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Once in a Blue Moon Once in a Blue Moon

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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 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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
Kim H
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
very good........but didnt get good till 2nd half
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great read. 4.5/5 stars. (view spoiler)
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."
The hero fell way shorrt of my expectations and so did the story.
Jessa though is one of the strongest female leads I have come across in a while.
Overall, a decent read.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 09, 2013 Mermarie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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When I think of Blue Moon, I think of booze. That wouldn't be too bad, about now. Those are so tasty. :D
This book was awesome. I loved McCady and Jessalyn. Very tormented love story!
All I have got to say is WOW!!! LOVED IT! So heart wrenching!
Truly a heartfelt romance and long time fav
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Penelope Williamson studied history and journalism. Penelope published made her debut as author in 1987.
Penelope Williamson is an internationally renowned author of historical romances. She has more than 1.8 million books in print, including The Outsider, Heart of the West A Wild Yearning, Once in a Blue Moon, and Keeper of the Dream. Penelope Williamson lives with her husband in Mill Valley, Ca...more
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