Once in a Blue Moon

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Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sisters who have known hardship from an early age, when their mother was sent to prison and they were separated and sent into foster care. Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her little sister.

When they are finally reunited, neither sister’s expectations are met. Kerrie Ann feels intimidated by the “classy,” more educated Lindsay, while Lindsay is dismayed by Kerrie Ann’s streetwise ways. They immediately clash as Lindsay ...

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Overview


Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sisters who have known hardship from an early age, when their mother was sent to prison and they were separated and sent into foster care. Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her little sister.

When they are finally reunited, neither sister’s expectations are met. Kerrie Ann feels intimidated by the “classy,” more educated Lindsay, while Lindsay is dismayed by Kerrie Ann’s streetwise ways. They immediately clash as Lindsay becomes threatened by Kerrie Ann. Simultaneously, Kerrie Ann struggles with the prospect of losing both her home and her boyfriend and is thrown into even further turmoil when her daughter’s foster parents put in a petition to adopt her. As the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are drawn together despite their differences.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As children, sisters Lindsay and Kerri Ann are shunted into the foster care system after their mother is arrested for selling drugs in Goudge’s (The Diary) charming newest. Lindsay is fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family, while younger Kerri Ann bounces from family to family, becoming a teenage runaway, getting into drugs and eventually losing custody of her own daughter. Thirty years after they last saw each other, Kerri Ann shows up on Lindsay’s doorstep in a last ditch effort to save herself. Lindsay, of course, has troubles of her own, and her nearly unrecognizable sister turning up is the last thing she needs. The tension in the sisters’ relationship is believable, and while romantic subplots are completely predictable, family dynamics are beautifully handled, particularly between the girls and the woman who tried to save them from foster care, stripper Miss Honi. A touching story with wide appeal, Goudge’s novel is a sharp example of dysfunctional family fiction. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Two sisters, one a marginally successful bookstore owner, the other a recovering drug addict, reunite after 30 years. Problems ensue. Good girl Lindsay is desultorily involved with a handsome lawyer boyfriend who's as comfortable as a cardigan sweater-and about as exciting. The slick and evil Heywood Group wants to tear Lindsay from her home overlooking the Pacific and build a resort. In an attempt to boost sales at her bookstore, she arranges for bestselling author Randall Craig to do a signing, but he doesn't show. A bit later, he appears, apologizes, invites Lindsay out to dinner and eventually reawakens her slumbering eroticism. Randall isn't as perfect as he appears, however, for he's hiding a family secret. Meanwhile, bad girl Kerrie Ann, Lindsay's long-lost sister, turns up with problems of her own: a fight against addiction, a six-year-old daughter in foster care, a failed relationship with a fellow junkie and no job skills. Lindsay hires her sister, a high-school dropout who doesn't know Judy Blume from Harold Bloom, and Kerrie Ann quickly draws the attention of bad-boy-turned-good Ollie, coffee maker and baker extraordinaire. Much of the narrative concerns Lindsay's efforts to domesticate her occasionally sluttish sister and Kerrie Ann's attempt to gain custody of her daughter, now in the capable and loving hands of a successful dentist and his wife who do not want to give the child up. Eighty-year-old former stripper Honi Love, a family friend, provides folk wisdom and comic relief. Is redemption possible for Kerrie Ann? Will the good guys win? Will Randall earn Lindsay's love? Let's just say the plot is as predictable as the prose is flat. One thing you can say aboutGoudge (The Diary, 2009, etc.): She knows the bestseller formula and sticks to it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593156145
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,359,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Eileen Goudge is the New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Diary, Domestic Affairs, Woman in Red, and Garden of Lies. There are more than five million copies of her books in print worldwide. She lives with her husband, entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon, in New York City.
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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Not Memorable

    I read "ONCE IN A BLUE MOON" and I remember the story, but to be honest it's not memorable. There was no action, no drama, nothing that would make it different then any other novel I have read. Lindsay and Kerri Ann had been sisters, until Social Services took them out of their mom's care. Lindsay, being the 'lucky one' was adopted out to a loving family and grew up in normal care, having the support and love from others. Kerri Ann wasn't so lucky. She was stuck in foster care all her life, and grew up hard. Their paths finally cross again when Kerri Ann shows up at Linday's workplace. Looking like a typical grudge girl, pink hair and all, Kerri Ann reaches out to Lindsay. She needs help getting her own daughter back. The book goes on throughout the struggles of their relationship, and the people around him. All and all not my favorite book, rates like a C- to me.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Love the Characters

    The books is amazing. Eileen Goudge always delivers a great book and never a dull moment. I have been happy with all her books. This one is different in the ideas and the premise is always strong women. At the end everyone wins!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    One of the Best

    I really couldn't put the book down. My sister took care of me while my Mom worked.I really had 2 Moms.It was so nice to such a happy ending . I would tell everyone to buy this book.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    Enjoyable, quick read.

