Today I have a review of Moon Water by Pam Webber now available from She Write Press. A big thank you to Stephanie Barko for the invitation to the blog tour. I was ecstatic to be reunited with this author’s books!
I read and reviewed Pam Webber’s debut novel, The Wiregrass, which precedes this one back in 2015. I was obsessed with the book and the nostalgia she captured with these cousins visiting family over summer because I spent every childhood summer with my cousins. This is where Nettie’s story begins. Please check out my Goodreads review of The Wiregrass.
I was so happy to find Nettie again in this story. Now, it’s the summer of 1969, and she’s in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nettie and her boyfriend are thinking of breaking up.
Those are not the only hard times Nettie is experiencing, though. She has a lifelong nemesis bugging her left and right, and of all things, her preacher is refusing to baptize her.
Nettie meets a Monacan (Native American) medicine woman who tells her about an upcoming darkness, specifically a blood moon, that will affect Nettie and her loved ones. I live not far from the Blue Ridge mountains, and the blood moon still has importance and intrigue today.
The medicine woman tells her she must prepare a dream catcher, which she does along with her best friend, Win.
Pam Webber is back with her beautifully simple storytelling. The native Monacan elements added interest, and with this region not being far from where I live, I was captivated with the history and touches of culture.
There was a light mystery here and great tension. I loved Nibi, the medicine woman’s, sections with herbs and her resourceful knowledge of the wilderness. I also loved witnessing Win and Nettie interact with Nibi.
Overall, Moon Water’s characters shine, as does Pam Webber’s smooth storytelling.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the summer of 1969, Moon Water finds Nettie, 16, with her boyfriend wanting to breakup just as they are figuring out the sex thing. Nettie’s lifelong nemesis is jabbing her with perfectly polished nails, while her hellfire and brimstone preacher refuses to baptize her. Amid this turmoil, a Monacan Indian medicine woman gives her a cryptic message about a coming darkness, a blood moon whose veiled danger threatens Nettie and those she loves. To prepare for the darkness, Nettie and her best friend, Win, make a treacherous journey into the mountains to build a mysterious dreamcatcher of ancient elements.
Have you read Moon Water, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR