Friday, September 30, 2016

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon

A special thank you to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is told from the perspective of two narrators who are separated by nearly a century.  It is 1975, and we meet single mother Lux Lysander, who lives paycheque to paycheque on one floor of a a three-story house with her son, Benno, and roommate Rhonda.  Lux goes on a solo camping trip to Sonoma, also know as the Valley of the Moon and is transported through time during a full moon to 1906 by way of a dense fog.  She ends up in a small, well-run farming community led by our second narrator, Joseph Bell.  Bell is a Londoner that values men and women alike and has deemed all jobs as equal.  He founded "Greengage Farm" in honour of his late mother who committed suicide after his father has her committed the second time.  This community is stuck in time after an earthquake hits and leaves it behind a dense fog that you cannot pass through.  Lux seems to be the only one who can pass through the fog and time and does so whenever there is a full moon.             

Sounds hokey, right?  Well it is, a bit.  Some of the narrative really grabbed me, there was some great writing there.  I loved the backstory of Lux and her father and wished that that was a standalone book.  There were also many unanswered questions which as the reader, you must suspend your disbelief.   

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