Saturday, January 23, 2016

Moon Over Alcatraz Book Review

Title: Moon Over Alcatraz
Author: Patricia Yager Delagrange
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing/Black Hawk
Pages: 308
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect. 
But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence. 
Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal.  
Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?
My Thoughts:
If you love reading complicated love stories with a lot of drama on the side, then you will definitely want to read this book because it has everything in it and more!
I am not sure I agree with anything that either character, Brandy or her husband Weston has handled their struggles, but then, it's always to say that when it doesn't affect you personally.  
Both of them made huge mistakes in not trusting each other enough to talk to each other openly and get all the anger and grief out but also to let love bring them closer together.
While Weston never really intended to give Brandy the impression he didn't want a divorce and he was hoping the time apart would mend Brandy's broken heart over losing their baby, instead of just packing up and leaving, he should have stated it was just temporary so that Brandy could sort out her feelings and get over the anger and guilt.
Brandy jumped to some conclusions that at first weren't true and she pushed Weston into a relationship that ended up being the beginning of the end for both of them.
Sometimes, life isn't as complicated as people make them out to be and if you would just speak your mind instead of being afraid to hear the truth or the answers, then you ultimately make decisions that are not what you really want but want you think the other person wants.
It's really a great lesson but also a really tragic story where 2 people who really were in love end up in the wrong places for the wrong reasons.
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University.
She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.