In Moonlight and Memories: Volume One
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker comes an epic story about sacrifice, friendship, and the awe-inspiring power of love.
Maggie: Ten years ago, Cash Armstrong stole my heart. Then he promptly joined the army—dragging my best friend with him—and left me crying on the front porch in a red sequined prom dress. Now he's back. They're both back. Cash, the one who still has my heart. And Luc, the one who saved my life.
Cash: How do you know if you’re at the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? That's what I've been trying to figure out since a traumatic brain injury made me "unfit to serve." I'm back in New Orleans, and picking up the shattered pieces of my past means I must confront where my life's journey began... and where it all might end.
Luc: Long ago, Maggie May was mine. Not mine in the way you might think. She was mine because she was my only friend. Then Cash came along and we became brothers by something stronger than blood. We became brothers by choice. When tragedy struck, I was forced to make a decision that changed all our lives. I thought, after ten years, it was safe to come back home. I was wrong...
I'm not even sure where to begin reviewing this book. I have mixed emotions about the story. The fun times are soooooo much fun. But there's always a BUT during the fun. How can you be having fun when you're waiting for the other shoe to drop? There are some heavy issues in this book. Guilt, love, abuse, suicidal thoughts, heartbreak, desertion and taking care of one another.
I enjoyed the Sunday brunches at Cafe du Monde and the adventures that would follow. They were so much fun. Having been to New Orleans before it was exciting to see something that is not on the tourist map.
Watching Luc and Cash fix up the house left me wondering how are they going to earn a living. They've been home now for a few weeks, but neither has a job, nor are they looking for one. I guess they could've put away a chunk of money while they were in the service, but what are their plans. I guess I'll have to read Volume 2 to see if my questions are answered. I feel I have more questions than answers. I wonder if they will be answered.
Very Well Written
The storyline is great, and the details regarding New Orleans are accurate - which I don’t find often in fiction. The characters are all engaging and I found myself rooting for all of them, even when they had seemingly conflicting interests.
In Moonlight and Memories by Julie Ann Walker
I have just finished reading Volume I AND the preview of Vol II. I can’t wait to be able to afford the rest of this series, and I don’t even know how many more books there are.
This love affair of three people...the way you’ve written it...is so easily imagined. I love New Orleans...being from the South everyone with any desire for fun and living life to its fullest does. But the joys and the pain, the happiness and sorrows...all rolled into one book is simply astounding. You’re one hell of an author and I’m so glad I found this book. I’ve read lots of great books lately, but being a true romantic at heart, this one steps up and goes beyond all the others.
You’ve written, in several places, words that have described my life to a T. Thanks for such a great trip to New Orleans and for introducing me to these people.
I can’t help but dread the ending. Because of the words at the very start of this book. I hope, somehow, that they all find the love that will sustain them for the rest of their lives!
I can’t wait to get the next book, Julie! But in the meantime, let the good times roll!