My mind was in a mesmerized lilt. I felt like I was there, similar to an out of body experience, even though I have little in common with Bliss. The uncharacteristically cold Oregon air surrounded me, I have have been cold all day despite the fact that I was reading outside in the dry heat of the California desert. It is still a balmy and humid 76 degrees inside, and I am snuggled up in layers.
I am a fast read, typically, but when I read a book like this I want to savor every moment, take my time, and hang on every word written. Tess has a way of writing that makes you want to savor every word, much like a fine wine or spirit that you swirl and sniff before you take the smallest of tastes. Having read Blue Moon’s predecessor, Blue Midnight, I knew that I would need at least 2 full days to read and one day, uninhibited, to write a review, yet I am still having a difficult time conjuring the words to form a formidable review. My review does this work, any of Tess Thompson’s work, very little justice.
I would hardly be surprised if I met these characters somewhere on the streets of Oregon or Idaho. I cannot tell if these characters have been dreamed to life or if they are based on real people. I certainly hope the latter of the two.
Tess always seems to bring forth a substantial amount of emotion, even though she writes women decades older than I am. I suppose language knows no age….
I am a fairly “tough” nut to crack emotionally, not much affects me outside of an ugly cry, even then I shed very few tears…. the smallest sentiments written into these books (Blue Midnight and Blue Moon) made me cry with full on sniffles and a need for tissue… I don’t understand it… I cried when I thought Shakespeare (Kevan’s dog may have the chance at companionship as well). I have the gift of memory and foresight in these situations, I am gifted … I over analyze… maybe I am more like Bliss (and Blythe in the first book) than I thought… at this point I could even be Moonstone.
Before I go, and let you discover the truly amazing talent of Tess Thompson on your own, I suppose I will share my favorite quote….. kidding, even that would give away too much.
Tess Thompson is a mother and writer. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Her creative life began as an actress, director and playwright but eventually found her true calling in narrative fiction, specifically Women’s Fiction. She wrote her first novel when her youngest daughter was a baby, working in the early morning hours and during nap time. Emerson, now eight, was a good napper. Tess has released seven novels since then.
The first of these, Riversong (Booktrope Editions), went on to become #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Nook Book chart in October 2011. Two years after its release, readership of Riversong continues to grow, spending weeks in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers; it’s known amongst her friends and family as “the little book that could.”
Caramel and Magnolias, the first in the Legley Bay Collection was released in the fall of 2012. In May of 2013 Tess released the sequel to Riversong called Riverbend and the third in the collection, Riverstar, in August 2013. Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection was released February 16, 2014. The first in the Blue Mountain Collection, Blue Midnight was released June 30, 2014. Her first historical fiction, Duet for Three Hands, was released February 15, 2015.
Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, ages 11 and 8, who keep her busy and often confused.
Although currently single, Tess has not given up on finding a love story of her own. Until her prince arrives, she’s content creating what she hopes are epic, page-turning lovestories with a little suspense and mystery for additional spice. She writes in her home office, sipping countless cups of herbal tea, with two naughty but adorable kittens, Mittens and Midnight, in a basket on the desk. But hopefully said Prince arrives soon to save her from becoming a bitter, crazy cat lady. Did she mention how adorable the kittens are?