The luscious cover on this book is what first caught my attention, the family epic inside is what held it.
Slow Moon Rising does not falter once through all its 376 pages of story.
I am left wondering: who is the woman in white alone on this sunset beach? It could be any of the women whose stories are revealed inside the cover...
It could be Anise, who fell in love with a newly widowed man over 20 years her senior. She married Ross Claybourne, and grew to love his four daughters even they rejected her and resented her place in their father's life.
The woman could be Kimberly, the Clayburne's eldest daughter, with her two sons and her broken heart...
Or she could be Jayme-Leigh, the next girl, who became a physician like her father.
She could be Heather, who may understand better than anyone what their mother Joan went through...
Or she could be Ami, the youngest Claybourne, whose story is achingly sad with the potential to be stunningly beautiful. Ami, who carried a secret for the longest time.
The woman in white might even be Rosa, a woman who lives in Cedar Key and who is part of this story in a way the four daughters never expected her to be.
These are the women of this book, all of whom experience both wounding and the beginning of healing.
This novel is a tapestry, woven full of experiences that make up life, events and changes and trials that every woman has encountered at some time in her pilgrimage on earth. I think the phrase "a book like a river" describes this one well. There are many currents under the suface, all braiding together, there is a journey that the story is taking, and the pull of the flowing writing sweeps you away. Yes, a river is a good metaphor for this book.
I like the way that the point of view transitions from one woman to another through the chapters, so as you read you are allowed to see inside their world and to look out with their eyes.
As I read Slow Moon Rising I found that I really cared about all of the women here...I am so glad I got to meet them!
Thank you Eva Marie and Revell for this book!
**Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**
Eva Marie Everson is an author, speaker, teacher, wife and mother. She has a passion for studying and teaching the Old Testament and for anything that draws people into a deeper relationship with God.
Favorite Verse: “You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him,"Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”