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Title:
Once in a blue moon
Author:
Goudge, Eileen.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
486 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Summary:
Is blood really thicker than water? That's the question for Lindsay when her long-lost sister, Kerrie Ann, turns up nearly penniless and in rehab, after an absence of almost thirty years.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781602856271
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Is blood really thicker than water? That's the question for Lindsay when her long-lost sister, Kerrie Ann, turns up penniless and in rehab, after an absence of thirty years, and she's forced to take her in. Lindsay was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple and is now the owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay. Kerrie Ann suffered a very different fate. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.

As Lindsay and Kerrie Ann struggle to overcome their differences as well as their individual challenges - Lindsay is keeping her house from the grasp of a rapacious developer, and Kerrie Ann in regaining custody of the child she lost - they forge new bonds, and along the way fall in love with the unlikeliest of men.


Author Notes

Eileen Goudge was born July 4, 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She began writing at the age of eight. At eighteen, she dropped out of college, ran off with a man dodging the draft, and got married. Two years later, she was divorced, with a baby, and had to go on welfare. She decided to become a professional writer, started writing non-stop and managed to sell a few articles. In the early eighties, she was chosen to help launch a new line of teen romances, which became the successful Sweet Valley High series. She now had enough money to end another bad marriage and move to New York City with her two children. She continued to write the Sweet Valley High titles while working on a novel. Her first novel, Garden of Lies, was sold in 1986 to Viking for nearly one million dollars. Since then, she has written over thirty novels for young adults and over ten works of women's fiction. Her other works include Thorns of Truth, The Diary, and Once in a Blue Moon. Her title The Diary is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Eileen Goudge is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "One Last Dance", & "The Second Silence" as well as "Garden of Lies", "Thorns of Truth", "Trail of Secrets", "Such Devoted Sisters", & "Blessing in Disguise". She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Goudge, author of Immediate Family (2006), Woman in Red (2007), The Diary (2009), and other popular romances, uses a well-worn plot device in telling the story of sisters cast adrift in the foster care system after their mother is arrested for drug possession. Twenty-seven years later they are reunited, only to struggle with a multitude of problems. Lindsay's beloved home on the northern California coast is the target of a real estate developer; drug-addicted Kerrie Anne, having lost custody of her daughter, is trying to kick her habit and recover her little Bella from the foster care system. The plot, predictable from sad start to happy ending, moves swiftly, propelled by recurrent crises in the sisters' tangled lives. Characters are comfortable types with just enough tweaking to evoke reader interest. Romances, both old and new, abound. Fans of Goudge's previous books, romance readers, and lovers of family sagas will enjoy the plot, characters, and resolution. Public libraries with a romance readership will want to add this book to a high-circulation area of the collection.--Loughran, Ellen Copyright 2009 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

As children, sisters Lindsay and Kerri Ann are shunted into the foster care system after their mother is arrested for selling drugs in Goudge's (The Diary) charming newest. Lindsay is fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family, while younger Kerri Ann bounces from family to family, becoming a teenage runaway, getting into drugs and eventually losing custody of her own daughter. Thirty years after they last saw each other, Kerri Ann shows up on Lindsay's doorstep in a last ditch effort to save herself. Lindsay, of course, has troubles of her own, and her nearly unrecognizable sister turning up is the last thing she needs. The tension in the sisters' relationship is believable, and while romantic subplots are completely predictable, family dynamics are beautifully handled, particularly between the girls and the woman who tried to save them from foster care, stripper Miss Honi. A touching story with wide appeal, Goudge's novel is a sharp example of dysfunctional family fiction. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved