Blue Willow by Deborah Smith
Blue Willow is the fourth book by Deborah Smith that I have enjoyed recently. Like all her books, this one is steeped in the love of family and friends and deep Southern roots. Unlike her other novels that I have read so far, this one was much more dark and desperate.
Lily and Artemas were bonded at Lily's birth. All her life, she waited for him to return. Both of them suffer serious tragedies in their lives that shape them and make them the people they become. Artemas, bound by a traumatic family history, is loyal to his family- so loyal that he almost loses Lily. But Artemas and Lily both have much to learn about love and family loyalty. When the ultimate tragedy strikes, Artemas and Lily may lose everything about their relationship.
The trauma that Lily and Artemas both face growing up makes this book much bleaker and darker than previous Smith books I have read. I still loved reading the sweet story between the two. And the themes of family, community, and loyalty still run deep in this book. Smith's characters are so deep and real. This is the kind of book I really want to keep reading because I want to see it resolved, but I really don't want to be through with the book!
As I said before when I reviewed A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith, these books do have some crude/bad language and sexual references. Reader beware.