Cradle of the Serpent

Cradle of the Serpent

A Man and a Woman's Imperfect Love

Fiction - Drama
296 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2017
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Cradle of the Serpent (A Man and a Woman's Imperfect Love) by Linda Lee Greene is a fictional drama with a theme of dream/time travel and archaeology. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of young adults and adults who enjoy drama romance novels that are not erotic. Lily Light is an archaeologist who works at the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio. Her work opened her to experiences, knowledge, and beliefs she never knew existed. Psychotherapist Michael Neeson is Lily’s therapist and guide in her dream travels where she becomes a woman known as White Flower. Lily’s life path takes her to heights she never knew existed in her dream travels, yet she also experiences hurt when she discovers her husband’s infidelity.

Cradle of the Serpent (A Man and a Woman's Imperfect Love) by Linda Lee Greene is a book with a slower pace, yet the leisurely pace only added to the story instead of detracting from it. I enjoyed the way that Lily Light develops as a character during the course of the book as her husband’s shooting, his paralyzed state, and the discovery of his mistress leave her reeling. The way that she not only recovers, but also throws herself into her dream states that allow her to embrace White Flower, was amazing. I loved the suspense in trying to discover if White Flower was a dream state or if Lily was time traveling. The additional perspective of Michael Neeson provided a nice balance to the story. I also particularly liked that the love scenes were written to be romantic instead of erotic.