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Reviewed by Melanie K.
Once in a Blue Moon is a book about decisions and the resulting consequences.
Lindsay and Kerrie Ann were born to Crystal – a drug addicted stripper who thought that her job as a mother ended with giving birth. Miss Honi Love, a retired stripper, lives downstairs from them and does her best to take care of the girls. Crystal dies in prison and Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sent to foster homes despite Honi’s efforts to keep the girls.
Lindsay is adopted by an older couple who love her and raise her to be an honest and respectable person. When the couple passes away, Lindsay inherits their house and owns and operates a bookstore. Kerrie Ann cycles through foster home after foster home and eventually runs away to live on the streets. She finds herself following in her mother’s footsteps – she now has a drug addiction and has had her child taken away.
Lindsay searches for her sister for years and one day, out of the blue, Kerrie Ann appears at the door of her bookstore. She is desperate for help in getting her daughter back. The two have led very different lives and [amazonify]1593155344[/amazonify]sometimes have a difficult time understanding and getting along with each other. Honi, who now lives with Lindsay, does her best to help them through their issues.
Kerrie Ann finds that changing her life and turning her downward spiral around is not an easy road, but will do anything to regain custody of her daughter. Lindsay discovers that not only are people not perfect, but that it is okay to not always do everything right. Together they form the sisterhood bond that was taken away from them many years ago and give each other the strength necessary to fight for what they believe in.
Once in a Blue Moon teaches us that life is not all about fate as some would have us believe. We are not destined to be “good” or “bad” just because things are not easy, and can easily turn our lives around if we so choose to.
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