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Ebook Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0-9996879-7-3. B08H5WYFHW
  • 336 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0999657966
  • 336 pages
  • $13.95
Anne Lovett
Author
Snakes and Lovers
Anne Lovett, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

Can a snake give two stubborn people a second chance at love?

Beach bum Daisy needs to save her parents’ marriage. They’re the one steady thing in her twice-divorced life. But her trip home to a small Georgia town  gets complicated by a disappeared friend, a small boy named Raj, a five-foot python named Bogart, a jewel thief, a cranky bus, a trip to New Orleans, and, oh yes—the guy who broke her heart in high school. Can Daisy risk a second chance?

Reviews
In this punchy romantic comedy, Lovett (Rubies from Burma) introduces readers to 38-year-old Daisy Harrison—a two-time divorcée avoiding responsibility on the Florida coast, whose life is turned upside-down when she learns that her parents are splitting. Simultaneously, Daisy’s friend Lorelei mysteriously skips town, leaving Daisy to care for her nine-year-old son, Raj, and pet python, Bogart. Saddled with these unexpected burdens and hoping to solve her parents’ struggles, Daisy returns to her Georgia hometown for the first time in years. While there, she’s forced to confront her childhood sweetheart, Luke, in order to reunite her parents and get her own rocky life back on track.

Daisy is a likable, independent woman who marches to the beat of her own drum. Readers will sympathize with her plight after realizing that Luke married Daisy’s ex-best friend, Alyssa, because his prim and proper parents didn’t approve of Daisy’s free-spirited personality. Daisy’s inevitable reconciliation with Luke, who is now separated from Alyssa, is predictable but nevertheless sweet. Before the happy ending, readers will enjoy rich buildup and Daisy’s snarky inner monologue (“in case it might not be Luke McDuffie, but his evil twin, Fluke, whom they’d hidden in the attic all these years”).

There are many important characters, and each is well-rounded and purposeful in both their own arcs and Daisy’s narrative. With Lorelei indisposed after a serious injury, Raj’s absent father comes into play; he tracks the Harrisons down to meet his son but ultimately helps Daisy forge a path to her own maturity. As she unknowingly and unwillingly grows more attached to Raj, Daisy’s endearing relationship with him becomes the central and most satisfying element. Her winding path to love, family, and identity will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever stumbled in finding happiness.

Takeaway: Women’s fiction readers will be delighted with Daisy’s wittiness and independence and enjoy her unusual path to love and happiness.

Great for fans of: Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook, Meg Cabot’s The Boy is Back, Jennifer Weiner.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: B+

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0-9996879-7-3. B08H5WYFHW
  • 336 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0999657966
  • 336 pages
  • $13.95

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