Once in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren –> Review

Posted October 20, 2019 by FMA in 4 Stars - It quenched my addiction!

Once in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren –> ReviewTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
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Published by Gallery Books
on October 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Women
Review Copy Provided By: Gallery Books

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As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.

Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.

But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she's been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

“Can you believe me, though? That the worst thing I ever did was for the best reason I ever had?”

A second chance romance that will have you dreaming of stars, quiet places, and love!

Sam and Tate met while traveling abroad and fall in love while stargazing. They trust each other with their dreams and secrets, but unfortunately, Tate soon learns she trusted Sam with too much.

14 years later, the two come face to face again when she’s cast into the role in a play Sam’s written. The play is about his grandparents and their struggles they experienced navigating a biracial relationship.

I enjoyed the scene within a scene aspect of this book. We have the story of Sam and Tate as a couple as they try to come to terms with the betrayal that kept them apart for 14 years, and figure out if life is truly black and white, or if sometimes, the end does justify the means. All the while, we are shown the story of his grandparents through the script. (This made me REALLY want a book about his grandparents. I want to read their story.)

I have got to talk about Charlie, Tate’s friend. I adored her, she was more than a secondary character, she was a supporting character and she was amazing!

I only a few quibbles. I wish the HEA would have been more fleshed out. I wish we could have enjoyed Sam and Tate together in an adult relationship. I also wish Sam’s character would have been more developed. I was left wondering about him, who he was, what he’d been through – was his life difficult when he returned to the States, how did he make a career out of writing, etc.

CLO write the kinds of stories I want to read. I love this writing duo’s style and combined voice.


About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They are New York Times, USA Today, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, Dating You/Hating You and the critically acclaimed Autoboyography. Roomies (released December 2017), has been optioned for film by Jenna Dewan’s company Everheart Productions, with Christina and Lauren set to write the screenplay.  

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