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Young Virginia Nugent's privileged life ends with the death of her mother and her father's guilt-ridden descent into addiction. She is torn between her love of the ranch and her desire to escape, until a Southern friend of her late mother makes an offer that can change her life. Four years later, she returns from boarding school in Santa Cruz, the gorgeous image of her mot ...more
Published September 12th 2018 (first published March 23rd 2014)
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Anne Schroeder
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Truth in advertising, I must admit that I wrote this book. It's the first in a series of historical western romances set in California's Central Coast. I am president-elect of Women Writing the West and it's important to me that women's voices are heard. This series (Maria Ines is the next in line, for release in late 2014,) honors Indian, Spanish, Mexican and American women who lived in early California.

My writing style is relentlessly persistent. I move the action with gritty, well-researched
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Carmen
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Anne Schroeder created a tale with lively characters and a setting that places readers right in the middle of the drama. Cholama Moon is a well-researched tale of Ginny Nugent's will to survive the harsh land and homesteading life offered in the late 1800s. When Jeremy Larsen shows up, he may be the card in her hand of hardship that turns her life around for her after the death of her mother. With her father's alcohol and drug addiction, the crippled male ranchhand can offer only so ...more
Suzanne Smith
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book! The description of the land was so detailed and vivid I felt like I was on the ranch with Ginny and Sancho. From the beginning of the story to the end, Ginny isn’t exactly sure what name she should call her father. Patron, Papa, or Charlie. What a subtle and ingenious way for the author to show the distance between the two of them. An added bonus is the use of humor (like Sancho’s real name and how he got it) which helps to soften the sobering effect of alcoholism and child abuse. Ni
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Pamela Barrett
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the death of her mother, and her grieving father’s spiral into addiction, a young girl is being raised by a gruff but soft hearted ranch-hand and a weary overworked Indian woman. Set in the 1870’s in the inland valleys of California’s Central Coast, Cholama Moon begins with an attention grabbing wild horse round up during a land shifting earthquake. From there, author Anne Schroeder takes you through the turbulent times facing families who want to tame this land.

Virginia Nugent (Ginny) is
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Mary E Trimble
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When she was three years old, Ginny Nugent’s mother died, and so did her loving home. Cholama Moon by Anne Schroeder tells Ginny’s story in this late 1800's novel which takes place in a remote section of southeastern Monterey County, California.

Ginny has a loyal friend in an old cowhand, Sancho Roos. When her father, Charlie Nugent, doesn’t provide the nurturing his daughter needs, Sancho is there for her. What is lacking--a well-kept home, proper clothes, schooling, the things a growing girl ne
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Victoria Osborne
This author delivers. If you are a fan of Historical fiction sent in the western part of the united states, then you must read this book. The author delivers a compassionate and sensitive story about a young girl, Ginny, who grows up on a ranch with a father so wracked with grief that he descends into addiction that results in neglect.

Her characters are multidimensional, even those that are antagonistic, you feel for them as they struggled to settle a valley and ranch. Cholama is where the epice
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Carolyn Niethammer
Plucky is an old-fashioned word but it certainly applies to the lead character in Cholama Moon. It’s 1865 in the Choloma Valley of Central California and we meet Ginnie, a motherless child living on a remote struggling ranch. The California of the day was a place of vast empty spaces and little refinement. With her father emotionally absent, Ginnie is left to raise herself with a little help from Sancho, one of the ranch hands. Given little to eat and the barest amount of clothing, Ginnie develo ...more
Bonnie
I loved this book. When I first started reading "Cholama Moon", I thought it would be a slow read. However, after only a few pages the story began. I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed the historical facts about the land and the homesteaders struggle to make a home and a life in that area of California. I loved the story of a little girl trying to find her place in all that happens to her. I will share this book with my friends and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.
Heidi Thomas
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel by Anne Schroeder is, as the new phrase says, "unputdownable"! I applaud the obvious research into place and time, the storyline kept me riveted from start to finish, and I fell in love with Ginny in this coming-of-age saga. I didn't want it to end, and I'm already looking forward to Anne's next novel!
Doranne Long
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this historical novel about the Cholama Valley in Central California in the late 1800's. I was most impressed with Anne's descriptive writing. She helped me to smell, taste, see, and feel what life was like in that day and age; she is a master at dialogue as well. "Miguelito's silver spurs clinked against his soft leather books...his yellow scarf caught the breeze."
Amanda Williams
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very immersive. I really enjoyed this book. I would happily read more from this author.
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Winner of the 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Historical Fiction, Anne Schroeder describes herself as a calorically-challenged Aphrodite with an unmistakable fervor for life. Second of seven children, she was born in Ventura County, California, the subject of her first memoir Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations.

In 1971 she graduated from Cal Poly, SLO, with a husb
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