I have to admit that when I read the blurb for Tumbleweed, I was NOT expecting it to be as dark. I love dark and this was NO exception. The author totally blows my mind with this one! The characters are wonderful but nothing compared to the plot. The story centers around one young photographer Hayley who I loved. She was free and very sexual. When her relationship with Mikel, a famous and wealthy Spanish soccer player goes wrong she goes a little crazy. Mikel was the catalyst for her change. It takes Hayley to exotic places. She encounters rich socialite Celine and her husband Jack Luck. I loved this part of the story!
After leaving Hayley goes to Egypt. She feels safe and has two tour guides both named Mohammed. She comes up with nic names by splitting their names up. Mohammed’s girlfriend is Nubiti, she comes back in a way I was not at all expecting.
Hayley learns so much about their culture, scenery and photographs many places. Where Hayley goes wrong is, in MY opinion, when she decides that the sexually repressed should be corrupted. Hayley sets out almost immediately to lure the boys into having sex. YES it was hot!
She planned this and has a camera bad loaded with them!
All the while the political corruption, Mubarak and some awful people start the darkness. Baba is Mohammed’s father and he hold Hayley and abuses her. It is dark, nasty, raw and unbelievable to read. So much more than I was expecting!
Julia is the former Executive Director of a charitable foundation in Colorado and has traveled the world with her husband seeking an understanding of different cultures and gathering stories. Her novels incorporate many of the places she’s visited and people she’s met along the way.