This was my first book by Barbara Davis, and after a quick glance at some of her other titles, I think it’s a departure for her into magical elements.
So I’ll say this: She’s a beautiful writer, and given the way she handled the emotionalism of the women’s fiction aspects, I’m certain all of her books will be wonderful.
Beyond that, however, I simply loved the magical aspects of this book, and the way she intertwined them with the “regular” messages of women’s fiction was especially touching.
I mean, really, aren’t we all magical, we women? The facets of those questions are heightened through the magic in this book, but they’re always there. Who are we? What are our gifts? How are we using them? Are we following our hearts?
Our we telling our own stories? Are we authentically creating a life that feels right for us?
THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is, at heart, the story of a woman who is so determined to get away from the town that never appreciated her family—and that allowed a gruesome murder to hang over her grandmother’s reputation for years—that she forgets to pay attention to what she might really want, as opposed to what she thinks she wants.
When her grandmother dies and she travels home to take care of the estate and sell the farm, she discovers new friends, the possibility of a renewed relationship with her mostly-absent mother, and the seeds of a true love that she spurns. She doesn’t belong here, these aren’t her people, this isn’t her space.
As she works to clear her grandmother’s name from the town’s suspicion, she also discovers a book of notes her grandmother left her that lead her to question everything, and reminds her that she is the only one who can truly decide what her life can be, even if goes against everything she always thought she wanted.
I loved this one. It hits so many great Women’s Fiction notes in lovely harmony: Forgiveness, authenticity, discernment. The additional magical elements only made it deeper and more interesting. (I may be biased on that, though, because I LOVE magical elements!)
Highly recommend! xo
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