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Once in a Blue Moon Once in a Blue Moon

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  405 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Those who knew spoke of the infamous Trelawny men in hushed, shocked whispers. But to flame-haired Jessalyn Letty, wild, captivating child of the storm-tossed Cornish moors, McCady Trelawny was the most fascinating man she had ever met. Few knew of the dream that burned in McCady's secret soul - a dream destined to change the world. But Jessalyn knew and shared his passion ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published August 26th 2009 by Bantam (first published April 4th 1993)
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Regan Walker
Heart Rending Story of a Truly Great Love!

If you've read KEEPER OF THE DREAM, you're already a fan of Penelope Williamson. ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, which was her next book is equally wonderful—and it’s one of my Top 20. It's the story of unrequited love that refuses to die no matter the tests it must endure. And nobody does unrequited love like Williamson.

The story was inspired by the love of Williamson’s grandparents who were kept apart for 6 years, but then came together to love for another 65 yea
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Regan Walker
Heart Rending Story of a Great Love!

If you've read KEEPER OF THE DREAM, you're already a fan of Penelope Williamson. ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, which was her next book after KEEPER is equally wonderful. It's the story of unrequited love that refuses to die no matter the tests it must endure.

The story was inspired by the love of Williamson’s grandparents who were kept apart for 6 years, but then loved for another 65 years. Here’s what she had to say about them:

“It was in 1902 that Elizabeth and Peter
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Crista
I almost gave up on this book. I literally put it down and was going to stop reading when for some reason I decided to keep going. Am I ever glad I did! If I would have stopped reading, I would've missed one of the greatest romance novels that I have ever read.

The thing that separates this novel is the idea of timeless love...and a love that will not be denied. The beginning starts out slow. There are 2 parts to this story...the first being their younger beginning years, and the second being wh
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Melissa
Dec 17, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know that line in the Carly Simon song about how melodrama doesn't make her weep anymore? Well, I guess it does still make me weep. Or at least get a little teary-eyed. This book was an emotional roller-coaster ride, featuring six years of heartwrenching drama for the hero and heroine before their HEA. I enjoyed it a lot.

Penelope Williamson is a really good writer. She and Patricia Gaffney have been my best discoveries of the year by far. Both make me feel wrung out and emotionally exhausted
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Sharon
I read somewhere in the story that it begins in the late 1700's, but I couldn't find it again. That kind of information is always interesting to me, helps to clarify the pictures in my mind as I read. Anyway,

This story is divided into 2 parts, separated by 5 years in the lives of the characters. In the 1st half, the young 16 year old red haired, freckled face, long legged, wild as the Cornish Moors, laughing, high spirited (h), Jessalyn Letty, plows head first into the life and heart of the dark
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Denise
Jessalyn Letty falls in love with McCady Trelawny the summer of her 16th year. McCady becomes obsessed with her, but tries to show indifference. Every Trelawny has died in debt and in utter disgrace so he avoids his feelings for her. He has had a terrible life so far. His father ( a complete cad) dies when he was about 10 and he was forced to live with his older brothers who taught him nothing but the worst vices while he was so young. You get the impression that he was violated but it is never ...more
Kim H
May 15, 2009 Kim H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
Another keeper from what I have come to think of as one of the best romance writers of all time. This woman can write. There is literally nobody I can compare her to. One of the really remarkable things about this book is that she threw every contrivance in the book designed to keep the H&H apart at me, and I couldn't have stopped turning pages if I was unconscious - I was THAT hooked. Things happen in it that I typically don't care for in a romance, but Williamson writes so unbelievably wel ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
20 years ago I probably would have loved this book but I find my taste have changed some over the years and I found it difficult to keep reading at times. The print was microscopic and that didn't help. (Yes, I have glasses). I just felt there was too much going on to truly enjoy it. Too many obstacles in the way and bad decisions on the part of the hero and heroine. Becka was a jewel, though. I loved reading about her and her little romance.
Foxfire
Feb 22, 2015 Foxfire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finished with some skimming. Although the writing is lovely, it does get bogged down with too much description and very slow pace.

Some aspects of the story did not work for me.

