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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Bright Moon Ridge: A Search in China by Linus Treefoot is a beautiful romance mixed with adventure, a tale of interracial love with an international setting in Santa Cruz, California and China. In 1978, Bartooth was beaten and left for death by thugs in China. When he woke up from a coma in a hospital bed, he saw Mei, a beautiful Chinese doctor. The attraction between them was instantaneous and it morphed into a relationship, but Bartooth had to leave for Hong Kong with the promise of bringing Mei with him to the US. In Hong Kong he learned that Mei was pregnant by him. His plan was to smuggled Mei and the baby to the US, but he ended up alone with the child — Mei never turned up. Leaving the child, Johnny, with his sister, Belle, in Santa Cruz, he travelled back to China in search of her.
No one ever heard of them again. Nineteen years later, Heron - an ageing hippy, his father's old friend - arrives with a journal. Johnny knows he has a mission to accomplish — find his parents. But will he find them? The plot is ingenious and it has surprises that readers won’t see coming. From the description of the book one might think it is a pretty straightforward narrative, but Linus Treefoot brings in elements that make the story stand out. I loved the way the author explores the setting, giving readers social commentaries about China and the repressive nature of the regime at the time. The characters have emotional and psychological depth and are easy to relate to. The prose is strong and the author builds on the emotional development of the characters. Bright Moon Ridge: A Search in China is suspenseful and imbued with a rare sense of humanity, an engaging read with a powerful conflict. You can’t escape the tension as you read on to discover what happens in the end. A delightful ride, indeed!