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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thanks and Book Review--Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis

First of all I wish to thank all those who left a comment on my last post about my 8 year old granddaughter's story. She sat on my lap last night while I read them to her, and she was so pleased and encouraged! And if you haven't read it yet, be sure to check it out and let her know what you think. I believe she will be giving writers some stiff competition in a few years! She's already got engaging characters and the drama of conflict and a race!

Now I want to share my review of Once in a Blue Moon, a very intriguing book! I met Leanna Ellis at last year's ACFW conference when we sat near each other in Donald Maass' class. I loved meeting this friendly lady, and I love her writing!

When I first started this book, it felt different from most of the books I read--not in a bad way, but in a good, intriguing way. The heroine, Bryn Seymour, is good at many things, including writing obituaries and investigative newspaper reporting. She is willing to let herself fall from an airplane, but not into a relationship. Even her relationships with her daughter and grandmother are strained by a secret she has kept since she was nine years old--the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and the day her mother who worked in the space industry died.

Bryn meets many quirky characters along her journey to find out if there was any conspiracy concerning her mom's death. She also meets a man who isn't what she thinks when they first meet. There are many twists and turns, and I found myself wondering what was true and what wasn't. I don't want to give away any more of the plot, but I hope you will read this book for yourself and find out what happens only "Once in a Blue Moon." I will let you know that you can expect a happy ending since Library Journal had this to say about it: "Sharp prose and an appealing love story make this tale a winner." I second that emotion!


Anita Clenney said...

Once in a Blue Moon sounds like an interesting book. I wish I had time to read more. I'm finding myself so caught up in writing that it takes my time. But it's paid off. I got a three book deal, and the first one comes out next year. Still, it's so nice to curl up with a good book. And I find it really inspires me to write. If I get stuck, I can pick up almost any book and read a few pages and it gets the inspiration flowing.

Leanna Ellis said...

Thanks so much, Rose, for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and I hope I'll get to see you this year at ACFW!

Leanna Ellis said...

Congrats, Anita, on your three book deal! That's awesome!