Contemporary Element: 10
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Review for Losing the Moon
Patti Callahan Henry
Date of Review: 02/22/04
Reviewer Comments: WOW! If you could make money by predicting a best seller then I would go ahead put your money on this one! Twenty-five years ago, two college students, Amy Reynolds and Nick Lowry were young, idealistic, and very much in love. Idealistic, Nick wanted to save the wilderness and he and seven other students left on a Costa Rican tropical biology conservation program as part of credits towards graduation – parting was painful for young lovers but the promise to return in three months was made..... only it didn’t happen. No letters, no contact, Amy was shattered and bereft, especially after Nick’s mother told her that Nick was going on with his life and to forget him. After a time, Amy began to live again, married a hometown boy, had two loving children, and settled into middle class suburbia – a seemingly perfect life. That is until one perfect autumn afternoon when Amy’s son asked that his parents come to meet the parents of a girl he’d become serious with and on that fateful day, the two families lives would never again be the same.
For anyone who has ever experienced that first love, with the passion, the rush, the giddy ‘can’t get enough of you’ – all consuming kind of passion, this is a book you cannot miss! It is powerful, sensual, beautifully portrayed and thoroughly credible. You’ll feel the rage of betrayal and the confusion that both Nick and Amy felt. You’ll develop your own opinions on forgiveness. I felt it eloquently imparted all the joy, pain and sorrow that only those who have been there can understand. It touched me deeply and stayed with me long after the final chapter. All of the characters and their motivations were so well described and sympathetic that I agonized right along with them. This is a most passionate and beautiful love story, that the reader should keep tissues handy when reading. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend this book. This new author, in my opinion, has made a brilliant start with this outstanding first novel.