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Number of Pages: 324
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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The Jemma series is more than a love story, Sharon says. It rekindles a sweeter time when family and friends were everywhere, and you were frequently glad of it. When needed, the good citizens of Connelly County stood ready to help out with chores, form a prayer circle, or stretch the truth about your situation. Take your pick.
Bless the Moon is the fifth novel in the Jemma series, following Corner of Blue (Book One), In My Bones (Book Two), Taste of Gold (Book Three), and Dust of Orion (Book Four).
Sharon and her family live in Colorado.
Lionel AlfordWichita, KSAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5September 23, 2009Lionel AlfordWichita, KSAge: 45-54Gender: maleParents never get a break, but bless the moonJemmabeth is at it again, oh boy. She is still reeling from giving birth to Drew, she has mother thighs to lose, and her old flame Paul brought his love child home to Chillaton. There are still sparks flying with Jemma and her husband Spencersparks of love and otherwise But life in Chillaton revolves around Jemma, Spencer, and their friends. The madcap residents of the early seventies panhandle in Texas in Chillaton rush in and out of this wonderful novel. Their lives unfold with tenderness and pure fun. The themes are as broad as civil rights and prejudice and as fine as the simple needs of good friends. The stories are touching about children, young and old love, problem mother-in-laws who shoot up the neighborhood, alligators, lost cats, integration You cant help love Jemma, the young artist from Chillaton and her family. Their interwoven tales of love and life will speak delightfully to you. And the end of the novel is surprising yet redeeming. Those who have followed Jemma from the beginning will find more to love. Those who are new to Jemmabeth will quickly learn to love her and the writing of Sharon McAnear.
D. Borges5 Stars Out Of 5September 7, 2009D. BorgesOnce again I could hardly wait to sit down and get back into the lives of Jemmabeth and Spencer Chase and all the other wonderful people of Chillaton, Texas. Sharon McAnear has a gift for bringing all of her characters to life for her readers, and I felt I was right there with them sharing everything that was happening to them. Her next series will be anxiously awaited, and I know that it will be even better than the first. She is one of those authors that I plan to follow throughout her career, and I pray it will be long and fruitful.
G. Barton5 Stars Out Of 5August 15, 2009G. BartonYou can't help but laugh out loud at some of the predicaments and conversations in this book. What a great way to end the series - a wonderful finale. I bet there are very few novels in "Christian romance" that men will like as much as women, but Bless the Moon is one, for sure. Way to go, Dwayne and Wade, for blowing that tornado warning whistle during a blizzard and making the town go nuts all year so we can read about it in this book!
Dee Hooper5 Stars Out Of 5August 15, 2009Dee HooperThis is my very favorite book in this series. (I think I said that about the previous one, too.) The cover says it all: BLESS THE MOON really is blessed! It is serious, sweet, hilarious, and touching all at once. I'm ready to read it again. I only hope that America Batson shows up in another one of McAnear's novels because she is too funny to lose. If you're like me, you're going to wish you'd discovered this author sooner.
Located in: Colorado
Submitted: August 15, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I was almost an only child since my brothers came along ten and twelve years after me. By then, I had created so many imaginary friends that it was often difficult to fit me and my menagerie into bed at night. When I became a mother, I often deferred to that little girl again, assigning personalities to stuffed animals and creating their conversations to entertain my wide-eyed sons. Writing is an extension of that tendency, and I'm still making room for all the characters, but in chapters now.
What was your motivation behind this project? Becoming a mother has its instinctive side and a steep/sweet learning curve as well. Advice doesn't provide much comfort at 3 a.m., but Bless the Moon tells it like it is for Jemmabeth - new mom.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Every reader should get several good laughs and, if you are a fan of the series, perhaps a couple of teary moments, too.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The cover photo is of my firstborn. As I looked through baby books of my four sons, I was struck by how fast time moves when you are so caught up raising children. Some of the tenderest moments are lost among everyday stress. Often, it's not until we have slowed down in life that we realize what we had.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am a product of small Texas towns in the early fifties when it was perfectly acceptable to be disciplined by your neighbor, the grocer, or the postmistress, and your parents would know about it by suppertime. My favorite authors/artists run from Mark Twain to Gary Larson. I read works by David McCullough, Anne Lamott, Alice Munro, and Elizabeth Strout. I get a kick out of the Harmony series and Jan Karon's books, too.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I depend heavily upon the generous grace and mercy of God.