Random House Publishing Group | July 2016 | 416 pgs
Source: Library

We live because we are remembered. ~ Pg 388

Valley of the Moon is a time-travel fantasy with a time period set between 1906 and the 1980s. Alternating between two core narratives, this story tells a timeless love and the vast farm community in Greengage, Valley of the Moon.

It is San Francisco, 1975. When Lux first stumbles upon Valley of the Moon on a full moon with a heavy fog surrounding her camp site over the Sonoma landscape, she thought she has wandered into a site meant for a history show, considering the people she met wore their clothings like they belong in another era. But no, she also realises that the farm is huge and that the way they behave and speak make them seem like they do live in another time. And they are.

Valley of the Moon, California - 1906. Joseph Bell, the person who is solely in charge of Greengage, has great plans for their community and he also believes in equality in status and class. In his mind, he feels that everyone deserves a better life and fairness, just like his late mother had devoted to many causes including education and women's rights. He bought the luscious valley which later became Greengage; a home not only for himself and his wife but also a tribute to his late mother and her ideals. The farm flourishes, but an earthquake shattered the community and the residents find themselves forever trapped within Greengage, with a towering bank of fog that hung at the edge of the woods. They had lost two men who had tried to enter the fogbank; they even did a few experiments with their domestic animals and they died, too. Until Lux steps in from that fogbank alive and into their hearts. Lux later discovers that only she is able to come and go and that she will come to a stage when she will be torn between these two different worlds she is in.

I was sucked into Melanie Gideon's world of Greengage, despite that I am not a huge time travel genre fan. The past and the 1970s and 80s settings were what most enticing to me, for I love reading anything which is historical. While the 20th century doesn't seem like decades ago, it still brings back memories and nostalgia for readers who are familiar with that time period. But, this story is more about Lux's and Joseph's life and the struggles they faced in their own time. Lux has had issues with her father since she was a teenager; and then there is the challenge of bringing up a five-year-old boy as a single parent. And being able to travel through the past appears to be her escapism. For Joseph, aside from his dreams he is a futurist who sees beyond and hope for something much more better; which is why he sees Lux as his guide to a "new world".

The ending was filled with melancholy; one which reminds us how time waits for no man.

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10 Responses
  1. I haven't heard of this one or in fact read the author before but I like the sound of it from your review. This is my first time stopping by, I absolutely LOVE the look, the wee open notebook is fabulous, did you create that yourself? I am always so impressed by my fellow bloggers skills.


  2. Kay Says:

    I had heard about this book, but I don't think I've read a review of it until now. An interesting concept. I'll have to see if my library has a copy. Bet they do.

  3. Lark Says:

    I love the sound of this book, too! I'm glad you find such interesting books to read and blog about. My To Read list would be much shorter without you. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Lainy - Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, Lainy! No, I didn't create the design myself although I wish I've that talent, lol. I got the free template from a website and they've a few gorgeous templates there. :)

  5. Melody Says:

    Kay - I've to admit that that gorgeous cover was the first thing that caught my attention and got me reading the blurb, thus the reading. ;) I'm glad I read it and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did if you get to it, Kay.

  6. Melody Says:

    Lark - It has an interesting concept, isn't it? My To Read list is growing too, thank you and to all my other blogging friends as well. :D

  7. jenclair Says:

    Gorgeous cover! I'm not a big fan of time-travel, but a good story and interesting characters can entice me. :) The setting intrigues me, too!

  8. Iliana Says:

    Melody one more for my list. Looks like you've read some really good books recently. I like the sound of this one!

  9. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Yes, that cover is gorgeous, isn't it? I'm glad this story was interesting enough to entice me, despite a time-travel. :)

  10. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Yes, I was glad that the books I read lately were good. I'm hoping it'll stay that way. ;)

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