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Milk Glass Moon (Big Stone Gap #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,184 Ratings  ·  466 Reviews
Finally in mass market--the third book in Trigani's New York Times bestselling series. Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney braces herself for every parent's nightmare as her daughter, Emma, enters puberty.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Fawcett Books (first published January 9th 2002)
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The third book in the Big Stone Gap series. While I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler, I found this one to be just okay, a little better than average.

The main character of this book is Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney. In the first two books I really loved her character and her choices in life. This time I wanted to shake her more than once. Instead of the strong character from the first two books she seemed whiney and even shrewish at times, esp
May 02, 2008 Cranky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two in this series and liked them, but by book #3 is was sick of this character (Ave Maria) and her emotional crises. ENOUGH
Sep 13, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was pretty much 3 stars....but I appreciated the ending so I am rounding up. I haven't read the other books in this series so I have nothing to compare it to.

I did the audio on this and the author did her own narration. I am not a fan of this at all. The author in this case wasn't completely awful, but she clearly can NOT do voices. It was hard sometimes to follow along on who was talking. She did try to place a noticeable pause between the different people when doing dialog, so that helped
Really enjoyed this novel, the 3rd in the Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani. Although I had enjoyed the first book in the series titled Big Stone Gap, I did not enjoy the 2nd book in the series as much. However, this novel was back at the same enjoyment level for me as the 1st book. I love the characters, Fleeta, the stereotypical redneck Southern woman, Iva Lou, the woman who loved men but had finally found true love with her husband, Lyle, Etta MacChesney, headstrong daughter of Ave Mar ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Trigiani did not disappoint. As much as I disliked Jack Mac in Big Cherry Holler, I grew to love him that much more in Milk Glass Moon. Finally Ave Maria lightened up a little and I didn't find myself being angry with her reactions to the ever present life challenges. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. It seems that all too often with book series, the author runs out of ideas or just can't quite live up to the first book; Trigiani and the Big Stone Gap series is not in that c ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I originally read this book for my Book Club, not realizing it was the third in a series of four books. Milk Glass Moon made way more sense now that I have read the first two books and then re-reading this one. However, I would rate Milk Glass Moon the same as before. So far, I enjoyed the second book (Big Cherry Holler) better than this one and the first one (Big Stone Gap). In Big Cherry Holler, the characters had more dimension. Ave Maria had to come to terms with the loss of her son, her dau ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best series of books I've read in years. I think it has something to do with the fact that I enjoyed reading about Ave's depth of thinking...that sometimes works for her, and sometimes works against her. Yet, she has so many men and women in her life that help her to get beyond it (in this book, her daughter gets added to that list).

The timing in this story, of raising her daughter from age 10-18 was somehow not as appealing as some of the others, yet, an integral part of wha
Feb 10, 2013 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani’s debut novel, over a dozen years ago. It was the summer of 2000 and we had just moved back to Lincoln after living in Fort Worth, Texas for a few years. There’s a lot about that particular summer that I remember quite vividly, but it’s funny how memory eludes us. I would’ve sworn that I loved Big Stone Gap—so much so that I almost re-read the book before I started in on the second in the series—but as I look back through my reading journal for ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Unbeknownst to me, i read book 4 first...then when i realized that, i started with book one, and then continued on. This is book three, and probably my favorite of the whole series. (of course, it could be because i have grown so fond of all the characters by now that i really enjoyed the story, and conclusion).
The lead character, Ave Maria, can be a bit annoying, which made the series hard to read sometimes...but in this book, her "annoying" character comes to the realization that she is a pain
Jun 29, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series for a variety of reasons - I guess the first being that I can identify with the main character, Ave Maria - she is a pharmacist in a Southern town (although I live in a much bigger town than Ave) and she lost her younger child to cancer. The characters are finely drawn and they have become like old friends - Fleeta, Iva Lou, Spec, and the rest. This is the final part of the trilogy and it deals with the changes that Ave and her daughter Etta face as Etta grows up. Jack ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, books just don't need a sequel. Hunger Games clearly needed sequels. The Fellowship of the Ring clearly needed sequels. But Big Stone Gap? No. There was absolutely NO need for follow-up. Ave Maria is horrible in this book. She makes her daughter's marriage about her, not Etta. She tries to control Etta, which never works, and she's so unsupportive of Jack that it astonished me how he put up with it. There were no shocking twists or turns, no big moments that needed resolve, and certai ...more
Nov 21, 2009 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series and love Ave Maria, Jack Mac, Theodore, Iva Lou and most of the characters in it; they are as real to me as the people I grew up with in my own little mountain mining town. Nobody gets into the heads, hearts, and flaws of her still-lovable characters like Trigiani. Granted, Etta is a bore, but bores exist in real life. I am so glad she wrote a fourth book, which I can't wait to read. I guess I don't want a fifth one, if she decides to write it, since the characters are ju ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Ave Maria series. Such a comfort read - it's a lovely, warm-hearted book.

