Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Moonlight and Oranges by Elise Stephens

Book Description:
A timeless tale of young romance.

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships. 

When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

About the Author:
I was raised by a very loving family who home-schooled me through most of high school before I moved on to college and a Creative Writing degree at the University of Washington.  I started reading at age four, drawing picture story books at age six, typing stories on the computer at age ten, and I haven’t stopped since.

I love Jesus, beauty, art, and truth.  When I’m not writing, I enjoy live theater, swing dancing, eating tiramisu, singing, painting, and laughing till my stomach hurts.  I crave Dilettante’s chocolate-covered fruit medleys in case you’d like to know how to bribe me.  I live in Seattle with my husband.

Author Links: Website l Facebook l Twitter
Buy Links: Amazon l Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts:
Lorona Connelly is a rather shy and timid young woman. She is dragged to a Halloween party by her friend Yuki and it's there that she meets Kestrin Feather. It's no secret that Kestrin is a player and has been with many woman before. But Lorona and Kestrin are about to embark on the quickest of whirlwind romances. At first I was completely taken back by the speed of it, but then we learn of Kestrin's dreams which he has recorded in a journal. His dreams tell of the woman who he will marry and he believes that woman to be Lorona. For her part, Lorona is looking for something more from life and is enamoured with Kestrin and the fact that she is the one that he wants. Kestrin plans to show his journal to Lorona but it's when she goes behind his back and reads it without his knowledge that things begin to go awry and Kestrin is not impressed when he finds out.

Kestrin's mother is a nasty piece of work and has a rather unhealthy interest in her sons romantic life. And she will go to enormous lengths to break him and Lorona apart. I found both Kestrin and Lorona to be rather dramatic at times and found myself wishing that they would both chill for a minute and just sit and talk. But all that drama leads us to the big climactic scene which for me was the best part of the book. It was suspenseful and gripping!!

When I first started reading Moonlight and Oranges I wasn't aware that it was a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, so it was great to get that bit of background information at the end of the book.

Elise Stephens has taken a tale of Greek mythology and given it a modern day twist. Woven with her wonderful storytelling, Moonlight and Oranges was an immensely enjoyable read!!

4/5 Stars!!

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