1. The heroine at 16 becomes instantly besotted with the hero. She throws herself at him, begs him to kiss him, is perfectly willing to have sex with him. In a rare noble gesture, the hero rejects her. To me, it's tacky for a woman, particularly a young girl, to chase a man with such an open an obsessive lust. She doesn't
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Another tough one from Penelope Williamson. While I appreciate Williamson's talent with words and her flair for creating gripping drama, it's almost too much at times. While I ached for McCady and Jessalyn, I also found myself furious with all the melodrama and set-backs. The chemistry was spot-on, which was, I suppose, another reason to feel so horribly gut sick for these two characters who so obviously belonged together. Williamson's knack for character building is fantastic, her heroes are fu ...more
Patrid
Oct 10, 2011 Patrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mytime
I loved this book! I love this author! Only in Goodreads would I have found this great book. I'm working my way through all Penelope Williamson's books, I know they are older but the way she writes bring you into the story I wanted it to continue. I liked Jessalyn character, no wimpy Miss here! Give her books a chance you won't be sorry.
JadedlilFecker
When I think of Blue Moon, I think of booze. That wouldn't be too bad, about now. Those are so tasty. :D
Jenny
Aug 21, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good........but didnt get good till 2nd half
BR11
Awesome book by Penelope Williamson. I love this author.
Highly recommend
Jiji
May 19, 2015 Jiji rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: secondary-plot
First of all, I have to say i can understand that people could rate this high. But for me it is only a 2-star book. Only I was expecting a traditional romance based on the relationship developing between the characters. Overall I thought there was just WAY too much going on, too many obstacles thrown their way. Even when we think they are finally getting together, there are still tons of events that slow down the ending. I couldn't read past chapter 19 really, and only read beginning of 20, 21 a ...more
Nova
One of the book that left you with a satisfying smile after finished it. It gave you a great story full of twist, interesting characters that makes you laugh and cry with them, tragedy, hope, heartbroken, love and happy ending :). And the best character for me is Jessalyn Letty of course. The strong woman with a heart and soul so big and kind, loving his man forever even when he keeps leaving and hurting her again and again. And after everything, she finally live a happy life with the love of he ...more
Becky Frost
Jan 28, 2014 Becky Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do I really like about this book? Two things. One, it does not fit the cookie cutter formula. And two, language. Especially with newer authors, I don't feel like they know how to use vocabulary to their full advantage as much as this authors does. Sometimes it is just better going back and reading an older book.
Erica
Aug 15, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was 13 I discovered historical romances and I was hooked. They are just like candy to me. Since then I have read at least one a week sometimes more for 20 yrs now. I read this as a teenager and loved it.Ever since than it has been one of those books that I reread at least once a year and really that is the biggest compliment you can give a book.
Spitz
Sep 03, 2012 Spitz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surely her least developed book--perhaps her first effort, if not first published?
"His eyes weren't black; they were a dark, dark brown. With streaks of gold shooting out from the centers, like tiny exploding suns."
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
Another great book by Penelope Williamson. This woman knows how to write a wonderful love story. I haven't been disappointed with any of her books yet. She has quickly become on of my favorite authors and her heart warming stories will stay with me for years to come.
Mary23nm
Great read. 4.5/5 stars. (view spoiler)
Water
Sep 14, 2013 Water rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Williamson is a terrific writer. This book's plot, however, was good but not great. The story drags a lot. It's still worth a read, though. The hero and heroine are highly memorable, and their relationship is interesting.
Ana
Another wonderful book by this author! Though it is absolutely painful to read! There were parts I just wanted to skip over because it hurt too much to read them! True love goes through so much here. I was so happy when Mack and Jessa FINALLY achieved their HEA. :D
Agatha
Apr 24, 2015 Agatha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne
I am going to try and finish it today, which shouldn't be hard, as I am scanning/skimming/skipping large chunks of text and just reading dialogue in many places.
Tara
Nov 02, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow! finally a romance author who actually develops the characters! i mean really well. none of that i know we just met but i love you bullcrap. A charged and emotional book. i loved it!
Cammi
Dec 09, 2011 Cammi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really love Penny's books. My only complaint is why does either the h/h's spouse have to die in order to get to the hea.
Melissa Johnson
My all-time favorite historical romance! The regency set romance of McCady and Jessalyn broke my heart and put it back together again.
Candie
Aug 24, 2008 Candie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. I loved McCady and Jessalyn. Very tormented love story!
Carol Carson
Aug 28, 2015 Carol Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite romances!!
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Penelope Williamson is an internationally renowned author of historical romance and suspense. Penelope Williamson was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and spent the first eleven years of her life as an US Air Force brat. She has a B.A. in history, an M.A. in broadcast journalism, and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, where she reached the rank of Captain. She has more than 1.8 million books in ...more
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