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Once in a Blue Moon
     

Once in a Blue Moon

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by Eileen Goudge
 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593155346
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(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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Once in a Blue Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
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wheeze More than 1 year ago
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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SANDYBNYC More than 1 year ago
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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puggyo More than 1 year ago
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.
drmy91 More than 1 year ago
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.
threeboysandcounting More than 1 year ago
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!
JewelsByJamie More than 1 year ago
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.
inarobn More than 1 year ago
"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."
itsahumanzoo More than 1 year ago
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.
furygirl3131 More than 1 year ago
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.
JessiV More than 1 year ago
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.
F_Abdallah More than 1 year ago
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.
narcyssa More than 1 year ago
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!
tgpez21 More than 1 year ago
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!