This book takes place in Adelia, New York, regarding the death of C.J. Baxter's grandfather and family secrets. I honestly cannot tell you much about this book because I couldn't get past the first seven chapters and didn't finish it. For this being listed as a Christian book, my feeling was, it was too edgy and worldly for my liking. This book was given to me to review from Bethany House Publishers. I cannot recommend reading this book.
Thirst for political power, old secrets, and picturesque scenery is what this book is all about. CJ is a bestselling novelist whose family can trace their roots back to the American Revolution. But they have never reached high-political office. CJ's brother hopes to change all that. His campaign manager invites the family back to New York in hopes to help win the election. When CJ's Tennessee life in Tennessee becomes a shambles he decides to take them up on the offer. However CJ's knowledge of his brother's past could do more harm then good.
I give this book 4 stars! The book itself is well written and researched and was a fun read. The authenticity of location comes through load and clear. This is understandable considering the author was born in upstate new york and calls Tennessee home. I did not see the God message in it. While the truth does come out it just seemed to lack a faith-based message and for a christian published book I expect more.
*Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of Bethany House Publishers. I received no other compensation. The above opinion and rating was written of my own accord.
When I first began reading "Hunter's Moon", I was expecting a thrilling story, a mystery, a conspiracy - something along those lines. For this reason, the book falls below my expectations. It is a decent book, and I half-heartedly recommend it - just don't expect a nail-biter story.
My next issue was the pacing and plot development. Have you ever been with a friend at their family reunion, where everyone is telling stories and inside jokes or reminiscing about memories? You know that uncomfortable feeling you get, because you realize you are an outsider? That's the feeling I had for about half of this book. There is so much space dedicated to CJ's past and memories... Not to mention that I'm not really sure what the main plot even was. There were also many details and side issues left unresolved at the end.
Good things to say about it: Um... I laughed out loud a lot. The author has some really good humor.
In short, it's not a bad book...just not a great one.
It is hard to give a summary of this novel without giving too much away. But really the author's merit is in the writing more than the story. The prose is nearly poetic as it weaves through the history of the Baxter family and into the present, without ever feeling like it was trying leaving the reader with a feeling that the novel is art as well as a good story. In fact it almost seems to move from simply excellent writing, to reading like a movie. The Baxter family is written like a (very) dark version of the Kennedy's, though Hoesel does a brilliant job of down-playing the family's success making them seem more ridiculous. Rather than a compound in the Hamptons, they are based out of a small New York town. And though they feel as though they have all the power, the successes are really only CJ and Graham, the rest are merely bullies and crooks. The author is also unafraid of some gray area, CJ and his high school girlfriend are placed back into feelings that neither know what to do with, and cannot act on. In fact playing in the gray seems to be an overall theme for the novel, leading to more than rounded characters. I feel as though I almost can't help but talk about (or even think about) the characters as though they were real. Scenes that felt as though they would be campy in any other novel feel exciting, and nearly plausible. This novel is without a doubt worth reading over and over again. I am excited to see what Don Hoesel has in store for readers in the future. CJ routinely accused of writing autobiographically, and perhaps this was an extension of the author's own self suspicion (only without the crazy family) - leading to an enjoyable character, perfect mix of humor, excitement, suspense, and not only great story, but fantastic writing.
While I was thinking about what I was going to write for my review of the book, Hunter's Moon, this one phrase kept coming to mind. I should have read it sooner! This was a book that I received awhile ago to review, along with a few others. I just kept shuffling it to the bottom of the pile. My favorite types of books are contemporary and mystery. And this is a good mystery book! I should have read it sooner!CJ Baxter left home 17 years ago, vowing never to return. With him, it took one of the families darkest secrets. When the death of his favorite uncle brings him back home, he comes face to face with the past that he had been running from. With CJ's brother Graham running for Senate, how far will the family go to keep CJ and his secret quiet?This is a good book, with twists and turns to keep you interested. A good mystery -- with a small twist that I didn't see coming until the last minute. Definitely a must read for anybody who loves a good mystery!This book was published by Bethany House. Click here to read more!