Book Review: Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge

Monday, October 12, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Eileen Goudge is a bestselling novelist who has sold over 5 million copies of her books. Her latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon, is my first encounter with her work. I am now a fan and have put her other 16 books on my to-read list.

Once in a Blue Moon is the story of two sisters, Lindsay and Kerrie Ann. They have a difficult childhood and are separated at an early age, going through foster homes, adoption, and hardship. One of them has had a better luck than the other. Now adults, they finally find each other. Lindsay leads a relatively successful life as the owner of a small bookstore, while Kerrie Ann is a single mother, struggling with past addiction and fighting to get her daughter back. At first glance, Kerrie Ann needs Lindsay's help - but as it turns out, each can help the other find a place to belong, heal the pain of the past and have a real family.

Once in a Blue Moon is moving and heartfelt without being teary. There are unexpected twists and turns of the story that keep things interesting. The two main characters are very well drawn. They are strong characters and complicated personalities, very different from each other. The author has compassion and understanding for both but neither embraces nor condemns their choices. Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are imperfect, they make mistakes - but somehow I knew they would figure things out. Even when everything seemed hopeless, their love for each other helped them find their way.

Once in a Blue Moon became available on October 6. You can find out more about Eileen Goudge at her site, Facebook page, or "meet" her on Twitter.

* I was sent a free copy of this book for review purposes, in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied. Thanks to the One2One Network for facilitating this review opportunity. *

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