5 star reads - Courtney

(Arc) Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s, even more, a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Wild beauty is such a beautiful well-written book. The cover drew me to it and bloggers were saying such amazing things about it, I had to give it a shot. I do admit the beginning is slow and it was hard not to want to put the book down, but I kept reading and I’m glad I did. The second half of the book picked up and boy it was a load of feels. There are so many characters and amazing things that happen in the second half.

You have the Nomeolvide women who can make flowers. It is a gift they have had for centuries, but it also has a curse. If the Nomeolvide women fall deeply in love, their lover vanishes into thin air and never returns. Some of the women have even gone to such lengths as to turn their lovers away and make them leave to protect them. Their ancestors and others who do not live at La Pradera with them have also been chased out of town, murdered, and called witches.

Estrella (Who you follow most of the story) is one of 5 cousins in La Pradera. She Buried a green wooden horse in the ground and out came a boy. The women have no clue where he came from or what happened to him. They all assume he is one of their victims and vanished decades ago, but he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. As he tries to piece his memory back together to remember, the girls start uncovering a bigger secret at hand. You also see the girls struggle with keeping secrets from each other and Bay Briar.

You have a bunch of diversity in this novel. You have at least 6 latina bi-sexual characters. I can not speak for the rep. I finished this book in a few days and fell in love with the characters. Anna’s writing is so beautiful, she is also very descriptive so you can always get a mental image of where the girls are and the color of the flowers and scenery. I found myself so intrigued by page 100, that I could not put the book down. I highly recommend checking it out.

If you have read this book what are some of your thoughts on it? Did you enjoy it or did you not like it? Also, what are you currently reading? I am always looking suggestions for new books. Let’s chat in the comments!

Courtney 💛


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