*I received a free ARC of Wild Child from Bantam via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe
I liked this book by Molly O’Keefe. It takes place in a very small city of Bishop, Arkansas. Bishop has been hit hard by the recession and it is facing financial difficulties. A contest offers the opportunity to build a factory and revive a small town. But Bishop has competition.
Monica Appleby spent a part of her childhood in Bishop, but a very sad and difficult part. While she lived there with her mom, her mother shot and killed her father in self-defense. Monica’s life spiraled out of control after this and she traveled all around the world with her mom. Her mom became a celebrity of sorts and got her own reality T.V. which highlighted the dysfunction of mother and daughter. Monica has a very stressful relationship with her mother. They finally meet in Bishop when Monica is writing a book about the death of her father.
Jackson Davies is the mayor of Bishop. As a young guy lost he parents in a car accident making him the guardian of his younger sister-Gwen. Both Gwen and Jackson are a little resentful of their forced upon “parent/child” relationship.
Monica and Jackson meet when she mistakenly receives an invitation to dinner at his home. They are instantly attracted to each other and ultimately push each other out of their comfort zones and both evolve as characters.
The town of bishop is full of interesting characters although everyone has been affected by the death of Monica’s father.
Although there are light and funny moments there are also intense moments when Monica and Jackson both have to confront their demons. Jackson wants to develop a good relationship with his sister and Monica with her mom.
Overall, good story with a lot of different elements in play.