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The Moonlight Child by [Karen McQuestion]
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"Can love survive all obstacles? In Dovetail, Karen McQuestion crafts a story spanning generations, one brimming with family secrets between sisters, breathtaking suspense, and the undeniable power of love everlasting. I dare you to put the book down before reaching the triumphant conclusion. I couldn't." --Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Road She Left Behind

"Nobody writes with such compelling and poignant simplicity as Karen McQuestion, and her latest novel Dovetail could well be the best proof yet. I was drawn into this story by the cast of very human characters and the elements of love-inflected mystery and suspense, and kept quickly turning the pages until the very satisfying end. This is storytelling at its finest. Don't miss it!" --Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury

"Karen McQuestion has crafted an emotionally suspenseful tale that explores the intriguing possibilities of genetic memory. It's an inspired story--a marvelous, evocative read, the perfect blend of mystery, magic, tragedy, and hope. I absolutely loved it, and I devoured it from start to finish." --USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean about Dovetail

"In her latest release Dovetail, Karen McQuestion expertly weaves together the past and present in a suspenseful tapestry of words that will leave the reader intrigued to the last page." --Kay Bratt, author of Wish Me Home and True to Me

"A book that reveals the brighter side of human nature in a surprising way. Good Man, Dalton is a sweet confection you'll savor as Midwesterner Greta Hansen arrives in New York City for a job that doesn't exist--and discovers something better than money or fame."   ̶  Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Road She Left Behind

"I was riveted to the page and on occasion brought to tears. A book you don't want to miss." -- Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury on Half a Heart

"Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances." --Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

"An emotional and engaging novel about family..." Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life

McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on...:"You should read this. It's good."--Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life

"The plot is fast paced and easy to dive into, making this a quick and exciting read." --School Library Journal on From a Distant Star

"At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It's an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats." --Jessica Harrison, Cracking the Cover

"This story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre." --School Library Journal on Life on Hold

"I devoured it in one sitting!"  --New York Times Bestselling author Lesley Kagen on Edgewood

"I feel like I've been waiting for this book. It's kind of like all my favorite comic books rolled into one awesome package... I'm hooked!" --The Kindle Book Review on Edgewood

About the Author

Karen McQuestion is the author of more than twenty novels and has sold over a million books worldwide. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR and she has appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion's books share common themes of connection and kindness. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08DQLQDBF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ NIGHTSKY PRESS (September 10, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1375 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 328 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0986416487
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Karen McQuestion is an Amazon Charts bestselling author who's written more than twenty novels and has sold over two million books worldwide. She's also the co-host, (along with USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson), of the popular podcast, BEHIND THE BOOK.

Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR and she has appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion’s books share common themes of connection and kindness. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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By Book Writer on March 28, 2021
I am so happy to be finished with The Moonlight Child – the last 150 pages were especially excruciating. Overall, this book made me want to punch myself in the face.
I bought this because it had a high rating on amazon. This book is the complete opposite of ‘show don’t tell’. If you want flat characters, no character development, everything shoved down your throat with a rusty spoon, and a weak storyline, read this book.
The author explains everything – and I mean, everything – so that one can only assume she thinks her readers are either five years of age, or very stupid. Here’s a couple of examples:
“As Jacob got closer to the car, he had a clear view of his mother’s face, contorted in anger. She was so very angry.” And, “The lights were still on, and the exhaust coming out of the tailpipe indicated that the engine was still running.”
The dialogue between the characters is awkward and unnatural. Perhaps the author had to google ‘how do humans talk to other humans?’ and then produced some dialogue based off of those instructions – and, there is very little dialogue in this book. Maybe? – ten percent of the book is dialogue?
The crux of the story, the motivation to keep us reading for 420ish pages, is as follows: a dirty little girl was found wandering alone outside by a mother and son. The mother and son found where the girl lived - a dirty shack with a dead woman inside – and so, decided to take her home and keep her. The little girl then spends the next three years in the house, with her bedroom hidden in the basement, and, every day, she has to do chores. The mother sometimes yells at her and one time, shoved the girl. The entirety of the book dwells on this ‘horrid abuse’ and it is up to the nosey neighbor duo to rescue this poor, unfortunate little girl! DUN! DUN! DUUUN!
While the kid’s life is not ideal, it did not pull on my heartstrings that much. I’m not asking for blood and gore, but there are a lot of worse things out there than being told to stay in the house and do lots of chores. I needed more than this for me to care for 420ish pages. The only reason I did not stop reading at about page 30, is because I just cannot start a book and not finish it – especially when I’ve paid good coin for the stuff.
The whole thing was overall pretty silly, predictable, and annoying. Having finished this book, today, I feel as though a black cloud has lifted from me, and I have started the healing process. I hope to move on from this haunting experience with the arrival of three new books I recently ordered (I can’t wait to spend time with you again, Zane Grey xoxo).
L.A. Pokin
P.S. The LARGE PRINT version (that's what I ordered) is NOT true large print. It's more like medium print/just a little above standard print size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of how life can be.
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