Title: Twice in a Blue Moon
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: October 22nd, 2019
As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.
Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.
But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she’s been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?
“Over time I’d started to think maybe I remembered LA the way Mom remembers childbirth: all of the good parts, none of the obvious pain.”
Christina Lauren did it again! I was beyond excited for their upcoming release after finishing The Unhoneymooners, and it became a top priority and an anticipated release for me, so I was so happy to read it (even though I tried my best to wait a bit more to pick it up), and even though it wasn’t my favorite by them, I still think it made it to my top #3 favorites.
Part of the reason why I loved this book so much was the plot of the story. I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with film making or music, and the majority of the story is focused in film making, so it appeared as if this book was written just for me. Though I would say it was more a character driven type of story and the movie elements were secondary, I still really enjoyed how it all played in the story.
But apart from having a very intriguing plot that was right up my alley, the strongest part were the characters. They felt so real and it was so easy to connect with our protagonist and related to her and what she was going through, and not only that but her inner monologues added such a depth and vulnerability to her arc that made her so real and stood out from other female characters I’ve read before.
I also adored her relationship with her manager and the side characters, and the friendships formed throughout the story. Marco (her manager) was such a supportive figure of hers, and I don’t know if it was done on purpose but I felt at times there was this difference between how he cared about her versus her actual dad, and how that worked throughout the novel.
“Some people rise to the top on their own merit, and some people get there by stepping on heads. Do not let him step on you.”
Twice in a Blue Moon had such precious friendships. They weren’t whatsoever the main focus of the book, but they added something more to the plot, and I also love me a good female friendship and a bromance between co-workers, and that was something that I appreciated.
When it comes to the romance, I would say that even though I didn’t fall heads over heels over it, I didn’t hate it either. It was such an angsty relationship, and you could feel that resentment and her doubts over again, and I enjoyed how slow burning that romance was, but I guess I was expecting a bit more from it, and there was something missing. Still, I adored that last chapter and it made all that angst and heartbreak worth it.
Overall, I’m so happy to have read this book, and I’ll definitely re-read it in the future, because their books are so much fun and easy to read, and maybe after reading it for the first time my expectations won’t be as high as they were before.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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