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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Katie M Marshall’s romantic comedy, The Other Half of the Moon, will amuse and delight the reader with the friends and family that push men at Aphrodite Miller. Named after the goddess of love, Aphrodite lacks the qualities of her namesake. Her lack of luck with men could be funny, but there is one man who just adores her, though he has the “personality of dishpan water.” Her lack of luster and sleep involves a plethora of remedies that allow her to sleep but at the price of weird dreams. Who is this man that continually shows up in her dreams? Are her thoughts playing out while she sleeps?
The Other Half of the Moon by Katie M Marshall is just one of the different genres this author has penned. As a short romantic comedy, this novella takes on folklore treatments for sleeplessness and romance. Everyone in Aphrodite’s life feels she is missing out on love, but her resolve to wait for love is admirable. I love how the author shows the strength of Aphrodite’s personality and her realization that she doesn’t have to have a boyfriend to prove her worth to the world. Her first date with Auggie will leave you laughing as he envisions their date playing out like a Disney movie. The author’s desire to make readers feel emotion is obvious as Aphrodite faces the reality of her dreams. At one point she must decide between a real man, who is boring, and the man in her dreams, Jake.