Born Under a Lucky Moon hit bookshelves last Tuesday and would make for an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for a special girl in your life. It’s just one of those feel good stories that it’s fun to cuddle up next to the fire and read until you fall asleep. It’s refreshing when you can find a book that can just make you smile, and that’s exactly what this novel does.
The book tells the tale of film studio executive Jeannie Thompson and her lovable and sometimes crazy family. When Jeannie’s boyfriend proposes to her, Jeannie feels he doesn’t know what he’s getting into, so she launches into a series of flashback stories to when her family’s patience was truly put to the test about 20 some odd years prior. The book skips back and forth between present day and Jeannie’s flashbacks which makes it interesting for the viewer to feel like they’re growing with the character. You won’t understand her first, but as she continues to explain her past – you’ll feel like you’ve known her all your life.
What really impressed me was how well-developed each one of characters were. Author Dana Precious has a very similar background to that of main character Jeannie. Both grew up in Michigan, moved to LA, and started working in the entertainment industry. It’s obvious that a lot of what Precious has experienced in her own life has translated over into her novel. I have to imagine that the characters are based on real people as well as they just seem to perfectly constructed to be elements of her imagination, but perhaps I’m wrong.
Sometimes it did feel like there was one too many subplots with each of the family members (though I still enjoyed them), but other than that I have no complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It’s a charming, feel-good story that you won’t want to put down.
Review By: Emma Loggins