Cradle of the Serpent

A Man and a Woman's Imperfect Love

Fiction - Drama
295 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2017
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Author Biography

Mother and grandmother, Columbus, Ohio’s Linda Lee Greene is a best-selling author, award-winning artist, blogger, and interior designer. As a child on the farm of her maternal grandparents in Southern Ohio, and while carted around on the shoulders of her teenage uncles, or on the broad tall backs of their horses, her view of life began atop those high places. From those lofty vantage points, the fairytale landscape and the storybook yarns spun by the hill people there impressed her mind's ear and eye so indelibly that they emerged over the years as the bedrocks of her last three books. Her childhood experiences also influenced much of her artwork, found online at
Her current novel “Cradle of the Serpent” ( centers on Lily Light, an archaeologist at work on a special project at Ohio’s Great Serpent Mound. Lily is devastated by her husband Jacob’s infidelity and its catastrophic circumstances. For help through her turmoil, she turns to psychoanalysis, and in the process undergoes episodes in which she transforms into White Flower, a young girl who is a member of the clan of ancient Indian builders of the mound. Lily’s experiences while she is White Flower help to lead her out of her shattered life and into wholeness again.
A novel of literary fiction, this is an “enthralling” blend of contemporary romance, suspense, history, and fascinating sequences of time-traveling, a big story set against expansive Ohio and Arizona backdrops.

    Book Review

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.

Debra Shiveley Welch

5 Stars...An Enthralling Read
This review is from: Cradle of the Serpent: A Man and a Woman's Imperfect Love (Paperback)
I love historically-based fiction, when done well, and "Cradle of the Serpent" did not disappoint. I've been interested in Indian mounds since I can remember, and the blending the true, historical facts of Serpent Mound with the fictional story of Mrs. Lily Light kept me reading until the story was done.
It angers me when historical fact is ignored, but in "Cradle of the Serpent," the intensive research into historical fact is apparent. Add to that an enthralling story of trust and betrayal, love and infidelity, and you have an enthralling read that will keep you reading on.


5 Star Review:
Great book by a relatively new author!
By Sam on April 9, 2017

Really enjoyed reading this book by Ms. Greene. Storyline was very engaging and the book itself was extremely well written. Definitely looking forward to more books by this author.