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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061876879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061876875
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeannie Thompson has an extremely stressful job as a movie studio executive. The only thing scarier than her job is the thought of introducing her longtime boyfriend, Aidan, to her family. To be fair, the Thompsons have a track record. She grew up the youngest of five kids in a clamorous Michigan clan. She decides to tell Aidan just one of her family�s stories to try to get him to fathom her difficult family. The story starts with her older brother Evan�s wedding in the summer of 1986, which was followed by the surprise wedding of her sister Lucy the very next day and eventually encompassed a continuously broken sprinkler system, a runaway dog, and a sneaky grandmother. The story ends with a murder and a sex scandal. She doesn�t want Aidan to get hurt by her family, which has happened to all her previous boyfriends. But her good intentions unwittingly hurt Aidan, and she can�t repair the damage without the support of her family. This ultimately uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has or knows a large, boisterous, close-knit family. --Hilary Hatton

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Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom "things" just seem to happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt, out-of-control existence. But it's also about good surprises—like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie's eyes to her real place among the people she loves most in the world . . . the same ones she ran far away from to begin with.

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I couldn't put it down and would find myself up too late until I finished the book.
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I anxiously await her next novel (better get going Dana, I've been looking for a long time for this good read...don't make me wait that long again please!)
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Precious has created wonderfully warm, funny, loving, quirky characters that you can't help but love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Born Under a Lucky Moon is a book that pretty much covers all that can be covered within life: love, marriage, careers, humor, crazy family life, insecurities and, oh yeah - murder. I have to first off say that this author truly amazes me. Her writing voice and technique are insanely engaging and "real". Ms. Precious brings to life the story of one woman who has had an anything but normal life, since the day she was conceived. I was very quickly and easily absorbed within the story of Jeannie Thompson and her many trials and tribulations from youth through adulthood.

Born Under a Lucky Moon is told in an alternating time frame between Jeannie's youth and her present-time adulthood. These transitions are smooth and incredible. The way in which Ms. Precious leaves the reader hanging right before making the transitions are painful - but in a way that left me not wanting to stop reading to see what the next thing that was going to happen was. The author's witty dialog is ingenious and left me laughing out loud several times. Just to give you a taste, here is a small piece from page 198:

"Grandma tipped her head down and looked at me over her bifocals. "Oh, yes," she said, "the fifth one. What in the world were your parents thinking?"

They probably weren't thinking, I thought. I was conceived a few years after the Pill hit the market. Mom had said she was too busy with the three little kids to get to the doctor for the prescription. That's when Lucy was born. Then Mom said that she got the birth control prescription but couldn't find the time to get to the pharmacy. That's when I was born. Dad got a vasectomy after that."

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Yes, Jeannie has a crazy family, but don't we all?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AMB on February 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Right off the bat, I want you all to know I loved this book. I loved the setting, the characters, the story. I love that Ms. Precious kicked it old school and set half the story in 1986. I love that it centered around a family, specifically sisters. I loved that I laughed out loud so many times, in public, on the train crowded with people giving me odd looks. I loved the title of the novel. I loved that it was about love.

From the beginning, Ms. Precious lets us know where we're going. I have to admit she had me at this:

Like every relationship in every family, this story doesn't reside in the black and white of right and wrong. It resides in the gray area called love.

Yeah, I was hooked. I dived into the story of Jeannie and her sisters head first. I loved the wacky Thompson family adventures. From unintentional fires to a grandmother with devious intentions to the exasperated police officer, Marv who puts up with them, this story had everything.

It bounces seamlessly from 2006 to 1986 without missing a step. I enjoyed how Ms. Precious revealed the past to explain the future. Truth be told, it was done so well the stories could have been told separately, one without the other would have made a great novel.

There was so many nuggets of goodness in this novel. I loved Evan's Milwaukee metaphor. You'll have to read that one for yourself. However I will leave you this from Rose Thompson, Jeannie's mom, about family and love...

One thing I do know for certain is that no matter how much you kids complain about each other, you all drop everything to be there when someone in the family is in trouble. I think a family is measured by how it shows its love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl C. Malandrinos VINE VOICE on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jeannie Thompson's life has never been boring. Her family is filled with colorful, and often embarrassing, relatives who seem to be the victims of some of the oddest things; making them the talk of the little Michigan town where they live.

It is 2006, and Jeannie's longtime boyfriend is thinking of taking their relationship to the next level. She's not sure they should rock the boat. Not only are they both busy in the entertainment industry, she knows how other boyfriends have felt about her less than normal family, and she's not sure Aidan will be any better.

As Jeannie's past and present collide, she must reconsider her life growing up near the Great Lakes of Michigan, and the career she carved out that has alienated her from her family.

Debut author Dana Precious pulls together a stellar plot, quirky characters, the love/hate relationship we can have with our family/stomping grounds, and a romance to come up with a major winner. I loved everything about this book. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day. Born Under A Lucky Moon is filled with laughs and tears, unexpected twists, family, and down home charm. It's about the Thompson family, but it could be about any family.

Born Under A Lucky Moon is the perfect book to choose if you want a great read that is funny, yet moving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver's Reviews on July 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Loved it....

If you want to laugh and perhaps compare your family to the Thompson family, I would highly recommend this book. It is a really fun read and also about love.

"My family made him nervous. Being a highly disciplined sort, he did not view my family as a vibrant force but as a disorganized mess that needed cleaning up." Page 99 "The entire town is buzzing about us. If this family ever moves out of town, no one will have anything to talk about." Page 148

The Thompson family made everyone nervous...they had four daughters, one son, many dramatic events, hilarious things happening to them all the time, and they were the talk of the town.....ALWAYS. One sister was the organizer and one was the never-finish anything you started, but they all had a fun childhood and shared one bathroom and one mirror....this mirror was the scene for much of the fun that went on.

The sisters were in predicaments over the years, but their mother and father took everything in stride. The current predicament was that Evan and Anna were getting married on Saturday...it was a planned one...and Lucy and Chuck were getting married on Sunday.....this was a wedding put together in a week. Lucy and Chuck didn't know about the wedding, and you can just imagine how that went. No wedding dress, no veil, no tuxedos, no caterer, and no flowers until the last minute.

Last minute organizing seemed to be order of the day for the Thompsons, and most of the situations they got themselves in were funny. Things just seemed to happen to them. I laughed out loud at some parts of the book.

The book is a perfect summer read....it gets you thinking about your relationship with your siblings and your entire family.
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