“This is a mesmerizing story that has an irresistible appeal… Desert Phoenix—Inspired by a True Story features clever plotting, focused scenes, and superior storytelling.”—The Book CommentaryA WOMAN WITH A PAST IS NOT A WOMAN WITHOUT A FUTURENevada’s gold country, 1901. No longer young or fresh, Tempa is staring face to face with the whore’s unholy trinity: alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide. While her best friend, Belle, has chosen laudanum, Tempa finds escape in literature, which she shares with the illiterate prostitutes in a book club-like setting at the cribs. Forced into prostitution as a girl after losing her family to yellow fever, Tempa also retains a sense of self-worth by using her knowledge of herbs to heal others.When she nurses Henry—a good-natured, young German immigrant on the run from a man who has reason to want him dead—Tempa sees a future she longs for but cannot allow herself to claim. So when the noose tightens around Henry’s neck, she ransoms her life for his.At once a sweeping love story and a harrowing account of the harshness of the American Old West, DESERT PHOENIX is the tale of a middle-aged, crib prostitute who gains an unlikely ally in her struggle for physical and emotional survival. Based on local history and family stories passed down from Bruggeman’s grandfather, this engaging and evocative novel for fans of Kristin Hannah and Kate Quinn, interweaves Tempa’s rise from the ashes of her old life with Henry’s turbulent passage into manhood.*Contains mature themes, including non-graphic suicide and sexual assault
✔ Author(s): Suzette Bruggeman
✔ Title: DESERT PHOENIX: Inspired by a True Story
✔ Rating : 4.5 out of 5 base on (882 reviews)
✔ ISBN-10: B0BXN6MQ42
✔ ISBN-13: 978B0BXN6MQ44
✔ Language: English
✔ Format ebook: PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Audio, HTML and MOBI
✔ Device compatibles: Android, iOS, PC and Amazon Kindle
Readers' opinions about DESERT PHOENIX by Suzette Bruggeman
What a rollercoaster of emotions! I laughed, cried, and everything in between. The author's ability to evoke such raw feelings is truly commendable. It's a story that will stay with me forever.
The author's ability to evoke a wide range of emotions through their words is truly remarkable. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the entire book.
I'm already planning to reread this book. It's one of those stories that you can revisit again and again, discovering new layers of meaning each time.
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