Book Description: “He’s a gambler at best. A con artist at worst,” her aunt had said of the handlebar-mustached man who snatched Ella Wallace away from her dreams of studying art in France. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. When a mysterious man arrives at Ella’s door in an unconventional way, he convinces her he can help her avoid foreclosure, and a tenuous trust begins. But as the fight for Ella’s land intensifies, it becomes evident that things are not as they appear. Hypocrisy and murder soon shake the coastal town of Apalachicola and jeopardize Ella’s family.
My Thoughts: Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris is a somewhat.different.kind.of.read for me. I decided to read this book because it was on my summer reading list and when our church librarian handed it to me I actually looked at the cover and because it looked uninteresting I set it down for a couple of days. Then one evening I picked it up to peruse it and after reading the first chapter I thought, Wow! this is one unusual book.
Ella caught my interest because she is so typical of "that young girl" who can be sweet talked into marriage to that so not so good guy. Poor Ella! left holding the bag but then that unknown man arrives to help Ella.
A lot of southernisms in this read that make it all so real.
Mystery, intrigue and everyday problems that make for an unusual type of story but Oh!what!a!story!