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Moonlight and Oranges Paperback – November 1, 2011
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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.
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*
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her writing was not bad for not being too far in her career. I honestly could not put this one down, I read it in a couple of hours. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Laura
Lorona is a true book nerd. But, she is trying to change her ways and experience life and take chances. She meets Kerstrin and...oooooh boy!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Reeca Elliott
Moonlight and Oranges is a delightful modern day adaptation of the classical Greek mythology romance tale of Cupid and Psyche. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
Lorona never thought in a million years that a guy like Kestrin Feathers would ever give her a second look. Being a redheaded book nerd, she was used to the quiet life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by michmguyx
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Kristina Snyder
Loved this book, its in one of must haves. I love this love story, it took me by surprise, happily.Published on January 11, 2014 by mulysa
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
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
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 morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Natalie S.