2 out of 5 Stars
*I was gifted an ARC of Man in the Moon in exchange for an honest review.*
Man in the Moon (Sweet Escapes Book 1) by Melissa Gardener is a sweet tale of love between two friends who have been out of touch for nearly twenty years. Chris Laurence has called off her engagement and is starting a new path in her life when she runs into her best friend from childhood, Andrew Miller-Harris, at the flower shop she is set to take over. Andrew has recently moved back to the area to stay close to his family and couldn’t be more pleased to reconnect with his childhood friend.
What follows is a realization by both friends that they are meant for each other and always have been. We see glimpses of their past friendship and watch them move from tentative reconnection through romance and marriage.
As advertised, the book is, in a word, sweet. Maybe a little too sweet, but perhaps that depends on one’s taste. Other than Chris’ ex-fiancé suddenly deciding he wants her back—which is resolved rather quickly—there is no adversity in the book whatsoever. In fact, at times it feels like both characters are thinking and feeling the same exact perfect thing. The story is told in third person point of view, so we know what is in everyone’s mind. Reading about Chris feeling the lust and maybe something more and then hearing the same from Andrew gets a bit tedious. I realize many people will enjoy the instant attraction and lack of problems, but for me it was missing something. The main characters lack depth, and the secondary characters feel like fillers. The dialogue feels unnatural, and there are also quite a few grammatical errors.
Ultimately, this story didn’t do it for me, but that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy the sweetness and simplicity.