Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Review: "Born Under a Lucky Moon: A Novel" by Dana Precious
Born Under a Lucky Moon tells us about two very different periods of time in Jeannie's life: present day, where she is a successful advertising executive for a film studio, and twenty years prior when she was a teenager living in Michigan. Through the stories we get to know Jeannie and the entire crazy Thompson clan. I had a bit of a hard time relating to Jeannie. I could see that she had been hurt by a man in regards to her family in the past (and indeed we meet and get to know this man in the story), but there were times when I just wanted to take her aside and slap some sense into her! She's terrified to introduce her sweet, patient boyfriend Aidan to her family because she's afraid that he will hate her family like her previous husband did, and she refuses to accept his marriage proposal until he hears everything about them, yet the reader can clearly see that something like that wouldn't bother Aidan. In fact, it would probably endear her to him even more! I really loved that my feelings were conflicted about our main character- it made her story both interesting and colourful!
The supporting characters were wonderful as well. Aidan, Jeannie's three very different sisters, her brother, and her long-suffering mom and dad were portrayed in a way that made me want to invite myself over for family dinner! They all had very distinct personalities and voices that jumped off of the page.
Born Under a Lucky Moon is chock-full of humour. I especially loved the grandmother character- she really said what she meant, no filter required. The whole family was always up to something crazy or embarrassing and that made for some great laugh-out-loud moments.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Born Under a Lucky Moon to anyone looking for a fictional story about families, and why we love them even if they are always getting themselves into sticky situations. There are a lot of funny moments, a few sad ones, and an ending that I couldn't have imagined better myself.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge