It is often said that the course of true love never runs smooth. This is certainly the case in the love affair of Cooper and Sally Moon. From the moment she fell in love with Cooper Moon, Sally learned that holding onto the most attractive man in town is never easy. Now, despite a long history of infidelity, in a life-altering moment, Cooper suddenly vows to change his ways. His decision will not only change Sally’s life, but will also have wide-ranging consequences for the entire town.
Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters you are sure to love (and maybe a couple to hate), the story of Cooper Moon will capture your heart from the first page. It is a story about undying love, the many faces of faith, and the many consequences of a single decision. You will not only follow the love story of Cooper and Sally, but also the struggles and triumphs of an intriguing cast of characters.
Jake Barnes - the small-town cop caught between a wife who wants a baby and an ailing mother.
TJ Barnes - Jake’s younger misfit brother who has big dreams and an even bigger heart.
Lucy Miller - naive, young, and the object of TJ’s affection.
Libby Cartwright - drop dead gorgeous and determined to leave town with Cooper Moon.
Ivy Miller - a bitter and angry woman who is plotting revenge.
Frank Collette - the former high school football hero who has his own secrets.
Pete the bartender - while he listens to the woes of the town, trouble is about to fall into his lap.
Perry and Beaulah Potts - the local pastor and his wife are struggling with their own issues.
You will love this story, and you will never forget these characters. Read the sample!
All four books in the Cooper Moon series are now available!
The Calling - The Temptation - The Fall - The Grace
"At its core, this is a story about class, karma and ordinary people trying to accomplish difficult goals that require extraordinary strength of body, mind and spirit... a strong, engaging voice ... A satisfying, feel-good novel about human shortcomings, perseverance and serendipity." Kirkus Reviews
“Readers be warned - this book is addictive. Every now and then I come across a book that refuses to be set aside. A book that has me thinking, ‘I can throw a TV dinner in the microwave for the family.’ A book that I read while everyone else in the room is watching one of my favorite television shows. A book that lingers on the edge of my consciousness until I finish the last sentence. Cooper Moon: The Calling by Cheryl Shireman is just such a book.” Paula K. Parker of H.J. Live.
“Ms. Shireman solidly grounds her characters with sincerity and strong personality. There was not a character described that I didn’t feel I knew personally by the end of the book….I cannot give it enough good press. Love, love, love it!” Charlene Mabie-Gamble of Literary R & R
“Enter a cast of characters that are so interesting, so unique—and yet so like yourself and people you know—you won’t want to stop turning the pages. Author Cheryl Shireman is a master at creating intrigue through her characters.” Carolyn Warren
About the Author
Cheryl Shireman lives on a lake in the Midwest with her husband. She is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of the three “most adorable grandchildren in the world.”
Her novels are sensitive portrayals of multi-faceted characters. Often humorous, and always thought-provoking, whether focusing on love, finding purpose in life, or a little mystery, Shireman’s novels depict realistic characters facing realistic dilemmas. One reader writes, “Cheryl has a wonderful talent for describing people. Interesting, flawed, multidimensional people. I can picture them so clearly in my mind and some I can almost smell. I love the way her characters are as messed up as real people all are. I can’t wait for more.”
She is the author of several bestselling novels including Life Is But a Dream, Broken Resolutions, and the popular Cooper Moon series. Cheryl Shireman is also the author of several titles for children including the I Love You When books and the Curious Toddler series - Let's Learn About. She also enjoys creating coloring books for adults. In her spare time she can be found kayaking on the lake, playing in her flowers, or spoiling grandbabies.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unique Premise, Fascinating Characters Cooper Moon: The Calling opens with an unusual premise. Tall, handsome Cooper, known for womanizing and avoiding full-time work, finds God while hanging out with his buddies in a tavern. To his astonishment after he prays “the magic prayer,” he feels the unmistakable presence of the Lord. Even still, Cooper is so drunk that after he gets home, he has no idea how the black lace panties got in his truck. The next morning, he proceeds to tell his wife he now knows God is real and that he’s going to be the husband she’s always wanted. No more adulterous affairs, no more alcohol. Yeah right, is Sally’s response. But there’s more to his transformation. Cooper believes God wants him to build a church. He has no idea how he’ll accomplish this task with no money in savings or what he’ll do when it’s built—he only knows it’s a mission he is supposed to fulfill. And so he begins construction on the wooded acreage next to his single-wide mobile home. Enter a cast of characters that are so interesting, so unique—and yet so like yourself and people you know—you won’t want to stop turning the pages. Author Cheryl Shireman is a master at creating intrigue through her characters. As the story progresses, people who appeared to be weak show their inner strength. People who appeared to be antagonistic show their softer sides and become sympathetic. And people who appeared to have it all together show their vulnerabilities. As if the story itself is not entertaining enough—and it most certainly is—reading this novel as a character study alone is worth the time. Friends: Cooper’s buddy, TJ Barnes, wants nothing more than to compete in the reality television competition, World Wide Warrior. He’s secretly smitten with Lucy. Lucy Miller works with Sally (Cooper’s wife). She is oblivious to TJ’s feelings for her and has a mad crush on Cooper. Jake, TJ’s brother, is a good cop who—surprisingly and yet predictably—falls into temptation in a moment of weakness. Pastor Perry, the reverend Cooper goes to for advice, doesn’t like the idea of a new church springing up to compete with his. Beautiful Seductresses: Libby and Violet, gorgeous women who have been enjoying secret hook-ups with Cooper, are envious of his wife. They refuse to believe Cooper’s declaration that their affairs are over and set out to keep their relationships going. Villains: Frank, Violet’s husband, a banker, wants revenge not divorce. Ivy, the wealthy town cougar, also wants revenge after Cooper resists her advances. She wastes to time in launching an attack. One by one, members of the community of Timber Lake, Michigan, come to life. They’re never predictable, but always believable. Throughout the story, surprise twists astonish and delight! The theme of The Calling is also a question to ponder: Does God have a plan for each one of our lives? This is something Cooper, TJ, and the others must discover for themselves, as must the reader. As the story progresses, Cheryl Shireman ramps up the drama and then draws it to a satisfactory conclusion. At the same time, she opens a door for the second book in the four-book series. Based on how much I thoroughly enjoyed every moment reading Cooper Moon: The Calling, I most certainly will pick up the next novel. I can’t wait to find out what these people do next.
Loved this book! It was tough to get into it...it seemed a little simple, but it was worth the effort..this book is the first of 4 books. Not a stand alone book.