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Water on the Moon: A Novel

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Early one morning, Lidia Raven, mother of teenage twins, awakens to the sound of a sputtering airplane engine in the distance. After she and her girls miraculously survive the crash that destroys their home, they’re taken in by Lidia’s friend, Polly, a neighbor who lives alone on a sprawling estate. But Lidia has other problems. Her husband has left her for another man, ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by She Writes Press
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Cindy Eastman
Mar 31, 2015 Cindy Eastman rated it it was amazing
The action in Jean Moore’s Water on the Moon begins on page one and develops engagingly throughout the story. I found her characters to be sympathetic and multi-dimensional and I was happy to get to know them. There were many layers to this story; the relationships, new and old, the mystery surrounding the crash and the connection to another time and another place. Through it all, the protagonist, Lidia Raven, remained a consistent and reliable character.

The issues that came up within the new an
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}

Literate women's fiction whose premise is almost unheard-of, WATER ON THE MOON put me in mind of a New England pen sister of Anne Rivers Siddons or Lee Smith. The kind of richly satisfying novel to take to the beach or to a mountain cabin on vacation, WATER ON THE MOON is the story of an older mother of adolescent twin daughters. Lidia is awakened early one morning, in the nick of time to save herself, her twins Carly and Clarisse, and their dog Opal (herself a rescue do
Barbara Tsipouras
This book starts with a suspenseful tragic event but immediately afterwards the story loses drive. The promised family secrets aren't really interesting, the love story isn't romantic, the characters lack character, Lidias fears aren't comprehensible after the worst that could happen has already happened.
The writing isn't bad but a bit boring.

I thank Netgalley for a free cpoy in exchange for an honest review.
It is amazing the amount of story that is packed into just 244 pages-with well developed characters and an interesting and engaging premise that melds several different ideas into one pretty seamless plot. I was worried at first that everything that was going on, both historical and fictional events (the plane crash and Tina the pilot's possible connection to Lidia, Lidia's friendship with Polly and relationships with her twin daughters, ex-husband, and new romantic interest, and finally water ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A plane crashes into a home and the people in the home survive, but the pilot does not. On the same day, water is discovered on the moon and although it may not seem that these two relate, but the author does an interesting connection between these two events.

A family drama with a little historical mixed in. Lidia is a mother of teenage twin girls who are about to start applying for college and her husband recently left her for another man and she is still dealing with this change in life. So w
Kelly Kittel
Mar 18, 2015 Kelly Kittel rated it really liked it
This book hijacked me from takeoff when Lidia, reading in bed, realizes that a plane is coming too close and is about to crash into her house. I, too, live near a small airport and as I lie in my own bed reading this book, planes passed overhead, making me pause for a moment to wonder, would I also recognize danger if it flew too close? Would I have time to get my own children down to the basement, since unlike Lidia we have no Harry Potter-like cupboard beneath our stairs? Maybe not. Because ...more
Steve Rubin
May 17, 2014 Steve Rubin rated it it was amazing
This is an impressive debut novel for Ms. Moore, a published poet and writer of non-fiction. She has created a cast of lively and memorable characters whose lives come together in a cleverly devised plot that eventually includes both the living and the dead. The novel's title gives little away as to the book's conclusion, but does give some indication of Ms. Moore's hope for the future. In the end, this is an optimistic story, but one that is in no way given to sentimentality or easy emotions. ...more
Sally Coles
Sep 08, 2015 Sally Coles rated it really liked it
Lidia Raven is woken by the sound of a plane in trouble and manages to get her twin daughters out of bed and into the cupboard under the stairs before it crashes into the house.

This is the final straw in Lidia's bad luck - her husband has left her for another man and she has lost her job due to the recession - but luckily her friend Polly comes to the rescue and takes her in.

After being contacted by a reporter Lidia begins to realise that there is a family connection between herself and and the
Morninglight Mama
Feb 04, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it liked it
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Though this only comes in a little over 200 pages, there is a whole lot of story packed in its pages. At some points, I thought it was perhaps a little too much, especially when the "mystery" of the protagonist's family history was revealed with many, many layers and characters to keep track of. But, I enjoyed the personal drama aspect of the novel, as the situation was unique and interesting to explore-- what to do next after surviving an airplane crashing into your home? Though formulaic in ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it
This exciting novel, provides the reader mystery, intrigue and romance. From the first chapter, the heroine unexpectedly finds herself in a world she never experienced before. Life changing events dominate this book as you are taken on a path to find answers. New insights are gained and friendships are made as the heroine finds answers that not only alter her path but help her to finally understand and love all of those around her.
May 25, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
Ms. Moore's debut novel is an impressive one. I was quickly drawn into her tale of family secrets across generations, families broken and renewed, and the possibility of new love at any age. Her characters are well-developed and convincing, and the story line is compelling and memorable. This is a rewarding read. I look forward to future novels from Ms. Moore.
Millie Cohen
Jan 05, 2015 Millie Cohen rated it really liked it
I found Water on the Moon to be a compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fact with engagingly colorful characters. Jean Moore has written a novel that will satisfy readers looking for mystery,romance, and intrigue.I particularly enjoyed the manner in which the author embedded threads of Lord Byron and Amelia Earhart throughout.
Jul 08, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
What a nice read! A complex plot in which all the pieces come gracefully and seamlessly together at the end.
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Water on the Moon - Jean Moore 1 5 May 16, 2014 08:36AM  
After raising a family and engaging in several careers, I have returned to my first love, writing. My recent publications include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in various literary journals, magazines, and newspapers--and now, my first novel, Water on the Moon.

I am happiest with my laptop in place, hands on the keyboard, with Sly, our truly wonderful rescue (black Lab) snoozing by my side while
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