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A novel of secrets, memory, family, and forgiveness by the bestselling author of When Never Comes.

Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must retur

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Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published August 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Ashley Danielle PG-13. Mostly for the violence against the main character. There are no sex scenes, just a scene leading up to one. And if the movie showed the girls …morePG-13. Mostly for the violence against the main character. There are no sex scenes, just a scene leading up to one. And if the movie showed the girls getting murdered and their bodies being pulled out of the water after 3 weeks, it would definitely be PG-13 for showing graphic images.(less)

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Arini
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The mystery was pretty standard which was disappointing because I was looking forward to it. It seemed ingenuine that Lizzy suddenly wanted to solve the murder and clear up her grandma’s name AFTER she died when all these years she just . . . didn’t care.

It’s like she was doing it out of regret, which maybe is not the worst motivation. I’m still gonna judge anyway.

The love story was cute but also extremely clichéd. I liked the fact that the guy’s been pining for the girl. However, it’s honestly
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Kat (is moving ... I'll be back soon!)
This charming story centers around Elzibeth ‘Lizzy’ Moon, a successful creative director and perfumer in NYC who returns to her New England hometown of Salem Creek and her grandmother Althea’s Moon Girl Farm after her death. A past tragic event involving two teenage sisters found in a pond on the property has cast a pall over Althea and all the Moon women, with townsfolk presuming Althea’s guilt and strongly intimating that all the Moon women are witches, despite the fact that they’ve always use ...more
Eldonna Edwards
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this gorgeous book and was blown away by the artful use of language and skilled storytelling. Author Barbara Davis uses a fine brush to draw complex, colorful characters, including a fiercely independent protagonist whose greatest obstacle is her own self-limiting beliefs. Steeped in equal parts magical realism and dark mystery, The Last of the Moon Girls is a captivating story that will leave you under its luminous spell long after you turn the last page. Do yourself a favor and ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lizzy Moon inherited the farm, one where nine generations of healers lived, after her grandmother Althea dies.

Two young girls were murdered on the farm, and the murders have not been solved. Althea was always a suspect.

Lizzy doesn’t want to return, but she has to. Althea left her a journal to help her recognize her own gifts. Lizzy is determined to clear her grandmother’s name.

I enjoyed the tension that built within the narrative of this story. Who committed these murders? Lizzy’s story complete
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Louise
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm rounding this up to three stars,as I'm struggling to know how properly to rate it.
Whilst it was a pleasant enough read,I felt it was too predictable in many of its plot lines,right from the beginning.

I also spent the whole book wondering why you'd wait for someone to die to decide to clear their name...


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Teresa
When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought that if the inside were as impressive as the outside, I would be a lucky girl. Well, I’m a lucky girl. This book is a beautifully written, mystical story of a woman who has fought her true destiny as one of the gifted Moon girls who have had the power of healing for nine generations. After her grandmother’s death, Lizzie must return home to the family farm from New York City to settle the estate. She has no intention of staying, but events and ...more
Nursebookie
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel that transcends genres - part murder mystery, part family drama, part historical fiction, but everything magical full of love! The writing is hauntingly beautiful, easy to read, and well researched.

The story opens up with the discovery of two missing young girls’ bodies in the pond and the double homicide investigation points to blame Althea Moon.

From that point on, the writing continues to build up as Liz, Althea’s grand-daughter discovers not only the mystery behind the gi
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Elly
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Very very mixed. Some of it was intriguing (the soap making, the magick, the relationships between generation, small town contrast and how stigmas work). Some of it as downright awful (the soppy romance with the creepy guy whose been obsessed with the heroine his whole life, who can’t help but “rescue” her, even when she’s been very clear she does not need rescuing). Prince Charming isn’t meant to be creepy, but this one certainly is.

Hated the book that was left that just so happened to have to
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
What is it like to be the last of the Moon girls?

​Lizzy ​wasn't sure, but she WAS the last of the Moon girls.

