Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Beginnings and Friday 56: Perigee Moon


Perigee Moon
PERIGEE MOON is my featured book for today's Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 post.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:
When the kids on Henley Street were seven and eight and nine, there was no one to blow the whistle. There wasn't a leader among them, not one to make a decision. During the summer there could be as many as eight boys who milled around and collected together on the sidewalks. They wanted to do something interesting and fun but waited for someone else to take charge. 

(NOTE: Of course, that changes when Kate Willoughby's family moves into the neighborhood!)

FRIDAY 56:
Once the fraternity pin was in place, Kate decided it was time to take the relationship to a new level. She wanted an engagement ring and she wanted it in time for Christmas, during their junior year of college. It was time.

(NOTE: This is at 16% on my Kindle -- my estimate of where Page 56 would probably be.)

MY IMPRESSIONS:
I read this book a while back and loved it! The author took me back to a simpler time and carried me through Kate and Luke's lives - from the 1950s all the way to the present. Filled with humor and true-to-life situations that reflect the times in which the characters lived, I found myself nodding in agreement more than once! The characters and story created by Lynn Schneider will stay with me for a long time.
(By the way, Kate Willoughby is a "Fatal Attraction" type of character that you'll love to hate.)

Author: Lynn Schneider
Genre: Women's Fiction
Number of Pages: 342
Amazon link.
Link to my review on Goodreads.
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32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Sandy, for featuring Perigee Moon on Book Beginnings and Friday 56!

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed Perigee Moon, and I'm delighted to tell others about your book.

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  2. I like the sound of this one...it takes me back to when I first got "pinned"!

    Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think you'll like this book. The author does a beautiful job of portraying the attitudes of each era -- from the 1950s to today.

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    2. I don't think people still get "pinned", do they? We had all different levels of commitment. Sweatshirted (where the guy gave you his fraternity sweatshirt), lavaliered (some sort of frat necklace) and finally pinned, or engaged to be engaged. Not like that any longer.

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  3. Hi Sandra,

    I really like the sound of the premise for this book, (once I had checked out just exactly what a 'Perigree Moon' is) and it is set in an era which I can almost relate to, as I was born in the late 1950's.

    In an age when it was almost expected for a girl to marry at a young age, it is easy to imagine just how trapped some of the young men must have felt.

    Mind you, I was married by the age of 21 and now, some 34 years later, we are still together!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for the book recommendation.

    Yvonne

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    1. I think you'll be able to relate to the mindsets portrayed in Perigee Moon. The heroine definitely has an agenda, and getting married is a big part of it.
      Congratulations on your 34-year marriage. I've been married for 43 years myself. Aren't we lucky?

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    2. I was one of those who had to do it twice to get it right. It's been nearly 24 years though so looks like it will work out! Like Luke, sometimes we make decisions in our lives that are not the right ones, based on what we believed back then.

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  4. Junior year in college is still young to be married. I wonder why young people always have a sense of urgency in commitment?!

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    1. My grandma always said, "Marry in haste. Repent at leisure."

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    2. Maybe it was just the area (small town) where I grew up, but it seemed there was slight pressure to marry young. Many I knew married right after high school. Not that way any longer, thankfully.

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  5. I can relate to all the boys around the street in the '50s in my neighborhood! What a great time that was and the music was grand. That girl sure had getting married on her mind. The book sounds marvelous.

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    1. That was a great time to be a kid.

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    2. It really was a great time to be a kid. I agree with that!

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  6. That sounds like a really cozy book the way you describe it.

    Btw, I totally love what your grandmother used to say.

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    1. My grandma shared all kinds of wisdom with me -- whether I liked it or not!

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  7. I really like how you did a book beginnings and the friday 56 on the same book... the beginning and the sentences are so completely different I want to see how they tie together now!

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    1. Thank you! I think you'll like the characters and the plot.

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    2. I like this idea too, Sandy. By page 56 the reader should really be into the story.

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  8. I read Perigee Moon. Loved it. Good to see it featured here.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Peggy.

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  9. I haven't read this one, but it sounds excellent!

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  10. this sounds very interesting.. and i sometimes do like reading about characters i will love to not like.:)

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    1. So do I! Sometimes evil characters are the most interesting.

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    2. Kate is a character not to like, that's for sure.

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  11. after i read 11/22/63 by Stephen King, i got a little nostalgic for the good 'ol days and if ever there was an era i could go back to and live in, it would have to be the 50's and 60's. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me too! That's why my books always have the 60's nostalgia sections.

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  12. This isn't a book i'm familiar with, but I like that beginning. Thanks for stopping by my Friday post and have a great weekend.

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