- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (July 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765340291
- ISBN-13: 978-0765340290
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,527,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon Mass Market Paperback – July 14, 2002
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Erik, a 27 year old Norwegian exchange student, comes to stay with their family for a year, and Leigh, who is 40, finds herself inexplicably attracted to the gentle, handsome, blond psychology student. She tries to deny her feelings for him, but it is obviously a mutual attraction. When she eventually discovers that her husband has been having an affair with his young assistant, she succumbs to her passion for Erik and they begin a steamy affair.
When Bob discovers her affair with Erik, he is outraged and indignant and forces her out of the home. The divorce is quick, and in order to prevent any further embarrassment to her children, Leigh agrees to move out of their home. The children are angry and alienated, and Leigh moves in temporarily with a friend in New York. She breaks off the relationship with Erik in order to spare her children any more discomfort and tries to rebuild her life.
All this trauma and anxiety has occurred before the book is half over, so you know you're in for a long ride on this emotional roller coaster. Ellie moves back to Washington to be closer to her children, finds another wonderful, sincere man and falls in love with him, and discovers depths of strength and forgiveness that she never knew she had. Will she ever find again the passion and love that she experienced with Erik? You'll want to stay tuned until the end of this heartbreaking, heartwarming romance to discover the answer.
The arrival of twenty-seven-year-old graduate student Erik Haukeland from Norway for a year changes her life forever. Finding condoms in her husband's bag, when she cannot have more children, forces Leigh to acknowledge how lacking her marriage has become. Months of celibacy and rejection leave her questioning her womanhood, and Erik's forbidden presence becomes irresistible. No longer will she be a doormat her husband expects.
Difficult choices and painful consequences provide powerfully moving themes in EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON. Author Carole Belacera handles these delicate moral and ethical issues with finesse. Without descending into mind games that justify Leigh's actions, Belacera gently charts a course that leads to infidelity, tragedy and eventual healing. Interestingly, Leigh never uses her husband's infidelity to justify her own actions; instead, she takes full responsibility for her choices and the consequences. Further, Leigh's children's response to their mother's infidelity is both believable and excruciating. Moreover, Erik's sense of responsibility adds a powerful dimension as he struggles with his own difficult choices. A novel without easy answers, readers will find themselves pondering the complexities of characters and choices long after the last page is turned. A compelling, powerfully crafted story, EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON belongs on the keeper shelf. Very highly recommended.
As it begins, Kayleigh "Leigh" Fallon is the wife of a Congressman from Ohio and the mother of three terrific children. Her husband neglects her, barely acknowledging her existence and ignoring her personal achievements as his helpmate and as a successful commercial illustrator.
Things change for Leigh when the family takes in an exchange student from Norway. He turns out to be a graduate student, older than the traditional exchange student, and a hunk at that.
At the beginning, Leigh ignores her attraction to this young man, but after she discovers evidence of her husband's affair, she has a tryst of her own.
What begins as a fling becomes a great love which, of course, disrupts Leigh's neatly ordered existence. EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON (which is the title of a famous Norwegian fairy tale, the author explains) details the consequences of their relationship on the lovers, and also on the other people affected by the changes their relationship brings, principally Leigh's children and her lover's family. Like classic literature, the story is complicated, and some incidental characters turn out to have a great impact on the heroine's life.
The sex scenes, not insignificantly, are beautifully written, both elegant and passionate. These scenes are plausible and believable in ways that are uncommon in women's fiction.
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON is in the tradition of the classic novels. It is a fascinating tale of one woman's journey to happiness, and it is a great love story as well.