When her grandmother passed away and Lizzy found a journal from her, she knew she had to go home to settle the estate.

It turns out that along with the estate, she is going to try to settle the rumors that her grandmother had something to do with the deaths of two teenage girls eight years ago.

The farm Lizzy lived on with her grandmother when she was a child brought back so many memories w
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Barbara White
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is an intoxicating page-turner wrapped around an unsolved double homicide. It’s the story of Elzibeth, a successful perfume maker with a closely guarded secret: she can read people by their scent. Her unique gift is a legacy and a curse, because it identifies her as the last in a long line of mystical women.

Mothers, grandmothers, and healers, the Moon women have deep roots in a small New England community that has treated them with suspicion and fear and, in the last d
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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3:5 Stars
Loran
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I usually like books with some magic in them. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries but I thought I'd give it a try. Barbara Davis crafts a good sentence and writes well. I just didn't like the story. It felt predictable to me and oddly formulaic - the town "against" the family, gossip, blame, etc.

For a 36 year old woman, Lizzy has little insight into her life. People who aren't willing to look at their issues annoy me so I really didn't care for her or her mother.

Mostly I believe I'm the wrong au
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Bette Crosby
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last of the Moon Girls is an enchanting tale of letting go and finding forgiveness. You will fall in love with Althea’s sage advice and her magical Book of Remembrances, and root for Lizzy as she opens up the past to make way for the future. A five-star must read. –
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I enjoyed the story.
Ashley Danielle
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Bambi Rathman
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some people family legacy and history can be something they want no part of. This is the case for Lizzy Moon, or her proper name, Elzibeth Moon,"She couldn't even have a normal name", the last in the line of gifted healers she's descended from. Nine generations have come before her and now it all comes down to Lizzy. She's inherited the Moon Girl Farm from her grandmother, Althea, after she passes away. Lizzy has been gone from the farm for eight years making her own future away from the fin ...more
Laurean Wilson Reynolds
A bit overwhelming

Startlingly reminiscent of Alice Hoffman's Owens family, this book tried to be too much-- tale of generational witches, unsolved murder mystery, story of dysfunctional mother and daughter, and lukewarm romance. I love magic realism and could have fallen hard for the generational witch story with the gorgeous garden, healing herbs, soaps, tinctures, perfumes, trained bees, and the women's history, work, and relationships on the farm. But that's not how it went. The protagonist,
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Anne
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF at 40%. This book had the too-sweet, puritanical feel of a Hallmark movie, as well as the same basic plot - woman leaves her evil city life to return to her small town country roots and the handsome man next door who is still inexplicably obsessed with her 20 years later. Everybody is white as snow except for the token mysterious-but-kind Creole lady who just stays in the house, bakes things and offers wise advice.
Once I got to the part where the main character (again, she's a supposedly mod
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Susan Peterson
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Each of us comes in to the world with a story to tell." For Lizzy Moon, she thought she knew what her story would be. She'd left her childhood home with all of its memories and heartaches, and had built a new, successful life for herself. When she returns to Moon Girl Farm following the death of her grandmother, old wounds are reopened, but so are the possibilities of a life she never dreamed she could have. This hauntingly beautiful novel transcends genre--it is a mystery, it is magical, it is ...more
Jenny Belk
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was most fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of this exquisite book. There aren't enough positive adjectives to express the pleasure I got reading these pages. The author has a talent for bringing vivid characters, beautiful settings and weaving heartfelt words into a magical experience. This tale is one of regrets, redemption, finding oneself and ultimately finding forgiveness and love. It's about righting wrongs, finding overlooked answers to a tragic event and the characters kept m ...more
Carin
Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am once again asking you to not use the Wise Old Black Woman trope in your witchy novels.

Can your black southern side character with magic come from Baton Rouge? Eh. A little cliché but at least it’s not NOLA. If you want to go all in make her from Shreveport!

