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Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter: An Atmospheric Historical Mystery With a Courageous Heroine Intent on the Truth

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Those who know him know he has never told a lie in his life—“Never be the one to tell lies, Nico,” his grandfather teaches him.

When a man accused of rape turns up dead, an Early American town seeks justice amid rumors and controversy. Lawhon’s fifth work of historical fiction is inspired by the true story and diaries of midwife Martha Ballard of Hallowell, Maine, a character she brings to life brilliantly here. While the setting for this novel is particularly well developed, the characters often feel a bit flat, and there are many missed opportunities. Pook sets up some intriguing female sidekicks—Eliza’s childhood friend Min, who becomes a prostitute, and deckhand Knife, who disguises herself as a boy—but their stories are not fully explored. The society ladies of Bannin cling to a puritanism, although their setting renders such primness absurd.Not believing her father dead and determined to find him, Eliza along with two accomplices, heads off to find Thomas. Narrating the story is the Angel of Truth, whom according to a parable God had cast out of heaven and onto earth, where Truth shattered into billions of pieces, each to lodge in a human heart.

We collaborate with authors across all adult fiction genres, and also handle children’s books, young adult and cross-over fiction. This suspenseful story has a fast-pace and smooth-flow, bringing a strong female character who faces prejudice and corruption, while trying to uncover disappearance of a successful pearler.

Set in the harsh, unforgiving land that is outback Western Australia, the constant heat, flies and any number of other insects and things that bite, the reality was vivid. The story is interesting in many ways but too brutal, We know of the brutality but it's hard to get a sense of the people, other than Eliza and the man who travels with her. Udo Graf is proud that the Wolf has assigned him the task of expelling all 50,000 Jews from Salonika, Greece. She's lonely but she knows she is so very much better off than the people who are abused, neglected, and used up until they are dead.

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