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Wild Beauty

Anna-Marie Mclemore

McLemore's (When the Moon Was Ours, 2016) latest is a fantastical tale about the Nomeolvides women who for a century have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They are able to grow flowers with their bare hands but the women pay a high price for their magic because if they fall in love too deeply, their suitors will disappear. When Estrella and her four cousins realize they’re all in love with Bay Briar, heiress to La Pradera, they perform a ritual intended to protect her. The next day, Estrella discovers the garden has given something back: Fel, a mysterious Spanish-speaking young man who can’t recall his past. As she tries to help him piece together his memories, La Pradera leads Estrella and Fel to secrets as dangerous as they are magical.