Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton

I am thankful to Trish once again from TLC Book Tours for inviting me to be a part of this tour.  I feel horrible for not being able to complete my review by today, but I am not quite done with this book yet!  At the end of this post I will give you some of my basic thoughts about this novel and post my complete review next week.

Here is a summary of the book from the Harper Collins website:
An unexpected treasure: A long-lost novel of innocence threatened, by the author of the beloved classic The Moonflower Vine
The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. 

The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young single woman named Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. Then she encounters two young men: George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, a dark-haired, searching soul with a wary look in his eyes. Soon the three strike up an after-school friendship, bantering and debating over letters, ethics, and philosophy—innocently at first, but soon in giddy flirtation—until Allen and one of the young men push things too far, and the quiet happiness she has struggled so hard to discover is thrown into jeopardy.

My thoughts so far:
So I have only read about three-quarters of this book, but I can tell you that if I didn't have a shopping trip planned with some friends of mine last weekend, I would have already finished it.

Allen reluctantly became a college English Professor after her mother's continual push for her to become a teacher as she had years ago.  Allen doesn't have any better ideas herself, and debts need to be paid so she takes her mother's advice and start her teaching career?

Allen is a young woman, not much older than some of her students, so it really shouldn't be a surprise that she enjoys the company of some of her students more than her fellow faculty members.  This book would definitely make a great discussion as you look at all aspects of the teacher/student relationships.  Discussing the morals and feelings involved could last for hours!

I worked in higher education myself for about fourteen years so I found the human element of this novel very interesting.  I am enjoying the book so far, but please be sure to check back next week to read my complete review!

Disclosure:  This ebook was provided to me by the publisher through the Netgalley program in exchange for an honest review.


Toni said...

This book sounds lovely, and intriguing. I am really out of the loop with books and it is fun to visit blogs today and be pleasantly surprised. Happy Tuesday to you.

Anna said...

I can't wait for your final thoughts on the book!