Never The Moon by Australian author Rita H. Rowe is a heart wrenching romance fiction novel.
Jennifer was twelve when her mother, Judy moved her and her elder sister Elle to Tandaro from
New York City. Their father had passed and had left them penniless.
It was a big adjustment financially, they had lived a comfortable life and Judy had never worked, she now found herself picking up odd jobs, the money was not enough to support two growing girls. When Jennifer and Elle became older, they got part time jobs to contribute to the family home.
Judy always encouraged Jennifer to study hard and make something of herself as she wanted
her out of the small town.
When she was older her mother would find eligible bachelors to set her up with, this irritated Jennifer as she was in love with Michael and had plans to move away with him when they turned eighteen. That was until she met David when she first laid eyes on him, she felt butterflies and love at first sight.
Jennifer and Jack spent a wonderful summer together, inseparable making the most of the time they had together before David returned to school in Boston. They kept in touch by writing but over time his letters became infrequent and suddenly stopped.
Her love remained but when she found out he was getting married it was time for her to move on and start a new life in New York. She became a successful model and meets Jack.
Jack, well groomed, tall, and handsome sweeps Jennifer away. They marry, but before long cracks start to show. Jack is violent, and manipulative and likes to maintain power and control. Jennifer is in a loveless marriage and does not know how to get out of the situation she is in.
When Jenifer runs into David at a Gala, she is shocked to see him, memories of the time they had spent together come back and the deep feeling of love she held for him, he was truly her heart.
Over time they reconnect, but Jennifer is torn to make the right decision. Especially as someone is going to get hurt: Jack, David and most probably herself.
Rita H Rowe’s writer’s web really drew me in. I am loving a book that clearly features a woman who is arguably torn between two men. I shared all the emotional turmoil getting to know the characters involved, regardless of your opinion going in, it’s easy to be pulled into each of their thoughts and feelings and in doing so, you find empathy for Jennifer’s situation.
I appreciate the cliffhanger at the end of the story. It was totally unexpected and exposes the creative genius of the author. The theme of lost love versus present love was thoroughly explored. This makes you wonder about your own personal relationships and past love.
Never the Moon is beautifully written as Rowe explores the nuances of relationships, desires, guilt, love, and heartbreak. It shows how decisions and actions (or inactions) have ripple effects into so many lives around you.
Poignant and heartbreaking, this novel tells a compelling romance story involving characters that stay in your mind long after you’ve read the book. I highly recommend it.
Thank you, Beauty & Lace and Shawline Publishing Group Pty Ltd for the opportunity to read
Copy courtesy of publisher: Shawline Publishing Group Pty Ltd
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