17 January 2017

A Moonbow Night #ourgoodlifebooklist

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In my first read by author Laura Frantz, I am taken in by the authentic voice of the era that the author seems to write with ease.  The opening sentence "There was no cure for the whirling April snow, the cold seeping through thin, trail-worn moccasins from the frozen forest floor" draws you quickly into the misery of trailbreaking in 1777 with the threat of harm and the lack of filling food to look forward to each day.  A Moonbow Night is the story of survival in the wilderness during the first flood of landowners to Kentucky.  Temperence, the main character of the story, is a strong, smart and savvy woman of the frontier.


The author makes sure that each character is grounded and sincere.  Each has distinct voices and mannerisms that make you love and sometimes, dislike them.  All have strength of character when times call for it and all have weaknesses that nearly do them in.  The author weaves the story like a fine artisan, and the story emerges just like a tapestry.

She has a tendency to tie us up in detail when we are on the edge of our seat waiting for the outcome of a serious situation.  This does not endear me to her, in fact, I found myself skipping large portions of text in order to find out what happened next and probably missed some fine work.  I am not regretful of my decision to skip ahead, as I did not find anything lacking when I got to the end.

My personal favorite chapter was when the Moonbow Inn first comes into our world.  The descriptions of life, food, people, and the Inn drew me in and I reread those sections over and over.  Beautifully done, and nurturing for my soul.

I review books for Revell Read and the books are given to me for free in exchange for my review. All written work is my own opinion.

27 comments :

  1. That sounds like a good book, Terri. I really enjoy a good story like that. However, I am like you and want the story to not get tied down in too many tedious details when there is a "happening" going on.
    Hope you have a blessed Tuesday. xo Diana

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  2. Love your honesty in this review! Thank you for taking the time to tell us both the pros and cons of the story. You have quite a way with words yourself, Terri!

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  3. Sounds like a good book! I might have to give it a shot :)

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  4. I love reviewing books too for baker publishing and a few other book publishers.

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  5. This sounds like a great book! Now I need to check this out so I can read it when I get some time for myself.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  6. Ahh I have to say it is refreshing to hear a reviewer admit when they skip ahead in parts of a book! I do that every once in a while when the book has a more exciting storyline versus when I'm in love with reading the way the author writes. This book sounds interesting!

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  7. I love it when an author can paint a colorful picture with their opening sentence. That can really suck me into a good book like this.

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  8. I really like that you told us the good and bad, sometimes I feel like we only get the good. I want to know what you didn't like so I can decide if I would like the book too.

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  9. Funny but I can't think of a woman called Temperance, without thinking of the TV series Bones. I'm bogged down reading yoga training books right now.

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  10. I've taken several writing classes over the years and we always studied the perfect opening line. It is hard to achieve but when done right it sucks you in from the very beginning.

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  11. I'm not sure what to think. I need more books to read though I'm not sure this would be something I would normally read.

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  12. I love a good descriptive story. I just read my first historical fiction a few months ago and really liked it. It was great getting a peek into the "old world".

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  13. Sounds like a really good book. I wished that I had more time to read. I can't remember what the last book was that I read..I think it's time to carve out some me time.

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  14. I'm not a big novel reader but this book sounds like a great one. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. This sounds like an interesting book. I'm always looking for new books to read. My list grows larger every day!

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  16. This sounds like it would be a great read. I am always looking for new books to add to my list.

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  17. Ooo now this sounds like one awesome read!!! With the colder weather here in WNY all I do is read in my spare time!

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  18. Sounds like a great book! I don't skip parts often but I usually end up reading the last page about halfway through any book.

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  19. Sounds like a really interesting book. I am trying to get as many books added to my must read list for 2017 as possible, so I will have to add this one! - Jeanine

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  20. Adding this to my book list for next month because this sounds like a great one! I always love a good book recommendation!

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  21. Wow, this is so interesting! A great way to learn and draw inspiration from an amazing story of survival!

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  22. Oh what! My aunt just read this book and has been begging me to read it! I love reading so I'd love to try it out and see what I think!

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  23. I really need to get into reading more books and in 2017 I will. I am in a book club so I am making it my goal to read monthly more. Thanks for your mini review on this book.

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  24. I like a good book that draws you in with its detail. I like to be able to imagine the setting in which the characters are in.

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  25. This sounds like such a great read. Kiddos and I enjoy learning about survival wilderness. It's so important to know how to react when put in the wilderness and you have to know how to survive.

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  26. This book sounds really interesting! It seems like you really enjoyed it! Now if I ever have time to sit and read again with this crazy baby I have i'd love to check it out!

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  27. krystal1:33 PM

    I love that you get books to review for free for your site. What a great way to build your library and discover new authors.

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