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Moon Over Alcatraz

Moon Over Alcatraz
Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.

Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?
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After the loss of their baby, Brandy and Weston Chambers try to get the pieces of their life together. They both have one night stands, and a series of other events takes place, they struggle to make their marriage work. When that doesn't work out, they both turn to the people they had an affair with. Can Brandy get over the loss of her child and marriage? Can she find love again?

This book was so good at the beginning. Towards the middle of the book, it was more of what they did every day. They drank a lot of coffee. I was wondering when it would end. Some of the things that happened seemed unbelievable that it can happen to one person. It could have been a shorter book than what it was. Brandy is extremely indecisive to the point that it is frustrating.

It definitely wasn't all bad. I enjoyed reading the good things that were happening to the characters after so many bad things happened to them. I, also, shed a few tears over their struggles.

It is worth a read and I would read more by this author.

Before even starting this book, reading what "Moon Over Alcatraz" was about, it had me hooked. Never once in reading this book did I become bored. Every sentence was filled with emotion and portrayed real life events. I loved feeling as if I were there with them through all the hardships, and falling in love with Brandy but resenting Weston for all he had done. I don't think I could choose a favorite part because I had multiple favorite scenes.

Brandy was a very strong woman from the beginning to the end with Weston as well as with Edward. Just seeing someone go through hell and back, with her head still high, shows that no matter what the situation you can get through it. This book will have you reading through the entire night, not able to put it down. It's the perfect romance.
Brandy and Weston suffered a tragic loss, one that both found difficult to get past, and it weighed heavily on their young marriage. When Weston’s job requires him to move temporarily across the country, both decide that the separation will give them time to heal. However, absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder.

Patricia Yager Delagrange presents a love story that takes her characters through all of the stages of grief, and early in the story, the reader can predict that their search for their happily-ever-after won’t be easy.

I struggled at times with the dialogue in the story, feeling as if it was forced and planted at times only to drive the story forward, and awkwardly placed. I would have liked to see more sincerity between the characters, and gotten more into the heads of all of the players to understand how they were really feeling. Some of the events in the story seemed unreal as well. For instance, meeting your babysitter because she is hit by a car in front of your house? Scenes of intimacy seemed robotic as described, and may have been better off left to the reader’s imagination.

The author provides a series of twists and turns in the story, some predictable, some not, to keep a reader entertained. By the end, however, I didn’t have the connection to the characters to wonder how their lives had turned out after the book ended. I was entertained, but it wasn’t a story that moved me emotionally.
Beautiful story and wonderful writing! This story will make you cry, smile, fall in love with the characters! Do I need to say more? This book is about a woman who cheats with her husband, then she feels like she lost everything… But with a little faith, everything happens for a reason and she gets her HEA!:)

Thank you for writing!
From the first chapter in Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange it’s obvious this romance will take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. What isn’t evident is the complexity of the story yet to come.

With the still birth of their first baby Brandy and Weston Chambers lives are forever changed. Following Brandy’s heart wrenching loss as she tries to rebuild her life and marriage, her husband Weston begins to feel abandoned and unloved. Unable to resume a normal intimate relationship, Brandy doesn’t want to reveal she is haunted by the memory of her lifeless infant every time West attempts to make love to her. When Weston’s employer needs him to go to New York to work on a special project, requiring him to leave Brandy in Alameda for several months, the couple decides to accept the offer. What seems like an opportunity for Brandy to recover turns into something very different.

As Brandy struggles to resume her writing career and her physical health, West calls her nightly. One night he calls Brandy and he is drunk. During the conversation she begins to suspect he may be cheating on her. It’s several days before he once again calls her late at night and apologizes before crying and disconnecting. Soon she puts a name to the woman she suspects West may be having an affair with; his secretary Carol Smith.

In spite of her concerns she continues to work toward getting over her fears of reigniting a sexual relationship with her husband. While stopping for a morning coffee she runs into an old high school friend, Edward Barnes, who is now a lawyer.

Here the story takes a dramatic turn and Brandy has a sexual encounter with Edward who confesses he had a crush on her in high school. What follows is a dramatic and contemporary romance with raw emotion and passionate sexual encounters.

Delagrange explores the intensely emotional experiences of people caught up in real life situations. The dialogue rings true, the situations believable in this dramatic and often painful book. With steamy and graphic sexual encounters there is enough excitement to balance what are tear jerking moments. For readers who enjoy a solid romance with passion, grief, and a successful resolution, I highly recommend this book for adult readers.
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