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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Serious Moonlight by Janet Halpin

The Serious Moonlight by Janet Halpin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The Class of '85 Series
Once upon a time on a moonlit night, Anna and Rick shared the most perfect kiss this side of The Princess Bride. And then, terrified by the feelings Rick's kiss aroused in her, she did something monumentally stupid: she ran away.

Now, twenty-five years later, Anna is divorced, older, hopefully a little wiser . . . and wondering what might have been if she hadn’t fled that night. At Summerville High’s Class of '85 reunion she’s determined to find out.

Can she help Rick get past his bitterness, and get over her own regrets, to finally fulfill the happily-ever-after promise of that amazing kiss?

Janet Halpin’s The Serious Moonlight is a quick dance around a couple that just might be ships passing, or then again, might be rediscovering something wonderful.

The 25th High School reunion manages to mix a huge dose of the past into the brew for the future. Annie, amid friends Susan and Lanie, can hardly muster enthusiasm for the big event. Her pals are excited though, and they aren’t leaving her behind. I loved the blending of past and present, the die-hard friendships among folks who’ve known each other since they were kids, and just the whole aura of this short story. It’s a romance but it’s a little bit of everyone’s romance…

And who can’t sympathize with Anna, divorcee with children, who has never left her own hometown? It’s maybe a terrible thing that she never spread her wings, but then again, she’s still that hometown girl that reaches out to Rick. And Rick, is he reaching back, or has the world’s gravitational pull made her far less attractive than this young thing that inexplicably appears with him at the reunion?

There are so many upsides to the downsides in this story, its like everything is presented with a mirror image of possibilities. Even Rick – from back in the old days; he’s immensely attractive… and the scars he’s so self-conscious about are actually, oddly, sexy.

This is a fast, fun read, with plenty of humor hiding some more subtle wit, too (like... surely we can’t be as shallow now as we were back then?). Cleverly written, Jean Halpin’s The Serious Moonlight is a not-to-be-missed read.