Tuesday, September 9, 2014

[Kame's Review]: "Share the Moon"

Share the Moon by Sharon Struth 
Publisher: Lyrical Press (August 4, 2014)
Series: Blue Moon Lake, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it's a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson's counter offer blows hers out to sea. 

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval. 

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

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Kame's Review:

Sophie hasn't gotten comfortable with her new normal yet; divorced single Mom living in the small town she grew up in; that is until a boy, now man, from her past comes to town and turns her life, his life and the town upside down.

When Sophie was young she had dreams and they didn't look like the life she is leading. A character in her 40's, divorced with two children in high school, she is not the conquering the world young heroine; she is a reporter but she is likely to report on the zoning board rather than cutting news. In other words is a typical suburbs Mom. I felt drawn to her; probably because there are many aspects of her character I could relate to very easily. Duncan, while he is a highly successful business man, has many "normal" traits to him too. He made choices in his life that kept him away from his family and he is now paying the price. He is determined to change, and part of that change is not letting a regret from his past slip away one more time. He will not let Sophie out of his life without taking a chance.

I liked the plot. I really do like small town books, they remind me of my childhood. Being from New England I can just picture this town and all the characters. Some of them I swear are people from my youth but renamed. The cast of this book is rather diverse and there are lots of secondary characters that just have a ton of "character" - sort of Gilmore Girl like is this town and its people. Personal interactions and the plot take center stage in this book. There is no pull so strong between characters that they throw clothes to the floor to rekindle their love part of this book. This is what I would call a behind the doors romance; but it is actually a romance where people get to know each other and realize their choices affect more than just each other, but their jobs and families too. Now with that clear I will also point out that the connection Sophie and Duncan have is wonderful and written so artfully (a scene where he holds her hand for the first time made me go AWWWWW) that I can't wait to read more books by this author.

Even though there are many secondary characters to pick from I can not immediately choose who I think the next book will be about - which is a wonderful thing - that means there will be lots of books in this series.

4 1/2 STARS! 

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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Nice cover and it sounds like a sweet read -- also, when I saw you compare parts of the small town to Gilmore Girls, I got very, very excited! :)

Have you ever read a small town romance in which the characters reminded you of people you have known?


Until Next Time,


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Thanks Kame, great review!

Lover Of Romance said...

Great review! Looks like I really need to check this one out. I love small town romances, they feel easy to relate to and the characters always seem so normal and human. Adding it now!!