This was my first time to read a Jamie Langston Turner novel, but it certainly won’t be my last! I was pulled into this long novel from the very start by the strong college town setting, multi-faceted characters, and beautiful writing.
Julia Rich is at an interesting stage in her life. Her husband died suddenly last year, which has caused her to reflect on their marriage. Why didn’t she ever give herself fully to him? I actually wish that there had been more details about her husband, but sometimes we don’t have epiphanies about all the issues in our past that can be wrapped up in 400 pages, so I’m fine with a little mystery.
The second big change in Julia’s life is that she’s been granted a one-year sabbatical from her position teaching American Literature. She’s being encouraged to write, but some past mistakes in her life have blocked up her ability to create her own fiction. She doesn’t know exactly what to do with that time. She’s close enough to retirement that it has her thinking about what her future will be in ten years or so — on permanent sabbatical.
The third change comes via a message on her answering machine. The message keeps breaking up, but it’s from Carmen, the daughter of her brother Jeremiah, who said she was in the area and wanted to come by. Jeremiah left home when he was a teenager. Julia and her sister Pamela knew that Jeremiah was living in a trailer in Wyoming with an older woman and their child, and they also knew that he had been killed about 10 years earlier. Julia has no way to contact Carmen, but she does not want her to visit. What could she want with Julia? What does Julia have to offer a teenage girl?
I don’t want to give away anything about the plot, but Julia and Carmen each have secrets. In sharing the secrets, they lose a little bit of their power.
I enjoyed seeing all the characters in To See the Moon Again grow from the one-dimensional characters that Julia assumed them to be into fully flawed and lovable people.
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I am captivated with this novel and the beauty of the story which sounds unforgettable. many thanks.
I am very interested in this story! The relationship with Carmen sounds so intriguing.
After reading your review, I’m anxious to pick up this book! Thank you!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
This sounds like a great book to get wrapped up in.
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Patrycja Chudziak says
This book sounds great! I just finished a book I wasnt too impressed with and would love to start a new story line.
Barbara H. says
I’ve read all of Turner’s books and am looking forward to this one.
I’d love to read this!
Liza Vladyka says
i think this is a book my daughter would love to read and it will keep her interested so she keeps reading
Linda Kish says
This sounds like an interesting story.
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I would like to win this for my sister in law for Christmas
samantha wagner says
Sounds like an awesome story to get lost in.
I’ve loved every Jamie Langston Turner novel I’ve read. I can’t wait to read this one!
Angel Wells says
sounds like an awesome read. Haven’t read this author but putting her on my to read list!!
I’ve enjoyed books by this author and look forward to reading this one.
Anita Yancey says
I love a book with secrets, so it sounds like my kind of read. It sounds interesting about the neice wanting to see her. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Dominica H. says
Sounds like something I would be interested in reading!