Lies and Promises of the Secret Moon

Fiction - Intrigue
154 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2013
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Ohio, Roanne graduated with the Bicentennial class from Urbana High School, Ohio. Her background includes playing the piano for enjoyment and small functions, and teaching lessons to beginners. She has over thirty years of experience in retailing, sales and customer service. Roanne's passion is being witty and creative with writing. She is semi-retired, married, a mother of two and grand-mother of three. She is the author of "Lies and Promises of the Secret Moon" and "The Echo of the Trail Remains". Roanne is currently working on her third mystery/drama.

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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

This is a story about Paul Yardley and his family, where life gives them blessings, heartaches, betrayals and even treasures. A well-rounded person that loves his family so much, Paul is forgiving and endures the misery that, is sadly, often caused by his own family. Meredith is Paul’s favorite granddaughter and shares his kind trait. She draws her strength from her grandfather to face life’s obstacles and is rewarded with miracles that she would never have expected. What unfolds is a story that crosses boundaries, teaching us what it means to love, forgive and simply care.

The dialogues only appear 25 pages later, nonetheless I was not bothered by this matter as I usually would. The story was so fascinating and filled with nostalgic elements that my strict demand for ‘a great balance of narration and dialogue’ was put aside. There were twists and turns that I never saw coming. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and felt every emotion that the characters went through. Of all the characters, I was mostly connected to Paul or ‘Pappy’, and Meredith, kindred souls who certainly deserve better family members. Stephan, Cora and Benton were some of the characters that I wasn't fond of. Nevertheless, Meredith was lucky enough to have Marlene, Emily and Janice in her family. “Lies and Promises of the Secret Moon” is affectionately human and touching. Roanne H. FitzGibbon has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. A fine novel that I am pleased to recommend.