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Moon Over Alcatraz

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies af
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Black Hawk/Ravenswood Publishing (first published January 5th 2012)
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange

Patricia Yager Delagrange has written what I would say as an excellent women’s romance novel. Its heart wrenching at times and I will admit I shed a few tears. But it was one of those stories you cannot put down and I would say one of the better romance novels I’ve read in awhile. Patricia’s writing is excellent the words flowed seamlessly and her writing made you feel actual emotions when reading this story. I would compare her writing
Brenda Foreman
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is a story about a woman named Brandy whose life is full of drama. She experiences many losses but keeps moving on. I couldn't put this book down! I highly recommend that you read this compelling story.
Tanya Searle
Oct 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Firstly I would like to thank netgalley, the publisher and author for providing me with a free kindle copy of this book. I did not enjoy this book at all and could not wait to finish it. The interactions between the characters were underdeveloped and unrealistic. It was difficult to make any connection with the story or characters and it was unbelievable. The main character Brandy was frustrating and immature in her approach to her problems. I cringed often at how lame the story was. I have neve ...more
Amber Spriegel
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** I was given a free copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Patricia Yager Delagrange, the publisher Ravenswood Publishing, and NetGalley.***

This book was a roller coaster of emotions and feelings. I couldn't put it down because I continually needed to know what was going to happen next. I wish it had not ended as abruptly as it did. I would have enjoyed reading just a little further into the story line because the ending felt very ru
Chloe (Romancing the Books)
Moon Over Alcatraz is a heart breaking story about a couple, Brandy and Weston, who were waiting too long to start a family. But losing their baby during childbirth breaks them apart. There is barely any communication between the two since Weston flies off to New York for six months.

Brandy bumps into her high school friend, Edward, who invites her for dinner to his place and they both get intimate with each other. Brandy realizes her mistake and wants to tell Weston about her infidelity but is
Amber Hanneken
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book was gracious enough to mail me an autographed copy. I read some of the reviews others had left on this book stating that the dialog between character was unrealistic, however, I disagree. I felt like this book was very relatable and down to earth. I loved that the main character made a huge mistake that changed the course of the story, it made her feel more human. However, some of the twists in this book were a little predictable. Overall, I thought this book was an easy ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
While this contemporary women's fiction was heart-breaking, it was also filled with hope when recovering from losing a baby at birth and then ultimately, the break up of the marriage. How one responds to a tragic event varies among many individuals where some spiral downwards, others eventually find their way back. While I didn't like how some of the characters acted, I did care enough to hope that the new life would get better. I was teary-eyed by the end. This book is great for those wanting t ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Formula writing

Written as if following an outline for romance novel: damaged marriage, affairs, best friend lives next door, beautiful baby, mommy love...etc, etc
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was not crazy about this book, but I finished it. Married, lost a baby, husband gets a job away for a few months, and they both have a fling.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandy and Weston Chambers' world is turned upside down when their baby girl is three weeks early and dies during childbirth. Both of them were struggling and grieving the loss of their daughter, but Brandy felt an overwhelming guilt that it was her fault that their little girl died, and she pushed Weston away unable to accept the solace that he wanted to provide her. Feeling rejected, Weston accepts an out-of-town bridge building project in New York City that would take him away until the new y ...more
Susan Frances
Brandy Chambers sought one goal in her life to have her HEA, happily ever after. It’s her primary goal in Patricia Yager Delagrange’s novel Moon Over Alcatraz. Her HEA is destroyed when her husband of ten years, Weston Chambers and she cannot break through the defensive walls that divide them when she loses their baby. The two are consoled by others, but when Brandy’s indiscretion results in becoming pregnant with the other man’s baby, Weston leaves her and moves in with his new lover/co-worker ...more
Deana Dick
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book that is so emotional that brings readers to tears. I found a book like that after reading this story that I couldn't put down. The author has developed characters that are strong, have flaws but each looking for that special someone to spend their life with.

Weston and Brandy have wanted a child for so long. Their dream is about to come true as Brandy is three weeks away from giving birth. The nursery is ready, her overnight bag is packed and they are both excited about
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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The book starts off with Brandy going into labor and ultimately losing her baby during childbirth and it just absolutely broke my heart. Brandy spirals into a deep depression (understandably so) and her husband takes off to New York for six months for work.

While Weston is in New York, he barely communicates with his despondent wife, except for a few drunken phone calls and some weird late night apology, Brandy tries desperately to r
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads
Brandy Chambers’s dream was nearly fulfilled, with the birth of her child approaching. But everything went wrong. Her baby, Christine, died at birth, and, with her, all of Brandy’s hopes. Now, Brandy has to deal with the depression, even though her husband’s support isn’t exactly what it should be. And, when she meets with Edward, a friend from high-school and quite an attractive man, she finds that her own heart isn’t exactly where it should be. It all begins with what was meant to be a one-nig ...more
Victor Gentile
Patricia Yager Delagrange in her new book, "Moon Over Alcatraz" published by Black Hawk/Ravenswood Publishing introduces us to Brandy Chambers.

