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To touch the moon, you have to catch a falling star…

When Charlie meets Essie as a young child in outback Australia, he’s drawn to her in a way he doesn’t understand. She’s so different to him, yet somehow they’re exactly the same.

As they kick up the red sand of the desert by day and sit on the porch with their eyes glued to the stars by night, they learn that they’re capable of so much more than they imagined.

Never forgetting the time they spent together, when they meet again as adults they discover the impact they had on each other’s lives. But when Essie’s star threatens to fall, Charlie refuses to believe that he may not be able to catch her this time.

This is a story of an unlikely friendship with bonds that last not just for a lifetime, but far beyond.

The Moonchild is the touching prequel to The Soulweaver, winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award.

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"Literary readers and Slice of Life or modern drama will find this short story worth reading."

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This is that most unusual of things: a prologue novella for a series that is both an intact and complete story in its own right and that brings something new to the characters.

The characters of the Soulweaver book are soul-bonded lovers, meeting each other again and again across a variety of lives. This story tells of one such life before the main book. It is intertwined and tragic, and a very good read. The writing is emotive without being overblown, the story, a slice of life that rings very true, and the plot realistic and sometimes painful to read. It really makes you hope that somewhere in forever there is a Happy Ever After for these two, and that's coming from a reader who does not like romance.

In a way the start of the story reminds me of Bridge to Terebithia: the childhood sections are well-written, and the children are people not caricatures. Like Leslie, Essie loves to run and is one of the fastest children in the class. Unlike Leslie she does not die young – no surprise as this is a romance - but when they are separated because Charlie moves away it sets the scene for reunion twenty years later that is bittersweet at best and something I was unable to put down. The author manages to make this emotional without being maudlin or angsty and while we don't get to know much about Charlie and Essie, anyone who has ever met an old friend after many years will find themselves feeling that reunion.

It does something very rare: makes me want to pick up the main book to read about the adventures of two strangers we never meet in this book: because Charlie and Essie will literally be different people the next time we pick them up again.

Literary readers and Slice of Life or modern drama will find this short story worth reading. Romance fans will like it, and may find themselves buying the next book.

Rating: 4



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natalie (4 January 2018)
I really want to give this book a read; especially since it sounds like it will make me want to read the rest of the series and I'm always on the lookout for those. It sounds like a great premise.

Belle (4 January 2018)
This does sound like it will make a great start to the series and I think it's one I would like to read, as well. I have always found modern drama very appealing.

jessica (16 January 2018)
I'm always looking for a good romance :D!Has anyone read the series? Is it any good?

jessica (16 January 2018)
I'm always looking for a good romance :D!Has anyone read the series? Is it any good?

Ellie Jane (17 January 2018)
*I'm always looking for a good romance :D!Has anyone read the series? Is it any good?* I've only this one book in the series and it was a bit ago, but it was a good story. It's sweet and more about genuine love than getting down and dirty. Judging from your other posts here, I think you'll enjoy it.

Belle (24 January 2018)
I just finished reading the book, and I loved it! I wish I had gotten round to doing so a lot earlier, but I guess it's better to read late than never, hey?

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