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The Moon Always Rising

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Loved it! 😍

There are so many elements to this story; family drama, a ghost story and a subtle love story in more ways than one.

I wasn’t sure whether this book should have been shorter. It took a long time to really get going for me. I didn’t hate it, but “Els” was an unsympathetic character at first, though I’m glad I stuck with it. I have nothing against flawed characters. I prefer them, but I was pleased when she started to develop and feel more human as the book went on.


It’s hard to categorise this book, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I like it when genres are mixed. It might make marketing a little more difficult for the author though. There are so many elements to this story; family drama, a ghost story and a subtle love story in more ways than one. Surprisingly, they all work well woven together.


The ghost parts were my favourite and seemed to serve the purpose of helping Els come to terms with her own losses. I found Jack to be an interesting character and the author has managed to create an array of supporting characters who are all quite developed and individual in their own right.


I found it interesting (in my own morbid way) how the author presented ideas about death and someone’s final moments, as well as how everyone left behind deals with that and keeps someone alive in their memories and actions.


A few small things stopped me from giving this five stars. One was that Els finds something out that's linked to her fear, then quickly seems to overcome it, and I don’t think it would be that easy. The other thing was that the book could have ended in any one of several places, but kept on going, and then instead ended abruptly. I still had a couple of unanswered questions. I know endings don’t need to answer everything, but for me, I was a little disappointed.

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Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author who has just completed her Creative Writing MA. She regularly performs her work at open mic nights around Manchester (UK).
Some of her current projects include a book review podcast and a literary magazine.

About the author

Alice C. Early’s career spans academia, commercial real estate, international executive recruiting, and career-transition coaching. Her college and professional roles eventually pointed her back to writing fiction. Check out her debut title The Moon Always Rising or visit https://aliceearly.com/ view profile

Published on April 21, 2020

Published by She Writes Press

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Literary Fiction

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