Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’ Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…
I don’t know what it is about this authors books but they are so beautifully written that they soak into your being and Maria In The Moon was no different.
I have to admit I didn’t quite know what to make of Catherine when we first meet her. I felt she didn’t know who she was and she is pretty mixed up. Most of us by the age of thirty two would hope to know who we are and be comfortable to a certain extent with that. Catherine is very far from that stage. I have to admit to start with I thought she would be better off ringing into the Flood Crisis than being the one to listen to other peoples problems. She has a lot of issues of her own and is struggling to sort them out in her own head.
The parts to do with Catherine and her mother I have to say left me feeling quite distraught. Catherine yearns to be loved by her mother yet her mother has always been stand offish and is not willing to give her daughter the love she so desperately wants and needs. I just wanted to wrap my arms around Catherine to tell her I was there for her as well as giving her mother a hard slap!
The callers personal stories that phone into the Flood Crisis centre were all moving and touched me. I have to say I really take my hat off to anyone that works in these sort of calls centre trying to give hope to individuals whose lives for them at times is hopeless. There is no way I could leave there at t he end of the day and shut off from the sort of phone calls that they must receive and to a certain extent I could understand Catherine’s insomnia.
I had absolutely no clue where the author was going with this story and how it would all turn out in the end. All I can say is that it took me on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride that touched my heart and soul. There is definitely some shocks and surprises in there that I certainly did not expect.
Maria In The Moon is the authors deepest story yet. It grabbed my heart and mind and really put them through the mill. I felt quite bereft after finishing this book but I know in my own heart that I don’t have to worry to much about Catherine anymore. I’m pretty certain that she finally found that inner peace that to start with seemed to elude her.
My thanks to Orenda Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Maria In The Moon is available to purchase from Amazon.