I highly recommend this book. In fact, I highly recommend all of Jude Deveraux's novels.
Since most people just scan the reviews, I wanted that to be the first thing that anyone noticed because it's the most important. Now on to the good stuff.....
Stranger in the Moonlight is a pleasant story about Kimberly and Travis. They meet in "quaint" Edilean, Virginia when they are children. Their experiences together eventually end up shaping who they become as adults. Travis mysteriously leaves and causes Kim to always wonder about him. Many years later, Travis finds himself back in Edilean to help his mother but also back in love with Kim. What follows is a sweet romance that leaves the reader smiling for hours.
I'm a huge fan of all of Jude's books. I've read all of them and anxiously wait for the next one. At first I felt skeptical of the Edilean series. I had grown to love the Montgomery's and Taggert's and didn't want to leave them. She has, of course, won me over with this wonderful little town. I don't know why I ever doubted it. The feeling of "home" is definitely present in all the books in this series. The warmth she seems to create with this town envelops the reader. If you are a fan that was skeptical as well, give it a chance. It's worth it.
I have always admired the characters that Jude creates. There is exceptional character development and at the end of the book you know the people inside and out. It creates a connection that is missing in so many books today. Her characters are STRONG. I think this is what I like the most. Her male AND female characters are strong, intelligent, interesting people that are capable of overcoming any challenge. They have unique interests and most of all, a passion for them. I find that most books have simpering, whiny females that just let life happen. It's my biggest pet peeve in books. Travis was surprising and diverse. I found him to be a wonderful character. Kimberly was sweet, insightful, and creative but I would have liked to have seen more gumption from her. I didn't question whether or not it was there, but I would have liked for it to have shown more.
Her books always make me laugh, cry, and smile so much my face hurts. This was definitely a smile book. I didn't cry. I think it could have used more conflict, but at the same time, I liked seeing the characters so happy together. I thought Travis had it a little bit too easy with Kim. Granted, they've been in love since childhood, but it needed some extra sizzle in my opinion