The Last of the Moon Girls

The Last of the Moon Girls[Download] ➽ The Last of the Moon Girls By Barbara Davis – A novel of secrets memory family and forgiveness by the bestselling author of When Never Comes Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm Eight years ago she left the land that nine generations of gifted A novel of secrets memory family of the ePUB ☆ and forgiveness by the bestselling author of When Never Comes Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm Eight years ago she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields the The Last Kindle - unsolved murders of two young girls and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her graveLizzy wants nothing than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence she resolves to clear her Last of the PDF/EPUB ½ grandmother’s nameBut to do so she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her. The mystery was pretty standard which was disappointing because I was looking forward to it It seemed ingenuine that Lizzy suddenly wanted to solve the murder and clear up her grandma’s name AFTER she died when all these years she just didn’t careIt’s like she was doing it out of regret which maybe is not the worst motivation I’m still gonna judge anywayThe love story was cute but also extremely clichéd I liked the fact that the guy’s been pining for the girl However it’s honestly debatable because I think he mistook obsession for love He was sweet and protective but also lowkey kinda creepyThe most interesting part was the magic or gifts that the Moon’s bloodline carry as well as grandma Althea’s Book of RemembrancesIt appeared that this book wanted to be a lot of things and each of them hindered the other to fully develop So it just came out predictable and formulaic While I wasn’t a fan of the mystery and romance I appreciated Lizzy’s narrativeself discovery in general Read as an Audiobook Lizzy Moon inherited the farm one where nine generations of healers lived after her grandmother Althea diesTwo young girls were murdered on the farm and the murders have not been solved Althea was always a suspectLizzy doesn’t want to return but she has to Althea left her a journal to help her recognize her own gifts Lizzy is determined to clear her grandmother’s nameI enjoyed the tension that built within the narrative of this story Who committed these murders? Lizzy’s story completely fascinated me There’s also a sweetness here that keeps it from being overly dark Overall I’m a big fan of this book and definitely want to read from Barbara DavisI received a gifted copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom and instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader I just finished this gorgeous book and was blown away by the artful use of language and skilled storytelling Author Barbara Davis uses a fine brush to draw complex colorful characters including a fiercely independent protagonist whose greatest obstacle is her own self limiting beliefs Steeped in eual parts magical realism and dark mystery The Last of the Moon Girls is a captivating story that will leave you under its luminous spell long after you turn the last page Do yourself a favor and pre order this bookThanks to the publisher and the author for an advance review copy in exchange for my honest review Synopsis The Last of the Moon Girls written by Barbara Davis is a story of magical realism mystery and romance that centers around the youngest Moon female Elzibeth ‘Lizzy’ Moon a successful creative director and perfumer in NYC who returns to her New England hometown of Salem Creek and the traumatic messy history it contains after her grandmother Althea’s death The Moon girl legacy is that these women remain single and independent only needing a man long enough to impregnate them with the next Moon girl but never giving their hearts to a relationship with them It’s not directly stated but can be inferred from the town’s name and an event within the story that the Moon women are witches who’ve always used their gifts and talents to be a blessing to their community with various concoctions made from the treasures of their farm When the story begins Lizzy is grudgingly preparing to return to that farm the Moon Girl Farm the site of a past tragedy involving the deaths of two young teen sisters found in a pond on the property that cast a pall of suspicion on Althea’s reputation and all the Moon women before and after her Lizzy returning after running away from these events and the town’s disdain for all Moon women eight years ago is inspired by the wisdom Althea the woman who raised her has left behind for her in a Book of Remembrances she wrote before her death She decides she’s the last one who can clear her grandmother’s good name before she ends the Moon legacy sells the historic Moon Girl Farm and returns to her independent life in NYC With the support of Evvie a beloved friend of Althea’s who’s still living in the Moon home Andrew the next door neighbor of her youth whose been pining for her all these years another surprising key figure who returns from her past and a private investigator who once worked as a detective on the case of the murdered girls Lizzy begins digging for truth on how the two girls Heather and Darcy Gillman actually died This effort is unappreciated by many in Salem Creek and she finds herself in increasing danger from unknown people who don’t want her to uncover the truth In the end as much as it’s a story of discovery regarding the past it’s ultimately Lizzy’s self discovery for the future that takes center stageReview So I have this uality which my husband good naturedly and relentlessly teases me about which is this I hate long intros To movies To music To books To pretty much everything I’m a “let’s get to it” kind of person who doesn’t always appreciate the slow build to something If it takes than 30 seconds for someone to start singing the song I’m listening to I’m all kinds of impatient as I move on to the next song I’m getting better at sticking with things and pushing on but it takes effort I’m sure some of you are appreciating the irony as I write an unnecessarily long intro to this review Moving onHere’s my point If you’re like me you might struggle to engage with the story in the first two chapters or so I also had a fear early on that it was going to play like a made for TV movie which isn’t really my thing so it did take an initial effort for me to keep going Once I got past that and the storyline moved to Lizzy’s hometown of Salem Creek the book picked up steam and the cast of characters brought everything to life Although the mystery of the deaths of the two Gillman girls at Moon Girl Farm is the central plot device to keep the story going at the heart