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Moonlight and Oranges [Kindle Edition]

Elise Stephens
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A timeless tale of young romance.

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships.

When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961357
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (November 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065U78MC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a perfect work, but an enjoyable one November 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I should not have liked this book. I'm not a fan of romance. I don't read a lot of YA books. I read it because of a friend's referral. And when I learned that it was based on the Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche, a story that had been masterfully retold by one of my favorite authors, it seemed doomed to a fast perusal followed by a quick dislike.

What I found was not a perfect work, but an enjoyable one, filled with wit and humor and characters that are quirky yet believable, and set in a Seattle that is both familiar and mythologized. It is not a regurgitation of an old story but the product of an author passionately exploring themes of love, betrayal, and what it really means to say "I do". The elements of the Greek myth are clearly present, though the casual reader can enjoy the story without ever knowing of its origin.

If you're a Seattle native, you'll discover the local references like delightful Easter eggs, but the story transcends its geography. If you're looking for a Harlequin romance, you'll probably want to search elsewhere, as this is the mature work of an author who deftly handles her prose and descriptions, and she will force you to think about your life and your relationships as she explores the rocky crags of marriage in a tactful way, without a wisp of steam.

I would recommend this book to my sisters, my mother, and any of my women friends, though I won't be buying it for my nephew. On the other hand, I believe that any men, who want to learn about the women in their life (especially if he is married or thinking about getting married), could read this and find an enjoyable place to do so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read December 7, 2011
By Chels
This book has everything that is promised in the Goodreads Summary. Lorona is a different sort of character. She certainly isn't perfect, she can be abrasive, but she will likely remind the reader of his/her friends or at least be a familiar face. She can also be compassionate, determined, and sweet. When she meets Kestrin, she knows that he just might be "the one" for her. It doesn't take long for them to develop a relationship and begin to take steps towards legal devotion to each other.

Kestrin complements Lorona. He is more cautious, quiet, and kind. Together, the two make a good couple that the reader will enjoy reading about. However, not all is perfect in their love bubble. Lorona discovers a few things she isn't sure that she's happy about regarding Kestrin and learns that not everyone is that happy that she is with Kestrin. Lorona must make a difficult decision about hers and Kestrin's potential as a couple.

Overall, this book was well-written and a fun read. Many readers will be able to finish this book within two days or so, it can be hard to put down. The cover itself will draw in any reluctant readers and Lorona's character will hold their attention. It is easy to get drawn into Lorona and Kestrin's whirlwind romance and tough decisions. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't help falling in love July 12, 2013
I received a digital copy of this book for review as part of the book tour.

I am not familiar with the story of Cupid and Persephone, I may have read it before but I do not/did not remember it while reading this book. But after reading a summary of Cupid's story, I could say that Moonlight and Oranges is indeed a modern day retelling of that story.

This is probably the biggest insta-love of them all and I loved it! They meet, fall in love, and get married. It's a big risk both parties were willing to take but how long will the magic last? They barely know each other and Kestrin has a reputation which Lorona can't get passed with.

I was more curious as to how this kind of story would play out, how they would resolve their problem, and of course, how Kestrin's dream ended, what the answer he was looking for was. The phrase "fools rush in" came to mind and I almost thought it would end up badly. But I was desperate for it to be a happy ending and I wasn't disappointed.

The names are a little weird for me. Each time I see "Kestrin", my brain would read is as "Kerstin". Lorona sounds like Lorena so I'm okay with that. And I recently learned about the story of La Llorona from an episode of Grimm. The moon or moonlight, stars, and oranges are mentioned a lot. The couples craving for oranges is one of my favorites. I smile every time the craving is mentioned.

Loved this novel! The story is easy to grasp, definitely recommend to hopeless romantics like me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight and Oranges October 28, 2012
Moonlight and Oranges is full of intrigue and mystery. The mystery kept me interested in the book. All of the elements just seem so cool. There is a guy that dreams about his future and the girl he will end up with. Then there is this strange orange craving, a bizarre mom, and a quest like journey.

Moonlight and Oranges started out awesome. I loved the party and how Kestrin "saved" Lorona, even if she didn't really get it. Then I loved their obsession with oranges. I was dying to know the connection and how they worked their way into the story. It was never really revealed other than a way to link the two of them together.

Kestrin was a bit of a mystery to me as well. He seemed so hung up on finding the "one". The one that he dreamt about, and as a result he kind of turned into some kind of womanizing player. I found out after I read the book that it was a modern re-telling of a classic story. Once I knew that the story was really well thought out and planned. I liked that Elise Stephens took the storyline and molded it to fit two new characters but I wouldn't have known what story the retelling was about, had I not read the note after the book. It was too subtle to find out on my own. In hindsight I totally get it, but I would have liked it to have been a bit more obvious, especially since I love that particular story so much!

Moonlight and Oranges ended up being an interesting story. The writing is great and I felt like I really got to know the characters. There was one thing in the plot that happened that really grated on my nerves and it had to do with a very impulsive act that happened within days of Kestrin and Lorona meeting each other.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern-Day retelling
Moonlight and Oranges is a modern-day retelling of the Cupid and Psych myth. I would not have even known about that if I didn't read the Author's note at the end of the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kristina Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Loved this book, its in one of must haves. I love this love story, it took me by surprise, happily.
Published 11 months ago by mulysa
3.0 out of 5 stars
I won this book in a giveaway a while back and I've been curious about it ever since.

this book is a modern retelling of Cupid and Psyche, a greek myth, though in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rainy Days & Pajamas
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, young love, first love, true love.
Ah, young love, first love, true love.

This charming young adult novel tells the story of Lorona and Kestrin, star-crossed lovers, who fall in love and struggle with the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Karen PH
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
Enticed by the beautiful cover art, I dove into "Moonlight and Oranges" and soon realized that author Elise Stephens was not going to disappoint. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Natalie S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Yet Meaningful Read
I picked up this book at the recommendation of my sister. It had been a while since I had read anything for "fun". I usually prefer something theological or highly practical. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lauren
1.0 out of 5 stars Martini Times Romance Book Review: Moonlight and Oranges
I did not finish reading this book. It was poorly written and had weak plot development. The characters were flat and one deminsonal.
Published 23 months ago by Martini Times Romance
1.0 out of 5 stars Tacky and Unrealistic
This book looked pretty promising at first, but I was sorely disappointed. In fact, the only things I liked about this book were the title and the cover art. Read more
Published 24 months ago by RCP
4.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary twined with mythology
Moonlight and Oranges is a wonderful re-telling of the Greek myth, Cupid and Psyche. So instantly I was intrigued. Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by Jenea Whittington
4.0 out of 5 stars Ohh, la, la!! Lovely romance! Interesting plot!
What a fabulous idea for a romance! Reading the author's note helped me to understand this fully! I loved it even without the note but it just helped put everything into a... Read more
Published on November 29, 2012 by Creating Serenity Reviews
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More About the Author

Elise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007, where she also received her degree in Creative Writing. FORECAST is her second novel. Her first novel MOONLIGHT AND ORANGES was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the UNUSUAL STORIES anthology, as well as in multiple journals.

She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and savoring local live theater. painting. She also regularly craves Dilettante's chocolate-covered fruit medleys, in case you'd like to know how to bribe her.

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