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Born Under a Lucky Moon: A Novel

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  464 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Smart, touching, and utterly engaging, Born Under a Lucky Moon is a polished gem of contemporary women’s fiction—and it boldly announces the arrival of author Dana Precious, who immediately takes her place at the winner’s table beside Rebecca York, Jennifer Weiner, and Rebecca Wells. Not unlike Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and other beloved works of southern wome ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 20th 2011)
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Loved it....

If you want to laugh and perhaps compare your family to the Thompson family, I would highly recommend this book. It is a really fun read and also about love.

"My family made him nervous. Being a highly disciplined sort, he did not view my family as a vibrant force but as a disorganized mess that needed cleaning up." Page 99 "The entire town is buzzing about us. If this family ever moves out of town, no one will have anything to talk about." Page 148

The Thompson family made everyone ne
Feb 09, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with North Muskegon Michigan, and I've never even been there. Reading this book makes the place seem like the coolest little lakeside town ever. The way this author weaves the fabric of life there is masterful. With the touch of a true Michigander, she plants us in the world of the solid midwestern citizen--the kind whose deadpan fortitude provides hilarious contrast to the main character, Jeannie, and her close but craziness-prone family.You can smell the damp, hot summer air and ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Family relationships are difficult, sticky and often taken for granted. For Jeannie, her family comes with a few extra quirks that even the most generous person would have a hard time not finding fault with. With an erratic work schedule, demanding family life and an increasingly waning insomnia problem her own romantic life hangs in the balance. Even with her love life hanging by a thread though she's not convinced she can risk making the commitment to make it a permanent relationship. Why? ...more
Dani Kollin
Dec 17, 2010 Dani Kollin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women mainly, though guys would enjoy it.
This is the only book, out of the thousands my wife has read, where I can recall her laughing so hard that tears were streaming down her face. There were also numerous "Awww" moments as well. Does that make this a chick book? Probably, but I read it too as a favor to the author who happens to be a friend of mine.

Now mind you, that's *always* a dicey situation. As a published author I've had friends ask me to read their books and have usually demurred. Problem is, what if it sucks? I've known Da
Cheryl Malandrinos
Jul 06, 2011 Cheryl Malandrinos rated it it was amazing
Jeannie Thompson's life has never been boring. Her family is filled with colorful, and often embarrassing, relatives who seem to be the victims of some of the oddest things; making them the talk of the little Michigan town where they live.

It is 2006, and Jeannie's longtime boyfriend is thinking of taking their relationship to the next level. She's not sure they should rock the boat. Not only are they both busy in the entertainment industry, she knows how other boyfriends have felt about her less
Mar 21, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I was a goodreads winner for this book and I was very excited to read it. There were some moments in the book - particularly about the town she grew up in and the characters in it - that seemed very authentic and charming. They almost tricked me into thinking I liked the book.

The problem is that the premise of the book made no sense to me - a girl who has a very loving, affectionate (if a bit crazy) family AND a man who she loves and who wants to marry her - just can't seem to get it together f
Lisa Longacher
Nov 15, 2016 Lisa Longacher rated it liked it
Good, entertaining.
Nov 06, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Loved. Great new author
Luanne Stevenson
Article first published as Book Review: Born Under A Lucky Moon by Dana Precious on Blogcritics.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the respected New York Times bestselling author, was recently quoted; “Lucky the reader who picks up this funny, charming, and touching debut novel. I loved it.”

I couldn't agree more. In fact, I didn't just love it, I bonded with it! I fell in love with its colorful characters and wacky to wonderful plot. The novel became a funny and fabulous friend, one I looked forward to s
Feb 22, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
Born Under a Lucky Moon is a book that pretty much covers all that can be covered within life: love, marriage, careers, humor, crazy family life, insecurities and, oh yeah - murder. I have to first off say that this author truly amazes me. Her writing voice and technique are insanely engaging and "real". Ms. Precious brings to life the story of one woman who has had an anything but normal life, since the day she was conceived. I was very quickly and easily absorbed within the story of Jeannie ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read a Jodi Picoult novel, I make sure I have a fun, light read to read when the tension of the Picoult book becomes too much. I chose this one as a relief between the pages of Picoult's The Storyteller and it was perfect! This book was laugh out loud, tears rolling down my cheeks funny. I don't know what was worse....reading it and laughing when people were around me who began to stare and then avert their eyes when I would look up or reading it when I was alone and having no one to ...more
Alice Bola
Jul 07, 2011 Alice Bola rated it really liked it
Right off the bat, I want you all to know I loved this book. I loved the setting, the characters, the story. I love that Ms. Precious kicked it old school and set half the story in 1986. I love that it centered around a family, specifically sisters. I loved that I laughed out loud so many times, in public, on the train crowded with people giving me odd looks. I loved the title of the novel. I loved that it was about love.

