The Moonstoners by Barbara J. Dzikowski
2020 B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree
The Moonstoners is a moving book that touches on difficult issues in a clear yet humanistic manner. Noel Trudeau is a young woman who has secrets. Secrets that marred her as a child and that continue to influence and affect her well into adulthood. Two men, brothers who love the same woman, both with their own demons, and a country struggling through racism, violence, and the death of JFK.
This is a moving book – you will laugh, cry and so much more with the turn of each page. Noel is drawn to Ricky but ultimately it is Leon that stirs her heart. Leon rescues her and Ricky from Noel’s violent and abusive ex-husband only to find himself lost deeply in love with her. Their love is a forbidden love that will tear a family apart.
This is a well-written book that explores tensions of the time period, fears, and love. The characters are well developed and meaningful. Each character is important to the story and moves the story along at a steady pace. The revealing of the secrets Noel has endured and carried with her for a lifetime is well written.
I felt the pain, hurt, love, and fear of each character with each passing page. Descriptions are vivid and the dialog is realistic. The story moved at a steady pace and the plot and twists kept my attention. The ending was well executed leaving me with a desire to see their story to the end.
I look forward to reading the next book.
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