From the back cover: Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful
Kelsi H
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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First of all, this book had nothing to do with Alcatraz, which was very disappointing because I initially chose it based on the title. It is actually set in nearby Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. Brandy and Weston are a married couple, pregnant with their first child. However, when the baby dies during the birth, both parents are devastated. This first part of the novel was well-written – the tragedy of losing a child was described in he
Liz Davis
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moon Over Alcatraz was a bittersweet read, in terms of the emotions one feels while reading it. The novel is about a married couple (Brandy and Weston) who were looking forward to a new baby only to discover they can never share the joy of having that baby in their lives. The baby dies and leaves Brandy and Weston crushed and their marriage crumbling. Instead of helping each other through the painful process, they push each other away. Then a great job opportunity for Weston causes them to spend ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story of love and coping with loss

When Brandy and Weston lose their baby after a difficult birth their lives fall apart. Brandy is grief stricken, guilt ridden and somehow feels responsible for the fact their baby died. Unable to connect with each other the couple struggles to cope and the marriage falls apart.
One day, while estranged from Weston, Brandy runs into Edward Barnes, her old friend from high school. Shortly after this meeting she finally manages to pull herself out her
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a lovely book. The subject matter started off with fairly difficult reading, the death of a baby but as we follow the lives of Brandy & Weston during the aftermath it shows how love, family, betrayal, friendship all come into play.

Struggling to keep their love & marriage alive after such a tragedy is a challenge for this couple. Brandy eventually finds she is pregnant again but that is just the beginning of the saga .. so much emotion & quite a few twists & dramatic
Teresa Kander
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hated every time I had to put this book down during the time I was reading it. It is such an emotional story that I just wanted to sit and read it cover to cover, to find out what was going to happen.

The story begins with Brandy in labor, delivering a daughter who doesn't survive. I would have preferred to start out with something a little more mundane as an introduction to Brandy and Weston and their nearly perfect life. Instead, we start with tragedy, move on to Brandy's depressi
Julianne Bancroft
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Moon Over Alcatraz is an easy-read romance, but with plenty of plot twists thrown in to keep you guessing and to keep the story from becoming predictable. My opinion of two of the main characters did a complete 180 by the end of the story (so don't decide too early who the good guys and the bad guys are in the various relationships). And the twists and turns in the story continue until, almost literally, the last page (really, I was getting angry about how I thought the book would have to end as ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having won this book in the first reads drawing, I was excited to be able to read it and give my review. How pleased I was after reading the book. The author did a great job of defining the characters and telling a story. Brandy and Weston face the challenge of dealing with the death of their first child at birth. Rather than pull together as a married couple to try and help each other, they push each other away by seeking comfort in other people instead of each other. Brandy goes into a deep de ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, blog-tour-book
This is a sweet wonderful book, which can be read in less than a day. However, with it being a short read does not take away from the book. This book starts out with two main characters, which one of the main characters changes into a minor character, and another takes the main characters place.

I rooted for Brandy throughout this whole book. The author did an amazing job creating this character. Brandy goes through a painful experience that no parent should have to experience. The de
Tracy Reads
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i loved this one so much, it's heartbreaking but it's so good Brandy cannot seem to catch a break she goes through the mill from the start, i thought this one was going to be difficult from the start i don't do well with books of loss and not when it comes to children but i am so glad i read it. there was one thing i did not like and that was the use of the word member which was used several times in sex sceanes it is not joining the vagina club so what is it a member of ? , lets call a spade a ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange was an emotional story to read.

It's heartbreaking story about a couple who lose their baby. The emotions and pain what the main characters go through is well written and captivating. It's a sad story where both have difficulties with dealing with loss and pain and how their journey takes them to third parts with the search for understanding, love and closure.

Moon Over Alcatraz was well written, easy to read and painful. I cried and laughed when
Tracy Reads
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant !

I loved this one so much, it's heart breaking but it's so good brandy cannot seem to catch a break she goes through the mill from the start , I thought this one was going to be difficult for me I don't do well with books of loss and certainly not child loss but I am so glad I read it. There was one thing I didn't like but it's totally on me and that's the author used member a lot in the sex scenes and that word is my peeve in books lets call a spade a spade he ain't joining th
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ipad, 2012
Both Brandy and Weston go through a heart wrenching ordeal when they lose their child at birth. Nothing could be worse than that. Both of them, in their grief, make a mistake and seek solace in other people instead of each other. I'm not usually one for reading books with infidelity in them. So, I was a little wary when I went into this book. After much thought, I decided that I did ultimately liked the book. While I don't condone what either of them did, I was happy to see them go their separat ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story or survival, learning to cope and live, and getting second chances.

Moon Over Alcatraz is a great story with an even greater plot. From the very beginning it pulls in your heartstrings, you hurt for Brandy. I couldn't imagine the pain or emptiness she was going through. Losing a child could be the worst thing someone will face. Brandy and Weston are rolling with the punches, not knowing what to do next. Slowly their marriage is falling apart around them. Here enters Edward. One n
Marcy ayala
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads


June Collins
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was quite well written and extremely well edited. The storyline would be appealing to many women. The main character goes through experiences common to many in this day and age. I would classify it as romance with a touch of erotica. The sex scenes were not powerful. They focused more on 'rubbing his swollen member' type of wordage; I felt the 'sexual action' would draw the reader in better if accompanied by more emotion.
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