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Title: Summer Moon
Author: Jill Marie Landis
Date Published: April 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
📚 Series: Standalone.
📚 Genre: Historical Romance // Western
📚 POV: Multiple POVs.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Dealing with parental death. Graphic description of injuries. Dubious consent. Violence. Americans vs Native Americans. Mail order brides gone wrong.
⚠ Read if: you love slow burn romances with a multi-layer plot and story.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
RANCHER SEEKING WIFE. For Kate Whittington, the modest words of a newspaper ad are the answer to her desperate prayers. Daughter of a dockside harlot and raised in a bleak orphanage, she has no prospects in the unforgiving Maine village of her birth. Correspondence from the lonely Texas widower looking for a mail-order bride sparks tempting dreams of a house, a family, and a future in a land filled with possibilities.
Kate arrives at the magnificent Lone Star Ranch eager to meet her new husband. Instead she is greeted by the news that Reed Benton has been wounded during a raid on a Comanche village and has returned with a prisoner–a wild-looking young boy who may be his long lost son. Even more shattering, however, is the fact that Reed has never heard of Kate, never wrote the searing letters that charmed her heart.
Reed Benton doesn’t want a wife. But he does need someone to look after the boy–a bitter reminder of a past ravaged by lies and betrayal. It will take a miracle to heal these two damaged souls . . . or the faith of one woman with nothing left to lose but her heart.
Summer Moon is a deeply moving story of broken promises and new beginnings, crafted by a true master of romantic fiction.
About the Author
JILL MARIE LANDIS is the bestselling author of nearly thirty novels which have appeared on the NYT bestseller list, USA Today and other national bestseller lists. She has won numerous awards for her heartfelt characters and sweeping emotional historical romances that include SUMMER MOON and MAGNOLIA CREEK and the Irish Angels Series; HEART OF STONE, HEART OF LIES, and HEART OF GLASS. All of her Historical Romances are available in eBook format.
Toes in the sand and head in the clouds, she is living the dream in Hawaii with her husband, Steve. Jill Marie loves to spend hours at the beach reading or writing and she also loves dancing the hula.
Summer Moon is an amazing read from author Jill Marie Landis. I remember that I read one of her books, After All, around a decade ago when I found it for 10 PHP around 25 cents USD from my favorite book thriftshop.
This is a historical romance with angst, drama, and humor. It is a mail order bride story with a family dynamic. It talks about Kate’s journey to meet Reed, a Texas ranger slash rancher.
Summer Moon is very well written and it showed a well-rounded story from various POVs that kept me interested the whole while. Jill Marie Landis truly has the skill in creating very likeable characters with endearing traits.
Though the attraction between the two leads was immediate in this story, the romance is actually a little slow burn and was not the central plot point for a good part of the book. It would have been nice if romance got a little more exposure in this book, but I still enjoyed the entire story.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.72/5 ☁
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