The Last Moon

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
290 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2012
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Author Biography

DeAnn Lubell is a prize-winning writer, publicist, and a teacher of the arts for more than 30 years. She produced seven well-known ballets and wrote one original. She has written many articles for the Palm Springs Life Magazine, The Desert Sun, and The Desert Magazine. Published works include a novelette, historic and educational books for Little Folk Visuals, as well as a medical educational guide on the functions of the human body.

She sits on many governing boards in the Palm Springs region of California and handles public relations and development for Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, National League of American Pen Women, Olive Crest, as well as many other non-profits and private enterprises.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

DeAnn Lubell, author of "The Last Moon", transports readers back to May 8, 1902, when Mt. Pelee on the island of Martinique erupted in one of the most deadly and destructive events recorded in history. The pleasure of reading this book comes in the minute details. Lubell shares the philosophy, the Creole language, the routines, the topography, and the ecological phenomena with regard to the eruption. While Lubell accurately portrays the events, it is the people that make this book special. The tale begins with Captain David desperate to arrive in Martinique. The ocean around his ship was littered with human and animal bodies. He prayed Mt. Pelee had not erupted. Lubell skillfully weaves the threads of Yvette, Andre, David, Aza, Father Roche and the evil, greedy politicians together into a tapestry upon which the events are played out. The women are portrayed as resilient yet elegant. Voodoo and brothels are part of the accepted culture. Politicians can think only of what it will take to win a racially charged election.

It is obvious DeAnn Lubell spent much time researching the event she writes about. She brings the eruption to terrifying life. Her descriptions of the island before the eruption are magnificent. I have never been to Martinique but after reading the vivid descriptions I plan to vacation there. The descriptions of the aftermath are horrifying. "The Last Moon" is a historical novel but it also has intrigue, action and romance. I found the book riveting, mesmerizing and a must read tale.