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Max meets Annie McGinnis, a young, impressionable girl torn between her dreams and her family's hard working, honest-to-the-bone ethic. Annie yearns for something more out of life, but is uncertain which way to go. When Max is accused of murder, Annie and her brother, Clifford, help to defend his innocence. This incident puts events in motion that will define Max and Annie's future paths.
Yeary pens a slow-burn, sweet, western romance full of angst and tenderness. The novel is set in Texas, 1901. Yeary's portrayal of the west is real and honest, depicting the hardships many settlers endured.
Yeary's rich characterization is the best part of the novel. Max isn't perfect. Along with Annie, they both make honest mistakes and "safe" choices, yet it's the promise of the unsafe choice that lingers with them. Dare they forge their futures uncertain of what lies ahead? These are issues modern readers can connect with and take to heart.
This is a sweet romance novel with Max and Annie sharing no more than a kiss or two, yet it's the emotional content that makes their romance feel just right. "Wish for the Moon," is a great heartwarming story. I highly recommend this book.
Annie McGinnis resides with her parents and two older brothers in the remote Texas countryside. She yearns to see the world, but has no practical outlet for such fanciful longings. One day, a young man appears on their doorstep, hungry and looking for work. Max Landry isn’t on the run exactly, but he does have a secret that will propel Annie out of her comfort zone to help him. And, along the way, she comes to love him.
With well-drawn secondary characters—Annie’s slow-witted brother Clifford will be a favorite—and an attention to detail of the early-twentieth century, the tale unfolds with a subtlety that soon grips you. It’s an endearing and memorable story of a girl finding her way in the world. I couldn’t put the book down.
I've been a devoted fan of Mrs. Yeary's western historical romances for years. Though WISH FOR THE MOON is set slightly later than her previous works, it's equally engrossing, thanks in no small part to seemingly little details that will stick with readers long after they've sighed at the end.
A drifter named Max Landry stops by the McGinnis farm in North Texas. Annie’s parents feed him and allow him to stay and work the farm with them. Max is on the run from his part, drifting along with no clear purpose in life. He likes what he sees in 17 year old Annie – a lot – but he has nothing to offer her.
Max’s past catches up to him. Texas Rangers arrest him for murdering a coal mine guard a few towns over. Max claims he’s innocent, a fact that only Annie seems to grasp. The choices Max and Annie make as the story unfolds span the gamut from duty to wish fulfillment.
Yeary’s historical knowledge enriches the setting and her love of her home state shines through the story like a bright beacon signaling the way home.
Maggie Toussaint and Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews