Review: Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith

Posted May 7, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith
Cottonwood
by R. Lee Smith

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 28, 2013
Published by A Red Hot Romance Novel
Pages: 467
Format: eBook
 

Recommended Read!

“It was a moving and emotional read and I couldn’t put it down once I got started. ”
~ Under the Covers

Aliens have arrived on Earth, only the didn’t mean to. Their ship malfunctioned and now they’re stranded. Fast forward a few decades and all the aliens are dumped in squalid camps to be forgotten as most humans believe that are too stupid and violent to join mainstream society. It doesn’t help that they look like bugs with a humanoid body.

Sarah naively goes into the Cottonwood, a new reservation for the “Bugs” as she wants to help and integrate them with human society. What she finds is horrifying. But she does as much as she can and is especially drawn to Sanford and his adorable son T’aki. She knows she has to help them escape and get back to their home, even if she has sacrifice everything to do it.

R. Lee Smith has been recommended to me before, especially her epic tale The Last Hour of Gann. However, it is her book Cottonwood that captured by attention. It was a moving and emotional read and I couldn’t put it down once I got started. Those of you who follow my reviews know that I adore sci fi alien romances, indeed my love of the genre is what prompted me to pick up this book. However, this isn’t a fluffy love story between a human woman and her gorgeous alien. Instead Smith has given us something a little different to get our teeth into.

Let’s start off with the romance, Sarah and Sanford start off with a wary friendship, which grows closer and closer until a romantic relationship seems inevitable. The growing respect and love between Sanford and Sarah as well as the adorable T’aki, Sanford’s son, is one of the sunny spots in a book that is otherwise a depressing tale of humanity’s worse traits. If the book wasn’t peppered with sweet moments between Sarah and Sanford, and adorable times with T’aki, this book would have been too bleak.

Cottonwood is an immigration camp where the aliens are forced to work in recycling, which is a euphemism for forced labour in a massive rubbish heap whilst living in dirty slums. Due to the aliens bug-like appearance humans seems to have discarded them in an “out of sight out of mind” type of mentality leaving them in the power of those who can exploit them. We experience this from Sarah’s POV as she enters Cottonwood wanting to help those inside but instead gets slowly disillusioned.

I found the portrayal of every human, apart from Sarah, as callous, cruel, uncaring or condescending a little off putting and uncomfortable. But, it added to the hellish and depressing atmosphere of the place and explained why Sarah took all the risks and actions to try and help Sanford and T’aki. And, ultimately it made the ending of this book all the more triumphant.

I really enjoyed this book, the romance in it was powerful but a slow burner and the story itself was touching. I definitely found myself wiping away a few tears as I was reading. If you like a really intense read, regardless of the genre, with some social commentary than this is the book for you, it is certainly down as one of my favourite reads of this year.

spacer

What did you think of our review?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

spacer

spacer

 ♡ Don’t want to miss any of our posts? ♡ 

Suzanne
Follow me

Suzanne

Blogger/Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
Suzanne
Follow me

Latest posts by Suzanne (see all)

Related Posts

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

releasecalendarbanner

Under the Covers Book Blog Comment Policy
Please read our comment policy here.

5
Leave a Reply

avatar
5 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
Kathy ValentineAmy RTimitraElizabethDarynda Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Kathy Valentine
Guest
Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! Sounds good and I love the cover,so beautiful!! Shared on all my socials!!

Darynda
Guest
Darynda

Wow! This sounds great and I adore that cover. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
Guest
Elizabeth

This sounds pretty deep. I’ll have to look more closely at this. Thanks!

Timitra
Guest
Timitra

Sounds pretty good, thanks Suzanne for the review

Amy R
Guest
Amy R

Thanks for the review.