Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Review: Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon
Author: Leanna Ellis
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780805449884
Audience: Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis (from B&H):

Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later—divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical—she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard’s son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can’t decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.

The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

My Comments:

When I first started this book, I had a hard time "getting into" it. Bryn's character wasn't someone I really liked at first. She was a bit too cocky and a bit too full of herself for my taste. As the book progressed though, her character made more sense, and I really came to enjoy her cynicism and sardonic humor.

The story was enjoyable and had enough mystery to keep you guessing, enough romantic tension to keep you wondering and drooling over hunky Sam, and enough weirdness to make you wonder if Howard's story could be true. Once I really got into the story, I finished the book in no time. This turned out to be a really fun read!

I rated this book adult because the main character is about middle aged, she's a cougar with a daughter in college. Honestly, I was a bit surprised in the beginning with this being Christian fiction. It pushes the line a little bit - but as it continues on, the Christian tone gets stronger. Honestly, I liked the more mature tone and the lack of innocence in the main character. It gave more of a sense of reality to Bryn.

If you would like to find out more about Leanna Ellis, you can visit her website at: http://www.leannaellis.com/

I received "Once In a Blue Moon" from B&H Publishers to honestly review.


  1. Great review, and thanks for the recommendation. Any 5 star book gets added to my list!

  2. Great review. This one sounds good.

  3. This one sounds interesting. I'm new to Christian Fiction but I will be exploring the genre more. A professional obituary writer...interesting...

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict

  4. Sounds kinda offbeat, I'm curious. Thanks for the review!