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Milk Glass Moon: A Big Stone Gap Novel (Big Stone Gap #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  10,435 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
Milk Glass Moon, by Trigiani, Adriana
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Random House (first published January 9th 2002)
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♥ Sandi ❣
3.75 stars

I am not a romance reader - was in my youth - but haven't really enjoyed a true romance in years.
Now with that said, I love this Big Moon Gap series. It is a family saga, facing all the challenges and crisis of a middle aged marriage, close intercultural flavor, trying to raise a family, with all the interference that society can throw at it. Change, growth and even romance sends this story along on such a human and realistic path that you cannot help but cheer on its small home-town
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
Sep 03, 2007 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
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
Aug 15, 2015 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
Jun 18, 2012 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
Joan Dennehy
I'm addicted to these people although they need to shape up!
Jan 05, 2013 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
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2010 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
Mar 09, 2009 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
Jul 14, 2010 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
Mar 16, 2011 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
Nov 20, 2009 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
Oct 12, 2015 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
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
Feb 02, 2013 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.
Mary Rank
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors! I read this series out of sequence but I still loved these characters and I feel like I know them. I would love to see a book on what happens to Etta and Stefano in their marriage in Italy. Just an idea for another book!
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the sequels that you love because you love the characters and want to know what happens to them. Alone, it wouldn't be so good. But I loved seeing where the characters went next. I enjoyed it.
Aug 05, 2015 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.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I read books haphazardly. I read #1 in this series awhile ago and now book #3.
The thing I found missing is how Ave Maria's son Joseph died.

I liked this story for the simplicity of the setting, mostly rural Virginia and the small town characters. There were also some travels to Italy as there are in many of Trigiani's books. What I missed was the Italian flair and family.

One of the big themes was Ave and her daughter Etta's relationship during her teens (13-18). Sometimes Ave was do
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Libby Baum
Another wonderful story by Adriana Trigiani. I love that she narrates her own stories! You get a true feel for her vision of what story she spun in her head through her narration. It's sad to see Ava's life changing so drastically over the years from book to book. I'll admit I shed a tear or two through "Milk Glass Moon." I love the southern sass and humor Ms. Trigiani weaves into each story. Her characters, although quite southern, are very relateable and lovable and likable.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series deals with dating and choosing love in your life. The second book deals with problems that arise and choosing your marriage in spite of problems. The thirds deals mainly with parents relationships with children and what or how will you handle their choices they make?

An interesting read. I kept asking myself what would I do in that situation?
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The author read this book and she should have hired out the job. Just lacked expression and energy. Her writing lacked energy also and I was sort of bored with the whole thing and wondered when it would be over. Too contrived and didn't flow. Ave Maria was always a wreck and I wanted her to get her act together. Too predictable and undeveloped characters.
Joyce Shields
I read this book waiting for the story to start. It was not what I expected from this author. It never compelled me to get back to it, but it filled some spare time. Maybe because I haven't read the first two books of Big Stone Gap.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ave Maria is now trying to figure out how to mother a teenager who is bright, thoughtful and impulsive. Etta's also like and close to her dad, a relationship appreciated by but absent in Ave Maria's life. Ave Maria has to learn to let go and "redream."
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this book started a bit too slow but it was a good story and in the end, I'm glad that I read it!
Catherine M. Boling
Love The Big Stone Gap series. So much wisdom interwoven into a beautiful story about life and friends and family.
Massanutten Regional Library
Jane, Elkton patron, June 2017, 4 stars:

This story takes place in SW Virginia and it was interesting to read about places familiar. Characters are described well. Plot is very good, too.
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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her “dazzling” novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books in fiction and nonfiction. She is published in 35 countries around the world.

Adriana is also a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. “A comedy writer with a heart of gold,” (New York Times) Adriana is the award-winning d
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Big Stone Gap (4 books)
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