Blog Tour: Maria In The Moon by @LouiseWriter ‏@OrendaBooks

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Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

Louise Beech could write about any topic and I’d still read her books. As my friend Steph would say: “I would read everything she publishes, even if she wrote the phone book”. Because Louise has a way with words. She makes ordinary stories feel extraordinary. I admit I wasn’t sure of Maria In The Moon at first, as I didn’t really understand what the book was about when I checked out the blurb or even when I started reading. But the more I read, the more I liked it. There was just something about it, and I ended up falling in love with it.

I admire Louise’s ability to write such unique stories every time. Her three books are completely different in terms of genre and the stories feel special and magic in their own way. Although my favorite is still How To Be Brave, this is a close second. Maria In The Moon tells the story of a fascinating but very damaged woman named Catherine Maria, a woman who doesn’t remember a year in her life. What happened during her childhood? Why doesn’t she remember her ninth year?

After losing her house, Catherine starts volunteering at Flood Crisis and, to be honest, those were my favorite scenes to read about. Her conversations with the callers were incredible and I love the way you get to care about characters that you know nothing about. If that isn’t a sign of a great writer, I don’t know what is. So yes, all the characters were multi-layered and interesting, and despite her difficult personality, I really loved Catherine Maria and her relationships, especially the ones with her roommate, Christopher, and her parents. The dialogues in Maria in the Moon were witty and honest, deep and thought-provoking. In addition, the “love story” was well-crafted and I rooted for them to be together.

I’d recommend this beautiful book to all those who are partial to brilliant writing and favour character developing over plot. It’s heart-breaking but ultimately optimistic. Congrats on yet another success, Louise.

ARC, Orenda Books, 2017

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

22 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Maria In The Moon by @LouiseWriter ‏@OrendaBooks

    1. Thank you Bill! We all have a big TBR pille lol I saw that you’re going through something with your family and will return to the blog soon. Hugs and best wishes!!!

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  1. I read Chocolate n Waffles glowing review with a few more questions, just like you I was curious what the book was actually about! But now I understand, and I’m not surprised you both enjoyed it. Louise Beech sounds like a writer I should know more about!

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  2. Aww, Annie!! I was just reading along and it took me a few minutes to realize that was my name in your review 😍💗💜 I’m sitting here grinning like crazy because that’s actually MY name in your review!! You’re so sweet and thank you for the shout out! If you’re using my Karin Slaughter phone book reference about an author, then I’m definitely going to have to read this one! I put it one my TBR after reading Chelsea’s review, but it’s getting moved up on my reading list now because I know it
    must be good 😉❤ Everytime I read your blog, I add more books lol!

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