||Fireside Publications, Lady Lake, FL
||July 1, 2009
This is a story that deals with a relationship between a young girl on the brink of adulthood and a Cherokee Indian. She is hiding a secret and he is dealing with a tragic loss. They meet, and instant intrigue abounds; they need each other in their lives; however, they must find answers before they can move ahead.
This is a multicultural romance. It is a story that deals with a relationship between a young girl on the brink of adulthood and a Cherokee Indian. They meet when Darcie relocates to the mountain of North Carolina. She is facing a terrible loss and also an unwanted pregnancy. Wa`si is dealing with the loss of his wife and child. Upon meeting, they find instant attraction between them. But each have answers to find, the letting go of past struggles, and a search for strengths that will define themselves.
"Are you Cherokee?" she asked, her eyes tracking the man's every move.
"Yes," he says.
"Does Wa`si translate into English?"
"It means Moses in your language," he answers, finally looking at her.
The Weekly Post, Locust, North Carolina
I'm not usually a fan of romance or fiction, but I have found that sometimes the best part of a book is the unexpected journey it takes you on. Take The Long Night Moon, the first novel by North Carolina writer Elizabeth Towles. The story, set in Charlotte and the remote Nantahala Mountains in the 1970's, takes you on a fascinating journey full of love, honor, and drama as it delves deeply into one family's struggles and one woman's life.
After the death of their parents, Ian Edglon is left to care for his spoiled and willful sister, Darcie. When Darcie's escapades threaten to ruin the family name, Ian relocates her to the Nantahala Mountains, where she becomes infatuated with a Cherokee man named Wa`si. Torn between the world she left behind and one she does not understand, Darcie must throw aside her childish ways and fight form the love she so desperately wants-and one she doesn't even realize she needs.
I found that the cast of rich characters and Towles' poetic narrative made The Long Night Moon a pleasure to read. Darcie's story is as fascinating as the world of the Cherokee around her. It's a tale full of tragedy and hope that captivated me. Once you crack the cover, you'll be in for your own long night as you get lost in this timeless novel.
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Reader Reviews for "The Long Night Moon"
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Towles
|This romantic account gives the reader glimpses into Cherokee tribal wisdom, and transform a promiscuous teen into a young woman of depth and character. It is filled with words, both lively and colorful, deep and emotional and will keep you page-turning until the end. The story line brings surprises/smiles and tears as you follow Darcie's journey into adulthood.|