Today I am pleased to present a contemporary work of fiction, Desert Rice by Angela Rice, as well as a giveaway and review. Enjoy!
About the Book: Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.
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This was a uniquely different and rather difficult book to read. Difficult because the angst created with the tension from both the writing and story-line were constant companions: it grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Yes, it is beautifully written and the characters come to life in front of your eyes, but continue to amaze, frighten and astound you as the story continues. Whether it was too easy to envision the circumstances and situations, or the instant empathy and need to protect that comes from a parenting side, this book is an emotional rollercoaster ride.
The author has created a tightly written drama, while the characters of Samantha and Jacob are young, and this is easily and readily tossed into the ‘coming of age’ pile because of that; they are not just children or teens – they are thrust into situations that would cause many adults to crumble. And yet – their love for each other, the protectiveness and support that can be found only in brother and sister relationships is the glue that holds the story together. Crafted with a conclusion that is succinct and unexpected, yet leaving an opening for further explanation this is a book that will stay on your mind for days after completion. A very good thing.
I received an eBook from IOB Tours for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell her, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.
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