Review: The Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

This is my second book by this author and I love it more than I did the first time around. There are trigger warnings for mental illness.

After a crazy accident, Willow is admitted into Heartstone Psychiatric Hospital. It was an impulse decision that she regrets everyday. It causes her mom to worry for Willow’s safety and self being. Willow knows that she is different from all the females in her family. From her personality all the way down to the different eye color. The one thing that she inherited was her silver hair. Simon Blackwood is the new psychiatrist that is hired at Heartstone Psychiatric. His father is the founder of the hospital and it is implied that Simon would follow or be just like his father but the two of them couldn’t be anymore different. Willow awakens something in him that he thought was dead for a long time and it scares the hell out of him.

Willow is a warrior. That is what Simon describes her as throughout the story. She is a hard fighter and loves fiercely. She knows that she does not belong at the hospital but she fits in so much better than she did on the “outside,” She is eighteen, but she is so mature for her age. She harbors a lot of guilt for disappointing her mother, and even when the situation got out of hand with Simon, she blames herself. What I liked the most about her is that she admits her faults and realizes that she is not perfect and will make mistakes. It makes her so strong. She definitely took a lot and I admired her for standing up for herself. Her mental illness does not define her. Everyday is a struggle with some days being better but she fights for the kind of life she wants that makes her happy.

Simon is a psychiatrist that is new to Heatstone Psychiatric. His father is the founder. He did his best to not follow in his father’s footsteps and take over the family business. His relationship with his father is strained because of the death of his mother. He blames his father for the most part and himself because he could not save her.  His life is full of rumors from his previous employment that are simply based off other’s opinion of him. He also harbors a ton of guilt and he is afraid that if he let’s himself love or be loved for a fraction of a second he will destroy it.

Simon and Harper were so alike and different at the same time. They both was each other’s balance but also needed separate counseling to fix themselves. For them to work it was a lot that they needed to get straight on their own. They were beautiful together because they each understood each other.

Just like Unrequitted, I love the writing style. I read this in one day as well. Its so easy to get caught up in the writing.

Rating A+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Medicine Man
by Saffron A. Kent
Release Date: September 27, 2018

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