by Michael Morris
Ella Wallace is a true single mother’s hero – she has been left to raise her three boys, run a store, and guard her land (from the evil bank manager trying to take it for his own use) after her first husband Harlan leaves her without any warning. This story could have easily been set in current times: after sweeping Ella off her feet with promises of a beautiful life together, Harlan becomes an opium addict and leaves her nearly destitute. Lanier Stillis arrives at the Wallace house in a most unusual way and tries to hide the fact that he needs Ella as much as she needs him. Man in the Blue Moon was an engaging book that was full of richly developed characters (which is a good thing, since there was an abundant of fellows and ladies to keep track of) and a story that unfolded with carefully planned but often shocking events. Four Stars to Michael Morris’s latest book.