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Monday, March 10, 2014

Beneath the Patchwork Moon by Alison Kent--A Review

Howdy Peeps!    As I write this review today, I have men working on my main waterline.    Apparently this brutal winter has caused a water pipe to break and there is a frozen pond behind us.   Of course I live at the top of a hill and the pond is sliding down the hill and has frozen the neighbor's motorcycle to the pavement.    Argh!
Good thing it is still too cold for a day of motorcycling, huh?

I wanted to read this book by Alison Kent, because my mom had waited awhile for it to come out.    She had enjoyed the first Hope Spring novel,  The Second Chance Cafe'.   So I picked up Beneath the Patchwork Moon for my mom and asked if I could read it before I brought it to her.

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):

Transforming the old Caffey property into Hope Springs's new community arts center won't be easy for celebrated weaver Luna Meadows, but she sees it as a labor of love. The center will honor Sierra Caffey, the best friend Luna lost years ago in a car crash. But when Angelo Caffey - Sierra's older brother and Luna's first love - returns to his family's former home demanding answers, Luna must also face her long-buried feelings for him. 

Angelo left Hope Springs - and Luna - eight years ago. Handsome and headstrong, he suspects the beautiful Luna harbors a secret about the accident. Yet despite his best efforts, he can't resist the heat that still simmers between them. 

Will the untold truth shatter their future? Or could a new beginning lie within the tangled threads of their past? Part of the Hope Springs series, this charming romance follows two broken hearts on their long journey home.

From My Perspective:

This was a sweet and romantic read from Alison Kent.   I very much enjoyed the storyline which dealt with the two accident that took the life of a very vibrant and talented seventeen year old girl and the impairment of her boyfriend into a totally vegetative state.   The third victim of the accident ten years ago suffered a broken hip and survivor's guilt as well as harbored secrets leading up to the fatal accident.   The third victim was Luna Meadows.
Two families were destroyed and it took ten years of suffering before the healing process could really begin.

Kent was able to define her main character, Luna.   And we could feel the ache in her heart at the loss of her friend, Sierra, the eventual loss of Angelo, her friend's brother and Luna's first love, and the family of eight Luna so thought was perfect in every way.   Luna was the heart and soul of the story.

Angelo was described handsomely, but for me, he never quite came to life the way Luna did so I was somewhat disappointed with his character.   I like to fall in love with the boyfriend just as the heroine does.   Not to be for me this time, however.

The story flowed really nicely and there were some surprises along the way.   It really took  and it was a lovely read.  It took me about a day to read the book and I think because I had lost both my husband and brother within two weeks of each other about three months ago, I could easily relate to the lengthy mourning Luna and Angelo and the Gatlins experienced.

I am anxious to see what my mom has to say about it.   I rated this a 4 WINK read.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased this book.  

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