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Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died on the same day as the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Forty years later Bryn meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who believes a small Texas town may hold clues to her mother's demise. But upon meeting Howard's attractive son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can't decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.

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Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later--divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical--she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard's son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can't decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

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Pages   308
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2010
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805449884  
EAN  9780805449884  

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I'm glad I read it.  May 8, 2010
More like 4.5 stars

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON is the first of Leanna Ellis's novels I have read. It took me a few pages to understand where the book was headed. But I read it in parts of two days and am really glad I read it.

I like Sam, and his pure but relaxed view of God. And how he draws out Brynda Seymour's long held secret, and helps her heal.

It was a nice paced novel to read after finishing THE OTHER SIDE OF DARKNESS which I recently reviewed.

Leanna is a master storyteller and I am eager to read her next book.
Charming and Well-Written  Apr 19, 2010
Once in a Blue Moon is a charming and quirky novel of second chances, forgiveness and moving toward hope. Reckless in life, but not in love, Bryn Seymour, meets a man full of strange ideas and conspiracies who knew her deceased mother and hints at a conspiracy involving her mother's death. Bryn was just a child when she lost her mother and emotions and hungers drive her to investigate this crazy man's theories. Along the way she meets another man who challenges her with things she fears far more than any physical stunt she's ever encountered, love and faith. Those of you who like charming, well-written, romantic encounters full of quirk and characters need to give this book a chance.
Once In a Blue Moon  Apr 17, 2010
Brynda Seymour is an obituary writer and an inspirational stories reporter, but she is on a personal journey, to find out about her Mother's death. She was only nine years old on the day that Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing and this was the day her Mom died. But did her death happen the way everyone thought it did?

When Bryn goes to write a freelance story about the fortieth anniversary of the first moon walk, she meets Howard, a goofy old man who believes that the government is covering up the existence of crystal caverns on the moon, as well as other conspiracy things. Bryn decides to investigate, and so she travels to Howard's small Texas town, hoping for answers. But then she meets Sam, Howard's son and an outspoken Christian. Bryn can't decide whom to believe. There are some really strange things happen while Bryn is in this Texas town, but she knows she should go home but she continues to stay and gets deeper in with Howard and his son Sam (the Preacher).

I really enjoyed Ruby's Slippers by Leanna Ellis. Her latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon was just not the most interesting for me.
FUN- GREAT READ  Apr 12, 2010
I've just finished reading, Once in a Blue Moon and have the biggest smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. This story is fun, fun, fun. I'm so thankful to receive a review copy of this book.

At first I didn't understand where Leanna Ellis was going with her story. When Byrnda Seymour meets Howard Walters, I realize then that Leanna uses the beginning to set up their strange encounter. Howard calls Miss Seymour to request she write his memoir, Bryn writes obituaries for a living - not books - but she's willing to give it a shot for a chance to find out about her mother's life. Bryn's life changes forever when she meets Howard. It's bizarre and she writes this, "One small step for man, one giant leap off the cliff of sanity."

Because of this encounter, I immerse myself into the story and Leanna Ellis's endearing characters make a way into my heart. Howard thinks someone is trying to kill him because of the NASA conspiracy theory he's researching and goes out of his way to stay safe, he says this to Bryn, "These precautions are paramount, for your safety as well as my own."

I love the relationship Bryn develops with Howard's son, Sam. Sam becomes her protector and friend. I really enjoyed their interaction. It's honest, real and fun to read. Sam says this about himself, "Even though I was going about doing good so to speak, I was putting myself in charge, not God. I decided what needed to get done....and sacrifice time with my own family for God's good--when He wasn't asking that of me at all."

Bryn questions everything," What could Howard know about my mother? And why do I care? Would I believe anything he might say anyway? I don't actually know why I felt compelled to come here to talk with Howard. Maybe it's just that I miss my mother."

Sam is trying to make light of their situation when they suspect someone is following them. He says, "And its Bond...James Bond to you, ma'am."

"Terrific. You're living out your adolescent fantasy." Bryn says.

`Who said it's my adolescent fantasy? It could be my current one.' He winks."

I enjoy Sam, a man after God's own heart, trying to help his Dad, be there for his boys and live the best he can for Christ. He's an outspoken and sincere man who can see through to the heart of Bryn. She is a woman haunted by a childhood secret, affecting every area of her life. I love the gentle, caring way Sam deals with Bryn and her secret. He wants to open her eyes so she could see for herself the light and make a choice to share with him what scares her. I love their flirting, fun and honest conversations.

I totally enjoyed every word of this book; I hated to see it end. I can't wait to see what adventure Leanna takes us on next.

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator
Mysterious, Romantic, Suspenseful  Apr 11, 2010
Bryn Seymour was just nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the day that Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Four decades later, Bryn seeks closure in the matter of her mom's passing while gathering information to write a story about the 40th anniversary of that historic moon walk.

This blend of mystery and romantic suspense isn't quite as fluffy and mindless as most romances, but the mystery isn't all that mysterious either, once Bryn opens up her self-imposed block of those childhood memories. Howard, the old man full conspiracy theories and paranoia is almost comic relief in the midst of the suspense-filled story of Bryn's investigation of the circumstances surrounding her mother's death.

I enjoyed the men-in-black ride because it's different than most of the novels I've been reading lately, even though it stretches the suspension of disbelief just a little. There's enough romance to satisfy most readers of straight romance and enough plot to keep this novel from being too fluffy and mindless. Recommended for romance readers who like a little substance to their reading.

This book was provided to me free by the publisher in exchange for this review, which was previously published on LibraryThing and has been simultaneously published on this site and Dragon Views.

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