Share the Moon by Sharon Struth

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Share the Moon by Sharon Struth
Blue Moon Lake Novels, Book one
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
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Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out ot sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

Share The Moon shows that people can find true love when they least expect it. In Duncan Jamieson’s and Sophie Shaw’s case, loving and trusting each other seems dangerous because they started out as competitors for the same plot of land. Neither can be sure the other’s feelings are genuine and not a ploy to get them to lower their defenses and let go of their plans with the land. But the current situation is not the only thing that’s making them cautious and distrustful.

Both Duncan and Sophie have a painful past filled with loss and mistakes. Sophie’s struggle with the loss of her teenage son was written beautifully. Her pain, regret and guilt were visible in her every act, but the author didn’t let the character get lost in the overwhelming grief, instead she’d given her coping mechanisms that helped her come back to life, step by little step. Similarly, Duncan’s less than model family life still haunts him years after his wife’s death. He is doing his best to become a better person, and as a reader I appreciated that the transformation didn’t go smoothly and that he was struggling with the changes instead. It made him feel a real person, and that in turn made it easy for me to feel with him as he progressed from a workaholic into a devoted father and partner.

Although the plot stalled a bit towards the middle, the hurdles in Sophie’s and Duncan’s way made the story interesting, keeping me guessing about what was next for them. Jamieson’s family secret tied in nicely to the development of their relationship and didn’t feel like a separate subplot at all but like something that affected them both deeply.

I liked the portrayal of Trent and would love to read more about him. He seemed a conflicted man, his attitude a direct result of all the hurt from his childhood. But he also seemed like someone who would be fun to get to know better. I loved his layered characterization. Same goes for Sophie’s friends, Jay and Sophie’s father – all compelling characters that added a lot to the story and shed new light on the main characters and their deepest feelings.

Although a bit predictable, the story unfolded to a satisfying finish for Duncan and Sophie. After going over many an obstacle, they learn to trust each other, which enables them to truly embrace the feelings they have for each other. Trust doesn’t come easy, but once earned, it can be a firm basis for true love. Share the Moon is a romance in which the characters must first learn to love themselves in order to be able to love each other. It’s more than just about falling in love; it’s about overcoming grief and disappointment and growing into people worth loving.

Comments

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Thanks for hosting me today. And thanks for the wonderfully written review! FYI, Trent, is one of my favorites and is so much more than he seems, the reason I’ve selected him as the hero in book 2 of the series, “Harvest Moon.”

  3. I enjoyed the review.

  4. Thank you. I’m very glad you liked the review because I really enjoyed your book.

  5. Interesting plot

  6. alena svetelska says:

    enjoyable review,i must have this book;-)

  7. Mary Preston says:

    A great review.

  8. alena svetelska says:

    this great romance story remind me old times in my country in Czech Republic;-).cute cover of the book.

  9. alena svetelska says:

    Losing teenager son and feeling the pain ,i can only imagine what Sophie going through,I have 2 teenager sons.

  10. alena svetelska says:

    like that book have only 188 pages,looking forward reading this book

  11. alena svetelska says:

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  12. alena svetelska says:

    great book,perfect for beach or just read it by campfire like i did;-)

  13. alena svetelska says:

    this is one of the kind the book,i am enjoying read it all over again;-)

  14. alena svetelska says:

    Trent is one of my favorite charters from the book,cant wait to read about him.

  15. alena svetelska says:

    thanks for awesome reviews,recomending this book to all my friends for sure.

  16. alena svetelska says:

    love romance books,my relaxing reading in my spare time if any left or if my 3 kids let me;-)

  17. alena svetelska says:

    i must agree finding true loves comes when you least except .

  18. alena svetelska says:

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  19. alena svetelska says:

    i really like this book,cant wait to read it,so excited.

  20. alena svetelska says:

    reading excert was enjoyable,ty for hosting.

  21. alena svetelska says:

    reading this book,would my pleasure;-),loving it!

  22. alena svetelska says:

    i like the excerpt,very nice

  23. alena svetelska says:

    i love the book,amazing excerpt.

  24. alena svetelska says:

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  25. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i loved reading about the book

  26. Thomas Murphy says:

    I liked the excerpt!

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