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Man in the Blue Moon

Title:  Man in the Blue Moon
Author:  Michael Morris
Pages:  400
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
                What do you think this story is about?  Sometimes when reading a summary of a story we think the novel sounds intriguing and therefore worth reading.  Man in the Blue Moon sure caught my attention for being set during the timeframe of World War I.  As works of fiction go, I love those that include history the most.  Over the last year of reading fiction or non-fiction, each author has brought their stories or knowledge out for others to enjoy.
In the Florida panhandle, Ella is trying to keep a store running as well as raise her three sons.  Ella is a gifted painter and her aunt has plans for Ella to study her craft in France, until Harlan brings change.  Harlan marries Ella and after an accident becomes addicted to opium.  One morning Ella gets out of bed to find he has left her, and years later she is still waiting for his return.
Clive Gillespie wants all the land that Ella owns, promising her dying father to always keep it in the family.  Clive harbors feelings so dark and deep that all he wants to do is take from Ella.  Through various schemes he is always attempting to bypass people or laws to get what he wants, but what causes him to never attain it?
As you continue to read through the novel, you will come across many interesting characters.  Man in the Blue Moon is part mystery, such as when a man shows up in a crate supposedly to help Ella with her problems.  Part of the novel deals with the understanding of what real faith is compared to what it is thought to be.  Overall, the threads of family, love, loyalty, trust, and sacrifice come together to weave a masterpiece of fiction.
When I started reading this book, the story seemed to move slowly and I was curious to see where the author would have the reader end up.  There are various twists and turns to the mystery first shown in the beginning chapters.  In the pages, there is a broad range of characters and interactions that are well-crafted.  Ella is the lead female character, who through various trials learns to forgive and embraces the risk to love again.  Lanier Stillis is a man who comes into the story with a veiled background and learns the true gift God has given him and how to give it back for God’s glory.
There have been other Michael Morris writings I have liked better than Man in the Blue Moon, but don’t let that keep you from reading and sharing this novel.  Morris has written a story that broke my heart one minute only to knit it back together is some endearing way.
My rating is 3 ½ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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