Light of the Moon

Light of the Moon

by Luanne Rice
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Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice

Against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, and in the shadow of a mysterious family legend, one woman is about to discover that to find your way home, sometimes you must travel far away.…

An accomplished anthropologist, Susannah Connolly suddenly finds herself adrift in the wake of a failed love affair and the loss of her mother. Boarding a transcontinental flight on the evening of her birthday, she’s decided to give herself a long-deferred gift. Encouraged by her late mother’s magical stories, she is traveling from the Connecticut shore to the fabled French Camargue, to see its famous white horses and find a mysterious “saint” linked to her family’s history.

Amid the endless silvered marshes, she will find a lonely man, his wounded daughter–and a part of herself she hadn’t known she’d lost…until she realized how hard it would be to lose it again. In Light of the Moon, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice delivers a spellbinding story set within a breathtaking landscape where secrets and revelations have the power to change lives forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553805116
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Luanne Rice is the author of twenty-five novels, most recently Light of the Moon, What Matters Most, The Edge of Winter, Sandcastles, Summer of Roses, Summer’s Child, Silver Bells, and Beach Girls. She lives in New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

From the Hardcover edition.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1955

Place of Birth:

New Britain, CT

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Light of the Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many forms of love. Love between lovers, friends, but the love that we often fail to think of/appreciate, that builds and defines who we are is the love between family, especially between a mother and a child. Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice revolves around this special kind of love. It is an appreciation of the woman who’s raised and supported us throughout our lives. Set in the mysterious French Camargue, Light of the Moon delves into Gypsy (Romany) culture and shows us what women really are capable of. Susannah Connolly, an accomplished anthropologist hits a wall in her life after the death of her mother. She carries with her the guilt that she wasn’t there for her in her last moments. Trying to recover any connection she has left, she travels to Stes.-Maries-de-la-Mer in southern France to visit Sara-la-Kali the Gypsy Saint her mother held in a special place in her heart. At this time there’s another person, a young girl who grieves the loss of her own mother but for a very different reason. Sari, half Romany and half American, is colorblind after she fell off her horse chasing after her mother. The woman who rejected her and ran away with her Romany lover. Grey Dempsey, her American father is also at a loss. He’s devoted to a scarred, color blind daughter who purposely tries to drive away any woman who gets too close to her. It’s with these heavy hearts that Grey meets Susannah in the marshland upon one of the Carmague’s infamous white horses. Susannah, as she becomes more involved with Grey and Sara finds new connections to her own mother. Eventually using her new found strength to heal Sari’s heart and reuniting Sari with her mother who’s always longed for her. Rice in this novel teaches us the universal lesson that no matter what, a mother’s love will never die. Through the trials that Susannah goes through to rediscover who she is and heal her and Sari’s heart, we also learn that during tough times, sometimes the most we can do is believe in our own inner strength. The part I liked most about the book was Rice’s skillful incorporation of the unique Romany culture and its focus on woman. Susannah during her time of need meets the Sara circle, a group of devoted women who like most Romany’s, have roamed all over Europe. Sara their protector, their guider, brought them together each with their own story of hardship and loss to find comfort in each other’s presence. The one thing I disliked was how much history it dealt with. Since Susannah is an anthropologist, each place and cultural symbol had its own explanation. So much so that after a while some parts became extremely long and tedious. This book is still a definite must read for all audiences teaching us that sometimes it’s better not to question. Just follow your heart. Light of the Moon is truly a beautiful, inspirational work about something that we all need in our lives: a mother’s love.
walljay816 More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!! I totally recomend this bokk to all and Its great!!!!!
ANHSVan More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. It was interesting, characters were believable and sympathetic, story line was beautifully told, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book. Wile I was reading it I felt as if I was the person speaking or talking. I felt the love that Suzannah and Grey felt for eachother and the pain of Sari. I love horses very much and I hope I can ride a white horses by the Light Of The Moon some day.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Anthropologist Susannah Connolly made a promise to her late mother that she would travel from her Connecticut home to South France to visit the Romany holy statue of Sarah her mom swore the statue enabled her to conceive her only offspring. Although feeling guilty for not being there when her mother died as she was too busy working, Susannah puts off going to Carmargue for several years until her adviser Professor Helen Oakes coaxes her to carry out her commitment. Meanwhile her former lover and colleague Ian Stewart follows Susannah to France where he tries to convince her to marry him, but she has big doubts. In trouble in a marsh French horse rancher Grey Dempsey saves Susannah¿s life. They are immediately attracted to one another, but he has doubts about a relationship with the American as his wife dumped him five years ago. This is an interesting contemporary romance in which the American is actually trying to connect with her maternal roots. The story line is at its best when Susannah encounters the Romany as that brings a special freshness to the story. Although Ian is an unnecessary boorish distracter, fans of Luanne Rice will enjoy her fine tale of a woman seeking her heritage, but also finding love.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story covering varied subjects: gypsies, the white horses, locations here and in Europe, circus people, etc., etc. I found it very interesting and enjoyed the weave of the story line.
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b1taksas More than 1 year ago
Susannah Connelly is an anthropologist morning over the loss of her mother. As she is constantly is reminded of the loss of her mother, she remembers the promise she made to her about the trip to the Camargue area of France. On her birthday, she set off on this vacation and right off the bat; she gets chased by wild bulls, but was saved by a local rancher on a white horse. Being in this magical area will mix up many emotional feeling Susannah may have regarding her life, her mother¿s death, and new feelings made for her savior. This book bored me. I realized if I read it before bed, it helped me fall asleep faster. This book was lengthy and descriptive, but boring; I guessed what would happen at the end of the book before I got to the 3rd chapter. It was a very easy read and was exhausting to read. I would recommend this book to people who need help sleeping or people who like horses.
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Lisa ARNETT More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down! I learned about places and cultures I did not know existed. I Googled the cave and saw the beautiful drawings! I love learning about real things in a fictional much more fascinating! This the first Luane Rice book I have read and am looking forward to reading more!
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paristx9 More than 1 year ago
Classic Luanne Rice! Once you start it you don't want to put it down.
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bookworm_4ever More than 1 year ago
this is a really good novel. I love it that they give everyone's point of view not just sussanah's point of view. Its a really touching story that you just will have to read. This is my 2nd novel i have read of luanne rice [the first one was true blue, which was better than this one by the way] and it wont be the last. She hasnt dissapointed me yet
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several novels by Luanne Rice and found this both intriguing and enjoyable. The main characters Susannah, Grey, Sari and Laurent are likeable, flawed humans doing the best they can in life. I have not traveled to France and felt as if I got a good idea of the area through the author's descriptive style. Her in-depth description of the culture and practices of gypsies also enriched the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely want to go to Camargue to see the white horses, the church, the sea...everything. Have the kleenex nearby towards the end of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed every page of this novel. The characters were 'real' and not superficial. Except for Ian, he needed that dunk in the ocean or a good smack on the head. I appreciated the love Grey had for his daughter. Susannah was a marvelous tour guide and seeing this beautiful country through her eyes was an adventure. I still have a hard time understanding Maria's treatment of the child. The excitement of the horses and diving into Cosquer Cave could be felt right through the authors description. Very entertaining read, I look forward to her next novel.