Back Cover Blurb:
A daughter's first love, a mother's heartbreak, an enduring marriage facing its own ongoing challenges, and a community faced with seismic changes, all are deep at the heart of Adriana Trigiani's third novel. As she faces the joys and demands of motherhood, Ave Maria continues her life story with her trademark humour and honesty.
Reaching into the past to find answers to the present, Av
Mary Rank
Dec 08, 2014 Mary Rank rated it really liked it
This was a sweet little book about a mom who is trying to forget a few mistakes in her past while trying to keep her teenage daughter from going astray. The mom is also learning to let her daughter make her own decisions about her future.
Nov 16, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad and decided to read this. It really redeemed the series after the last book, and resolved things that needed to be resolved.
Aug 05, 2015 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have so enjoyed listening to these audio books. They make you feel like a part of their lives.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3rd in the series, this book’s main focus is on the evolving relationship between Ave Maria & her daughter Etta. Etta is maturing into a headstrong young woman and making life choices that don’t fit with Ave’s idea of how she should live her life. This struggle of wills is handled with insight & intelligence. The novel jumps around between small town Virginia, the Italian countryside & New York, keeps it interesting. All the great supporting characters are back; at this point they se ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of very intense books lately and so, in order to give my brain time to recuperate, I decided it was time once again to visit Big Stone Gap, the small town popularized in Adriana Trigiani's beloved series. I read the first entry several months ago and promised myself I would come back for more. The second entry is not available for digital download yet; so I went for the third one, "Milk Glass Moon." I finished the book last night and it was everything I hoped it would be ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Chanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really would have given this one a 3.5 if I had the option. I still love this series but the difficulties that Ave Maria faces are starting to become redundant. It seems like she continually faces the same trials within her marriage without ever making any progress, for better or worse (no pun intended). That is not to say that the book isn't completely worth reading just to keep up with Fleeta, Speck, Iva Lou, and the rest of the wacky bunch populating Big Stone Gap. I wouldn't have missed th ...more
Dec 16, 2015 RebeccaS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, tt4
A 3 star simply because it was nice and short.
I did not like these characters. At all. None of them. They just got under my skin (except Iva Lou actually). Ave Marie makes everything about her. I understand that being a mother is hard, but it's like she doesn't even try to understand her daughter or talk to her at all. When she (view spoiler)
Feb 02, 2013 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Big Stone Gap trilogy. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. Ave Maria's daughter, Etta, is growing up and Ave Maria is facing the realization that all mothers experience--their children are becoming adults and growing away from them. And adjusting to that truth is hard for Ave Maria to face.
Sep 24, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the only Big Stone Gap book I've read but I really liked it. We follow Ave Maria's life with husband Jack, daughter Etta, and a group of close friends for 5 years. In that time Etta goes from 13 to 18 and alternately thrills and disappoints her mother. A mother's heart is ripped out when her child makes a decision that you know is going to alter her future forever and she's too young to know it yet. Good southern story.
However, I reiterate what I've said in some other books - authors sh
Aug 17, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milk Glass Moon is the third in Adriana Trigiani's four-book Big Stone Gap series. By now her characters are becoming old friends. In Milk Glass Moon, Ave Maria and Jack cope with the ups and downs of raising their headstrong daughter, Etta, through her teenage years and into young adulthood.
The first book in this series, Big Stone Gap is one of my all time favorites, but I felt a little let down by the second book, Big Cherry Holler. I'm glad to say, that this third book, Milk Glass Moon made
Betty Strohecker
Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney's story continues in this third book of the Big Stone Gap series. With her daughter growing into a young woman, the mother daughter relationship changes, and both must work to find a comfortable ground with each other. At the same time there are challenges to face with her husband Jack, their beloved town, and the friends and neighbors met in the earlier books. The story travels from southwest Virginia to the Italian Alps to New York as each situation unfolds.

Aug 03, 2015 Vikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been awhile since I read this series. The location is very close to where I live just over the Tennessee state line. Names, places, hospitals, doctors were all familiar. The characters she has created obviously were formed from real people. I love a book with characters that are so animated that you feel you know them. I really enjoyed the entire series. Have read the series twice. It is light and easy reading but takes place in a time and place where life has its real hardships and chall ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Yaaresse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's been a while since I read the first two books of this series, and I'd forgotten that I really didn't care for the second book. When the library got this one in, I decided to revisit Big Stone Gap and finish the trilogy. Now I find out there is a fourth book. (I'm going to pass on that one.)

In book three, the main character Ave Maria is hitting fifty, still with Jack, and having a hard time dealing with the idea that her daughter has a mind of her own. The book spans about six years.

What s
So, yeah, I gave this book 3 stars--but I feel I have to explain that rating a bit. I actually liked this book more than I enjoyed any other 3 star book, but I just didn't feel I could give it 4 stars. I gave he two books that precede this one the series (Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler) 4 stars each and, despite the fact that I enjoyed this book, it just wasn't as good as the other two.

First off, this is not a stand alone book. If you haven't read the two previous books, this one will make
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Etta is growing up! This third installment of the Big Stone Gap series made me sad, yet happy at the same time. Ave and Jack Mack have come a long way in their marriage, and have settled into a life at the center of Big Stone Gap. Jack Mack has aspirations beyond Big Stone Gap, but Ave seems very comfortable in her current life. In this book, Etta goes through the teen years to graduate from college. These are tough years for Ave as she copes with a daughter who is nothing like her, but has all ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the last novel in the 'Trilogy'. Wonderful, wonderful novels which are filled with down to earth characters.

From back cover:

"Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney was never a devotee of tarot cards and crystal balls. But when the fortune-teller at the county fair suggests she "redream" her life, Ave Maria figures maybe a little redirection is in order. After all, her daughter has hit every parent's nightmare: puberty. Ave Maria used to think that motherhood was life's one permanent job, but not
Cheryl, The Book Contessa
This book was just what I needed! 3rd in her The Big Stone Gap Trilogy series, Adriana Trigiani delivers a wonderful, 'feel good' story of the people in Big Stone Gap. Ave Marie MacChesnesy is the same age as me; her daughter is plowing through her teenage years, just as my son is; her friends' lives are changing too. All of these things affect Ave in profound ways. She is afraid to blink, as some things in her life change too quickly for her liking. She, of course, struggles to be the best pare ...more
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