I haven't had much time to read this year. It has been busier than usual with several projects, including my own writing. So, I haven't had many spare moments, and my reading has been a bit limited. But I had the chance to read A Night on Moon Hill by Tanya Parker Mills. This is women's literary fiction--not a genre of which I generally read a whole lot. However, I am so glad I did! This easily the best book I read all year. It is beautifully written and tells a moving story.
My one quibble was that the villain did sometimes seem a bit overdrawn to me. He was the one character that didn't ring totally true to me. However, the rest of the characters were brilliantly drawn--they became very real to me in a short time.
One thing that makes this book unique is that one of the main characters has Asberger's. I don't have a great deal of expertise with this condition, but my limited experience convinced me that Mills was right on with her portrayal. There is a reason for that as Tanya has a very personal connection with this unique syndrome and I'm glad that such a skilled writer was able to draw on such real experience to craft such a realistic portrait.
In addition to the characterizations being spot on, the prose is beautiful. This is a very powerful book by an extremely talented writer. I highly recommend it!
You can buy the book at Amazon here.
Tanya's website is here.
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