Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton

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Reason for Reading:
  • It’s a long-lost novel – how could I not be intrigued?

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Summary from GoodReads:

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 Review:

This book charmed the pants off of me. Not literally, but you get what I’m saying.

I found an instant connection with Allen Liles -her love of reading, her passion for teaching. Set in a time period that boasts of innocence we’ve lost today, Clair de Lune also deals with adult themes that threaten the charming atmosphere of the book in a way that provides just the right amount of tension without overpowering the story.

Honestly, I felt like I was transported back into the world of my grandparents. Jetta Carleton, having lived through this time period, was so vivid in her descriptions and her characters had such an incredible voice that I couldn’t help but get lost in the story. I devoured this one so quickly and as soon as I put it down, knew that it was a keeper.

It’s not often I want to re-read books again as soon as I finish them, but I wanted to with Clair de Lune. If time had allowed… but perhaps it will another day soon.

About the Author

  • Information regarding Jetta Carleton:

Jetta Carleton (1913-1999) was born in Holden, Missouri, and earned a master’s degree at the University of Missouri. She worked as a schoolteacher, a radio copywriter in Kansas City, and a television advertising copywriter in New York City, and she ran a small publishing house with her husband in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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  1. I had no idea that Jetta Carleton had written another book. I was always told that The Moonflower Vine was her only novel written and published. Can’t wait to read Clair de Lune. Hope it’s as good as the other novel.

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