By: Christy Lenzi
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Format: Print ARC
I DNFed at page 105
In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.
Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.
I really want to love this book because the summary sounded amazing. Things started off pretty well. I enjoyed Lenzi’s writing and I was impressed that the main character didn’t fit into societal rules of her time period. She smoked a pipe, ran in the woods and really didn’t fit into polite society.
Sadly, the further I got the less I was enjoying the story. After Cat meets the strange, naked man on her land things started going haywire. I’d heard that there was some major insta-love going on. I was prepared and thinking I’d be able to cope with it. But…it wasn’t just insta-love/lust it was instant CONNECTION. And not only the ‘I feel I’ve known you forever’ but literal telepathy…it was too much. If there’s going to be a paranormal element I need some explanation. After 100 pages I still had no clue how these two were communicating this way- I think it was just supposed to be accepted as how things were. I just couldn’t suspend my sense of reality.