Thursday, November 27, 2008

"Tuesday Night At The Blue Moon" Book Review & Giveaway!


In honor of spending time with our families, I decided to
review and giveaway
"Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon" by Debbie Fuller Thomas.

When Marty Winslow's daughter dies of a devastating genetic disease, she discovers the truth- her child had been switched at birth. Her actual biological daughter was recently orphaned and is being raised by grandparents in a retirement community. Marty is awarded custody, but Andie refuses to fit into the family, adding one more challenge for this grieving single mom that pushes her toward the edge, and into the arms of a loving God. For Andie, being forced to live with strangers is just one more reason not to trust God. Her soul is as tattered as the rundown Blue Moon movie drive-in the family owns. But Tuesday night is Family Night at the Blue Moon, and as her hopes grow dim, healing comes from an unexpected source- the hurting family and nurturing birth mom she fights so hard to resist.

I can't imagine the devastation of finding out that the child you have raised and loved isn't really yours and your flesh and blood baby is out in the world in someone else's arms. This book deals with that situation, thankfully a very unusual scenario - but not unheard of. This would be one reason that I have had my last 4 babies at home - there is no doubt that they are really mine!

The characters in this book are heart wrenching because, as in all things in life, there are two sides to every story. So we see Marty as she deals with having loved the daughter she raised and yet want to insert herself into Andie's life now. Then there is Andie who has just lost her parents in an accident only to find out that they weren't really her parents and now she is taken away from her grandparents and the only people she knows and loves and inserted into a family to "replace" their daughter that died. Not to mention the older and younger sisters already in the family, Marty's dad, Andie's grandparents and even the Blue Moon itself is a character in this storyline. This book made me laugh and cry and I really enjoyed it. For a good women's fiction - turn to "Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon".

And for the chance to win a copy - leave me a comment (with your email) telling me what you do on family night at your house...


Cara Putman said...

Oh, I've seen this book, but haven't picked it up. Your review definitely has me intrigued. Great balance of letting me know what's going on without telling me everything LOL

Happy Thanksgiving to the Ryans :-)

windycindy said...

There is a non-fiction book out about two families who went through this situation. I have seen the families on Oprah. Please enter me in this interesting book drawing contest. I appreciate it very much.....Thanks,

Donna Moore said...

I would love to win this one. It looks really interesting.

As for family night it is every Friday in our house. We make homemade pizza starting from the crust all the way to the toppings. The kiddos love getting involved in the cooking Everyone makes theirs own section of the pizza. Then we have either play games or watch a movie. It is wonderful since my husband works so many hours we always have Friday set aside.


traveler said...

Family night we watch a wonderful movie or play scrabble which is a favorite family game for all of us.This book is utterly fascinating. Thanks.

anne said...

Family night is great. We relax and prepare a homecooked dinner together and then play trivial pursuit, sometimes watch a movie.

Carole said...

This book has been on my desired list for some time, so thank you for the giveaway.

My kids are grown and on their own now, but Friday night used to be our relaxing family night. We kept them simple - I'd usually bring in a pizza and we'd watch a movie together. Sometimes we would play Mexican Train, which was loads of fun.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Lora Lease said...

We usually buy some treats (candy, popcorn, pop), and get a dvd (from Blockbuster online or the Walmart Red Box), for our family nights.

Carol said...

My children are married now. We used to just relax on Friday nights and watch tv together or sometimes we wen out to dinner and a movie.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT

Pamela J said...

Our lives are so full through the day that we really enjoy just sitting side by side on the love seat couch and watch a movie, holding hands. How relaxing is that? My husband says that is one of his most enjoyed activities. Though we do try to do other things together as much as we can, this is the most stress free and relaxing for both of us.

Pamela J said...

I can't believe I forgot to put my name or email down in the last comment. OUCH!
Pam W
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

We do lots of different things on family nights! Watch movies, go sledding in the dark at the park next door, read stories, wrestle...

Please enter me in the draw

bigguysmama said...

I have my copy to review but haven't read it yet. I wasn't even sure what the premise was for the book! Thanks for your review! Don't enter me to win tho. :)

Mimi B

Sandee61 said...

We play all sorts of board games, as well as watch movies. Usually with pizza and other snacks.
Please enter me in your giveaway too! Sounds like a really good book.

Thank you,


mary jo said...

Family night for us is playing games or watching a movie together.


Gin said...

We like to play board games, such as fast paced Dutch Blitz, or Scrabble. Of course watching a good movie is always fun.

Jo said...

My children are all grown now so hubby and I get to spend a lot of quality time together. We enjoy playing games or sitting watching a good movie or even a program on tv, just holding hands or eating popcorn and relaxing.

This book sounds great. Please enter me in the drawing.


Marci said...

I would love to read this book. My husband and I don't really have a family night yet. It's just the two of us so we have mostly every night together. Someday when we have kids I like to spend one night a week just hanging out, watch a movie, talk about the Bible or maybe take an afternoon to go help someone else out. My email is

Jill said...

We really don't have a planned family night at our house. Our house is so small.
Enter me in the drawing,please.


hippmom said...

Love to read this book.

We enjoy playing games together or making popcorn and watching a movie.

Michelle Sutton said...

When we have family nights we have ice cream and play board games. :)

Janna said...

And the winner is...