Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review: Born Under a Lucky Moon

The cover of this book alone made me want to read it, even though I know sensibly that book covers are often deceptive. But in the case of the apparently close-to-real life Born Under a Lucky Moon by Dana Precious, the cover matches the book.

I laughed a lot during this book. Precious reminds me a lot of Haven Kimmel, who also makes me laugh. The novel alternates between Jeannie Thompson and her longtime boyfriend Aidan, and Jeannie trying to explain to Aidan how warped (in her eyes) her family is by warning/regaling him with tales of her growing up years. Jeannie's colorful family stories include a surprise double wedding; a streaking Grandma; a philandering priest; and a town where no one can possibly hide anything for long.

The tales of her family take up most of the book, but we also see Jeannie in her fast-paced, current life as a Hollywood movie exec as she tries to deal with her chaotic, stressful work environment and maintain a relationship with Aidan, which, in her mind, includes keeping him away from her family. Eventually the two worlds do collide, and the book is well worth reading to find out what happens.

Well written, entertaining but insightful, this book really needs to be made into a movie. Highly recommended.

Other Reviews of Born Under a Lucky Moon
Chick Lit Reviews: "On almost every page I found something I could relate to and more often than not, giggle about."
Teresa's Reading Corner: Interview with Dana Precious
Simply Stacie: "Dana Precious writes with heart and humor, often hitting on a funny note when you least expect it."
Booksie's Blog: "Lock the door and turn off the phone. Once you start reading about the Thompson family, you won't be doing anything else until you find out how this story ends."
Colloquium: "Add first-time novelist Dana Precious to the short but impressive list of female authors currently writing intelligent and compelling fiction specifically geared toward female readers."

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