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Playing with the Moon
Eliza Graham
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Playing with the Moon

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Shattered by a recent bereavement, Minna and husband Tom retreat to an isolated village on the Dorset coast, hoping to find the solitude that will allow them to cope with their loss and rebuild their foundering marriage. Walking on the beach one day, they unearth a human skeleton. It is a discovery which will plunge Minna into a mystery which will consume her for months to ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 16th 2011 by Pan Publishing
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Lance Greenfield
Linking time and people

This book is based on the truth of what was happening in southern England in the build up to the Allied invasion of France in the Second World War. It also plays on the connections between those times and the early 21st century. These connections are built on the characters who have grown from the children of the earlier period to complex adults, who have harboured their personal secrets through all of those decades.

The opening chapter commences with the discovery of the s
When the body of an American soldier, who died 60 years ago, is found on the beach of a small village by Minna and Tom, it makes a good story for the newspapers. Felix, who used to live in the village, hears about Lew Campbell's body and decides to re-visit the area after being evacuated from there during the war.
After a chance meeting between Minna (who is mourning the loss of her son) and Felix the two women become friends and confide in each other.
Over time we learn of how Felix knew Lew and
This debut novel by Eliza Graham is a story that is so well plotted and shifts between the present and the war-time past. The stories are narrated by Minna in the present, who is ridden with guilt about her recent bereavement and trying so hard to make her marriage to Tom work and Felix (short for Felicity), telling the story of her childhood spent living in the village.

The different narratives and times work very well together - explaining the story of what happened in the cottage that Minna is
I really enjoyed this book. It was my book group read for this month and is the first one I have read so quickly in months. The characters are fairly well developed in the context of the storyline, and very likeable but the background wasn't really touched. I got into it very easily and once in I didn't want to put it down. The plot was fairly simple to work out and the 'twist' not in the least bit unexpected but it kept me hooked all the way through. All in all a nice easy and entertaining 'pag ...more
Safa Jarrar
It's ok, that's what I can say about this book, I did not feel that it was worth to read, I mean there are better books..but in some moments I wanted to go on reading to know what happened ..One thing about this book is that it reminded me with how much I hate war and car accidents!!
This book, Graham’s debut novel, slips effortlessly between past and present as the story of how the skeleton of Lew Campbell came to be found on a beach some sixty years after his death, together with Minna and Tom’s tale of how they have become alienated from one another. As the story unfolds, things start to change for Minna and Tom, and ghosts are laid to rest for both Minna and Felix.

This book is my choice for our next Bookworms meet next week, and I don’t think my co-members will be disapp
I expected a slightly bit more of the book, but it was still entertaining and moving.
I didn't finish it, thought it got quiet boring after some time...
Highly recommend this book for all. Excellent read.
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Eliza Graham is an Oxfordshire-based UK author whose adult novels reflect her fascination with how historical events affect families. She has also written young adult novels, and, in her pen name, Anna Lisle, a historical novel (Allegra).
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