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I just finished this gorgeous book and was blown away by the artful use of language and skilled storytelling Author Barbara Davis uses a fine brush to draw complex, colorful characters, including a fiercely independent protagonist whose greatest obstacle is her own selflimiting beliefs Steeped in equal parts magical realism and dark mystery, The Last of the Moon Girls is a captivating story that will leave you under its luminous spell long after you turn the last page Do yourself a favor and preorder this book.*Thanks to the publisher and the author for an advance review copy in exchange for my honest review. [[ KINDLE ]] ⇠ The Last of the Moon Girls ↵ A novel of secrets, memory, family, and forgiveness by the bestselling author of When Never Comes Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her graveLizzy wants nothing than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s nameBut to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her Synopsis: The Last of the Moon Girls written by Barbara Davis is a story of magical realism, mystery and romance that centers around the youngest Moon female, Elzibeth ‘Lizzy’ Moon, a successful creative director and perfumer in NYC who returns to her New England hometown of Salem Creek and the traumatic, messy history it contains after her grandmother, Althea’s death The Moon girl legacy is that these women remain single and independent, only needing a man long enough to impregnate them with the next Moon girl, but never giving their hearts to a relationship with them It’s not directly stated, but can be inferred from the town’s name and an event within the story, that the Moon women are witches who’ve always used their gifts and talents to be a blessing to their community with various concoctions made from the treasures of their farm When the story begins, Lizzy is grudgingly preparing to return to that farm the Moon Girl Farm the site of a past tragedy involving the deaths of two young teen sisters found in a pond on the property, that cast a pall of suspicion on Althea’s reputation and all the Moon women before and after her Lizzy, returning after running away from these events and the town’s disdain for all Moon women eight years ago, is inspired by the wisdom Althea, the woman who raised her, has left behind for her in a Book of Remembrances she wrote before her death She decides she’s the last one who can clear her grandmother’s good name before she ends the Moon legacy, sells the historic Moon Girl Farm and returns to her independent life in NYC With the support of Evvie, a beloved friend of Althea’s, who’s still living in the Moon home, Andrew, the next door neighbor of her youth whose been pining for her all these years , another surprising key figure who returns from her past, and a private investigator who once worked as a detective on the case of the murdered girls, Lizzy begins digging for truth on how the two girls, Heather and Darcy Gillman, actually died This effort is unappreciated by many in Salem Creek, and she finds herself in increasing danger from unknown people who don’t want her to uncover the truth In the end, as much as it’s a story of discovery regarding the past, it’s ultimately Lizzy’s selfdiscovery for the future that takes center stage.Review: So, I have this quality which my husband goodnaturedly (and relentlessly) teases me about, which is this: I hate long intros To movies To music To books To pretty much everything I’m a “let’s get to it” kind of person, who doesn’t always appreciate the slow build to something If it takesthan 30 seconds for someone to start singing the song I’m listening to, I’m all kinds of impatient as I move on to the next song I’m getting better at sticking with things and pushing on, but it takes effort (I’m sure some of you are appreciating the irony, as I write an unnecessarily long intro to this review Moving on.)Here’s my point If you’re like me, you might struggle to engage with the story in the first two chapters or so I also had a fear early on that it was going to play like a madeforTV movie, which isn’t really my thing, so it did take an initial effort for me to keep going Once I got past that, and the storyline moved to Lizzy’s hometown of Salem Creek, the book picked up steam, and the cast of characters brought everything to life Although the mystery of the deaths of the two Gillman girls at Moon Girl Farm is the central plot device to keep the story going, at the heart of it, it’s really a romance and a journey of Lizzy working through her preconceptions of her destiny and duty as a Moon girl, and all the perceived requirements of her legacy as such I appreciated the murder mystery aspect of the story, and the increasing danger to Lizzy and those she loves as she investigates the past kept me engaged, but, honestly, I think that part of the storyline was actually the least successful part By the time I found out the big “whodunnit”, it felt underwhelming, mildly predictable and just a necessary thread to wrap up If you’re looking for a big twist or shocking reveal, you may be disappointed by the mystery element The reason why I can still give this book an enthusiastic 4 stars is because, ultimately, I really enjoyed Lizzy’s journey of getting to the place where she’s at peace with her life, choices and personal legacy The journal entries in Althea’s Book of Remembrances for Lizzy were deeply insightful and often touching, and I found myself highlighting big portions of them in my Kindle for my own use Seriously, wise Grandma award? She’s got my vote Equally cool is Evvie, Althea’s devoted friend who stuck with her through her final days and offers Lizzy her own brand of wisdom I won’t mention specifics on one story arc, so as not to spoil things, but it also adds an unexpected and emotionally satisfying depth to the story The story line between Lizzy and Andrew was in turns sweet and mildly frustrating, but a very nice arc, nonetheless That dude is perfect More of him please All things said, I really liked this book It didn’t shatter any boundaries or surprise me, but Ms Davis wrote an engaging story with interesting characters and a lot of charm that should please those of you who like magical realism, mystery, romance and journeys of selfdiscovery.