Item description for Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas...
Overview When Marty Winslow's daughter dies, she discovers that her child had been switched at birth and is awarded custody of her biological daughter, who refuses to fit into the family, pushing Marty into the arms of God. Original.
Publishers Description When Marty Winslow's daughter dies of a devastating genetic disease, she discovers the truth--her child had been switched at birth. Her actual biological daughter was recently orphaned and is being raised by grandparents in a retirement community. Marty is awarded custody, but Andie refuses to fit into the family, adding one more challenge for this grieving single mom that pushes her toward the edge, and into the arms of a loving God. For Andie, being forced to live with strangers is just one more reason not to trust God. Her soul is as tattered as the rundown Blue Moon movie drive-in the family owns. But Tuesday night is Family Night at the Blue Moon, and as her hopes grow dim, healing comes from an unexpected source--the hurting family and nurturing birth mom she fights so hard to resist.
From Publishers Weekly An unusual plotline and top-notch prose mark this talented novelists debut. When divorce Marty Winslows adolescent daughter Ginger dies from Niemann-Pick, a debilitating hereditary disease, Marty discovers Ginger was not her biological daughter, but was switched at birth. Orphan Andie Lockhart is living with her beloved but ailing grandparents when the court gives temporary custody to Marty, her birth mother. Andie finds herself in a chaotic, financially strapped family that runs the Blue Moon drive-in movie theater. Thomas competently displays the heterogeneities of grief, from older sister Dejas teen Goth rebellion to Martys endless baking, and the difficulty of revising what one has always assumed to be true. The mistakes tragic cost to both families is shown throughout, but Thomas proffers redemption, albeit in tough, realistic doses. After some soul searching, Marty and Andie eventually find strength in their Christian faith. Point of view shifts sometimes encumber the story, and Thomas succumbs to drawing a conclusion for the reader toward the end. But competent dialogue, touches of humor, and sparkling character dynamics make this a welcome addition to the faith fiction fold. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Library Journal - 05/05/2008
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.93" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 0802487335 ISBN13 9780802487339
Availability 0 units.
More About Debbie Fuller Thomas
DEBBIE FULLER THOMAS is a freelance author and publisher, a former pastors wife, and a survivor of breast cancer. She has been involved in childrens and worship ministries at churches around California for 30 years. She currently manages youth programs for her local parks and recreation district. Debbie is the author of Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon and published Lord, I Was Happy Shallow, Coping with Cancer, Sacramento Sierra Parent, and Chicken Soup for the Brides Soul. She and her husband, Don, have two grown sons and enjoy their empty nest in a historic gold rush town in northern California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon?
Amazing Story!!! May 6, 2010
What a wonderful story! I couldn't put this one down and was rather perturbed it took me so many days to finish it because life kept getting in the way!
Marty's thirteen-year-old daughter Ginger, has died from a genetic disease. After her death, Marty discovers that Ginger wasn't really her biological daughter but was accidentally switched at birth in the hospital where she was born. Marty had raised someone else's daughter and that meant someone else was raising HER daughter! After learning that her biological daughter had been recently orphaned she decided to fight for custody.
Her biological daughter's name is Andrea and her parents were killed in an accident in Mexico while they were on vacation leaving Andie, as she liked to be called, orphaned and living with her elderly grandparents. After a brief court appearance, the Judge agrees and places Andie in the temporary custody of Marty. Marty's youngest daughter Winnie is thrilled to have Andie move in and live with them but Deja, Marty's teenaged daughter isn't so excited or accepting. Having to share her room with Andie only makes matters worse.
Marty and her husband are divorced and she and the girls live with her father at his old 'drive-in' movie theatre which is a bit run down but nonetheless provides some income for the family along with Marty's job as a cashier at the local grocery store.
Marty is so torn between memories and realities and wants so much for God to heal her family but can she get over her angry feelings at God?
Andie IS mad at God. Her hopes and dreams begin to fade away of ever fitting in anywhere. She realizes her Grandparents don't really want to finish raising her, she doesn't want to live with her Uncle Greg in Canada and doesn't feel she'll ever fit in with Marty's family but, healing comes from the last place she ever expected or wanted - the hurting family and loving God she fought so hard to resist.
This was a full-rounded story with great character development and a good plot with many lessons to learn along the way. I'll definitely be looking for more of this author's work and would recommend this novel to everyone!
What Does It Take To Make a Family? Mar 8, 2009
Debbie Fuller Thomas has written a compelling, sensitive portrait of an imperfect family entangled in a perfect mess. Everything about this story seems real. A mother caught between the family she has and the daughter she never knew, wondering if she's done the right thing. A young girl ripped from the only family she's ever known negotiating the difficult paths of loyalty and belonging. The author takes no easy outs, and she draws her characters with heartrending precision. This is a wonderful story, beautifully crafted.
The Ring of Truth in this Novel Feb 15, 2009
One of the highest compliments I can give a book is that of authenticity -- everything about this book, from its dialogue to its situations to its descriptions, rang true. That's no small task to accomplish for an author who is dealing with multiple points of view and is able to reach deep into the soul of both a troubled woman who has lost a daughter to a dreaded disease and also into the turmoil of the thoughts of a teenager who has just discovered she was switched at birth and now must live with that woman and her other children. If good fiction causes "the willing suspension of disbelief," then this qualifies because Debbie Fuller Thomas completely captured my attention by sympathetically portraying the feelings of two very different people with sensitivity and insight.
Latayne C Scott [...]
Tender story of building a family Feb 9, 2009
Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon is a story of less-than-perfect people picking up the pieces of a broken family and rebuilding that family with grace and truth. What could be more hopeful in the times we live in?
Thomas tells the story of a misplaced infant through the voices of a daughter and a mother who reunite after fourteen years and many heartaches for both. She captures the varied viewpoints perfectly and layers the story with meaning.
I love Martie and Andie and enjoyed every step they took toward their new relationship. Well done, Ms. Thomas!
Switched at birth... Nov 27, 2008
I can't imagine the devastation of finding out that the child you have raised and loved isn't really yours and your flesh and blood baby is out in the world in someone else's arms. This book deals with that situation, thankfully a very unusual scenario - but not unheard of. This would be one reason that I have had my last 4 babies at home - there is no doubt that they are really mine!
The characters in this book are heart wrenching because, as in all things in life, there are two sides to every story. So we see Marty as she deals with having loved the daughter she raised and yet want to insert herself into Andie's life now. Then there is Andie who has just lost her parents in an accident only to find out that they weren't really her parents and now she is taken away from her grandparents and the only people she knows and loves and inserted into a family to "replace" their daughter that died. Not to mention the older and younger sisters already in the family, Marty's dad, Andie's grandparents and even the Blue Moon itself is a character in this storyline. This book made me laugh and cry and I really enjoyed it. For a good women's fiction - turn to "Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon".