Published by She Writes Press on June 3rd 2014
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Early one morning, Lidia Raven, mother of teenage twins, awakens to the sound of a sputtering airplane engine in the distance. After she and her girls miraculously survive the crash that destroys their home, they’re taken in by Lidia’s friend, Polly, a neighbor who lives alone on a sprawling estate. But Lidia has other problems. Her husband has left her for another man, she’s lost her job, and she fears more bad news is on the way when she discovers a connection between her and Tina Calderara, the pilot who crashed into her home. In the months following the crash, Lidia plunges into a mystery that upends every aspect of her life, forcing her to rethink everything she thinks she knows.
I’m excited to join in on the blog tour for Water on the Moon, a book that I otherwise wouldn’t have heard about! I’ve decided to go with my “reasons to read” style of review for this particular book. AND, don’t forget to check out the giveaway for a copy of the book at the bottom of the post!
Water on the Moon is about how a woman’s life is forever changed by an airplane crashing into her home. She works to uncover the mystery and strange historical connections between herself and the pilot, all while finding romance and caring for her daughters.
Reasons to Read
Connecticut! | I absolutely love reading books that are set in my home state. It doesn’t come around too often, since it’s ridiculously small and boring. Although Greenwich is the farthest possible town from where I’m from, it’s still cool to read about. I may have to make my way down for a visit at some point. I read another post by a tour host who mentioned living near an airport in Connecticut and fearing similar events. I can completely relate. I actually lived two minutes away from the main airport in Connecticut and all of my childhood home videos feature the noises of airplanes going overhead. I would lay on the grass and watch them go by, wondering what would happen in the event of a crash.
Family history and mystery | The story centers around Lidia and her two daughters after a plane crashes into their home. This sends Lidia on a quest to find out the connection between herself and the pilot, which turns into an exploration of her family history. I LOVE stories that delve into the past. I won’t spoil anything, though!
Accessible writing style | As I’ve said before, writing style can make or break a book for me. Anything too similar to flowery poetry really doesn’t resonate with me. I found the writing in this book to be extremely accessible and easy to read. It was straightforward and simple – just the way I like it!
Cast of characters | I loved reading about all of the characters in this story: the neighbor, Polly, who takes them in; Lidia’s twin daughters; her ex-husband Owen, who left her for another man; and Harry, the FBI agent. They each had their own distinct stories.
Jean P. Moore began her professional life as an English teacher, later becoming a telecommunications executive. She and her husband, Steve, and Sly, their black Lab, divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, where Jean teaches yoga in the summers.
Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals such as upstreet, SN Review,Adanna, Distillery, Skirt, Long Island Woman, the Hartford Courant, Greenwich Time, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2009, Jean was selected to attend the Advanced Fiction Workshop, led by Nahid Rachlin, at the 92 Street Y. A short story, “Friday Night at the Olympia Theater” can be read online in Slow Trains, Spring, 2009. Additionally, a memoir piece, “Leaving Charles,” appears online in Persimmon Tree, Summer, 2011. Several poems, “Dancing with My Mother” (a finalist), “Evening,” and “Views of the Valley” can be read in21st Century Women’s Voices, 2013. Her novel Water on the Moon was published in June of 2014 and won the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award for Contemporary Fiction.