From the beginning, Ms. Precious lets us know where we’re going. I have to
Luanne Ollivier
May 11, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing
Born Under a Lucky Moon marks the debut novel of author Dana Precious. And I really hope she's at work on her second, because I loved this book!

Jeannie Thompson and her four siblings grew up in the town of North Muskegon, Michigan. Jeannie is in her late thirties, very successful in the film industry and has a boyfriend, Aidan, that she loves very much. It is when Aidan asks her marry him, that Jeannie's tightly held life begins to unravel. How can she explain to Aidan that...

"My family isn't l
Dani Kollin
Dec 17, 2010 Dani Kollin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women mainly, though guys would enjoy it.
This is the only book, out of the thousands my wife has read, where I can recall her laughing so hard that tears were streaming down her face. There were also numerous "Awww" moments as well. Does that make this a chick book? Probably, but I read it too as a favor to the author who happens to be a friend of mine.

Now mind you, that's *always* a dicey situation. As a published author I've had friends ask me to read their books and have usually demurred. Problem is, what if it sucks? I've known Da
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 01, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: TLC
This is an EXCELLENT read!! With very minimal language, and no bed room scenes, lots of laugh out loud moments and just plain awesome writing style, this is a book that is sure to hit home with most anyone! The authors skills are phenomenal and she captures the reader from the start. She takes that reader on an adventurous and crazy whirlwind ride between two different years for her main character and when the readers land....well, it's a surprise!

From a surprise wedding (for an already married
Jan 17, 2016 Kristine rated it liked it
Born Under a Lucky Moon by Dana Precious - a Goodreads First Read free giveaway book won on February 2nd, received on February 15th and previously made-aware-of through promotions on and

Born Under a Lucky Moon is a novel told in the first-person in a back and forth, then-and-now prose of the teenage and middle-age life of Jeannie Thompson. The main theme of the book is her boyfriend, Aidan's, attempt to marry Jeannie and be introduced to her Midwestern, dysfunctional b
Jul 19, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
The story is about a woman who believes she has an unusual family, so much so that no one will be able to accept it. She is proposed by her boyfriend whom she loves but is scared. She hasn't had the best luck with others accepting her family and so uses it as an excuse to put him off. She begins to tell him the tale of her crazy family to show him why she had good reason to say "maybe".

As the story unfolds you find out how eccentric her family is within the small community in which she grew up.
Apr 18, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it
This one might look a bit familiar to you as I introduced it to you earlier this year with an Author Spotlight. Raise your hand if you think your family is nuts. Keep it raised if you love them anyway. Okay, now that we know who we are, you can put your hands down. Basically all of us think our families are completely crazy yet we wouldn’t want it any other way.

This is Jeannie Thompson’s family. They are eccentric, nosy and bossy. They also are incredibly supportive, loving and always there for
Jul 19, 2011 Katherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I won this on a book blog. I loved the blurb and the idea of the story. But the way it was written was certainly not my cup of tea. I hated it, and after complaining about it to my friend, she convinced me I didn't need to finish it. On the surface, it is a clean book. As another reviewer stated, there is very little language and no bedroom scenes as far as I got.

However, there is enough referring to body parts or body functions of both people and animals, unmarried couples doing things that sh
Jun 26, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-books, romance, 2014
I do agree with this-"Not unlike Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and other beloved works of southern women’s fiction—except set in the American Midwest—Born Under a Lucky Moon is a story of family, love, murder, sex scandals, and new beginnings that is, at once, intelligent, endearing, and delightfully quirky." I loved the setting, the story, the characters! It goes back and forth between 2006 and 1986 blending past and present to tell the tale of the wonderfully wacky Thompson family ...more
Crystal Wachoski
Mar 13, 2011 Crystal Wachoski rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Not many things make me proud to be from Michigan, but this book sure does. It made me see that yes, there are other people out there that understand Michigan and see the beauty that I see. I loved reading about the many cities she talks about. She did a wonderful job describing my home state.

