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Pack Up the Moon [Kindle Edition]

Rachael Herron
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate's world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn't sure she's ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree's father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn't spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals...

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Editorial Reviews


"Don't forget Pack Up the Moon when you're packing your bags--it's the perfect vacation or stay-cation read. It's filled with fiercely honest emotion, a celebration of the power of love to heal even the most broken of hearts."--Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Beekeeper's Ball

"A superlative architect of story, Rachael Herron never steers away from wrenching events, and yet even moments of deepest despair are laced with threads of hope. It's impossible to stop turning the pages, breathless to discover the fate of beautifully drawn characters who are ravaged by loss and rescued by their devotion to each other. Herron is an inexhaustible champion of the healing power of love."--Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author of House of Glass

"Rachael Herron has created a work of intense beauty in Pack Up the Moon. Here is love and fear, hope and deep longing. Here are people trying their best, and falling short, and trying again. Here is unthinkable loss, and its aftermath. Herron's beautifully rendered novel boldly shows us people at their lowest and then makes us fall in love with them."--Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day 

"A heartbreaking story of loss and family that achieves an optimistic feel in the end...The language [is] poetic and moving at many points."--RT Book Reviews
"The novel is remarkable in its poignancy and style....Herron writes beautifully about the love between a parent and child...Pack Up the Moon is a wonderful weekend read about love, loss, forgiveness and family that leaves readers feeling grateful for their dear ones--and reaching for the tissues." --The Gazette

About the Author

Rachael Herron received her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and writes the popular website, Her previous titles include the Cypress Hollow romance novels, Wishes and Stitches, How to Knit a Heart Back Home and How to Knit a Love Song, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. She is an accomplished knitter, and lives in Oakland with her wife, Lala, and their menagerie of cats and dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451468600
  • Publisher: NAL (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMCW1E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend Pack Up the Moon! March 4, 2014
By Rachel
Although Rachael Herron's, "Cyprus Hollow" books are a pleasure to read, they pale in literary comparison to her lastest novel,"Pack Up the Moon."

Rachael Herron conveys emotions in her writing like Jane Oliver does with her singing: passionately, heart-wrenchingly, yet hopefully.

I've read many of Rachael Herron's books and enjoyed them, but "Pack Up the Moon" is decidedly different. In this novel, Rachael seems to dig deeper into the emotionality of her characters. The secrets are dark and the losses are seemingly unbearable, but there is a ray of hopefulness peeking through the clouds. Her characters are believable because they are unabashedly human.

With, "Pack Up the Moon", Rachael Herron has found her voice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart breaking beautiful book March 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Pack Up The Moon is sort of like listening to a This American Life story. The story gently unfolds from multiple characters, explains the sorrow of how everyone got to their place in life, and how they will continue on. It felt like such a raw look into someone else's life, so intimate. When I'm done listening to an episode of This American Life I feel connected to humanity. I have grace and understanding for people. When I was done with Pack Up The Moon I felt the same connection. An understanding that everyone has been hurt, nobody escapes pain. And hopefully everyone has the chance to reconnect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 14, 2014
By Jane
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This is a wonderfully written book about mothers and daughters and adoption at its best. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Hope to see a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Rachael Herron April 19, 2014
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Another great book from Rachael Herron! This one is a stand-alone story, not part of the Cypress Hollow series. A great story, I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and amazing April 15, 2014
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I'm not going to lie, I'm a big fan of Rachael in general. I love her Cyprus Hollow series and think she's an awesome writer. So when this book came out, I was super excited, and luckily, it did not disappoint. I have to admit, I wasn't too sure about it at first, even after finishing it. The emotion is so raw, so real, it can be an almost painful read. There is a lot going on in the novel, and a lot the characters have to deal with. Though I wasn't sure I loved it right after I finished, it's lingered with me, and I find myself wondering about the characters and imagining myself in situations from the book. The true mark of an excellent piece of literature. This is definitely a story that will stick with you, and a kind of modern romance novel, about all of the various types of love you encounter in your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pack Up the Moon April 4, 2014
By Ailien
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I have read all of Rachael Herron's books and love them. While different from her previous books, it is written thoughtfully and paints each character with artistic flare. I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I normally can breeze through most any novel pretty quickly. Not so with this one. For me this was neither a fast nor an easy read. The author chooses her words with such care that it made me frequently pause to absorb the thoughts and emotions. The characters are utterly and gloriously human and yes, “perfect in their imperfections.” If you are a parent or you’ve had a parent, this book will resonate deeply and should move to the top of your reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Grade: A (5 stars)
This was a lovely gift. I was excited to receive this book from Penguin to review, just reading the synopsis, but when I started the actual book is when I felt really lucky. This is such a touching, emotional story based around really realistic characters who people can completely relate to. It’s all about life’s changes, and if it’s too late. When is too late? Herron does an outstanding job in this novel really showing us true characters with real struggles. This is the first book by this author I’ve read but I love her voice. She’s the perfect storyteller for this story, and she really find the perfect balance in some really tough topics. You’re faced with a lot of broken people and dark topics in this book, but Herron manages to show us the beauty in the brokenness, and the hope in the hopeless. You start to really see beyond what’s expected into a deeper, more beautiful story. You see how one choice can affect so many people, and you see just how people choose to handle that . You’ve got a mother struggling with the death of her son, and the loss of the daughter she never knew. The daughter trying to figure out her life without a mom, and a Father who never knew about his daughter, and has been crushed, not only by the loss of his son, but the loss of his marriage as well. Nolen is one of those characters that you see beauty shining from brokenness, he’s a convicted felon, gave up everything that was his life before, and has fallen all the way to the bottom, but his struggle and courage is something so beyond touching. I’d gladly read another book by Herron in the future because her way with characters is exactly what we need more of. Complex, confused, broken but beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very touching read
This is just simply a wonderful book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Can be read on many levels and is full of wonderful plot and character development.
Published 7 days ago by Marie M
5.0 out of 5 stars It's beautiful!
I love it. A new direction for Herron's writing, and I look forward to more of her books in the future.
Published 8 days ago by mechagrue
5.0 out of 5 stars Pack Up The Moon Packs A Powerful Punch
Pack Up The Moon by Rachael Herron packs a powerful punch. I was completely transported into the world of the characters who inhabit this story and who felt so real, as though I... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Marlene Cullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching (reading) Rachael grow.
I've been following Yarn A Go Go since the beginning, read all of Rachael's books. It has been a joy and a pleasure to see her writing mature. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Donna Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story that reels you in
Rachael Herron just gets better and better with every book she writes. This story has well fleshed out characters which kept me reading non-stop to the very end. Great read!
Published 27 days ago by Emma Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars well crafted
This is a big departure from other books I have read by this author. Story is compelling - and very well written. Would not pick this book if you want a read to cheer yourself up.
Published 27 days ago by moving
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully moving story.
A heartfelt tale of choices, regrets, love, loss and fragile new beginnings. Pack Up The Moon is a wonderful story guaranteed to keep the reader involved to the very end. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars Tenderly told
Pree has just found her birth mother, 22 years after she was given up for adoption.

Discovering her mother is Kate Monroe, celebrated artist and one character in a... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dee18
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More About the Author

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, is available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when she's not scribbling. She lives with her wife, Lala, in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She's a New Zealander as well as an American. She's been known to knit. Visit her at

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