managed to maintain the story’s appeal and still not really answer the key question in the series: can one love too much or for too long. Again Remí is the main focus of this story; his narration provides the major point of view for the story and has maintained the sense of humor and touch of ramble that is so familiar from the first book. Fast forward another 150 years or so, and Remí is living in Arizona: still in love with his Bichette, but time has proven that they are not meant to exist in close proximity. While not really idealizing Bichette, her behaviour or the changes his acts in book one have wrought upon her, Remí does manage to provide a reasonably balanced narration as the story unfolds and he is again embroiled in a mystery with Bichette. This was a quick reading novella, that further defines the behaviour of Bichette, and places Remí in the conflicted position of desiring that which is dangerous to him, and possibly others. While he is clever enough to see the inherent issues in re-engaging contact with Bichette, his guilt over their vampiric state prods him to act. Beautifully written and engaging, this is a sweet story that manages to combine historical context, obsession, and guilt into the ongoing story of the Duck and the Doe. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is the second volume in the Duck and Doe novella series. Volume 1, Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings, shows how their relationship began and how they became immortal. Written from Remi's point of view in the style of a memoir, this series is funny, sweet, heartbreaking, and shocking. It explores the question: what if you really had an eternity to spend with someone? These two have and on-again, off-again love/hate relationship spanning centuries. A love story, but not a romance. Volume two continues their story with events that occurred in the 1970's. An entertaining read.