When the Moon Turns Blue by Pamela Terry
Print Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
By: Random House Publishing Group | Ballantine
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About The Book:
On the morning after Harry Cline’s funeral, a rare ice storm hits the town of Wesleyan, Georgia. The community wakes up to find its controversial statue of Confederate general Henry Benning destroyed—and not by the weather. Half the town had wanted to remove the statue; the other half wanted to celebrate it. Now that the matter has been taken out of their hands, the town’s long-simmering tensions are laid bare. This conflict is especially personal to Harry’s widow, Marietta, who’s never been a fan of the statue. Her brother, Macon, the top defense attorney in the Southeast, is representing Old Man Griffin, the owner of the park where the statue stood. Despite Marietta’s pleas to let the matter rest, Macon is determined to find those responsible for the damage and protect the Griffin legacy—and he’s far from the only person Marietta stands to lose over a statue. Without Harry beside her, Marietta longs to salvage those connections, but the world is changing, and the divide can no longer be ignored.
‘Once in a while the odd thing happens, once in a while the dream comes true,
and the whole pattern of life is altered, once in a while the moon turns blue.’
Last year I read and loved The Sweet Taste of Muscadines by Pamela Terry so when I saw this on NetGalley I had to read it. Ms. Terry does not disappoint with When the Moon Turns Blue. In fact, I loved this book even more. Southern fiction is one of my favourite genres. This book has everything I am looking for in a good story. There are racial tensions, a dead body and a couple of acts of vandalism all during a Georgia ice storm, what's not to love!?
Pamela Terry is a wonderfully beautiful writer, her prose is like a warm hug on a cold day. Her words evoke emotions and there is a lot to get emotional about between these pages. She also writes amazing characters that you can't help but love, or in some cases love to hate. I enjoyed the fact that the town of Wesleyan felt like a character as well. Terry hits hard and truly portrays what the United States has been going through since Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016. The author managed to do this without getting too political or preachy. I was sad when the book ended and I had to say goodbye to the people of Wesleyan. All. The. Stars.