[Blog Tour & Interview] Desert Flower by Angela Scott1
In Angela Scott's novel, Desert Flower, Sam Haggert must figure out what she wants from life as the world keeps throwing twists her way that she can't control. Two men who love her, a mistake that haunts her, and a choice that might end her. But as more people get caught up in the whirlwind that is Sam, she has to think about what is best for everyone and stop thinking about herself.
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, resurfacing past hurts, revealing old secrets, and pitting her between two men who via 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 leads to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads and is 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 herself is damn near impossible.
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 by Angela Scott is a continuation of the story of Sam, a girl broken by her past, from her previous book, Desert Rice. But now Sam is all grown up and facing the fate of becoming an adult in a world that she fears because of her past. A chance encounter with a man in the desert leads to a series of events that turn her world upside down and make her doubt everything she has ever believed. She begins to trust this man, Turner, with things that she hasn't trusted anyone with before and she finds herself pulling away from the man, Carson, who helped her through her past. Is she making the right choice or is she going down the wrong path, one that will certainly lead to her demise? But no choice is easy and instead of making one, she hides from it until fate makes it impossible for her to ignore all of the choices that she's made. Once it's too late to turn back, what will she do? Will she make a choice? Will it be the right one? How many people will get hurt along the way?
Sam, the main character, was really easy to relate with in the beginning and if anything, she deserved at least a small amount of pity on my part. I know that I wouldn't be strong enough to deal with what she went through and still function like a normal person or even slightly normal. In that sense, I am in awe of her. She deserves praise for her strength but sadly, she is also very weak. Her need to hide from reality, to know things with a large amount of certainty, leads to a great amount of selfishness. It is her great character flaw. She doesn't think before she acts and she forgets that her actions influence other people. By the time she learns this lesson, so much time has passed and so much hurt has been accrued by those who love her that some relationships might not be repairable. I think her character has more growth in this story than any other character in any other book I've read for awhile and that's saying something. Because of her choices, she is stretched to her limits and by the end of the story, she has learned her lesson and taken responsibility for her choices. Maybe then she can be happy.
Turner and Carson are the love interests of this story. I hate to say that I picked a favorite but when there are two guys, I kind of have to pick a favorite and I root for them through the story. Needless to say, I was heartbroken by the end of the story but I understood why everything happened the way it did. Anyway, onto the characters since I am not mentioning my favorite. Read the book and you'll know who. Turner is introduced at the beginning of the story and he manages to get under Sam's skin in no time. He has this confident air about him that seems to irritate her even when he does nothing but there is also a sweetness to him that manages to keep her from killing him constantly. It is a relationship that is filled with passion and hope for the future. He wants her to be happy and he just wants her, is that so wrong? Carson has been with her the longest and seen her through the worst of her life. He wants to be what brings about the best in her life, he wants to be the man that has a family with her, and he wants to be the man that she loves with all her heart. But she is uncertain about their relationship. She doesn't know how she feels about him outside of friendship and she doesn't know if she is ready for any commitment, especially with him. He makes her feel adored and cared about and yet, she can't help but feel unworthy of him.
Sam's family is perhaps the brightest spot of this whole story. There is something about a family that sticks together through the horrible parts of life and it was nice to see that there are flaws in that family. Sometimes they purposefully hurt each other, testing the strength of their relationships but they always seem to find their way back to each other. Boone and Laura are her adoptive parents. They are her greatest supporters, her biggest advocates, and they know everything about her. For a girl who hides herself away behind her secrets, she has a bond with them that is unwavering and no matter what happens, she knows they have her back. I am honestly jealous of that sort of relationship because I know that I'll at least never have that with my dad. Her relationship with her brother, Jacob, is heart-wrenching to say the least. After being through so much together, they still have the traits of siblings. They hurt each other, sometimes without meaning to, and underneath it all, they still love each other. They have each other's backs through whatever happens even when they act like they don't. Now, that is a relationship I can understand. It kind of reminds me of my brother's relationship with me except it isn't so violate.
I do love this story with all its ups and downs. I hate the heartache but love the characters. It is the stories like this one that make you want to shake the characters until they realize their mistakes. It's stories like this that make you realize why your life is so good. It's stories like this that make you grateful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- I know a lot of authors hate the question about what inspired them to write a story but I’m always curious. So here’s my question: what led to your interest in writing the story?
- Are there any messages in the story that you want the readers to grasp by the time they finish the book?
- Now, I am going to ask a question that typically isn’t a favorable question. I’m going to ask you to pick favorites. Who is your favorite character to write and why? Which character do you relate the most to?
- The process of creating characters seems to be very complex and different for each writer. Did you base any of your characters off of people you know in real life? Did you have them go through similar experiences that people you know or you have gone through?
- What was your favorite scene to write? I’ve always liked that authors seem to never favor the same type of scenes. Some are all for the action and suspense scenes while others prefer the complex, deep, and emotional scenes. Which type of scenes do you prefer to write?
- Most authors place a lot of value on pre-writing rituals to help them prepare for writing different scenes and getting into a character’s mind. Do you have any?
- What books have influenced your life the most? Or rather what characters have made the biggest impact on you?
As a kid, I loved the book , Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. I will always remember that book.
- Because I’m a huge fan of reading and love different authors because of their different writing styles, I’m curious about whether you have that same experience. I like certain ways that authors word things and it seems to influence the way I write. Do you have any authors that you would consider influential on your writing?
- Are there any new books that have come out or are coming out that have caught your attention?
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?