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Desert Flowers by [Pen, Paul]
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Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Rose and Elmer have created an idyllic sanctuary for themselves and their five daughters in Mexico’s Baja California desert. Out there in the middle of nowhere, blissfully cut off from the burdens of modern society, they’re free to raise their beautiful family…and preserve its secret.

And they’re never giving it up.

Then a young hiker named Rick comes looking for a place to stay. It’s just for the night, he says—but long enough for Rose and Elmer to fear they’ve made a horrible mistake. As the stranger grows more intrusive and more suspicious, the couple know they must do what they can to protect themselves. What they don’t know is that Rick has a secret, too. Soon, home and family will prove to be as cold and dark as the desert nights. And even with so many places to run, there’s still no escape from the past that binds them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4683 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (8 August 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N17Z8UT
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hermit Existence in the desert 8 August 2017
By plane - Published on
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The author, Paul Pen, proves himself to be a master of moods in the telling of a very well done novel about family and background. Rose and Elmer are introduced as husband and wife raising their family in a remote location in Mexico's Baja California desert. They've chosen a lifestyle which allows them to spend time on making their daughters models for a happy existence and in which their parents see to all their needs. It is also a lifestyle which allows them to preserve a secret which if exposed could ruin their lives. They follow a set routine in which Elmer, the husband works at a gas station six days a week while Rose dedicates herself to being with their daughters hardly ever leaving their home.
An extremely happy existence until one day Rick, a young hiker, happens on their property. He asks to stay over one night to rest and manages to change everything for the family. What secrets does he carry, what are his intentions towards Elmer and Roses' family and what are his goals towards them? It is in this phase of the book that Mr. Pen's ability to radically change the mood he has set up at the opening stands out.
The ending is not telegraphed at all until the final segment of the book but the story is 100% guaranteed to keep the reader engrossed and glued to the novel as it develops. A very well done story and sure to make the author one that will be sought after in his future writings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and Haunting 16 August 2017
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I devoured this book in 2 days. It has been awhile since I read a book so descriptive and haunting. I felt like I was really experiencing the isolation of living in a desert region surrounded by cactus, miles from any other people. It was evident that this dysfunctional couple was hiding from civilization. The couple and their four children live off the grid with no telephone and only interact with a teacher who home schools 3 of the children. The father drives miles into town for work and only the 2 oldest children have ridden into town with him on a few occasions. The effects of living in this sheltered environment is exhibited in the idiosyncrasies of the children, one who talks to rocks and cactus and one who lives through characters in books. This isolation is shattered one day when a mysterious stranger appears on the family's property. The conclusion is horrifying and at the same time inevitable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 12 August 2017
By Crafty Grammy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is strange and wonderful! I read it in one sitting. Couldn't wait to get to the end. I wasn't disappointed!

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