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Jeannie Thompson has an extremely stressful job as a movie studio executive. The only thing scarier than her job is the thought of introducing her longtime boyfriend, Aidan, to her family. To be fair, the Thompsons have a track record. She grew up the youngest of five kids in a clamorous Michigan clan. She decides to tell Aidan just one of her family�s stories to try to get him to fathom her difficult family. The story starts with her older brother Evan�s wedding in the summer of 1986, which was followed by the surprise wedding of her sister Lucy the very next day and eventually encompassed a continuously broken sprinkler system, a runaway dog, and a sneaky grandmother. The story ends with a murder and a sex scandal. She doesn�t want Aidan to get hurt by her family, which has happened to all her previous boyfriends. But her good intentions unwittingly hurt Aidan, and she can�t repair the damage without the support of her family. This ultimately uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has or knows a large, boisterous, close-knit family. --Hilary Hatton

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Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom "things" just seem to happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt, out-of-control existence. But it's also about good surprises—like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie's eyes to her real place among the people she loves most in the world . . . the same ones she ran far away from to begin with.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061876879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061876875
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
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Born Under a Lucky Moon is a book that pretty much covers all that can be covered within life: love, marriage, careers, humor, crazy family life, insecurities and, oh yeah - murder. I have to first off say that this author truly amazes me. Her writing voice and technique are insanely engaging and "real". Ms. Precious brings to life the story of one woman who has had an anything but normal life, since the day she was conceived. I was very quickly and easily absorbed within the story of Jeannie Thompson and her many trials and tribulations from youth through adulthood.

Born Under a Lucky Moon is told in an alternating time frame between Jeannie's youth and her present-time adulthood. These transitions are smooth and incredible. The way in which Ms. Precious leaves the reader hanging right before making the transitions are painful - but in a way that left me not wanting to stop reading to see what the next thing that was going to happen was. The author's witty dialog is ingenious and left me laughing out loud several times. Just to give you a taste, here is a small piece from page 198:

"Grandma tipped her head down and looked at me over her bifocals. "Oh, yes," she said, "the fifth one. What in the world were your parents thinking?"

They probably weren't thinking, I thought. I was conceived a few years after the Pill hit the market. Mom had said she was too busy with the three little kids to get to the doctor for the prescription. That's when Lucy was born. Then Mom said that she got the birth control prescription but couldn't find the time to get to the pharmacy. That's when I was born. Dad got a vasectomy after that."

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Yes, Jeannie has a crazy family, but don't we all?
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Being born and raised in Grand Rapids, and taking many trips to Lake Michigan, this book (set in and around Lake Michigan and Muskegon) just called to me! What a fun read! I laughed out loud, shook my head, cringed, and sympathizes with the shenanigans and craziness of this wild, loving family! It was not great literature, but boy, it sure was delightful entertainment! Definitely a summer read......heck, a good read anytime!!! Get comfy because once you start you'll want to continue reading till you have savory the love of Muskegon, Michigan's Thompson
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I am a FB fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and she recommended this first novel of Dana Precious. Since it was about Michigan, which I love, and was humorous, which I appreciate, I bought it and I was not disappointed! The novel shifts between the years 1986 when the heroine was about 20, and 2006, when she reaches a crisis in her work and romantic lives. It was funny, charming, rustic and cosmopolitan all at once. Her life in 2006 was horribly hectic compared to the laid back (on the surface) life in Michigan, but the comedy of errors in her youth (not all hers, but her beloved family's), entertains the reader from start to finish. You want to cheer for the heroes and boo the villains. Most you know from the start in which category to list them! I will look for her future novels! I recommend this novel.
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Right off the bat, I want you all to know I loved this book. I loved the setting, the characters, the story. I love that Ms. Precious kicked it old school and set half the story in 1986. I love that it centered around a family, specifically sisters. I loved that I laughed out loud so many times, in public, on the train crowded with people giving me odd looks. I loved the title of the novel. I loved that it was about love.

From the beginning, Ms. Precious lets us know where we're going. I have to admit she had me at this:

Like every relationship in every family, this story doesn't reside in the black and white of right and wrong. It resides in the gray area called love.

Yeah, I was hooked. I dived into the story of Jeannie and her sisters head first. I loved the wacky Thompson family adventures. From unintentional fires to a grandmother with devious intentions to the exasperated police officer, Marv who puts up with them, this story had everything.

It bounces seamlessly from 2006 to 1986 without missing a step. I enjoyed how Ms. Precious revealed the past to explain the future. Truth be told, it was done so well the stories could have been told separately, one without the other would have made a great novel.

There was so many nuggets of goodness in this novel. I loved Evan's Milwaukee metaphor. You'll have to read that one for yourself. However I will leave you this from Rose Thompson, Jeannie's mom, about family and love...

One thing I do know for certain is that no matter how much you kids complain about each other, you all drop everything to be there when someone in the family is in trouble. I think a family is measured by how it shows its love.
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This novel is a true hidden gem, one of the best first efforts by an author I've had the chance to enjoy. Ms. Precious' easy use of first person narrative drew me immediately into the story and I never wanted to leave. A delightful book that touches upon many of life's defining moments and turbulent issues that we all face, woven around shocking events that few of us have ever experienced. A delightful journey, I highly recommend it.
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