Blood Moon on the Rise

Blood Moon on the RiseBlood Moon on the Rise by Rhonda Burnaugh
Published by Trafford Publishing on August 30th 2014
Pages: 290
ISBN: 1490745289
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four-stars

Blood Moon on the Rise is the Sequel to “Catch a Falling Star” and I highly recommend you read the first book in this series so that you can fully understand and appreciate this book. I am not sure if this book would work as a stand-alone novel. This book begins one year after Michael’s death and we see all of Michael’s loved ones still coping with and dealing with his death.

Sera is living in a cabin in Aspen. She is still mourning Michael and having a hard time moving on past his death. Joe and Anni are living in San Francisco with their son while DJ’s life is spiraling out of control and is hospitalized. Knowing that her friends need her, Sera decides to return to California to be with her friends. While all of this happens, Anni and Joe must also take in another child as tragedy has struck her life once again.

Coping with loss can be difficult enough but when a mysterious man enters their lives, who has an uncanny resemblance to Michael, it throws them all for a loop. Sera is drawn to this man as he reminds her of Michael while the others are leery and cautious. Is this man, Gabriel de Vilbiss, who he claims to be? Why does he rub some of them the wrong way? Are they being overly cautious or is there a reason to be worried about his involvement with Sera?

Initially I wasn’t sure about how I felt about this book. I could not put down “Catch a Falling Star” and wondered if I would miss Michael in this book. I didn’t because we see spinets of him here!
The last part of this book is where it really shines. We get a lot of answers plus it appears there will be another book in this series.

This book has revelations, family secrets, loss, romance, mystery, and death. It touches on themes of mental illness, starting over, infertility, family relationships, friendships, grief, hope, and love. The friendships forged in “Catch a Falling Star” are still strong and still growing in this book. I liked that there was some twist, turns and revelations that I did not see coming. I really like when a book can surprise me. Again, to appreciate this book, one needs to read the first book in the series.

I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book to read from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

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