To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back

A Novel

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Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing took his mother from him. Every year, Brady visits the site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again. This year, Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Ryan take a spring break trip with their families that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial's famous Survivor Tree. While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled. A chance moment leads Ashley to help the young man find the girl he can't forget--Jenna Phillips. Ashley's family is skeptical, but in the end everyone comes together to support Ashley's efforts to find the girl and bring them together. But will it work? And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love? Deeply emotional and beautifully romantic, 'To the Moon and Back' is an unlikely love story about healing, redemption, and hope that springs from the ashes of a tragedy.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2018.
Edition: First Howard Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781451687651
1451687656
Call Number: KINGSBURY
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustration, genealogical table ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1995 -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Oklahoma City (Okla.) -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Religious fiction

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Jul 04, 2018

**SPOILERS**
I've been reading Karen's books for years and this is the first time I've been really disappointed in one. The main character, Jenna, promises God that she won't fall in love with an unbeliever again, but then proceeds to do just that! She breaks up with him because of it, devastating him. So, of course, he finds his way to God, presumably because he doesn't want to spend eternity without his Mother, not because he feels convicted by his sin. And of course so he can reunite with Jenna! Jenna never asks for forgiveness from God for going back on her promise, and for leading him on. This character lacked character!
Also, when John Baxter suggested Ashley try to find Jenna by figuring out who she was by finding the names of couples (her parents) who died in the bombing, I wondered why Brady hadn't thought of that himself if he'd been so focused on finding her for 11 years. And John Baxter came up with the idea in such a short time?!

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