Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Review: 'Once In A Blue Moon' A Novel by Elieen Goudge

Good Read in ANY Moon!

When the One2One Network reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a new book release titled 'Once In A Blue Moon' by Eileen Goudge, I didn't know what to expect.

When I received it the cover art made me think 'uh oh is this a romance type novel where someone will invariably have 'heaving bosoms' and be laying around on a chaise lounge in 'breathless anticipation' LOL Too my delight, it is NOT that type of novel!


Sisters Lindsay and Kerrie Ann have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls' mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care.

Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.

Neither sister's expectations are met when they're finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.


Statement from the Author about the Novel:

"Set in a fictional coastal town in Northern California, where I grew up, it's the story of two sisters separated at a young age, who reunite in adulthood. There's drama aplenty as well as mishaps, misunderstandings and general mayhem. Not to mention romance, which the sisters find in the unlikeliest of places.

As one of five sisters in a family of eight, I know the territory! In fact this, my thirteenth novel, is dedicated to my sister Patty, who lives in the real-life town of Half Moon Bay, California. (Okay, so I borrowed ...but isn't that what sisters do?)"


Do you remember the TV series, 'Cheers'? The opening song to the show remind us 'sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came' and this book reminds me of Cheers! The characters are comfortable, well written, you can not just 'picture' them clearly, but you can feel like you are really there, have always known them and are really a part of the action, truly a part of their lives in this richly crafted story. You find that you immediately care, and you are invested in finding out what happens to them all.

In this economy where bleakness surrounds us on a daily basis, a tale of the unshakeable bonds of love and David beating Goliath feels kind of like a warm blanket on a cold day. I found it hard to say goodbye to the characters when the story was done, and that for me is one of the factors that constitute a good read. This is my first Eileen Goudge title, and most certainly won't be my last. (Now if I could only get Jeff Bezos to send me a Kindle to evaluate, I'd fill it with Eileen's titles to catch up with on the morning commute!).

'Once in a Blue Moon' is available in stores today, October 06, 2009. I would highly encourage you to add this title to your collection. I have a strong feeling it will be one of those books you won't want to 'lend out'.

Eileen's website: http://www.eileengoudge.com/
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