Published by Gallery on 10/22/2019
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?
The cover for Twice in a Blue Moon could very well be one of my favorites of Christina Lauren’s. The book, however, is a slightly different story.
Let me preface this by saying that I didn’t dislike the book. I was just left feeling very underwhelmed. I really love Christina Lauren – they’re on the list of authors that I auto-buy and they’ve written some of my favorites. I’ve always been able to count on them to write really great books.
To be fair, life has been busy, and it took me a month to read this book and I think that could have really contributed to my enjoyment of the story. I think I would have been a lot more emotionally invested if I’d been able to read it quicker so that I stayed a bit more connected. The argument could also be made that if I were really drawn in by it, that I would have had a difficult time putting it down, but who’s to say.
I just didn’t fall in love with the characters the way that I expected to. For the first half, I was pretty invested. I liked the characters, I mostly felt their connection and spark (though it could have been better), but then there’s a big leap in time and that’s sort of where it started to lose me.
Tate’s character was fairly likeable, though I felt like she was pretty dense. Basically, one of the main plot points that I think was supposed to be some big reveal by the way it was drawn out was so glaringly obvious the entire time to me. So, by the time that she finally figured it out, I just felt like she was kind of dumb for not figuring it out sooner. It wasn’t exactly rocket science. And again, it took me an entire month to read the book, so it’s not even like I was always super familiar with details.
Sam was also just fairly likeable. He made questionable choices, and just never really won me over in the end. Overall, all of the characters in this story are just kind of lackluster and left something to be desired. There were even characters that ranged from mildly to extremely unlikeable that never got their “due”, so to speak. It felt sort of like a letdown. Why have these just truly terrible characters be nasty the whole time for nothing?
All of that to say that this book was just okay. I think I’m even more disappointed simply for the fact that my hopes were so high. If you’ve never read Christina Lauren before, I highly recommend starting somewhere else. The Wild Seasons series is fantastic. And if you are a fan of theirs, then maybe just manage your expectations a little before diving into this one.