Elizabeth MusserBethany House / 2022 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$11.994.5 out of 5 stars for By Way of the Moonlight. View reviews of this product. 20 Reviews
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JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Horse SenseSeptember 3, 2022JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If your sixth sense has anything to do with horses, then By Way of the Moonlight by Elizabeth Musser is an evocative read for the horse lover in you!
By Way of the Moonlight was an interesting story! I really loved the Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken vibes that it gave me! Additionally, the various roles equine therapy played in the story deeply moved me. However, the characters weren't soulmate characters for me, and I did feel that the pacing was a little slow.
The spiritual plot revolves around Dale and Allie's struggle with obsession. I really liked this angle because it's something I don't normally see in Christian fiction. I appreciated their struggles and victories as they let go of obsession and chose contentment. However, while the author very beautifully portrayed how God can bring life and joy out of heartbreaking situations, I have a hard time seeing past a premise that sets up keeping secrets as a good thing.
Three Stars ~ By Way of the Moonlight by Elizabeth Musser definitely grabs the heart! By Way of the Moonlight is a standalone, but the author has other titles in her backlist for readers to peruse.
Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Compelling!August 29, 2022Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleThis was my first read by Elizabeth Musser and I really enjoyed it. She weaves a dual time tale very well. The book pulled me in early on and I felt immersed in the stories of Allie and Dale. There are some sad parts but overall, the book is charming. I also loved the fact that horses played a prominent part in this novel. This may have been my first book by this author, but it won't be my last as I will be looking in to more of her books.
I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wow...just...wow!August 25, 2022KavRCanadaGender: femaleSo, I'd heard so many good things about this book in online chatter that I had to buy the audible edition even though I was waiting on a paperback copy...it was just taking way too long to arrive and I was in the mood for a richly layered emotional read right now! lol I can get kinda cranky impatient when my reading life is thwarted. 'Course, Murphy's law had my book arrive the day after I downloaded it from audible. :-) But I really enjoyed Susan Bennett's narration so I'm a happy customer and now I can do a giveaway of the paperback so it's all good.
I'd categorize 'By Way of the Moonlight' as Women's Fiction with strong romantic undertones. And honestly, I was a blubbering mess by the end. I'm not sure I can do justice to this book in a review.
The way the author builds both timeline stories to a crescendo of gobsmacking revelations is so amazing that it defies description so I'm not even going to try! Just know that the impeccable pacing picks up speed as the novel progresses and you'll reach a point where you won't be able to put the book down so consider this your FYI -- clear your calendar and prepare to become so immersed in Dale's and Allie's lives that you won't care you even have a 'real' world to get back to.
(True Confession: I got to a point near the end that I actually sped up my listening speed to 3x because I was so greedy to know everything right away! Then, once I'd settled down a bit I went back and listened to it all over again at proper speed while I sniffled into my hankie.)
Other random thoughts about 'By Way of the Moonlight':
All kinds of cover love!!! The stark simplicity of the silhouette is so eye-catching and I love that smoky blue background.
Love the all consuming 'horsiness' of this novel -- it channels my junior equestrian reading obsession from back in the day -- Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteauge, The Little White Horse etc. And the Equine therapy is an extra draw. The author really captures the miraculous wonder of the program.
I'm also enamoured with the incredible, salt-of-the earth secondary characters who provide guidance and wisdom that are passed down through generations. Like this:
"It will never be enough, Dale, until you decide that you already have it all. You settle in your mind a grateful heart, a content spirit, and everything else will be gravy, girl." (p 120)
This is a resounding theme throughout both timelines as both Dale and Allie come to terms with dreams vs reality.
'By Way of the Moonlight' is an enthralling, uplifting, emotional adventure -- a novel I will cherish and reread many times over the years. A new 'Classic' for my listening library.
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Author SK3 Stars Out Of 5Great for horse lovers!August 23, 2022Author SKQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Let me just say right off the bat that this book is going to make some horse lovers very happy. I don't tend to be very into horse stories- although I am not opposed to them- but I still enjoyed the writing and I am always very interested in stories that are told from multiple perspectives and especially over multiple time.. this one has a contemporary storyline and a historical trail that starts in the early 1930s.
* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Karen RWAGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A horse lover's delight!August 23, 2022Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A dual timeline tale set in Georgia, with a bit of mystery, romance and a brushstroke of faith.
Horse lovers will enjoy this story especially, as they are at the center of these characters' lives. The use of letters, journal and scrapbooks was a clever way to slowly reveal clues to the grandmother's story. There seemed to be a lot of rumination on the present day end with Allie's dilemma, requiring some patience in reading as the pace slowed down, but it all resolved well in the end. The history of WW2 along the Georgia coastline was interesting. A lot of research was evident and the author's own family connections to the area made it special.
Recommend to readers who enjoy a Southern setting with some romance and a bit of faith.
(An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley, a LibraryThing giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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