Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lovely Wild by Megan Hart

Lovely Wild
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MrsLeif's Review
Mari Calder has very little recollection of her childhood except living in a house with an old woman and spending her time mostly alone and fighting to eat and to survive with the dogs in the house. She later on is adopted by the scientist that helps her reclaim her place in society.

Now, as an adult Mari has a loving husband and two great children. She knows she's still different than the other mothers and wives. She rather be on her own than have a Spa day. 

After her husband Ryan gets in trouble, she ends up back in the house she grew up in. The memories start coming back to her as the day passes by, and many of the mysteries through the book are revealed one at a time. 

I love Megan Hart's books. So it's with a sad heart that I must say that this book was not for me. The book had a great start and a great intrigue but the last third of the book had me thinking more than once: WTH!!! 
Miss Hart built the mystery of a character to a great extent then she makes me regret my feelings for him. I feel so bad for Mari over and over again.  I do wish the last few chapters were different.
Just as well, Mari was a great heroine. She had endured so much and was able to function almost normally most of the time. She was a strong female character. So was her daughter Kendra. I liked both instantly. 
On the other had, Ryan made mistake after mistake and in my eyes the chances of forgiveness were slim. Only his last few actions redeem him just a little bit.

Cliffhanger: No

3/3 Fangs
MrsNorthman's Review
Megan Hart is one of my favorite authors. She's so great at immersing you into the world and the characters that she creates and taking you on an unexpected journey. This one, I have to say, while unexpected was a little strange, even for me.

For about the first 80% of the book I was all in. Glued to the pages, anxious to find out what was going to happen. There was something about Mari that was so different and I loved it. She had a rough childhood, but overcame it and was all about her kids and her husband, Ryan.

On all outward appearances, she was a go-with-the-flow type of person, but inside there was a wildness about her and a weird obsession with having a stockpile of food in the house. And a secret stash of snack cakes. Which stemmed from her childhood. She had lived with her grandmother, who wasn't always able to take care of her, until eventually being adopted by her husband's father. It was a strange situation.

Mari saw Ryan as her prince. I can't understand what she saw in him honestly. I couldn't stand him throughout the entire book. He was a selfish, cheater and it felt to me like he took advantage of Mari in so many ways. Facing a malpractice suit, he packs up his family and takes them back to the remote house that Mari grew up in, to write a book, about her childhood. She has no idea what he's planning, but doesn't really question him either. Until strange things start to happen and the whole story comes out.

For me the last 20% was weird. I really enjoyed the book until around the time Andrew entered the story. At first I thought, wow this is sweet. But, boy was I wrong. Not the great ending I was expecting with all the buildup. This book was a page turner and the flow of her writing was great as always, but the ending sort of ruined it for me.

3/5 Fangs

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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