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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.