Does she need to be creole or are you using stereotypes for shorthand rather than actually working on character development for your one black character (ahem, excuse me, *mahogany* character)? Good faith points deducted for mentioning
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Patricia Sands
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Intriguing story grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go. At times gentle and magical and other times dark and frightening, the journey Lizzy Moon undertakes swept me along as she reluctantly returned to the farm where her family has lived for nine generations. Her planned short stay changes when she discovers a journal her recently deceased grandmother, Althea, has left for her. Filled with wisdom, counsel, and the magical qualities of the herbs and plants on the farm, Lizzy’s wor ...more
Kristi Lamont
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Total comfort food.

Which is _exactly_ what I needed yesterday. The world is just icky, people are getting more and more hateful, and it's July in the Deep South, which means it's too dang hot to even get in a swimming pool.

So where better to escape than to New England? Practice a little magick, renovate a farmhouse, lovingly restore once-beautiful gardens to their former glory, fall in love......and all in lovely weather!

Good read for when you're on the beach, or stuck inside on a rainy Saturday
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Jennifer
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it!! I do love books that have a bit of magic in them. The Moon girls were full of magic. Enjoyed the story, writing style and characters. Loved reading about Lizzy and her family. Thank goodness Althea was there to raise Lizzy because her mom did not know how to be a mother. Rhanna pretty much abandoned Lizzy. Salem Creek was definitely lacking in their police force. They never properly investigated the murder of the Gilman girls, but were convinced Althea was guilty without any evidence. ...more
Eadle
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I want to like this book more than I do. I’m a mystery fan and not a romance fan. It was pleasant enough and reasonably well-written, but it’s not my cup of tea.

The characters are likable, but stereotypical, and the plot was oh so predictable from the git-go. So many things did not ring true. Virtually abandoning the grandmother who raised and adored you? And the whole tradition of go get knocked up to bring forth a daughter without ever considering the father? Why? What was the point? The wisd
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♡ Kayla ♡
Jul 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ok so I could NOT finish this book.

Firstly, I could not take it seriously. One of the lines was literally " he looked like Johnny Depp without the eyeliner."
... Okay so he looked like Johnny Depp?

Then it switches to this guy's narrative about how he was obsessed with Lizzy ever since she was a kid and still dreams about her 8 years later. And I stopped reading right then and there because I loathe books that make creepy guys try to seem romantic. I just couldn't do it anymore.

Honestly I'm so g
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Kerry Anne King
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woven through the compelling mystery and suspense that keep the pages of The Last Moon Girl turning is a story of a powerful family legacy and the discovery of the best kind of magic—that of embracing our own gifts and finding our place in the world. A glorious, shimmering read that resonated in my soul long after I finished reading.
Teresa
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought that if the inside were as impressive as the outside, I would be a lucky girl. Well, I’m a lucky girl. This book is a beautifully written, mystical story of a woman who has fought her true destiny as one of the gifted Moon girls who have had the power of healing for nine generations. After her grandmother’s death, Lizzie must return home to the family farm from New York City to settle the estate. She has no intention of staying, but events and ...more
Sabrina
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a beautiful mix of mystery, love, and magic.

The main character , Elizabeth Moon was a lady after my own heart.. no kids, no marriage, strictly career driven and was dam good at what she did, until the passing of her grandmother turned her world upside down, inside out and brought back some very scary memories.
Having to return to the family farm to "tie up loose ends" Lizzy found herself back in the place were everything went wrong.

I loved the family dynamic that was represented
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Lara
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Timeline issues

This is a fun read, a solid romance with a hint of supernatural and a nice mystery. Unfortunately, the issues with the timeline continually took my head out of the story.
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Althea met her daughter Rhanna's father and they saw the Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn Movie Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, released in 1967. (She also said the called movies "pictures" back then, which I don't think they still did by 1967.) After she broke his heart, he shipped off to Vietnam where
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