by Cassandra King


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When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen’s intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife’s family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Helen soon falls under the spell not only of the little mountain town and its inhabitants, but also of Moonrise, her predecessor’s Victorian mansion, named for its unique but now sadly neglected nocturnal gardens. But the harder Helen tries to fit in, the more obvious it is that she will never measure up to the woman she replaced.

 Someone is clearly determined to drive her away, but who wants her gone, and why? As Emmet grows more remote, Helen reaches out to the others in the group, only to find that she can’t trust anyone. When she stumbles on the secret behind her predecessor’s untimely death, Helen must decide if she can ever trust—or love—again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940210100
Publisher: Maiden Lane Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 389
Sales rank: 467,032
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of four novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls and Queen of Broken Hearts, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband, writer Pat Conroy.

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Moonrise 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong.Moonrise was a very close second.I am really diggin'King's books.Talkin' about bringing the characters to life!I keep saying this is the last King book for awhile.Someone help me.I'm adiccted and I'm so behind on my house work! My husband can't complain This NOOK was my Christmas present from him! Enjoy Moonrise It's well worth your time and money. Granny B.
MomcatKL More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. Although it is not a retelling, the author pays homage to Daphne duMaurier’s Rebecca in this modern gothic suspense novel. The story takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the family home of the late wife of the main character’s husband. The house, Moonrise, was named for the stunning but now neglected nocturnal gardens. The haunting tale is told from the perspective of three of the characters: Helen, the new wife, Tansy, a longtime friend of Emmet and his late wife, and Willa, a local woman and housekeeper. Telling the story from three perspectives works well since it allows us to see Helen’s desperate efforts to fit in and be accepted by her husband’s friends as well as their view of her as an outsider who will never replace Emmet’s late wife Rosalyn. Willa brings a down-to- earth point of view as someone who is an observer but not quite part of the circle of friends since she works for them. Helen meets and marries Emmet Justice, a well-known television journalist, who has moved from Atlanta to Florida to recover from the death of his wife. After seeing pictures and hearing stories about the family home of Emmet’s late wife, Rosalyn, Helen convinces Emmet that they should spend the summer there just like he use to when Rosalyn was alive. Helen feels it will also give her a chance to get to know his oldest friends better since they will be spending the summer at their homes in the mountains as well. Within a short time of their arrival Helen begins to realize that something is not right. Someone does not want her there, even the house feels wrong. She also learns that the group of friends still have questions about what happened the night Rosalyn died. Helen tries to reach out to the group of friends but she is not sure who she should trust. Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Cassandra King Published By: Maiden Lane Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Moonrise" by Cassandra King was a "novel of dark secrets and second chances, New York Times’ bestselling author Cassandra King’s homage to the Gothic classic Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier." This author does a wonderful job in this complexed relationship 'of the south' bringing together such intriguing characters, with the protagonist, who had to faced so much after her marriage and especially with those new people in her life. Helen never knew that her journey to Highlands, North Carolina would present her into a new world of people. Will she be able to unlock all the secrets that surrounded her husband's 'old life?' I liked how the author used three narrators to produce a amazing story as the mysteries of it all unfolds to the reader. Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Moonrise" to see how it all comes out. I found it quite a amazing story that will keep you turning the pages until the end and still leaving you in awe. If you are looking for a good fiction with a compelling story you have come to the right place because this author.... Cassandra Kings brings it all to you.
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GJCowley More than 1 year ago
I loved SUNDAY WIFE, and I expected a lot of MOONRISE; unfortunately, I was disappointed. It was an enjoyable read, but the constant allusions to the story of Jane Eyre were both familiar and annoying. The plot twists were fairly unimaginative, but I liked the setting and the way it influenced the action. The characters were stereotypes, and it was hard for me to care about insipid Rosalyn. Having several narrators did at least make the prose a little more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit slow in the beginning but like any good story it drew me in and then I couldnt put it down. Well done.
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2-ReadMore_2 More than 1 year ago
This book should be a very good read for anyone, if your a Cassandra King fan and if you don't know her, you must read her books.
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MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
A group of friends gather for the summer in an attempt to get over one who has passed and also to get to know the new edition; however, all are not as willing as they claim to move on as they state. The characters are so well written, I found myself hating a couple of them. However, the characters are complex and do develop throughout the story. An enchanting and vivid narrative is woven through multiple points of view which shift fairly seamlessly. Hints of the afterlife intruding on this reality may or may not be actual fact but are intriguingly told, primarily from Helen's point of view. Overall, an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First tell me what type you wiuld like. (Wind, fire, and ice are your choices)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss the back of your hand tree times then post this in tree other books and look under your pillow