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Man in the Blue Moon Hardcover – August 17, 2012

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Editorial Reviews

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"Man in the Blue Moon evokes the best in Southern novels from Pat Conroy,
Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty or Walker Percy, with a healthy dose of mystery." 
 - The Miami Herald

A Best Book of 2012 - Publishers Weekly

From the Back Cover

“He’s a gambler at best. A con artist at worst,” her aunt had said of the handlebar-mustached man who snatched Ella Wallace from her dreams of studying art in France. Eighteen years later, he has disappeared, leaving Ella saddled with debt and struggling to support three sons.

While World War I rages through Europe, Ella begins her own battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. A mysterious man who arrives at Ella’s door in an unconventional way convinces her he can help, and a tenuous trust begins. But when the battle for Ella’s land intensifies, the town’s suspicion of her visitor surges, and it’s soon apparent he is as haunted by his past as Ella is terrified for her future. As the two realities collide, hypocrisy and murder shake the coastal town of Apalachicola, jeopardizing everything Ella has fought so desperately to save.

In a riveting portrait of turn-of-the-century Florida, acclaimed author Michael Morris weaves an unforgettable drama of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414373309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414373300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I now have a new favorite author and his name is Michael Morris. The reason is the book Man in the Blue Moon. In the story we meet Ella Wallace. She was young when she met a wonderful charming man (Harlan) that her Aunt did not like. So what did she do ,she threw away an education and married this man after all she was in love, fast forward he leaves her with three children one that is sick and a load of debt on her family property. She is forced to work in a time when most women did not. She was left with a clock bought by her scoundrel of a husband that she is hoping will save her the loss of her family home and business. Now this clock bought by Harlan Wallace is not just any clock but you will have to read to find out more.
We also meet Lanier Stillis he is a man on a mission, he is leaving his home town because he is being accused of something he did not do. The two cross paths and make this story fun. The author starts this book as a sad drama but he makes you laugh throughout the book and it changes. I loved this book. It is set in the panhandle of Florida and the way the author writes, he truly takes you there to the town of Dead Lakes and it is like you know these characters. His writing style makes you picture the story so well that you just can't put his book down. This book has a little of this and a little of that for those who like a little who done it with a southern flare, a lot of drama, a little comedy and a lot of fun in reading a book.
I just could not put this one down. I wanted to see what was happening and I wanted to be there. I will be getting Michael Morris's other novels to read. I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for my honest review. If you want to read more on this author Michael Morris you find it at
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"Man in the Blue Moon" captivated the soul of this 'Southern belle' from the first page. Morris was successful in focusing on the theme of tolereance throughtout the story.

Whether it was the author's gifted talent of weaving southern realism among his characters, or his craft of giving such vivid descriptions of the north Florida settings; I got lost in this tale and couldn't put it down. The strength and hidden humor described in the female characters was personally inspiring for me... hinting at the spirits of my own ancestors. The intrigue over the 'unknown' journey is powerful and begs the reader to seek out the answers.

This is a book for everyone, as it reminds us that during our (present) challenging economic times, those before us persevered under much more devastating circumstances. Michael Morris is a writer that never lets us down with his stories. He delivers 'southern grit' along with our beloved back porch humour.

Order it, but please be warned... clear your calendar in advance, because once you pour your sweet tea, open the first chapter and start reading.. the spell of "Man in the Blue Moon" will take you over too!
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By Tiffany on August 24, 2013
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When I started reading and for the first half of the book I would have gave Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris five stars. Then about 3/4 of the way through I would have given it 4 stars. By the end of the book I gave it 3.5 and now that I have thought about it more I probably should have given it three stars. Let me explain.

I started out loving this book. The writing was beautiful and very southern and reminded me a lot of Out of Eden by John Steinback. I really enjoyed the plot. Ella is about to lose her land because her gambling husband, who has run away, mortgaged her inheritance and during the war she didn't have the money to pay it off. But when I surprise visitor comes and helps her things start to change. This storyline was great.

Where it dropped a start was when it started adding in multiple plots and didn't truly develop them well at all. It started to feel rushed. Then near the end of the book it really seemed rushed and like the last 1/4 of the book was forced and didn't really fit. It's frustrating that a book that started soooo good and I was in love ended not so great. If you have read this book I would be interested in your opinion as I am wondering if it's just me.
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Just a couple of years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore and found a Michael Morris book titled "A Place Called Wiregrass". Well written books about Alabama and the South are my favorite reads, so the book came home with me. I finished it and loved it so much that I searched out and read everything Mr. Morris had published. They were all good. Very good.
A new book by Michael Morris, "Man in the Blue Moon", was released recently. I ordered it from Amazon as soon as it was offered for sale, and tried not to be impatient until it came. It was so worth the wait.
I have never been to Apalachicola, Florida, but after reading this book, I feel like I know the people and area so well that I could be at home there. Set in late World War I, the book leads us through hard-time struggles intensified by the ignorance and harshness that was a part of everyday living in that time and place. It demonstrates the power of family and friends who bond together to do what has to be done.
This book will make you laugh, cry, get extremely angry, and be awed by the strength of the characters. There's some folklore, some magic, and some unforgettable people. I hope you will read it, experience it, and appreciate it as much as I did.
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