The book was very well written, for her first book. It was funny, witty, and familiar. It described the typical American family with such charm. I had a feeling that she was describing h
Jun 15, 2011 Kaijsa rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's been hanging around in my unread pile for a long time, and I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting to it sooner. The story is interesting from a few different angles. The protagonist, Jeanne, is the youngest of five children (four of which are daughters) and a film executive. Her family is close and complicated and she is a bundle of neuroses. At first, it seems like the story will be typical chick lit in which a couple (Jeanne has a serious boyfriend called ...more
May 23, 2011 Jeannie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. It was a cute story about a loving, but dysfunctional family, from Michigan, some behind the scenes Hollywood drama and some romance. It is really sweet and fun. The protagonist is Jeannie Thompson, who is a high-powered marketing executive in the movie business. I fell in love with her family and all of their zaniness, as well as North Muskegon, MI (which is the setting for most of the book). It’s a touching story and is based on some real life events of the ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
The story line was okay. I mainly bought it because much of it is set in Muskegon (well, North Muskegon)so the local flair intrigued me. A story line surrounding a big/dysfunctional family is one that should appeal to most readers but it was a struggle for me to find any redeeming or endearing qualities in some of the family members. But maybe that was the point the author was trying to make about large families...? I will freely admit that I am a character driven reader so this review might not ...more
McGuffy Morris
Jul 25, 2011 McGuffy Morris rated it really liked it
Written in chapters from past to present, back and forth, Jeannie Thompson tells her story…and quite a story it is. Her large family in Michigan is a close, albeit wild, bunch of characters. However, they always pull together for Jeannie and each other in all of life’s craziness.

With a good career, Jeannie also finds a good man. Afraid to introduce him to her quirky family, out of fear they may overwhelm him, she tries to avoid it. She really need not worry, though. Their zest for life, easy way
Barbara Maguire
Mar 27, 2011 Barbara Maguire rated it it was amazing
Every now and then while I was reading Born Under a Lucky Moon, it seemed I might be reading about my own family. As one of five somewhat crazy children, there have certainly been moments when I wondered if my friends would be able to handle the chaos that is my family--even now that we're all in our 40s and 50s. I loved the snapshots of my native Northern Michigan and the references to Michigan State and even Dooley's, a regular hang out when I was there. The book kept me thinking about the ...more
Becki Couch tompkins
Mar 01, 2015 Becki Couch tompkins rated it really liked it
Born and raised in No. Muskegon, now a transplant of upstate NY. This novel was a breath of fresh air. I laughed at all my childhood memories being brought back to life. I was raised at the BLT where my mom worked and my dad's pictures on the walls. Swimming and fishing in all three lakes, picking blueberries and riding my Swing all over the four corners, sunsets and sunburns at the BIG lake.I felt like this loving family was my own crazy mess of three sisters. The antics with my cousins and ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Cindy rated it it was amazing
A delightful read that follows the life of lower Michigan native, Jeannie Thompson and her larger than life family. As an adult, Jeannie lives and works in LA. Her early life in Michigan and the family capers and chaos are woven into the current story of her (not so) glamorous film life as she regales her fiancée with the historical personal details. Jeannie tries frantically to keep her family separate from her love for Aidan because she worries he can't possibly accept what she considers their ...more
May 14, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it

Eh... I was not impressed by this novel. It vaguely reminded me of Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, only not nearly as good. I had to laugh at the crazy grandmother a few times but then the last stunt she pulled was just very unrealistic. I was also disappointed with the way the author wrapped up the ending. She dragged out the story for 410 pages, then in the last 9 everything falls into place and everyone lives happily ever after? I hate that.
Feb 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
I won this book on Goodreads and just got it the other day. Now I just need some quiet time to sit down and read.

I put everyone to bed quickly last night so I could finish this book. At times I was bursting out in laughter at the things that happened to this family. So crazy, but not that far fetched in my opinion. The craziness could actually happen. that's what I liked about it. And I loved the ending. It fit perfectly with Jeannie's life.
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Hi all, this is Dana. I live in Marina Del Rey, California with my son, Gus and my dog, Thompson. I grew up in N. Muskegon, Michigan. I've has worked at several film studios including Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios as an advertising executive. I've been writing at a little joint in Santa Monica, CA. since I was 23 years old. It used to be called The Novel Cafe and now is called ...more
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