by Angela Scott
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Source: e-book courtesy of Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Available as of June 2012
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Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.
I don't know what I expected when I started Desert Rice, but what I got wasn't even on the radar of possibilities. Angela Scott wrote a beautiful story of a brother and sister trying to outrun their past.
Sam and Jacob are on the run. Jacob knows all the details and Sam is left in the dark. One thing is clear, no one can know who they are or where they're from. How long will they be able to keep up their charade?
Sam is a twelve year old girl who knows her mother is dead and her only hope of staying with her brother is to leave town. Jacob is fifteen and thinks it's best to let everyone believe Sam is a boy. No one would be looking for brothers. They have limited cash and Jacob is doing his best to support his sister. He has his flaws, but he's trying to be the person she needs.
I really enjoyed Desert Rice. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but after a while, I couldn't put it down. I didn't expect the last third of the book to play out the way it did. It kept me on my toes and left me wanting more. The love Sam has for Jacob and Jacob for Sam is evident. They drive each other crazy at times, but they would do anything for the other.
Overal, Desert Rice left me breathless. It was a truly amazing read that took me off guard when their past was revealed. Angela Scott did an incredible job with the set up. This book is definitely for everyone.
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