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The Moon Always Rising

The Moon Always Rising
A Novel
Published by She Writes Press
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An abandoned only child who’s never known why her mother left her at two, Eleanor “Els” Gordon grows up feisty and prickly, craving belonging that eludes her. After tragedy erases her marriage plans, her father’s death leaves financial and emotional wreckage, and her career crumbles under workplace harassment, she flees her native Scotland for a derelict plantation house on the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis. She soon realizes she’s cohabiting with the jumbie (ghost) of Jack Griggs, her home’s former owner, and that neither can move on without the other’s help. Can Els enable Jack to find his release by atoning for wrongs committed during his Casanova life? Will Els allow Jack to play cupid on behalf of a local charter captain? When Jack prods Els to risk inviting her estranged mother to Nevis and demanding answers, will the shattering truth free her to welcome love into her life again?

While sweeping readers from the Scottish highlands to the lush tropics, this novel is a multi-layered love story about the meaning of home and the power of forgiveness.

 Curious? Read Chapter One . I hope you enjoy it (and it makes you want to read more!)


Selected Praise for THE MOON ALWAYS RISING


“Early’s prose is tight and lyrical, confidently capturing her characters and their emotional landscapes…The enchanting portraits of Nevis—and of…Scotland—help make this an unexpectedly memorable beach read.” — Kirkus Reviews

"Complicated and memorable… The Moon Always Rising finds a woman remaking her life abroad and a ghost repairing old rifts." — 4 star Foreword Clarion Review

“The Moon Always Rising takes your imagination on a trip to lush Caribbean Nevis and the Scottish Highlands in an engrossing story about how love and forgiveness help broken people mend. I especially loved the fabulous ghost (jumbie)—such a unique and intriguing character!” — Martha Hall Kelly, author of international bestseller Lilac Girls and its prequel Lost Roses

"Readers will come to The Moon Always Rising for its pleasant narrative, for its realistic characters, for the intertwined stories of Els and her jumbie, Jack, but they will stay for the vivid descriptions of Nevis. Reading The Moon Always Rising is the closest you will get to experience the island without actually stepping foot in it.” — Paperback Paris

“Early is a consummate writer who so stunningly draws us into the very texture of her story that we can feel the humid tropical air and interior lives of her characters…We are fortunate that [her] rich tapestry of both characters and narrative creates a much-needed refuge during these challenging times.” — Martha's Vineyard Times


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357 pages | 5.5 X 8.5 | April 21, 2020