Moonlight And Oranges

Moonlight And Oranges

by Elise Stephens



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935961352
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for
Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007, where she also received her degree in Creative Writing. Moonlight and Oranges is her first novel.

She Lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and savoring the flavor of local live theater. You can find her at

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Moonlight and Oranges 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Moonlight and Oranges is a delightful modern day adaptation of the classical Greek mythology romance tale of Cupid and Psyche. Author Elise Stephens weaves an enjoyable romantic story that seamlessly blends the timeless Greek classic with a modern twist. Set in Seattle, the reader follows the development of the romantic relationship of Lorona and Kestrin. Their relationship starts off with a whirlwind romance that quickly develops into passion, love, and a hasty elopement. But their marriage isn't perfect or strong enough to withstand a variety of trials and tribulations that stand in the way of true love. With a mixture of fear, doubt, secrets, lack of trust, betrayal, obstacles, intriguing twists and turns, and tough decisions, Lorona and Kestrin's love will be put to the test. Is Lorona and Kestrin's love and marriage strong enough to overcome the obstacles in their way, or will it tear them apart? Moonlight and Oranges is an intriguing and complicated story full of emotion, passion, drama, and angst. It takes you on a roller coaster ride as Lorona and Kestrin's whirlwind relationship is put to the test time and time again. You can't help but get drawn into their story: opposites attract and fall in love, yet forces are trying to pull them apart. This story engages the reader in wondering if fate and destiny really had a hand in their relationship, and what's not to love about a great romance story intertwined with a timeless and classic Greek mythical tale that will capture the reader's attention from the beginning until the climatic ending? This is a well written and enjoyable story that will leave a smile on your face.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
Lorona and Kestrin almost seem fated to meet the night of a Halloween party. And, before either can let their practical thoughts surface, they elope in a hasty marriage full of unique (citrus!!) desires and hopeful dreams of the future. Yet, not all is as it seems because Kestrin soon begins to secretly test Lorona regarding their "destined" relationship while his mother, Amanda, forcefully attempts to separate the two. Lorona, herself, struggles with trust issues due to Kestrin's wild past and easily believes her friend's comments over her husbands. Thus, can their marriage withstand the rocky ground they created for themselves and can their intense affections for each other win out in the end before it tears them apart? This modern re-telling of the Cupid and Psyche myth will draw you in with its emotional turmoil and family intrigue. Both protagonists really had their own uncommon strengths and irritating faults, which made them very believable at heart. And, while the plot line could easily steer into cheesy/over-sentimental portions every now and then, the overall direction truly had the reader guessing the outcome for the couple and the puzzling dream. Expect lots of entertaining side-characters who certainly become the voice for reason for Kestrin and Lorona in their dark times while adding some much need comic relief as well. Personally, I was really torn while reading this book. The character's callow actions really had me putting aside the book in frustration, but when I began reading again - I would easily get caught up in their impassioned struggle to make a relationship work no matter the odds and that was truly charming to me. Moreover, the namesake of the book title "Moonlight and Oranges" was constantly brought up in various ways and really became something the reader could easily associate with both characters throughout. So, if you are a fan of myths, romances and desire something fresh/new - check this out!!
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Moonlight and Oranges is a modern re-telling of the Greek myth about Cupid and Psyche brought into modern times with a few extras added. At first, I didn't realize it was a re-telling. I thought it was going to be just another easy love story. Then Kestrin's mother started playing a bigger role, and I started to piece things together. His mama has some definite issues. The story starts off in a whirlwind romance that happens so quickly, you barely have time to blink before the problems start. I would have liked more detail about the ending of Kestrin's dream, but I enjoyed him as a character. I liked the background behind Lorona's name, and how she fit or didn't fit within his dream. The plot moved along fairly quickly and kept my attention from beginning to end.
DScottPhillips More than 1 year ago
I should not have liked this book. I'm not a fan of romance. I don't read a lot of YA books. I read it because of a friend's referral. And when I learned that it was based on the Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche, a story that had been masterfully retold by one of my favorite authors, it seemed doomed to a fast perusal followed by a quick dislike. What I found was not a perfect work, but an enjoyable one, filled with wit and humor and characters that are quirky yet believable, and set in a Seattle that is both familiar and mythologized. It is not a regurgitation of an old story but the product of an author passionately exploring themes of love, betrayal, and what it really means to say "I do". The elements of the Greek myth are clearly present, though the casual reader can enjoy the story without ever knowing of its origin. If you're a Seattle native, you'll discover the local references like delightful Easter eggs, but the story transcends its geography. If you're looking for a Harlequin romance, you'll probably want to search elsewhere, as this is the mature work of an author who deftly handles her prose and descriptions, and she will force you to think about your life and your relationships as she explores the rocky crags of marriage in a tactful way, without a wisp of steam. I would recommend this book to my sisters, my mother, and any of my women friends, though I won't be buying it for my nephew. On the other hand, I believe that any men, who want to learn about the women in their life (especially if he is married or thinking about getting married), could read this and find an enjoyable place to do so.
LiveToReadCJ More than 1 year ago
This book has everything that is promised in the Goodreads Summary. Lorona is a different sort of character. She certainly isn't perfect, she can be abrasive, but she will likely remind the reader of his/her friends or at least be a familiar face. She can also be compassionate, determined, and sweet. When she meets Kestrin, she knows that he just might be "the one" for her. It doesn't take long for them to develop a relationship and begin to take steps towards legal devotion to each other. Kestrin complements Lorona. He is more cautious, quiet, and kind. Together, the two make a good couple that the reader will enjoy reading about. However, not all is perfect in their love bubble. Lorona discovers a few things she isn't sure that she's happy about regarding Kestrin and learns that not everyone is that happy that she is with Kestrin. Lorona must make a difficult decision about hers and Kestrin's potential as a couple. Overall, this book was well-written and a fun read. Many readers will be able to finish this book within two days or so, it can be hard to put down. The cover itself will draw in any reluctant readers and Lorona's character will hold their attention. It is easy to get drawn into Lorona and Kestrin's whirlwind romance and tough decisions. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.
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