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 is 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.
I wish I could give this book a well-deserved 10 stars, very short-sighted not to allow bonus points. I thought the prequel to this story, Desert Rice, was the best book I'd read in 2013- but I have to say, I think I preferred the second one better. I fell in love with Sam and Carson a few months ago when I read Desert Rice, but this more mature, conflicted Sam broke my heart and lifted it right back up with her sweet nature and broken thoughts. Right alongside Sam, I experienced everything from the conflict of loving two vastly different men, to her fears and feelings of inadequacy due to long ago events.
Desert Flower is a beautiful, albeit heart-wrenching story of standing up to your past and learning to bend, rather than break when life just piles on the hard challenges. I loved loved loved this book and I strongly recommend this story (but read Desert Rice first, while this could probably be a stand alone, you will get more out of the reading experience if you travel Sam's journey through her 12/13-year old eyes in the first book). This book is one of my top 5 for the year.
When I finished Desert Rice I just had to jump right in to it's sequel, Desert Flower. I absolutely LOVED this book but it frustrated the hell out of me! Carson or Turner? Happy or Sad? Who and what did I want Sam to choose? I loved Carson from the start. Who is this Turner guy and why can't I decide if I like him? One minute I adore him, the next he pissed me off, kind of like what Sam was going through. When I finally came to my decision and what I wanted to happen happened, I changed my mind again. Seriously, what gives!? I finally made peace with the decisions made and not a page later, BAM!! More devastation in Sam's life. Why? I know this is fiction but how much can one person take? When is enough enough? This book not only kept me awake all hours of the night, it also kept me an emotional wreck. I couldn't stop reading but afraid to continue at the same time, wondering what could possibly happen. This girl has been to hell and back. The only stability in her life are her parents and I started to think that nothing could go wrong there......hoped it wouldn't anyway. Her relationship with her brother was slowly killing me. I was almost finished with the book and there wasn't much room left for anything else to happen...or so I thought. Frustration and anguish gripped me yet again. I've cried like a baby throughout this entire book, right until the end. Desert Rice and Desert Flower are MUST READS!! When you do, you will feel exactly as I do now. There aren't enough words to express my praise for these two books.