- Series: Muskoka Novels
- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Mindshadows (August 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973278072
- ISBN-13: 978-0973278071
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Under the Moon: Book 3 of The Muskoka Novels (Volume 3) Paperback – August 8, 2012
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The author of five highly acclaimed historical novels, Gabriele loves to recreate an era in which she can immerse herself (and readers), by weaving compelling stories around meticulously researched facts. Her characters are best friends, whom others are now calling "cherished friends". If you want a glimpse of her world, visit her book trailers on YouTube. With degrees in the social sciences and education, Gabriele has had a varied career as an educator, literacy coordinator, and website designer, and has been an active community volunteer, particularly in heritage preservation. But writing fiction has always been her passion. Her first short story appeared in the Canadian Authors Association Winners' Circle 5 Anthology. In 2001, she produced an award-nominated feature on CBC Radio's "Outfront". For more information, visit Mindshadows.com.
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As in the previous two books, many real historical characters are included. Some I am vastly familiar with and others I have enjoyed discovering. The ones that I always enjoy portrayed in fiction or just even mentioned are Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Ernest Hemingway. Of course, Hemingway even merits a conversation with Elizabeth Wyndham as she enjoys wine at Les Deux Magot in Paris. He asks Elizabeth about Muskoka, comparing it to his own lake area of Michigan, as well as conversing about one of the fictional characters meeting his friends Ezra Pound and James Joyce. Another one of my favorite authors included with a cameo in this book is L.M. Montgomery. I never would have thought I would read a book that included two of my favorite, yet completely and totally different authors, Hemingway and Montgomery.
I also enjoyed learning about some various other Canadian figures, including the poet Wilson MacDonald, the painter A.Y Jackson of the Group of Seven, and physician and suffragette Dr. Emily Stowe. Of course, many more Canadian business and political figures are included or mentioned.
In these three books of Ms. Wills' Muskoka series, one of Ria's cousins named Phoebe is presented as being "disturbed." She is a schizophrenic young lady that can see auras around people, is more attuned to the true motives of other characters, and she can see and communicate with the spirits of relatives that have passed. She is ultra afraid of thunderstorms and always seems to overhear conversations or meetings between others at the most inopportune times. Phoebe is one of the most interesting characters in the books. She is blunt and usually funny without really trying to be and is described as being "uncannily perceptive."
Following is one of the passages from the novel featuring Esme Wyndham, who falls in love with a local boat builder and mechanic named Stephen, who is seen by many of the characters as being beneath their class of people:
She had cried herself to sleep for weeks at the end of that summer of '19. Then she had become angry. Who the hell did he think he was that he could spurn her like that? Oh God, she had made such a fool of herself! What had she seen in him anyway? Maybe she had fallen for him precisely because their relationship was inappropriate - a way of rebelling against her mother and those old-fashioned expectations and restrictions. Or perhaps it had been simply a fleeting summer romance under the moon.
But when th rage and embarrassment had evaporated, she was still left with an aching void, the yearning to be held in his arms, just to be with him.
Do Esme and Stephen finally get to be together? Read Under the Moon to find out . . .