Mamie’s Monday: Man in the Blue Moon

51J9OMSa2iL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX240_SY320_CR,0,0,240,320_SH20_OU01_Man in the Blue Moon 

by Michael Morris

From Amazon:

“He’s a gambler at best. A con artist at worst,” her aunt had said of the handlebar-mustached man who snatched Ella Wallace away from her dreams of studying art in France. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. When a mysterious man arrives at Ella’s door in an unconventional way, he convinces her he can help her avoid foreclosure, and a tenuous trust begins. But as the fight for Ella’s land intensifies, it becomes evident that things are not as they appear. Hypocrisy and murder soon shake the coastal town of Apalachicola and jeopardize Ella’s family.

Mamie’s Musings:

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.

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