Book Review: My Wholly Heartbreaking Heretic by: Danielle Peterson


Rating: 4/5

Publish Date: November 17, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: This follow-up novella to the critically acclaimed Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings is set in the American West in the 1970s against a backdrop of a counterculture spiritual movement. Rémi is attempting to live quietly as a tradesman in Arizona, but his peaceful respite is soon ended when Bichette forces her way back into his life. Against his better judgment he accepts a quest from her and soon he finds himself searching not just for a man foolish enough to cross his temperamental immortal beloved, but searching through Bichette’s own past and secrets as well.

Review: Rémi and Bichette are back in ‘My Wholly Heartbreaking Heretic’, a follow-up story to ‘Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings’. They find themselves now in the 1970s, a tumultuous time of upheaval and spiritual exploration. Bichette has entrenched herself in the movement by taking followers and appearing to be a deity. Rémi is more than happy being a television repairman, but Bichette has a way of calling him back to her side he can’t ignore. She sends him on an errand to right a wrong perpetrated against her and he finds himself wrapped up in another one of her obsessions.

‘My Wholly Heartbreaking Heretic’ is the second part of Rémi’s continuing journal of the life he and Bichette lead. It never ceases to amaze me how easily Rémi gets caught up in Bichette’s schemes, but considering all they’ve gone through and how it’s his ‘fault’ they’re now immortal, it’s easier to understand. Rémi’s colorful and amusing viewpoint brings the story to life and I find myself more sympathetic to him rather than Bichette. It seems Bichette has always been more cunning and manipulative than Rémi ever could be, in any era. A little longer than the first book, ‘My Wholly Heartbreaking Heretic’, is just as intriguing and entertaining. I’d be interested in seeing where life and circumstances take Rémi and Bichette next…

The Duck and The Doe: Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings (1), My Wholly Heartbreaking Heretic (2)

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