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Released: January 2016
ISBN: 9781311106254
ASIN: B017XQTUIQ
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MOONDANCING
Author: Celia J. Anderson
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $4.99

Together since their teens, Molly and Jake have four children, a house in a sleepy village, and jobs that bore them to distraction. Their marriage is an accident waiting to happen.

When Nick arrives in Mayfield, young, disturbed and in desperate need of mother-love, Molly doesn’t realise that he will be the catalyst that blows everything apart.

Add a headmaster whose wife doesn’t understand him, and Molly’s unpredictable, frustrated best friend to the mix, and the blue touch paper has been well and truly lit.

Excerpt
Driving along the narrow country lanes into town, Jake’s anger develops into a huge black cloud of self-pity. Why did Molly have to go off the rails on a school night when they’ve both got a hard day at work to get through?

He sighs heavily, feeling the snatched bowl of Weetabix beginning to churn in his stomach. Being a foreman at the brewery is a steady job, even if it’s not that exciting, but he needs to be alert to do it properly. It’s not his dream job – not even close – but it pays the mortgage. Last night’s broken sleep was as bad as the early days with teething babies. Jake doesn’t need this. He loves Molly and his four kids, his home, his allotment and his prize-winning leeks; in that order, usually. He likes to cook, if somebody else has done the shopping and if he can use his home-grown vegetables.

He looks after his pride and joy carefully – an ageing Range Rover, temperamental but solid. At weekends, he gives a hand with the cleaning, if he’s not at work or on the allotment. In all his thirty-nine years he’s never really wanted more than a quiet life. Is he demanding? Jake thinks not.

The September morning sunshine is breaking through the mist, but Jake’s mood darkens even more as he drives along the winding lanes to Hopton. The early rays warm the freshly-cut grass along the verge, the evocative smell bringing unwelcome memories of a time, years ago, when he lay in the wild meadow at the edge of the sports field, trying to persuade Molly to let him see her new bra.

‘Honestly, Moll, you can’t get pregnant just by taking off your PE shirt,’ he’d said hopefully. Molly’s aertex PE shirt was all that lay between Jake and the wonderful lace and wire construction that kept her chest in order, but there was no way she was letting him do more than stroke the bare skin of her back.

‘Look, it’s all right for you, no one calls you a slag if you let them feel your… you-know-whats…’

‘But I haven’t got any you-know-whats.’

‘Don’t be pedantic.’

‘How can I be pedantic? I don’t know what it means. Anyway, I only want to give them a bit of a rub – over your bra, not even under it.’ He’d shuddered at the wonderful thought of actually being allowed underneath a girl’s bra.Jake sighs as a sharp pang of nostalgia for such simple times brings a lump to his throat.

What the reviewers are saying
Celia's best novel so far
Loved this book I really didn't want to put it down. It was worth the 16 year wait. ~ AuntieL, Amazon

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Wow!
What a fantastic read, I literally could not put this book down!!! If you are thinking of downloading this title, then I strongly recommend you download Little boxes by Celia. I had already read Little boxes before Moondancing was published and loved it, but after reading Moondancing it makes everything from Litlle boxes fit together perfectly! ~ Scooby, Amazon

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Well written characters you really think you know.
Celia is great at sweeping you along with her characters and getting you involved in their lives until you even think for a moment that you actually know these people. I loved the fact that there is more than one thread running through the novel and the mystery of the twins is not revealed until the end. ~ MrD, Amazon

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An exceptional and quirky read
What I like about Celia's books is that they're very grounded in real life. Her characters have flaws, just like real people, and make mistakes, and so on. This was another exceptional and quirky read from this author, and I look forward to more. ~ Lucy Felthouse, Amazon

 

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