This is very apparent in Man in the Blue Moon. Twenty years later, I continue to read that novel. Rich in details and vivid descriptions, the author easily transports the reader to the turn of the century Florida, engaging the reader to experience the mystical springs, the pull of the cypress trees growing in the swamps, and the sway of the Spanish moss that hangs from the trees. Man in the Blue Moon is a fascinating tale that will resonate with you long after the last page has been read. Dead Springs, set just outside the then busy port town Apalachicola, exemplifies Old Florida. His latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, is based on a true story about a man on the run for murder who was shipped in a crate to his grandfather's family in the Florida Panhandle. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons.
Listen in as author Karen Spears Zacharias chats with Michael Morris about his grandfather and the stories that birth writers. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. I was not required to write a positive review. Author Michael Morris has woven a tale that is classic southern storytelling at its best! This book was read for a book club and I almost didn't get it, However I was able to read a sample and was hooked. Just when it looks like Ella is about to lose her family's property, a mysterious man named Lanier Stillis, who has a gift of healing powers, shows up and offers to help Ella save her property. She was young when she met a wonderful charming man Harlan that her Aunt did not like. While World War I rages through Europe, Ella begins her own battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker.
It is 1917 in the small Northwest Florida town of Apalachicola, Florida. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons. In this fast-paced historical, Morris does what he does best: immerses the reader in a world poetically rendered and believably wrought. But as the fight for Ella's land intensifies, it becomes evident that things are not as they appear. Book clubs should devour this rich, carefully observed mix of characters, time, and place; Morris deserves to break out of the regional-writer box. His main character, Ella Wallace, is fascinating and Mr. In every one of your stories, you manage to provide insight into the heart of family.
Man in the Blue Moon is a fascinating tale that will resonate with you long after the last page has been read. His main character, Ella Wallace, is fascinating and Mr. Why is family an especially important theme for you? Morris encapsulates the hypocrisy, pettiness, greed and outright meanness that are often a part of small-town life, yet his story manages to avoid being too dark or depressing despite the bad things that happen to some of its characters. From the flight of a white crane to the slithering menace of a water moccasin, the flora and fauna of the early 20th century natural environment springs to life. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. Excellent book, now want to read more of Michael Morris's books.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. It sounded interesting - historical fiction, one of my favorite genres - though as I say often in book reviews, I usually read European historical fiction, not American, but that was why I wanted to read this - something different. Even now, having rushed out of bed, barely wrapping my house coat around me and forgetting my shoes, I can not pace myself for what I am seeing. A con artist at worst. When his past catches up with him, the town of Dead Lakes is changed forever.
That book spoke to me in a deep personal way. Abandoned with her three young sons by her opium-addicted husband, Ella Wallace fights to keep the land passed to her by her father from looming foreclosure at the hands of the greedy and lecherous town banker, Clive Barker. They, most of them anyway, long for justice and peace, but there is little of either in most of Dead Lakes, Florida during the war to end all wars. Now this clock bought by Harlan Wallace is not just any clock but you will have to read to find out more. Toren has no clue where he's been but knows he's been utterly transformed. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. The property had been in her family for two generations and her father, upon his deathbed had given Ella strict instructions to use the land but never sell it as it was her birthright.
Get you started to listen to the full audiobook Man in the Blue Moon, free at our library. The story is based loosely on a 1920 story that was told to the author told by his grandfather. I savored every word, as this is not a book to be rushed through. His new novel is reason for great celebration. Especially around the turn of the century, during the Victorian era, healing springs were a popular idea.
Set in late World War I, the book leads us through hard-time struggles intensified by the ignorance and harshness that was a part of everyday living in that time and place. I am delighted to feature him here today and introduce readers to his work. Clive Gillespie had been pushing Ella to sell him the property but that was the last thing she wanted to do. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Hypocrisy and murder soon shake the coastal town of Apalachicola and jeopardize Ella's family. Something about her vulnerability makes my heart soar and lament at the same time. Ella held two letters in her hand; one from the Blue Moon Clock Company and the other from Gillespie Savings and Loan.
A mysterious man who arrives at Ella's door in an unconventional way convinces her he can help, and a tenuous trust begins. This book has a little of this and a little of that for those who like a little who done it with a southern flare, a lot of drama, a little comedy and a lot of fun in reading a book. I am also looking forward to my next novel, The King of Florabama, which is about the longest serving sheriff in Alabama who at 80 loses his license, his office and then has to come to terms with a hidden 40 year old murder that has divided his family. When a mysterious man arrives at Ellas door in an unconventional way, he convinces her he can help her avoid foreclosure, and a tenuous trust begins. As a child, I was always fascinated by that story and then as an adult, I knew I had to write it. Ella Wallace's opium addicted husband Harlan has left her to raise their three children on her own in the small Florida Panhandle town of Dead Lakes, outside of Apalachicola. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest.
From the flight of a white crane to the slithering menace of a water moccasin, the flora and fauna of the early 20th century natural environment springs to life. While working in the pharmaceutical industry and taking night classes with author Tim McLaurin at North Carolina State University, Michael started the story that would eventually become his first novel, A Place Called Wiregrass. Cars would pull over and wait for her to complete her journey. Soon, everyone is talking about the new man in town and his healing gift. But the surprise that awaits her when she opens the crate is more than she bargained for, and while it does help stall the banker, it may just bring more trouble than it is worth. So when a mysterious man arrives on her doorstep with promises of help, Ella reluctantly places her trust in him. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.