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The Owl & Moon Cafe Paperback – July 3, 2006
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Oh God. Not another one.
The problem is that I can't lie. I've been hardwired (sometime during my early formation, no doubt) to spout the truth about a piece of literature and how I feel about it. This has led to some rather hard feelings by authors who expected me to put on my kids gloves when critiquing/reviewing their work.
So when the son of Jo-Ann Mapson handed me a copy of his mother's latest literary offering, I felt the critical hairs on the back of my neck rise. Oh no. Would I have to crush any friendship I might have with this man by telling him his mother was a hack writer? That her prose stunk? That she needed to take a course on plotting? I opened The Owl & Moon Café with a heavy sigh, plunged in and ...
...was immediately enthralled. I'll have to be honest and say part of the attraction was that The Owl & Moon Café takes place in my hometown of Pacific Grove, California. But I've read stories by other authors that take place here and was, shall we say, less than impressed. The thing that really struck me was that this novel is a women's book -- covering the lives of four generations of women within the Moon family -- but completely engrossed me (a guy) with its excellent plotting, perfect characters, and flowing prose.
The Owl & Moon Café is ground-zero for these women, starting with "Gammy", the widowed owner of the cafe and mother of Allegra, grandmother of Mariah, and great-grandmother to Lindsay.Read more ›
that, real and right and so, so good. Buy one for yourself and one for your best girlfriend. You won't be sorry.
My husband asked me about the book this morning. I was only 50 pages into the tome, but I told him that I already didn't want it to end. The story called to me whenever I manged to put it aside. I just turned the last page, sated and satisfied, but also sad that it had ended.
All of Mapson's books are gems. This one may be her strongest yet. The characters, the story, the emotions....all blend into a masterpiece.
If you're on the fence about purchasing this book, rest assured that it's a top-notch read. You'll be a Mapson fan in the first chapter.
This book has just the right amount of love, friendships and family. You won't want to put it down!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came home to read an old friend when I accidently stumbled onto Jo-Ann Mapson's 'The Owl and Moon Cafe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sdegrom
I loved this story so much I couldn't put it down! I loved the characters. They seemed so real and I laughed at different parts of the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by StephLaughman
Slightly predictable and odd ending but very readable book about family dynamics. Not sure if I'd recommend it but it was just fine.Published 9 months ago by Heather Doyle
wonderful content and Jo-Ann Mapson is a writer that gives so much in terms of plot, dialogue and life-experience.Published 17 months ago by bonny french
This story I enjoyed, although parts seemed to be over my head, with some political views,, things back in History, I had forgotten or had no clue about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pattie
Great looking at the world from the perspective of three different people, language that paints some lovely pictures and you can smell the cooking! Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Janet Lacey
Easy to read and a feel good story which describes a great (somewhat realistic) relationship among couple generations of women. A perfect getaway book. Worth your time.Published on January 29, 2014 by Alea
Very enjoyable book! It was light reading, but very nice. I felt like I really got to know her characters.Published on January 3, 2014 by Lily