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The Moon Looked Down

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  416 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII.

Sophie Heller's family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller fami...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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From My Blog (3.5)

All families carry secrets and unfortunately hatred and fear can be found anywhere, including Victory, Illinois, where in the summer of 1942, three young men burn down the Heller family's barn. It does not matter to these young men that the Hellers are now Americans, they only see Germans, and during the height of WWII they want action. The reasons for this and the subsequent reason for the Heller family staying silent and not going to Sheriff Allen Carter eventually are brough...more
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Victory, Illinois, Juni 1942, awal Perang Dunia II, Sophie Heller dan keluarganya pindah dari Jerman ke Amerika untuk menghindari pengaruh Hitler dan Nazi serta membangun hidup baru. Namun pada suatu malam, lumbung pertanian mereka dihancurkan oleh 3 lelaki tak dikenal yang menuduh keluarga Sophie sebagai agen Nazi dan mengancam akan membunuh mereka jika mereka tidak segera pergi dari Victory. Sophie yang ketakutan memutu...more
Janet Eshenroder
An incredibly painful read. One of the first times I seriously wished to leave a book unfinished (an urge that arose less than 1/3rd of the way through). According to the book jacket, this author has won numerous awards for historic fiction and has been on the best seller list. I sure can't tell it by this book. Maybe historic romance is outside her genre. The story line held great potential: a German family flees Germany in 1933 (when Hitler first becomes chancellor) and starts over, building a...more
Let me say first of all what I liked about the book. It takes place in the 1940's in the midwest which is a different time period from what I usually read. I also really liked that the male character wasn't perfect in looks. In fact, he has a crippled leg.

This book had so many great possibilites, but the writing was just bad. I don't understand why there were so many exclamation points. Why is everyone always yelling, even at innappropriate moments? I seriously don't think the author knows how...more
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This is different than any of her's that I've read....and I think I've read all of her books. What a good book. It is such a sensitive piece written in the early 1940s during the outbreak of WWII. There is hateful prejudice and tender innocent, true love (but the love story is only a small part of the book), sibling closeness and an underlying touch of loss and extreme hurt that is often a part of most families. Disturbing in some ways but tender a...more
If you like grocery store romance paperbacks then you'll like this. The only reason I read pastthe first 30 pages was because a friend said it wasn't bad. (She gave the book 2 stars). So I kept reading, thinking it would get better. It didn't. What a waste of time.
Tried to enjoy this, but felt that there was something missing. It lacked color in it's characters and writing. I don't think I'll read Dorothy Garlock again.
Picked this up at the Waycross Walmart when i ran out of stuff to read at the beach. Not sure if i will finish it. Boring, and not that well-written.
After having skimmed through other Garlock novels at the library, I was highly disappointed. The plots are basically all the same, just in different historical periods, and the characters don't seem to change personalities from novel to novel, either. It's usually the stereotypically feisty young woman who falls in love with a quiet, mysterious, handsome man (with some other junk about money drama, etc. thrown in). I didn't finish The Moon Looked Down and don't plan on reading any of Garlock's w...more
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Jennifer Defoy
Wow, I think for the first time in a while I'm done with a book that has just left me in awe. I loved this one.

I almost immediately was connected with Sophie, through the entire book I could feel her emotions. Fear, love, disgust, happiness, longing this book has it all. And it's not just Sophie that I connected with. I loved Cole and was almost as attached to him as I was Sophie. The other main characters (the bad guys) were also just as well written, and although I didn't want to connect to t...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
I really enjoyed reading The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock. It's our book club selection of the month for our book club. It's a quaint little story beginning with the little town. It starts dismally with three assailants setting fire to a barn belonging to an immigrant family during WWII. Then they attack the father Hermann and his daughter Sophia. Fearful of their attackers the family remains silent. Meanwhile, Cole Ambrose returns to town after completing college in Chicago. He's torned...more
Nicole Langan
Nothing stirs a female heart more than a handsome man with a handicap. The inherent mothering instinct is intertwined with a mixture of physical desire and deep-seated admiration. In Dorothy Garlock's "The Moon Looked Down," Sophie Heller is entranced by the club-footed Cole Ambrose. Her focus is more on the muscles under his shirt than the hitch in his gait. Cole has zero experience with women, but his confidence is buoyed by the determination to protect Sophie from the dangerous intentions of...more
This is a great book about the time during WWII. There is trouble for the main characters family the Hellers, as they have moved to a small town from Germany. There are a small group of men who decide to get rid of the Krauts that moved to their town. Of course the family is not about to be pushed out of their new home. There is a great love affair with Sophie the daughter in the family with a high school teacher who has come home to this town to his own problems, which he has to deal with. It w...more
Nancy Baker
This was a quick read but a good story about how the prejudice and biased opinions of one against a race, religion or culture can wreak havoc and despair on the lives of innocent people. A heart-warming story about how love, trust and courage can prevail, even in the face of the enemy. No mysteries to this story, pretty predictable, but a good read all the same.
2,5 stars.

