Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon

Author: Debbie Fuller Thomas
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-8024-8733-9
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Marty Winslow’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Ginger, has recently died of a devastating genetic disease, throwing the family into a tailspin. But the genetic disease Ginger died from does not run in the family. Marty does some investigating and discovers that due to a hospital mix-up, her precious Ginger and her real daughter were switched at birth. When Marty looks into it further, she discovers that her actual biological daughter was recently orphaned, so Marty decides to sue for custody.

Andrea Locklear has been living with her grandparents in their retirement community until this stranger sues for custody and wins. Andie is heartbroken to leave her grandparents, even though she knows that since the retirement community learned she was living there her grandparents were being evicted and had no place to go. Still, being forced to live with strangers is difficult.

Andie and Marty both must go through healing as they try to juggle running a Drive-In theatre, with other jobs, school, and a sometimes difficult family life. Will Andie learn to adjust to her new family? Or will she insist on living with her grandparents?

TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE BLUE MOON is Ms. Thomas’ debut novel. It is definitely a winner and we will see more from this talented author. I enjoyed getting to know Marty and Andie, and identified with both of them.

At times, TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE BLUE MOON is heart-breaking, and other times heart-warming. Written in both Marty’s and Andie’s points of view, the reader has the opportunity to get to know each character very well. Add to the mix a Goth older sister, and an inquisitive younger sister, as well as a grandfather and there is plenty of conflict. There’s even a hint of a romance in the book which makes me want to keep reading about this family.

Don’t miss TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE BLUE MOON. It is guaranteed to be a winner. $13.99. 367 pages.

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