Love You Holy: Wild Child
contemporary fiction, romance, Women's Fiction
Pub Date 25 Apr 2019
A screaming newborn is thrown from a speeding car onto a dusty Texas road. Immediately, swarms of vultures descend on her to feast. A vicious kick from a crippled old man scatters the vultures and gives his wife time to pick the baby up."What is it Ma?" the old man asks his wife. "A sickly bear cub?" he ventures."No, Pa. It’s a newborn baby. See,” she says, pulling the blanket down. “Two arms and two legs. No fur. And look at this, Pa,” she says shaking her head with tears in her eyes, "her umbilical cord still attached." And so begins the life of Max Arrins, an abandoned orphan whose extraordinary character eventually makes her a legend in Texas. She’s a modern-day hero, who defends the weak, takes care of her people and doesn’t take any shit! Determined to join the Storm Kings, an elite group of linemen who put the lights back on after hurricanes and cyclones, she struggles fearlessly with man and nature to achieve her goal. But when her ambitions are blocked, the "Wild Child" in her emerges, with disastrous results for her opponent.If Wild Child Arrins loves you holy, you're safe. Be kind to her and she'll be kind to you. But hurt her or prevent her from getting what she wants… watch out. The Wild Child unleashed is a force to be reckoned with; a force not bears, wildcats or even an entire crew of Storm Kings can handle.
This is a very different story. It is written as an
autobiography by the Wild child herself, telling her story from the age of 14
to 17 in great depth. Max also explains her origins, as she knows them, and
some details of her life after 17, but the bulk of the story covers the period
of her adoption to her marriage.
Her origins and early life are heart-rending and sad beyond
belief, and yet you believe the story as it is so well told. The desperate
poverty of small land holders with debts and mortgages reliant on their crops
to provide their income.
The characterisations of this strange breed of humanity – Texans
– are excellent, as is the use of colloquial language and idioms. I thought
that the character of the Judge was lovely, and Ben was believable as someone
who could ‘tame’ the Wild Child.
This novel kept me turning the pages and wanting to know
more about the Storm Kings and yes, the song – The Witchita Linesman’ kept
running through my head!