Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron

Pack Up the Moon
by Rachael Herron

Publisher: NAL Trade

Pages: 384
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals….

Kritters Thoughts:  An unfolding story with a family that has endured quite a few bumps along the way and is about to overcome one more - one coming back from the past.  Kate Monroe is the main character and the author geniusly takes the reader from the past to the present to show the reader why Kate is the woman she is now and maybe the woman she could become.  I think the way each detail was revealed and the timing was too perfect!

The book changed perspectives and although the chapters weren't marked, it was still easy to understand who was taking the reigns of the story - I think I would have added something clever to alert the reader of the change in point of view.

I loved this family drama, it had just enough drama, but not too much and the writing was just magical.  I fell in love with both the characters and the setting for this book as the author took me on a tour of the San Francisco area.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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