of it it’s really a romance and a journey of Lizzy working through her pre conceptions of her destiny and duty as a Moon girl and all the perceived reuirements of her legacy as such I appreciated the murder mystery aspect of the story and the increasing danger to Lizzy and those she loves as she investigates the past kept me engaged but honestly I think that part of the storyline was actually the least successful part By the time I found out the big “whodunnit” it felt underwhelming mildly predictable and just a necessary thread to wrap up If you’re looking for a big twist or shocking reveal you may be disappointed by the mystery element The reason why I can still give this book an enthusiastic 4 ½ stars is because ultimately I really enjoyed Lizzy’s journey of getting to the place where she’s at peace with her life choices and personal legacy The journal entries in Althea’s Book of Remembrances for Lizzy were deeply insightful and often touching and I found myself highlighting big portions of them in my Kindle for my own use Seriously wise Grandma award? She’s got my vote Eually cool is Evvie Althea’s devoted friend who stuck with her through her final days and offers Lizzy her own brand of wisdom I won’t mention specifics on one story arc so as not to spoil things but it also adds an unexpected and emotionally satisfying depth to the story The story line between Lizzy and Andrew was in turns sweet and mildly frustrating but a very nice arc nonetheless That dude is perfect More of him please All things said I really liked this book It didn’t shatter any boundaries or surprise me but Ms Davis wrote an engaging story with interesting characters and a lot of charm that should please those of you who like magical realism mystery romance and journeys of self discovery★★★★ ½ Stars I'm rounding this up to three starsas I'm struggling to know how properly to rate itWhilst it was a pleasant enough readI felt it was too predictable in many of its plot linesright from the beginningI also spent the whole book wondering why you'd wait for someone to die to decide to clear their name I loved this novel that transcends genres part murder mystery part family drama part historical fiction but everything magical full of love The writing is hauntingly beautiful easy to read and well researched The story opens up with the discovery of two missing young girls’ bodies in the pond and the double homicide investigation points to blame Althea Moon From that point on the writing continues to build up as Liz Althea’s grand daughter discovers not only the mystery behind the girls’ disappearance but importantly her journey in discovering her true self as one of the mystical Moon girls through letters written by Althea educating her about the herbs and its healing powers With this knowledge Liz is able to build up the ailing Moon Girl Farm to what it once was I love the story of self discovery family love and second chances Davis delivered a gut wrenching and captivating story Consider adding this to your TBR you will love it Very very mixed Some of it was intriguing the soap making the magick the relationships between generation small town contrast and how stigmas work Some of it as downright awful the soppy romance with the creepy guy whose been obsessed with the heroine his whole life who can’t help but “rescue” her even when she’s been very clear she does not need rescuing Prince Charming isn’t meant to be creepy but this one certainly is Hated the book that was left that just so happened to have to what the character needed in it what an awful character dev techniue and hated the “romance” passages Also I found it relatively predictable calling out the murderer when they first appeared and why after her chat with the Mum Some of the predictability wasn’t so bad though Ben from the hardware storeOverall I felt this book was weakened by what I saw as an unnecessarily dominant romance plot line and would have enjoyed it much if whatshisface had had a less prominent role allowing our heroine to work through all the things herself without the need to be rescued over and over She ended up using him as a crutch which blah Also the part of waiting till someone dies before you go around digging shit up her motivation just seemed way too light in that regard I wish there had been gravity to her initial intention Overall a good read but spoilt by trying to “round out” the book with a bad romance plot line What is it like to be the last of the Moon girls?​Lizzy ​wasn't sure but she WAS the last of the Moon girlsWhen her grandmother passed away and Lizzy found a journal from her she knew she had to go home to settle the estateIt turns out that along with the estate she is going to try to settle the rumors that her grandmother had something to do with the deaths of two teenage girls eight years agoThe farm Lizzy lived on with her grandmother when she was a child brought back so many memories when she returned It also gave us a glimpse into the life Lizzy lived and the love that was there There was a love from way back but not the love of her family It was a love that Lizzy had always resisted and his name was Andrew We follow Lizzy as she tries to solve the mystery of who really did kill the Gil sisters Ms Davis outdid herself with THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS We are treated to her beautiful pull you in story telling skills and storyline a strong female character a mystery family ties and love THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is a sweet read that includes suspense and a little bit of magic 55This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 35 Stars THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is an intoxicating page turner wrapped around an unsolved double homicide It’s the story of Elzibeth a successful perfume maker with a closely guarded secret she can read people by their scent Her uniue gift is a legacy and a curse because it identifies her as the last in a long line of mystical womenMothers grandmothers and healers the Moon women have deep roots in a small New England community that has treated them with suspicion and fear and in the last decade labeled Elzibeth's grandmother Althea a murderer When Althea dies Elzibeth reluctantly leaves her New York world for the ailing family farm and discovers a treasure trove of her grandmother's wisdom written down in The Book of Remembrances The story that follows is a uniue blend of herbal healing dark truths and family secrets Add a sexy neighbor and townsfolk who don't want Elizabeth digging up the past and THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is a compelling read As Elzibeth struggles to honor her legacy and write her own future we discover Barbara Davis at her best