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My rating: 5 stars
"Brought up in the savage captivity of her unstable grandmother's rural Pennsylvania home, Mari Calder once yearned for rescue. Now she struggles every day to function as an adult in the confines of normal society. Left with only a foggy recollection of her childhood, she's consumed with being a dutiful wife to her husband, Ryan, and mother to their two children.
But an unexpected twist of events returns her to that long-forgotten house in the woods. Soon, Mari is greeted with reminders of a past life, the clarified memories only inviting a new level of strangeness into her fragile world. To protect her family, she must find the beautiful, powerful strength hidden in her inner chaos. Because someone is bent on exploiting Mari's trauma, and as normal and wild begin to blend, a string of devastating truths force Mari to question all she thought she knew."
You had me at book summary. There are only two women with ability to leave me in state of infinite haze and awe for days after I read the last page of their books - Melina Marchetta and Megan Hart. I knew that Lovely Wild will be something special. I knew that no matter the fact that I was prepared for to be surprised, she will still manage to make me speechless.
First, I would like to warn you not expect something similar to Broken or Tempted. If you would ask me which genre is this, I would have no clue how to answer that question. Megan Hart did not write romance or erotica, there are elements of suspense and mystery. Family drama? Woman's fiction? Easiest ways is to read it and make conclusions by yourself. In the end, why do we even have to label things? That is what makes Lovely Wild special - it eludes all generalizations and cliches, it refuses to be described as only one thing.
Still, Megan Hart stayed faithful to herself and just like it was a case with her previous novels, main focus is on strong female characters. Told from the perspective of wife, daughter and husband, Lovely Wild deals with murky and complicated subject of human mind and psychology. What is it that makes us humans? Where is that line that divides us from animal behavior? Would you be able to learn language if you were isolated from the rest of the people? How do we raise our children? What is it that we teach them? And how much sins of our parents define us?
Captivating story and masterful narration, something that you can always expect from Megan Hart, combined with family and emotional drama are just few of the reasons not to miss Lovely Wild.
*Copy of the book was provided by publisher, Harlequin, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*