My Darling Arrow by Saffron A. Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Audio Review: My Darling Arrow (St. Mary’s Rebels #1) by Saffron A Kent, Narrated by Jason Clarke & Sarah Puckett
My Darling Arrow moves beyond the cheesiness of a fairytale and dives into love in all it's painful glory. Kent shows off the darker side of life. From unpredictable to hard to resist, it's a long road. Salem and Arrow will make a mess of emotions with all the drama. Clarke and Puckett intensify the burn with their razor sharp delivery of these two broken people. From hello to goodbye, Kent bleeds the heart dry and leaves a lasting mark on the soul. Not easy to love, but hard to forget.
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Definitely not one of her best books, but not nearly as poor as I was led to believe. Admittedly, it's set in my home town, which never fails to delight me as my home town only read made it on to the map in the last 15 years or so. But I enjoyed following the main character's vision and her hard work on restoring the Cracker house, and I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic interest's background of owning Jungle Jerry's, a fictional but entirely accurate take on Sarasota Jungle Gardens, right down to the parrot that rides a bike.
Nostalgia definitely bumped the rating on this book at least a star; the villains were too villainous to be real - although in Florida non of them were impossible - and the plots were superficial at best. I always hold up her non detective fiction against her an early work of hers, Hissy Fit, and this falls far short of that incredibly readable story, but it's not, as I said, her worst. Living as far from home as one can get and still be on the planet, I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual trip home, so, 4 stars.
A mother reenters her ex-husband and daughter's lives wanting custody of the child. Witnesses will state that the father is unfit to have the child. It is up to Jeremy Locke to prove these women wrong. Then murder happens and he has to keep his client from going to prison.
I enjoyed this story. It started slow but did get better as Jeremy started to investigate these women and the past of the ex-wife. The murder made it more interesting and I admit I never saw the ending coming. I suspected someone else the whole time.
I liked the domesticity shown with Jeremy's wife and her pregnancy. I also like her opposition to him taking the case. She was spunky but a lot like me on suspects.
I'd read more of this series.