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The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch: A Novel Hardcover – August 6, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Plangent with sorrow, wonder and hope, this is an immensely appealing novel about a woman who finds love the second time around. Suddenly widowed at 33 after 14 years of a barren, passionless marriage to a laconic farmer, Lucy Hatch Breward returns to her hometown of Mooney, Tex. Sparks fly when she meets hunk and ladies' man Ash Farrell, who's a carpenter extraordinaire by day and a seductive singer/guitar player who belts out country songs at the town honky-tonk, the Round-Up, at night. Guilt-ridden because she cannot mourn her husband's death, Lucy is reluctant to respond to Ash's blandishments. A classic situation ensues: he pursues, she resists; he pursues, she succumbs (during a heavy rain storm, and again and again... )-all in the full glare of town gossip. As the story of Lucy's psychological and emotional bewilderment and her gradual coming of age develops, first novelist Moyer seduces the reader with pitch-perfect prose fed by an observant eye and a wise heart. If some of the situations are the stuff of women's magazine fiction, Moyer is capable of sweet and insightful writing about the power of love to transcend grief. The dialogue is sharp and wry, with an authentic country twang, and humor is provided by colorful secondary characters whose only fault is that they're all excessively decent and kindhearted-but maybe that's the way people are in East Texas. On the other hand, Lucy's attempts to reconcile her past and future are realistically portrayed, granting her full dimensionality and emotional resonance.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Lucy Hatch is 33 and moving back to her hometown of Mooney, TX, because her husband of 14 years has just died in a freak accident. She is alone and must start over without Mitchell Breward, who was as steady as the land he loved. What worries her most, though, is that she is not as broken up over Mitchell's passing as she thinks a good wife should be. In fact, she is looking forward to the peace and solitude she expects her future life to hold. So when local heartthrob Ash Farrell starts showing interest in her, Lucy is torn between the strong feelings she is developing for this persistent stranger and her resolve to go it alone for the first time. She must also come to terms with the lack of affection in her first marriage. Moyer's debut novel has its share of stock characters and predictable plot lines, but her lilting prose and romantic story will make a good summer afternoon read. Recommended for all public libraries. Tamara Butler, Olean P.L., NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060081651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060081652
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is amazingly well written for a first novel. A mix between a romance novel and a coming of age story, it is both touching and joyful.
Lucy Hatch's husband dies in an accident, and Lucy moves back home to recover. Shortly after she arrives, Lucy meets a man that "rocks her world" literally and figuratively. Most of the story focuses on Lucy's processing what love has been for, what is has not been, and what she wants it to be.
I don't typically read romance novels, but stayed with this one because of the depth of Lucy's feelings for her husband, her family, and the new man in her life. It would be easy to assume that Lucy's marriage was loveless, and that she finds true love at last. Underlying this all is the concept that one can only love someone as best and as far as they will let you.
I recommend this book highly, and can't wait for Marsha Moyer's next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cville Dad on March 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this one in a day - it was engrossing from start to finish. Light and sweet, not too much different than your average romance novel, but with a little more spark and substance. Normally, I tend to take a cynical bent on books like this, but it was such a pleasure to read, I set my cynic aside for the entire novel.
Thirty-three year old Lucy finds a new life for herself when her husband (whom she did not love) of fourteen years dies unexpectedly. She is unencumbered and free to make her life over. She moves back to her hometown and immediately becomes captivated by heartthrob country singer/carpenter Ash Farrell. Their relationship takes on the fun spar and parry that leads to the inevitable moment when they FINALLY get in bed together, beginning Lucy's sexual awakening. These love scenes are just juicy enough to give new meaning to Lucy's "second coming" (wink, wink).
For a first novel, this was so smooth and well-paced - there wasn't a hang-up in the whole book. A great escape novel that'll make you want to go out and find your own honky-tonk handyman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Hayes VINE VOICE on September 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I know I just read a good book, because I keep thinking about Lucy, and I'm reluctant to pick up a new book just yet.

Lucy Hatch Breward is a 33 year old woman who finds herself suddenly widowed. Married 14 years to a man more married to his farm than to her, she finds that she doesn't know how to mourn him, and she doesn't know who he was or who she is now.

Lucy moves back to her hometown, and almost immediately is confroted by the town heartthrob, Ash Farrell. At first she tries to ignore him, but the more she tries, the more she realizes that Ash won't be ignored.

Lucy is on a quest to discover who she really is and what happened to her "light" when she married Mitch. Ash complicates and distracts her. At first she is angered and frustrated by him, but as she gets to know him, she starts to feel that she has always known him. This causes Lucy to feel enormous guilt for not grieving her husband.

Only when Lucy can give her husband his place and then begin to look forward to the next chapter in her life is she able to embrace her "light" and the future. This is a wonderful read for anyone who is at a crossroads in their life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen MacInerney on November 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you're looking to be swept away for a night (because once you pick it up, you won't put it down), then you NEED to buy this book. Every once in a while you come across a gem of a story -- one that you fall into, where you feel you know the characters better than you know your best friend, where the emotions that tumble off the pages are every bit as powerful and heady as the ones that swept through you when you fell in love the first time...

This book defies categorization. It is a love story, a 'coming of age' story, a literary triumph... and hot, hot, hot. :) No, it's not a romance. No, it's not a 'let's fall in love and everything will be hunky dory' book. It's a soul-searching, soul-rending, beautiful story that will remind you what passion is -- and might just make you fall in love with your husband (or wife) all over again.

(BTW, The Last of the Honky-Tonk Angels is just as good... can't WAIT for the third! Write faster, Marsha!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Ginger on August 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch is what I'd call a literary romance. You probably won't find it in the Romance section of your bookstore; at least, I didn't in mine. But it's got all the ingredients: girl meets boy, they fall in love, but will they stay together? What gives it that "literary" stature is Marsha Moyer's voice. She knows how to tell a story; she knows how to pull you into the character's head and heart. The book flows like warmed molasses. I grinned; I even cried. A good read, most definitely. Helen Ginger, Editor of Doing It Write.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Medeiros on July 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to start this review by admitting that I'm an idiot. At least 3 years ago, lovely and wise Avon author Christie Ridgway gave me a glowing recommendation for a trade paperback called THE SECOND COMING OF LUCY HATCH by Marsha Moyer. Christie glowed SO brightly about this book that I wisely went out and bought not only LUCY HATCH but it's companion novel THE LAST OF THE HONKY TONK ANGELS. So why am I an idiot, you ask? Because I let the book languish on my bookshelf for 3 years before finally picking it up to take on a long plane trip last week.

Lucy Hatch's second coming begins with the first line of the novel: I was thirty-three years old when my husband walked out into the field one morning and never came back and I went in one quick leap from wife to widow. At 19, Lucy had wed a taciturn, stoic 27-year-old farmer, believing that still waters run deep only to discover that sometimes still waters only run...well...still. For fourteen years, they were the kind of couple who had an abiding respect for each other but who rarely spoke and only made love with the lights off. Lucy sincerely grieves Mitchell when he dies but perhaps her greatest grief comes from admitting to herself that she also feels a tiny smidgen of relief.

Texas is in the very bones of this book and the grieving Lucy retreats to her hometown of Mooney, Texas to try to find the girl she lost all those years ago. As Lucy sets out to rediscover herself in a little ramshackle rental house out in the country, her family rallies around her: Aunt Dove, her "spinster aunt" and the wisest of the lot, her good looking brother Bailey, her slightly plus-sized and plus-hearted sister-in-law Geneva.
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