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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Wildfire Weeds is a work of very recent historical fiction focused on the cultivation of illegal marijuana plants and was penned by author Mori Natura. The story focuses on an intimate week in the lives of Willow and Spruce Wilder in Mendocino County, where their idyllic homestead and happy family life give way to a surprising family business: the growing of cannabis plants. As legalization in Northern California looms on the horizon, things are changing for the Wilders and their extended family, and then things take a devastating turn. The infamous wildfires are looming too, threatening to burn both business and heritage in their way.
An unusual and compelling family drama, this is the homesteading family saga updated for the modern age in the California of just a few years ago. I enjoyed author Mori Natura’s delicate prose and vivid description, bringing to life the gorgeousness of the Redwood Valley and the ranch life of the central family. Their connection to the earth and its produce is heartfelt as a slow-burning narrative turns into a (literally) fast-burning drama for a family the reader has slowly fallen in love with. Effective use of dialogue and narration brings Willow and Spruce to life, reminiscing through a well-organized reflection of their life up to the point of the wildfires. Overall, Wildfire Weeds is an emotive and highly descriptive family drama with plenty of realistic twists and turns, and it is highly recommended for readers who enjoy intimate portrayals that are true to modern life.