Mulberry Moon (Mystic Creek #3) by Catherine Anderson
Mulberry Moon is the first full moon in September at Mystic Creek. Mulberries are harvested and fermented into wine which is ready to drink by the first moon in September. It is a legend that couples who drink the wine during this full moon will fall in love forever.
The path to falling in love is difficult for the two main characters in this novel. Sissy Bentley is one tough cookie or so it seems. She has developed a sassy attitude and a suspicious heart in response to the abuse she has suffered from her parents. She will never be able to trust a man enough to let him get close. Ben Sterling is very attracted to her. He is ready to settle down and get married and he believes she is his perfect mate.
It is during a Mulberry Moon that the two begin to form an uneasy friendship over Sissy’s escaping chickens. They just might fall in love if Ben can get Sissy to lower her guard. Even so, there are many other obstacles for them to overcome.
The reader really gets to know Sissy. We learn about her abuse, how it has affected her, and how she copes with it. Can she ever forgive her mother and father? Will she ever be able to start her own family? I was impressed with Sissy’s strength and hard work in overcoming her childhood abuse. She is a softhearted woman with a distrustful, independent personality. She loves animals and likes her customers at the diner. She wants nothing to do with men and romance. Sissy is a sweetheart and she really takes a beating in this story. Ben is a sweet man and is very attracted to her. He has a difficult time winning her over.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a bittersweet. There is love and healing. There is romance and humor. There is pain and unimaginable hurt. Mulberry Moon is very similar to the other Mystic Creek books. I love the community of Mystic Creek. It is magical. Everyone is so nice and helpful. People change for the better when they move to Mystic Creek.
Catherine Anderson is one my favorite novelists.she has written a variety of historical and contemporary novels. Many of her newer novels involve a handicap or social anomaly.