Book: Strawberry Moon by Joy M. Lilleycategories: Book, Fiction, Murder, Coming-of-Age, Love, Adultry, Amateur Sleuths, Education, Alcoholism, Accident, Thriller
Joy M. Lilleyabout this book: This story is a thriller.
The Patterson family leaves the U.K. to begin a new life in France. St Severin, in the Dordogne, provides the backdrop for the family's new home and all of the life-changing obstacles they are about to encounter. Maisie, who is almost seventeen, narrates this unpredictable story. Maisie struggles as she experiences the changes of coming of age, the pain of loss, and the rollercoaster ride of competing love interests. Maisie's older brother, Dan, rebels over the move and frequently threatens to return to England when his studies are over. Dan starts an affair with a married French woman. After a few months in France, he goes missing which begins to unravel the family. What starts as an exciting move becomes more difficult with each passing chapter. Maisie is left navigating this complicated new world, all while trying to plan the rest of her adult life.
I was inspired to write this book after many trips to the area I write about in the Dordogne. On one visit I heard the tale of how a person living in the next house along was murdered and my mind was off.
It has taken 3 years from start to completion of this fascinating book.
Strawberry moon pertains to the night of the murder, when the moon took on an unnatural rose hue. I love bright colours and they are all there, hence the blues of lavender, the yellows of the sunflowers and of course the strawberry moon.
The number of rewrites made the release of this story a lengthy process. And a great deal of research went into this book.
I do hope my readers enjoy this unusual tale, and that a review good and otherwise is given.
Best wishes to you all and happy reading.
Joy M. Lilley
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