★★★★ Stars I'm rounding this up to three stars,as I'm struggling to know how properly to rate it.Whilst it was a pleasant enough read,I felt it was too predictable in many of its plot lines,right from the beginning.I also spent the whole book wondering why you'd wait for someone to die to decide to clear their name I loved this novel that transcends genres part murder mystery, part family drama, part historical fiction, but everything magical full of love! The writing is hauntingly beautiful, easy to read, and well researched The story opens up with the discovery of two missing young girls’ bodies in the pond and the double homicide investigation points to blame Althea Moon From that point on, the writing continues to build up as Liz, Althea’s granddaughter discovers not only the mystery behind the girls’ disappearance, butimportantly her journey in discovering her true self as one of the mystical Moon girls through letters written by Althea educating her about the herbs and its healing powers With this knowledge, Liz is able to build up the ailing Moon Girl Farm to what it once was I love the story of self discovery, family, love and second chances Davis delivered a gut wrenching and captivating story Consider adding this to your TBR you will love it! Very very mixed Some of it was intriguing (the soap making, the magick, the relationships between generation, small town contrast and how stigmas work) Some of it as downright awful (the soppy romance with the creepy guy whose been obsessed with the heroine his whole life, who can’t help but “rescue” her, even when she’s been very clear she does not need rescuing) Prince Charming isn’t meant to be creepy, but this one certainly is Hated the book that was left that just so happened to have to what the character needed in it (what an awful character dev technique) and hated the “romance” passages Also, I found it relatively predictable, calling out the murderer when they first appeared and why after her chat with the Mum Some of the predictability wasn’t so bad though (Ben from the hardware store!)Overall I felt this book was weakened by what I saw as an unnecessarily dominant romance plot line, and would have enjoyed it muchif whatshisface had had a less prominent role, allowing our heroine to work through all the things herself without the need to be rescued over and over She ended up using him as a crutch, which blah Also, the part of waiting till someone dies before you go around digging shit up her motivation just seemed way too light in that regard I wish there had beengravity to her initial intention Overall, a good read but spoilt by trying to “round out” the book with a bad romance plot line. What is it like to be the last of the Moon girls?​Lizzy ​wasn't sure, but she WAS the last of the Moon girls.When her grandmother passed away and Lizzy found a journal from her, she knew she had to go home to settle the estate.It turns out that along with the estate, she is going to try to settle the rumors that her grandmother had something to do with the deaths of two teenage girls eight years ago.The farm Lizzy lived on with her grandmother when she was a child brought back so many memories when she returned It also gave us a glimpse into the life Lizzy lived and the love that was there There was a love from way back but not the love of her family It was a love that Lizzy had always resisted, and his name was Andrew We follow Lizzy as she tries to solve the mystery of who really did kill the Gil sisters Ms Davis outdid herself with THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS We are treated to her beautiful pullyouin story telling skills and storyline, a strong female character, a mystery, family ties, and love THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is a sweet read that includes suspense and a little bit of magic 5/5This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is an intoxicating pageturner wrapped around an unsolved double homicide It’s the story of Elzibeth, a successful perfume maker with a closely guarded secret: she can read people by their scent Her unique gift is a legacy and a curse, because it identifies her as the last in a long line of mystical women.Mothers, grandmothers, and healers, the Moon women have deep roots in a small New England community that has treated them with suspicion and fear and, in the last decade, labeled Elzibeth's grandmother, Althea, a murderer When Althea dies, Elzibeth reluctantly leaves her New York world for the ailing family farm and discovers a treasure trove of her grandmother's wisdom, written down in The Book of Remembrances The story that follows is a unique blend of herbal healing, dark truths, and family secrets Add a sexy neighbor, and townsfolk who don't want Elizabeth digging up the past, and THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS is a compelling read As Elzibeth struggles to honor her legacy and write her own future, we discover Barbara Davis at her best! I enjoyed the story. For some people family legacy and history can be something they want no part of This is the case for Lizzy Moon, or her proper name, Elzibeth Moon,She couldn't even have a normal name, the last in the line of gifted healers she's descended from Nine generations have come before her and now it all comes down to Lizzy She's inherited the Moon Girl Farm from her grandmother, Althea, after she passes away Lizzy has been gone from the farm for eight years making her own future away from the finger pointing, humiliation and mostly the rejection of her own mother, Rhanna Now she's faced with returning to her childhood memories and saying goodbye once and for all Her grandmother has left her a library of nine journals, Books of Remembrances, all written by her ancestors with one story still to be told Hers What will be the story in Lizzy's journal? Will she even write a single word in it? She has no desire to be connected to or keep Moon Girl Farm She's the Last of the Moon Girls and the sooner that happens, the better As Lizzy returns to the farm to prepare to sell it, she feels a pull to clear her grandmother's name for the awful deaths of two young girls found in the pond on the property Opening wounds of a town that has no tolerance for the Moon Girls is risky but she knows in her heart who her grandmother was Finding the truth is her one last gift to her grandmother Thus I began the journey with Lizzy From the prologue that magickly captured me with the voice of Althea, through the pages of Lizzy's journey, Ms Davis' storytelling skills had me lost in them Turning them with anticipation, eager to follow Lizzy through the emotional challenges of her choices and where they would lead I fell into the history, magick and the beliefs of the Moon Girls as Lizzy remembers her childhood The characters of Evvie, Rhanna, and Andrew are descriptively written and intricately woven through Lizzy's decisions and emotional choices I loved how the final written words of Althea to Lizzy were perfectly inserted as the story unfolded Guiding Lizzy as she faced forgiving and letting go Helping her with the choices she needed to make For me this was an enthralling escape into a beautifully written story It was the story of Lizzy A Moon Girl What would the words be that filled The Book of Elzibeth? There are a hundred names for what we areand all of them are wrong Because we're not one thing We're many things The journey for each of us is unique Lizzy's journey was a generational legacy that she trekked through to discover her place in that lineage I want to thank Ms Davis for the copy of this intriguing and intricately written book I am very honored for the opportunity to have read it I loved it! All opinions and thoughts are my heartfelt own It's a five star read for me.