Lanier Stillis leaves his home town after being falsely accused of a crime. When he crosses paths with Ella the story becomes very interesting and fun. Lanier’s special talent also adds much to the story. The way the town people react and the fact that Reverend Simpson is the one person, other than Ella, that stands up for him in a town where he has done so much good, endears the Reverend to my heart. It was good to see that in a town where everyone stands together there is still the “Good Guy” to stand up for the “Bad Guy.”
The fact that Ella had to run the store and the homestead was an oddity in the World War I time frame. During that time women were not decision makers or in charge. Ella proved to be a strong, loyal, and brave woman. Standing up for her friends, which were an odd group, her family, and herself, when other people would be trying to take advantage of her.
Michael Morris’ description of the Florida panhandle during World War I and the people that live in Dead Lakes truly make you feel like you are there and that you personally know the characters. The writing style pulls you right into the story and make it very hard to put down. Man in the Blue Moon has a lot of southern flare, a ton of drama, and a tad of comedy.
I loved that this was not the same old story just told by a different author and voice. Even though my knowledge of the World War I time is limited, I did enjoy the story and would recommend it to my friends to read.
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