    I enjoyed this book. It was a quick easy read that I read in one sitting. The story was interesting and had a sense of mystery as well as romance. It is a good book to escape reality and pass the time. I like curling up with a book and getting into it and it was easy to do with this story.
    The characters were interesting and had backgrounds that made you intrigued to get to know them and see how they developed into the people they are.
    Overall a positive plot.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    Entertaining read

    I have had opportunity to read this book through the One 2 One network. I think it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed Ms. Goudge's writing style, although the ending was predictable. It flowed easily and was a nice quick read. It helps remind you of the importance of family. And I throughly enjoyed the book. Not a waste of my time.

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  • Posted November 7, 2009

    an easy read

    i am not much for reading books due to my busy life right now, but this was an easy and enjoyable read. definitely recommend it!

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    Once in a Blue Moon

    "I usually prefer a book that draws me in by page two, I can't say this was the case here. The plot seems interesting yet predictable. Two sisters seperated when they were young due to tragic circumstances. One has a charmed life , the other a messed up life. They re-connect and deal with all their issues and some how pull it together for a happy ending. I found the writer to be a bit wordy and lost my focus several times. This would make a great Hallmark channel movie."

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    What a Great Read!

    From the start the writer drew me in, this story has it all love, drama, and humor. It was an easy read with a happy ending just what I like to read between calls at my 9 to 5, I will definitely pass it on to a friend and definitely read Eileen Goudge again.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    What a great read

    I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by the One2One Network.

    This is a great book about two sisters, torn apart at a young age and put into foster care. The younger sister, Kerri Ann, goes down the path of her mother, while the other, Lindsay, grows up to own a bookstore in Blue Moon Bay. After many years they are reunited and work together despite their differences to try and find Kerri Ann's daughter, Bella, who was taken from her much like they were taken from their mother. The characters are very realistic, and you can tell that Goudge has a sister of her own, because she definitely understands the complexity of the relationship. This book will draw you in and won't let you go until you're finished.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Good Book

    I really enjoyed reading this book! I felt like I could really relate to the main characters of the story as well. I like how the sisters had a love/hate/love relationship and were able to work out their differences. At times, this story was heartwarming and at times it was witty. I had a hard time wanting to put this book down, it was a very good book.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

    Review of Once in a Blue Mooon by Eileen Goudge

    I was given the opportunity to read this book by the One2One Network. Once in a Blue Moon a book about two sisters and the way their worlds collide. It captures you from the start as you watch the girls torn apart from each other and put into foster care. Lindsey ends up in a loving home where Kerri Ann becomes very much her mother's mirror. While the main plot deals with the sisters when the meet for the first time thirty years later with Kerri Ann asking for help, the romances that are woven within it are just as enjoyable.

    I read this book in a day. I was drawn in and just couldn't put it down. By the time it was finished I was wanting to know more about the characters about their lives, I didn't want the story to end. This was the first book I read by Eileen Goudge and I cannot wait to pick up more.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    Review of Once in a Blue Mooon by Eileen Goudge

    I had the privilege of reviewing Once in a Blue Moon (Platinum Romance Series) by Eileen Goudge given to me by One2One Network.

    This is a great cozy read, especially during the fall and winter seasons. Two girls are sent to foster care when their mother ends up in jail. The two sisters end up leading different lives. The younger one, Kerrie Ann, had a rough upbringing and relocates her older sister Lindsay, after the drive to save her daughter. Kerrie Ann is shocked to see how well Lindsay is doing.

    Despite their upbringings, the two sisters work on the same goal in hopes of bringing Kerrie Ann's daughter back. This would make a great book club discussion.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    Great Chick Lit, hard to put down!!

    This book is my first read from Eileen Goudge. This book has a plot that captures your attention and keeps it! I found it hard to put this book down, I wanted to know more, what was was going to come next? I found myself quite wrapped up in the storyline, hoping for the sisters to cooperate with one another, hoping for each sister to find love and success, praying that they would become a happy family and, of course, live happily ever after. My only issue, though tit wasn't even really an issue, was that the author is very descriptive, sometimes too descriptive. A couple of instances I was reading the lengthy descriptions of the surroundings and the characters and forgot what was going on in the plot. That aside, this book is still a great read, the great detail helps the reader visualize the gorgeous ocean side city of Blue Moon Bay!

