Nothing delights me as much as discovering a new writer. It’s one more person to add to my favorite writer goody bag, one more author whose work I can look forward to.
I’ve discovered quite a number of new authors this year. A few made it to my favorite list. One of those few is Kim Fielding. And the reason?
Rattlesnake was the first work of hers I’ve read and it hit the ball out of the park!
Before I go on about how much I love, love this book, here’s the synopsis:
A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.
With a synopsis like that, you know you’re not expecting a face paced book, and a fast paced book is not what you get. Although that doesn’t mean that the story drags. Oh no. There’s no part of this gem that drags. Instead, what you get is a tale that simmers. Everything flows gently but oh so well.
You would love Jimmy. Oh heavens how much you’d love him. He’s a loner. He’s lost. He’s strong. He’s suffered. He’s survived. He’s… a drifter. A lost soul that wants only one thing…home.
And home is what he finds when he gets to Rattlesnake. In the arms of a Shane Little and all the inhabitants of that town that’s so small but does community oh so well.
Damn I wanted to live in Rattlesnake. I wanted to eat there, drink there, dance there, hell even die there because even their dead still get the sense of family from the town.
I laughed and cried in equal measure when I read this. Not because Rattlesnake was necessarily a sad story but because it was a story of hope, of second chances, of finding your way home.
It’s a brilliant brilliant book that led me to an amazing author and I know it will touch you as much as it has touched me. So why not click on the image below and immerse yourself in the town of Rattlesnake.