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About the Author

Melody Thomas is a wordsmith, a creator of dreams, and a passionate believer in happy endings. A product of thirteen schools and twenty-two moves stretching across the United States and Europe, she is a self-proclaimed gypsy. Her fascination with historical romance began when, in her teens, she visited the Tower of London and learned that Henry the Eighth had beheaded two of his wives. This was great fodder for her teenage imagination and the start of a love affair with history, intrigue, and irresistible heroes.

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Product Details

  • Series: Donally Family Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060564482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060564483
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Girl Friday Reader VINE VOICE on December 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Egypt. 1870. A setting that gets an automatic thumbs up from me. And what was even more pleasing: the fact that this book is excellent.

Must Have Been The Moonlight is Brianna Donnally's story; the younger sister of the hero of the author's previous book "In My Heart". The hero, Major Michael Fallon is at turns enigmatic, sensual, honorable, conflicted and tender--a rare and exotic blend of character traits in the typical historical romance hero. Brianna, the heroine, is self-reliant, honorable, wise, and is possessed of a very down to earth sensuality that caused some very sensual moments in this book.

From a sandstorm to the halls of an English manor, MHBTM never let go of what it promised in the first page of the book: action, scorching sensuality, passion between the hero and heroine, passion for life and the friction that comes between two people whose lives are entwined with each other whether they want to or not. Unlike another reviewer, I didn't find myself frustrated with the reticence on Brianna and Michael's side when it came to declaring their love because it fit their characters. I also was glad there wasn't the oft-cliched "show-down" between Michael and his vapid mother--that also fit the story and his character. MHBTM wasn't a romance where the hero's entire personality(or lack thereof) was wrapped within the vagrancies of his family and past. It was a story of two independent and honorable people who were thrown together and who found an unexpected passion and love.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By booklover 67 on May 31, 2006
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Melody Thomas can write and she creates a vivid and interesting backdrop for her story in the first half of the novel and also a vivid and interesting heroine. I'm a sucker for Victorian colonial settings and for unusual heroines.

Brianna was an engaging heroine, young, idealistic, courageous, self-confident but vulnerable and unlike other heroines she has had a life and purpose before she meets the hero. However the brilliant photographer, socialist and suffragist who wanted to lead an independent, self-determined life once gives it all up to lead a co-dependent life with the hero and submits herself to the rules of others, Michael, his mother and the obligations of his ducal home which was a big part of my problem with this book.

The moment Brianna meets Major Michael Fallon she is lost to the world. I have never seen a heroine who loved or sacrificed more for the hero. The fact that she doesn't admit to herself that it was soul-searing love from the first moment for her doesn't make it any less real. She might be lying to herself but all her actions speak a clear language. She's caught in a whirlwind of passionate emotions heightened to desperate degrees by a reticent and emotionally detached hero who shows her affection one moment and a cold shoulder the next. She pursues him relentlessly, not deterred by Fallon's outward show of casualness and negligence. Actually she goes so far in her pursuance that I cringed at some of her antics. Brianna is clearly beyond pride or a healthy sense of self-preservation when it comes to the hero. I found Thomas has captured the essence of female obsession very well.

Major Fallon on the other hand remains an enigmatic person. I never could make him out. He seemed emotionally detached even as he gazed hotly at Brianna.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Lane on October 14, 2005
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I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. This was just the kind of romance novel I love. Wonderful characters. Characters that seem real because they are not perfect-something most novels like this lack. There are interesting plot twists and we get to know several secondary characters well. The secondary characters are not boring. The chemistry between Brianna and Michael was very sensual and immediate. The heroine is the perfect foil for the hero's cynicism and intellect. It was written with an amazing level of intensity and feeling that my heart was pumping furiously with both the palatable passion and the keen sense of danger infused in the story. Brianna and Michael were both wounded, intriguing, complex, wonderful characters. The action/suspense was fast-paced and thrilling. The setting was beautiful and exotic. The sex was HOT and perfect for the story. Melody Thomas stories are humorous, romantic and interesting - and she is excellent and creating characters that are real, interesting people - and that you remember vividly from book to book throughout the series. You want to know them better! I love the Donally family. This is the second book I have read from Melody Thomas and I love them both. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Donally family. All I can say in conclusion is if you like a good, emotional, heart-tugging historical, with characters that leap off the pages, buy Must Have Been The Moonlight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Breanna Walker on April 23, 2006
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Must have been the moonlight was the first book I read of the Donally series and I loved it! Brianna and Michels relationship is so passionately intense it keeps your interested through out the book. I've got to know Melody Thomas writing through out the Donally series and love her books. I highly recommend "Must have been the moonlight" to readers as well as "In My Heart" " A match made in scandel" and the newly released book "Angel in my bed"
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