Mungkin bagus bagi yang suka genre ini, tapi biasa banget-banget buat yang suka (at least) YA kontemporer.
Let me say first of all what I liked about the book. It takes place in the 1940's in the midwest which is a different time period from what I usually read. I also really liked that the male character wasn't perfect in looks. In fact, he has a crippled leg.

This book had so many great possibilites, but the writing was just bad. I don't understand why there were so many exclamation points. Why is everyone always yelling, even at innappropriate moments? I seriously don't think the author knows how...more
The Hellers, A german family living in Victory, Illinois, are considered Nazis during World War II by two men who make it their mission to rid the town of this family. Cole Ambrose, born with a club foot and estranged from his father, returns to town to become the new math teacher at the high school. Sophie Heller and Cole fall in love. Then Cole must try and protect the Hellers from these crazed men. A good OK story but not well written. Lots of foul language and some sex to skip over. I have r...more
Mahareni Maldini
Baca buku ini jd inget Rainwater-nya Sandra Brown,hmpir setipe-lah.Lbih cenderung k drama keluarga drpd k romance (mgkin krn hot scenenya udh dbabat guntingnya penerbit?).
Emang agak trpancing emosi sih bc ini,tp lebih kpd sosok Carolyn Glass yg cntik tp bitchy n full manipulasi,jg Ellis Watts yg guanteng kek bintang film tp d sini menempati peran antagonis.Dua sosok ini yg bkin aku betah membalik halaman demi halaman coz pngin tau ap yg bkal mrk lakukan n balasan ap yg akan mrk trima.Selebihnya...more
Bleh. Not impressed. This author gives TOO much detail. She repeats how the characters feel about something every time they're mentioned. For example, every time she talks about Sophie, she reiterates how and why Sophie is scared. Every time she mentions Cole, she reminds us that Cole has a bum leg. OK, I know I have a faulty memory but I can manage to remember major details of the story I am currently reading. You don't have to keep telling me that Sophie is scared. You told me that on Page 1....more
This book is definitely not for the faint of heart as some of the racial slurs and word choice can be offensive. That aside, I really enjoyed this book. It deals with a probable scene in America during the Second World War, espionage was a fear and the book deals with a couple of men who take that too far. While the undertone of the whole book is definitely very serious it also has a typical cute-sy romance that helps move the plot along and alleviate the stinging impact of the reality this book...more
Small town story set in 1942 during WW2. Cole Ambrose has come back to his home town to be a teacher. Cole can't join the war because he has a a club foot. He has a strained relationship with his Dad. Cole falls in love with a farm girl of German decent. Her family has been the victims of overt racism. I loved Cole and his protective nature over the heroine. This story made me think about redemption and understanding and the acceptance of what we are and what we could be.
A German family during World War II is branded a Nazi and 3 men burn down their barn. A young man who is crippled and had left town to attend college returns to town to be the math teacher. The daughter in the German family and the future mather teacher gradually realize they love each other as they increasingly solve the mystery of who burned down the barn and deal with the perpetrator. A fast read- somewhat repetitive.
I really enjoyed this book. It made for an interesting read about the realities and cruelty of prejudice. I enjoyed the development of Sophie and Cole's romance. It was really sweet to read about their love blossom. If I have to state one thing I did not enjoy about this book it's some of the language used. There is a lot of swearing done by all of the characters, but other than that I really enjoyed it. ^_^
I listened to this one. Based on the description on the box, I thought I was going to listen to a work of historical fiction on how Germans were persecuted in the US during WWII. Wow, was I wrong. I have no idea what audience this book would appeal to... it wasn't historical fiction, it was not chick-lit., it was not adolescence literature- it was pure schlock. Stay far, far away!
I really enjoyed this book. It was just the right amount of intrigue and romance and action. The last several chapters were the make me stay up late finishing it variety.

One, minor, stupid complaint was toward the end there was too much 'the stars and moon above' seriously, it was like a shot game. Once I started noticing that phrase repeated it started to irritate me. :-)
An interesting premise lost in mediocrity. I somehow missed the fact that it is a romance novel (a genre I avoid), so I thought it would be more substantive than it turned out to be. Poor writing, squandered characters, lots of foul language, etc. made this book not only lackluster but annoying. I could go on, but I won't because I didn't: unfinished. A waste of time.
What train derailment? The one mentioned in the summary above didn't happen in my book.

anyway, good story. Predictable with a pleasant wrap up.

Would you be eating apples in the summer in 1941 when there wasn't much cold storage? apple pie yes, but a fresh apple, probably not. It would be so mushy.

Sophie sure was fast and forward for the time.
Kerisa Ricketts
Set in the fictional town of Victory, Illinois during the summer of 1942 this is a wonderful story of trust, courage, hope, and of course love. If you have never read any of her books, I would highly recommend Dorothy Garlock. Her characters are so well written that you can really sympathize with their feelings and situations.
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Dorothy Garlock is from Texas, but lived for a long time with her family in Iowa. Her romance novels have been translated into over 20 languages.

The mother of two and grandmother of three started her book-writing career in 1976 after working for 14 years as bookkeeper/columnist for the local newspaper. She had received 21 awards from various magazines and writer's groups. She was selected as Outst...more
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