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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Snakes and Lovers by Anne Lovett, Daisy Harrison is happy with her existence working as a barmaid in Daytona Beach, Florida. Since her last divorce Daisy has given up on love. Then she receives news that her parents' 40-year-old marriage is in trouble. She has to return to her childhood town of Sawyer, Georgia to stop them from separating for good. With two divorces under her belt, Daisy is not a marriage expert and besides, she is currently looking after her friend Lorelei's son Raj and pet python while she is out of town. When Lorelei doesn't return, Daisy arranges care for Raj and heads to Sawyer on her ex-husband's purple bus. When she arrives in Sawyer, Daisy discovers two stowaways on the bus; Raj and his python. As Daisy tries to convince her mother, Moo, to forgive her husband's betrayal, Daisy has to face the person who broke her heart 19 years ago, former boyfriend Luke. Events in Sawyer become complicated as Luke wants to make amends and join her on a mercy mission to New Orleans. Once they arrive in New Orleans, they face a possible kidnapping and robbery. Daisy has some tough decisions to make. Is she ready to become a responsible adult? Can Daisy take a chance on love again?
Snakes and Lovers by Anne Lovett is such a funny situational comedic novel. Anne has created some superb characters who are very realistic with their own unique distinctive personalities. The dialogue is sharp and quick-witted. There were so many scenes throughout the story that made me laugh out loud especially the seance. Moo, the mother, was my absolute favorite character. Her obscure sayings about life were so comical even though I think they were meant to be profound and intelligent. Moo and Raj's relationship was heartwarming; she really took the little boy under her wing and treated him like the grandson she never had. Daisy was a great protagonist. I think everyone has met someone like her that falls from one disaster to another and is coerced into situations she is not happy with. Luke was a tremendous balance in her life and there was a fantastic chemistry between them. Snakes and Lovers is far more than a humorous novel; the plot covers some important issues such as personal relationships, past resentment, jealousy, forgiveness, and miscommunication. There was also a very important message threaded throughout the storyline regarding missed opportunities and that it's never too late to give up on your dreams and goals.