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

    Good read with developed characters

    This story is about two different worlds led by two different sisters coming back together through a reunion in which they have to learn about each other again. Unlike most books that are modeled toward women, this book had very developed characters and taught you to keep trying and never give up. It's a great story that keeps you reading to learn what happens next. This is a great read with well developed characters and a storyline that keeps you wanting more!

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    A Journey Home

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
    - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    I was given the opportunity by the One2One network to review "Once In a Blue Moon", a novel by Eileen Goudge.

    Often I can tell a good novel by its first line, and this one from the book drew me in immediately:

    "The first time Kerrie Ann disappeared was only the warning shot, as it turned out."

    Right away, I was hooked.

    Once In A Blue Moon is a story of love, loss and redemption, of being torn apart only to join again stronger.

    It is about finding your family, finding what is most important to you, finding yourself.

    It is primarily the story of two sisters, Lindsay, and Kerrie Ann, nine years younger. When Kerrie Ann was just three, she and Lindsay were split up as their mother was imprisoned for selling drugs.

    Their neighbor, an eccentric but fiercely loving retired exotic dancer, Miss Honi Love, tried to keep them, but, to no avail.

    And, just that easily, they became lost to one another, and also, to parts of themselves.

    Thirty years later, Lindsay owns a bookstore by the sea in Blue Moon Bay, CA while Kerrie Ann who has had a much rougher childhood is trying to stay sober and get her own young daughter Bella back. Bella was taken from her, much as Lindsay and Kerrie Ann were taken from their own mother. The difference is that Kerrie Ann would do anything to get her back.

    And so the journey continues, with the sisters finally re-uniting, hesitantly at first and then slowly opening up once again to each other. The bond they forge while trying to help get Bella back takes them to an even deeper place of love and trust than either has known.

    I really love Eileen Goudge's style. Her voice is honest and authentic and full of originality. The prose is beautiful and so descriptive I could see Kerrie Ann's "dirty pink Keds" and Miss Honi's "marigold curls".

    I very much admire her ability to write a novel with an engaging plot and still keep the poetry of the language.

    People in the novel are like people in real life - helpful, hurtful, imperfect, mistrustful, sorrowful, joyful, and loving. I appreciate this glimpse into humanity as it is, not some sanitized romanticized version.

    Ultimately it is love and forgiveness that provide a path home - to one another, and to ourselves.

    It is not surprising that Eileen Goudge is a New York Times Bestselling Author, nor that there are four million copies of her books in print including "Woman in Red" and "The Diary". I loved this novel and am looking forward to reading many more of them.

    I highly recommend Once In A Blue Moon.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Decent Read

    I was given the opportunity to read this book from One2One Network. I had never read anything from this author before. The story starts out a little slow, I thought. There were also several typos (not sure if this was because it was an advance copy or something) which were distracting as I was reading. After getting throught what I thought was a slow beginning, there is a sweet story about 2 sisters who have lived very different lives. It is somewhat predictable, but it has love, heartache and family - enough to keep you interested. Not the best book I've ever read but it was good. I would recommend to someone looking for a quick easy read - I think it would make a great beach read.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Good Read

    I typically read lighter "chick lit" books, but this was a pleasant change. The characters develop deeper and at times the story breaks your heart as the sisters are separated and reunited. At times her sentences are a bit run on and deep in detail. While I don't have sisters, I could relate to the sometimes complicated relationships close girlfriends can have. Overall it was a good read that keeps your attention throughout the story.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

    I Enjoyed This Book

    I couldn't put this book down, I enjoyed it. I cared about these characters, I found the story believable. It's the story of two sisters that were separated in childhood and went down two very different paths growing up, then are reunited in adulthood. You will truly like this book, I'll be reading other books from Eileen Goudge now.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Loved It

    I've never read a book by Eileen Goudge before and this book definitely has me ready to read past and future books. I was luckily enough to be able to review this book for One2One Network and I'm so excited that they chose me. It was a nice read that I only put down to go to sleep and that was a hard thing to do, as soon as I awoke I finished it within the hour. I noticed a few reviewers talking about the happy ending but in this day and age we all need a little bit of happy endings!

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Don't let the cheesy cover scare you off!

    I don't know who designed the cover for this book, but they did it a disservice. Never in a million years would I have picked this up at the bookstore. However, I received a reader's copy from One2One network and bravely dove in. To my surprise, the book turned out to be a really good read. This is not a simple, chintzy romance novel; it's about sisterhood, learning to trust, and overcoming obstacles. You will become completely engrossed in the story of these two sisters!

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