Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review & Blog Tour: Pack Up The Moon

Pack Up the MoonAuthor: Rachael Herron
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade

A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals.

The day Kate’s daughter found her was the only day in twenty-two years Kate wasn’t looking.

I thought keeping the adoption closed would give you the ability to belong to your family. Without my selfish wishes ever getting in the way.

The birthday cake tasted like joy.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. When it smashes, it’s a fucking nightmare.

How do I even begin to tell you about this book? After reading several reviews, I have found that Rachael Herron is a beloved author or many readers; however, this is the first book by her that I have had the privilege to pick up. This must change soon! Kate Monroe is our leading character in this heart wrenching story, and we follow her as she deals with life and loss. This story is full of many complex emotions and situations. It is not for the faint of heart. The first chapter will draw you in, and please be prepared because it will be an emotional rollercoaster the entire way through.

Please do not mistake my first paragraph to mean that this entire book is depressing because that is simply not the case. This book is full of many uplifting moments shared between characters. A young boy who is consumed by cancer dies, but not in the way you might expect. The aftermath of that is what is so inspiring and causes me to want to relive this story with these characters over and over again.

I view this book in two parts. There is the story of Robin, who I briefly mentioned above, and then there is the story of Pree, the daughter that Kate gave up at a very young age. Pree finds Kate and has a lot of tough questions that any adopted child who finds their birth mother would ask. I absolutely adore Pree; she was my favorite part of this book. She brings so much vitality and spirit to pages that are otherwise filled with deep emotion and resentment.

If you are in the need of a heartfelt, highly emotional story, then look no further!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for my honest review***

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