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Summary

A heartfelt novel of shedding secrets, facing the past, and embracing the magic of love and family by the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars.

After the untimely deaths of her aunt and mother, young Riley Mays moved from Chicago to her cousins’ Wisconsin farm. Here she found solace in caring for her extraordinary adoptive brother, exploring the surrounding wild nature, and gazing at the mystical moon - a private refuge in which she hides from her most painful memories. But ten years later, now twenty-one, Riley feels too confined by the protective walls she’s erected around herself. When a stranger enters her family’s remote world, Riley senses something he’s hiding, a desire to escape that she understands well.

Suffering from writer’s block, bestselling novelist Vaughn Orr has taken to the country roads when he happens upon the accommodating, if somewhat unusual, Mays family. He’s soon captivated by their eccentricities - and especially by Riley and her quiet tenacity. In her, he recognizes a shared need to keep heartbreaking secrets buried.

As the worst moments of their lives threaten to surface, Riley and Vaughn must find the courage to confront them if they’re to have any hope of a happy future. With the help of Riley’s supportive family, a dash of everyday magic, and the healing power of nature, can the pair let go of the troubled pasts they’ve clung to so tightly for so long?

©2022 Glendy Vanderah. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Set against a backdrop of family and the mysterious, all-encompassing beauty of the natural world, Vanderah’s gloriously readable new novel is a warm story of two damaged people desperate to heal and to find hope, resilience, and—just perhaps—each other. Such a beautifully written tale of buried secrets, dark pasts, and rare courage.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and With or Without You

“Glendy Vanderah’s beautifully rendered The Oceanography of the Moon tackles the enormity of fate, identity, and climate crisis, while tending to the most delicate intricacies of the human heart. Vanderah’s suspenseful and heartbreaking story prods readers to reconsider their preconceived ideas about guilt and redemption, destiny and self-determinism, and magic and unavoidable realities. I couldn’t help but cheer for these characters, who navigate darkness but never fail to recognize the beauty of a moth’s wing or a distant crater on the moon.”—Julie Carrick Dalton, author of Waiting for the Night Song

“Steeped in her signature love of nature, Glendy Vanderah weaves the intersecting lives of two strangers into a beautiful twist—one that takes readers from the depths of broken childhood and into the light of healing. This story unwinds the knots that lie buried beneath the surface in an exploration of the meaning of family and the deservingness of love. With lyrical language and characters so unique they leap off the page, it’s a richly told story of deep emotions, haunting regrets, and the hopeful path of redemption.”—Kelley McNeil, author of A Day Like This 

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  • christina
  • 30-03-22

So Woke Mentality

She has it all Atheist, Transgender, Magic, so much self pity.... It was very drawn out also even though I only made it half way through.

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  • Kailynn O'Brien
  • 16-06-22

Too many eye rolls to count

I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the author’s previous two but this was… “out there”. Riley is a flawed character in my opinion that is naive, sad and sappy one moment but in other moments she is a wise, strong and knowledgeable woman who offers advice. Too many Jekyll and Hyde moments for me. Honestly, I couldn’t take any character seriously. Not to mention a boring random storyline. I hate to sound mean but I truly disliked this book.

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  • Marcie Swazer
  • 22-04-22

Utterly disappointed

Vanderah’s first two books had me so completely captivated that I was over the moon with excitement when I saw this one available for pre-order. Her first books both grabbed hold of me immediately and I was hoping for the same with this book.

I was so disappointed. I kept waiting and waiting to be even remotely interested. It seemed there was no point to most of the book. It was all character development and random details for 80% of it. Finally around chapter 25/26 it got a little better but even then I had to force myself to finish this book each day.

Even the twist and the end were pretty weak. I’m wondering if she was pressured to write this book (similar to the character in this book) and that’s why it didn’t have the magical qualities the last two did.

I’m just glad the book is over.

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 22-03-22

Breathless....

The first book I read by Glendy Vanderah was 'where the forest meets the stars'. That book had me crying almost the whole way through, not from sorrow but from pure, raw emotion. I FELT everything in that book so deeply that it touched me in a way books (or anything for that matter) rarely do. I've been excited about the release of this book since then, and she stays true to herself and delivers an amazing piece that has all the depth of emotion as her other works. Her characters are hurting and searching for something to cope with the pain they've never been able to shake and the entire 10 something hours of this book I was transported to this little country farm house and feeling everything along with them. I cant wait for the next book. I really cant describe with words how this book made me feel.. Its beautiful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-22

Wisconsin

I had a few issues with this book. Being from Wisconsin the characters felt too unrelateable. The love story built really fast and a lot of time was spend contemplating their guilt. It felt like the author was perputating the stigma that you can push through your trauma without any therapy or medical intervention. It had some plot twists at the end that made it interesting and I didn't see coming so I added an extra star for that but overall I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Sarah O'Hara
  • 26-04-22

Beautifully Tragic Story

This was truly a wonderful and unexpected story that unfolded and became so much better as I continued reading. I couldn't believe some of these moments and am glad I read this book.

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  • Jennifer Baratta She/Her
  • 13-04-22

Thank you narrators for telling us this story.

Thank you Glendy Vanderah for writing this outstanding book. The story was amazing with two survivors taking different paths to live again.

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  • Maruth Thayer
  • 22-04-22

Mesmerizing as usual

This author has a way with making her characters so likeable and real. Loved this book and it's predecessors. anxiously awaiting the next book.

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  • Elizabeth H. Callison
  • 07-04-22

Excellent Story

This is the second book I have read by this author. It is as good if not better than the other one. I enjoy the descriptions of the outdoors and the storyline. The ending was a surprise.

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  • Psychdoc
  • 31-03-22

How Did I Miss This Being a Romance Novel?

I realized too late. I do not read romance novels. The men always think and behave like romantic women, and it kind of makes me throw up a little. But I used a credit, so I finished it. That being said, this book did actually have a good plot and it was well written.

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