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Book Title: New Moon Rising|
The author of the book: Eugenia Price
Date of issue: February 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9781577361817
Format files: PDF
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Public library copy, hardcover 1969 edition. I previously read this paperback edition in the 1970s. I figure 40 years is soon enough to re-read a book :-) I loved them then, and I love them now.
This book is so good it deserves a review. It would be a shame if it went unread by readers who think this book is out-dated and not up to current writing standards. It was written 47 years ago, but because it is so well written, the content is timeless.
New Moon Rising is the second in the St. Simons Trilogy, set on the Gould plantations on St. Simons Island, Georgia in the decades leading up to and during the Civil War. It is a story of character, mainly that of Horace Bunch Gould, and of the issue of slavery which nearly divided our beloved country. It is also a story of faith, but that is not in the forefront.
All but a few of the characters in this book are factual, using their real names. The author was a transplanted northerner (she says 'ex-northerner') who lived on the island herself for many years. The story is a marvelous weaving of plot, character, and history bathed in the rich description of Miss Price's (and Horace Gould's) beloved island.
You could easily say the book was about Horace Gould, or you could equally say it is about St. Simons, or about slavery and the Civil War, or about faith, or relationships or personal growth or human loss or about learning to love both people and place.
There is depth if you seek it, there is beauty, there is tragedy, there is real life. If you are looking for a light romance, this is not it. There is romance in the book, but it is rather out of the ordinary. I like it. This is my kind of book.
The reason I gave it four stars is that it took me at least fifty pages to get into it. The beginning of the book, no spoilers, is not indicative of the book as a whole. Once I got into it, it was hard to put down. I was there.
As to the issue of slavery, and race. There are some books written before or during the Civil Rights Movement in this country which should be re-written or tossed. This book handles it in a timeless manner. This is not another Gone With the Wind. I don't want to give it away, but I can't imagine anyone of any race being offended by this book. It is timeless and wonderful. Read it and see.
Look forward to re-reading the third book in the trilogy, The Beloved Invader.
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Read information about the authorEugenia Price was born in Charleston, WV, June 22, 1916, to Walter (a dentist) and Anna Price. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer and entered a poem in her school's literary magazine. She was raised as a member of the Methodist Church, but had left the church behind by the time she graduated from high school, at the age of 15, in 1932. She decided to leave writing behind to follow in her father's footsteps and pursue a career in dentistry. She attended Ohio University for three years, declaring herself an atheist during this time. In 1935, she became a student at Northwestern Dental School, the only woman admitted that year. She studied dentistry for two years, but writing continued to draw her. In 1939, she was hired to work on the NBC radio serial In Care of Aggie Horn. She continued as one of the writers for the show until 1942. She left NBC, going to work for the Proctor and Gamble show Joyce Jordan, M.D. from 1944-1946. In 1945 she founded her own television and radio production company, Eugenia Price Productions, developing other serials for Proctor and Gamble.
In 1949 Eugenia Price underwent a profound life change, giving up her college atheism to embrace Christianity. She considered a career change, but accepted a position with WGN Radio as writer, producer, and director for Unshackled, another radio serial. The popularity of the show led her to a lecturing career throughout the United States and Canada for several years.
Price began yet another career in the early 1950s when she was approached by one of the owners of Zondervan publishing. The 1953 publication of Discoveries Made from Living My New Life, a chronicle of her newfound faith and the experiences that led her to it, launched Eugenia Price into a new career as an inspirational writer. Other inspirational books followed, addresses issues of importance to women and children and other self-help concerns and urging readers away from advances in psychology and analysis and toward a life based on Biblical tenants. Many of her inspirational books are still in print, a testimony to the comfort and empathy many readers found in her works.
Eugenia Price gained a much wider audience though when she began publishing historical romances set in the American South. These novels were praised as "compelling sagas that blend personal stories of love and tragedy. . . with the dramatic events of a region's history." Her first historical romance, The Beloved Invader, was inspired her visit to Saint Simons Island, Georgia and based on one of the island's nineteenth-century inhabitants. The Beloved Invader was published in 1965 and followed by two other romances, New Moon Rising (1969) and Lighthouse (1971), to form the St. Simons Trilogy.
Her historical romances made Price a frequent member of the best-seller lists and brought her millions of readers. Although she continued to write and to publish inspirational works, it was her romances that brought her the greatest attention.
Eugenia Price died May 28, 1996, in Brunswick, Georgia of congestive heart failure and is buried in the Christ Church cemetery, Frederica, GA. Many of her books remain in print and have translated into 17 languages, charming readers of all ages and nationalities. Her manuscripts are housed at Boston University.
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