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~ Literary Romance With An Artsy Twist ~
LK Hunsaker is the author of a string of novels centered around the arts and societal issues. Raised in Central Illinois in the midst of an artistic family and surrounded by cornfields, she married a career soldier and spent the next 20 years moving around the U.S. and abroad. During that time, she raised two children, worked a few odd jobs, finished her psychology degree, and embarked on a writing career. She and her husband are now settled in Western Pennsylvania surrounded by trees and lakes, but they still get restless feet and the urge to travel.
LK has been called one of the "great storytellers" with "brilliant writing" by reviewers and peers, and has won several peer awards and commendations. Her short stories, poems, reviews, and articles have been published in literary ezines and print magazines.
on March 07, 2011 :
Fans of LK Hunsaker will not be disappointed with "Off the Moon". The story follows Ryan Reynauld, a music star, as he tries to manage his music and his career after finding a deeply emotionaly troubled young woman. Her vulnerability and total trust in him lead him to make promises and take on responsibilities for her that even he recognizes are probably risky for them both considering his hectic rock star lifestyle. The alternative, turning her over to better equipped authorities, that she is literally deathly afraid of, is not path he is will to take her down. As a result his life, and the path of his career will be altered to accommodate this young girl and her mysterious past, despite opposition from those close to him.
Although this book would be fully enjoyable to someone who has never read anything else by Ms Hunsaker, I enjoyed the small references to her "Rehearsal" series that also takes place in the music industry, although many years earlier. While none of those characters play main parts in "Off the Moon" some showed up for small cameos that I was happy I recognized.
Hunsaker's main characters are generally honorable and good people. Despite this, I liked that they still make mistakes, sometimes even serious ones. It crates a much more realistic story than if it were only about good people fighting against the evils of the outside world. We can try our best, have good intentions, and still goof up sometimes. It's what we do afterward that can really define us. That was my take away from this story. I don't want to give away more than that. Very enjoyable.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)