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Born Under a Lucky Moon: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom "things" just seem to happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt, out-of-control existence. But it's also about good surprises—like an unexpected proposal that ...
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Overview

Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom "things" just seem to happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt, out-of-control existence. But it's also about good surprises—like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie's eyes to her real place among the people she loves most in the world . . . the same ones she ran far away from to begin with.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062042309
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 110,355
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Dana Precious lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She has two dogs: a small border terrier named Thompson (as in Hunter—long story) and Bella, a very large bullmastiff whose activity of choice is sleeping on the couch and watching Oprah. Prior to writing, Dana worked for several major film studios.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    A Not So Lucky Moon Makes A HILARIOUS READ!

    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 couple!) to M-80's (don't ya'll know how to clear away gophers???) to missing teeth after an accident, this book makes the reader laugh out loud, and be thankful for their family, no matter how crazy and whacky they may seem to be. It's told back and forth between the 80's and 2006, two very important times in Jeannie Thompson's life. She's got a life like no other that's for sure! She's been hit by an ambulance, she has a wild-side granny who likes to run away (while she's naked!), not to mention that she used to get to go to Chi-Chi's (man, I miss that place!).

    All these things happen to poor Jeannie and it really makes it a fun read, as she is telling her story to her boyfriend, Aidan. She's just not sure about introducing him to her family. After all, the old ladies at her Episcopalian church held the preacher hostage, cause he was "helping" them! Oh and she's been told that she was born under a lucky moon....well, I'm not so sure it was a lucky moon...more like a lucky curse. LoL! It's just all around H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!!

    So, please give this author and her fabulous work a chance. It's 5 star worthy and highest praises are shouted from this reader! I definitely and truly recommend this book to all the women out there (and I'm sure there's a guy or two who may read and find the laughs in this humorous book!). I am anxiously awaiting the release of another of Dana Precious' books!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    An amazing read

    You simply must read this book. It will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head all at the same time.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Brought me back to my late teen yrs in the

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Brought me back to my late teen yrs in the 80's. The only book that made me laugh out loud constantly & cry as well! I can't say enuff wonderful things about this book!! Hope she writes more becuz I gobbled this up!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Awkward writing

    When your eye is constantly caught by poorly chosen words and awkward phrasing it is impossible to really enjoy a book. Where on earth was the editor? This could have been a good book if it wasn't so clumsy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Full Moon

    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 of dealing with things, and their ability to be true to themselves make them, and Jeannie, what and who a family should be. And that is what matters.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    Impressive Debut Novel

    Lock the door and turn off the phone. Once you start reading about the Thompson family, you won't be doing anything else until you find out how this story ends.

    The Thompsons live in Michigan. They are the kind of big, sprawling family that things just seem to happen to. With five kids, there's always some drama. Evan is the only son. A ship captain, he also has his own TV show and is the voice of reason. Elizabeth is the ultra-organized, ever so chic oldest daughter. Sammie is the vagabond artist. Lucy, rebelling against everything, runs off and joins the army. Jeannie, the youngest, grows up with her role firmly fixed. She is the mediator, the fixer, the one who soothes the rough spots. It's no wonder that she ends up as a marketing executive on major Hollywood films. Who else can handle the thousand and one crises that are a part of every movie?

    But there's something now that Jeannie can't fix. Aidan is a successful Hollywood producer whose only ambition left is to marry Jeannie and settle down. But Jeannie can't commit. There's always some crisis to fix, some problem only she can solve. Will she learn too late that you can't live your life always putting everyone else first?

    Readers will laugh out loud at this family and love them and their foibles. The writing is witty and fresh, and the characters remind you of your best friend from high school. This book is recommended for readers who are looking for a way to make sense of their lives and not let life's misfortunes stand in their way. This is Dana Precious' first novel, and readers will be anxiously awaiting her next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Great feel good book that made me laugh out loud!

    I really loved this book and with growing up with my own crazy family in the upper Midwest this book was very easy to relate too which to me is important to make a book enjoyable. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next to this loveable wild family from Michigan and thought that it was a very easy and quick read that I would recommend to anyone that wants a good laugh and to feel like part of the family.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Must Read!!!!

    Great book!!!!!! I could not put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Could not put this book down!

    This is a wonderful book. Cannot wait to read Dana's next book. This story makes you laugh and cry, and when I say laugh, I mean laugh out loud and often. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Everyone who reads this is going to fall in love with it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Laugh Out Loud Hilarious

    Jeannie Thompson holds a high-pressure job at a major movie studio, and spends her days--and nights--deftly dealing with crazy actors, egotistical movie makers, and temperamental studio executives. But when her boyfriend, producer Aiden, proposes to her, it sends her over the edge. Before she will marry him, Jeannie wants to make sure he knows the kind of family he's marrying into, a family that, as Jeannie puts it, "things just happen to." So Jeannie begins sharing a few of the stories of what it was like to grow up in her family.

    Switching back and forth between 2006 and 1986, author Dana Precious weaves a hilarious tale of family complete with a surprise double wedding, naked grandmothers, bickering sisters, a dog who excels at getting arrested, a zen-like brother who hosts a fishing and cooking show on local TV, and lots and lots of love. Along the way, Precious paints such a vivid picture of what it's like to grow up on the lakes of Michigan I felt like I was there.

    I laughed out loud in many places, and even teared up at the ending. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed such a satisfying book. Mom, you're getting this one for Mother's Day!

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    This book became my best friend

    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 feel worn wood of the dock beneath your feet as you read about Jeannie's summer at the shore back at home with her family, who are both her biggest problem and her greatest asset. The antics that surround them are so appallingly entertaining, they remind us to appreciate family life for all its ridiculous and beautiful imperfections. Worth the read for the Grandma scene alone. I got so attached to my evenings with this book, I really missed them after I finished the read. I hope Dana Precious is planning on writing many more like this!

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    Born Under a Lucky Moon is a charming, hilarious, feel good story which had me hooked on page one. I fell in love with a town, a tavern and a cast of lovable characters that I now think of as friends. The book is rich with emotions and surprise events that create wonderful chaos, but be warned... this book may cause laugh-out-loud moments at inappropriate times.
    I am giving this book to the people I love.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    This is an engaging amusing family drama

    Jeannie Thompson grew up in Muskegon County, Michigan as the youngest of five siblings. Her family seemed to always land in one humiliating scenario after another. Even her high school sweetheart ended their engagement because he could not cope with the maniacal behavior of her family where granny ran naked in the streets. She fled at the first chance she had for Los Angeles. By 2006 she works as a troubleshooting executive at Oxford Pictures and dating renowned filmmaker Aidan. All is perfect until Aidan proposes.

    Jeannie explains to him why they must not marry though she loves him. In 1986 her only brother Evan was getting married. When her sister Elizabeth called mom from California to announce their army sister Sammie married Chuck; mom decided a second wedding was in order with one week to go before Evan married. Jeannie insists frantic insane events are the norm for her family. Aidan deserves better, which she insists is the status quo. Aidan wants to marry her with her family in attendance. When he realizes she hides him from her nearby sisters, he vanishes.

    This is an engaging amusing family drama as three potential weddings two decades apart are seen through Jeannie's filter; color her world with humiliation. The ensemble cast is fully developed especially the Michigan musketeers as the family credo should be one for all and all for one though Jeannie has forgotten that tenet. Although there are too many subplots as each sibling and to a degree the parents have a tale to tell, fans will relish this precious tale that provides homage to the Kaufman-Hart play You Can't Take It With You.

    Harriet Klausner

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