About the Book
Author: Rebecca James
Publication Date: March 16, 2013
Number of Pages: 317
Synopsis: It is a few days before Peyton Worthington’s wedding in 1994 when a mysterious package arrives from Australia. Peyton’s mother, Angela, is visibly moved by its contents, a first edition of W.B. Yeats’s poetry with evocative bookplate.
Set in a Pennsylvania steel town, "Silver Apples of the Moon" focuses on the universal themes of love and loss embodied in Yeats’s radiant poem, "The Song of Wandering Aengus," from which the title comes. At its center is the love affair of Angela D’Agnese and Steve Ryle and the lasting ripple effect his fateful tour in Vietnam has on their lives.
The action in this epic family saga, spans thirty years, beginning in working class Millmont and moving on, as the plot unfolds, to detail both life on an elegant family estate before taking the reader on a journey to such diverse destinations as New York, Australia and the mysterious Villa Indochine.
As Angela begins her junior year she is immediately draw to the handsome captain of the football team, Steve Ryle. It isn't long before Steve is smitten too. The pair are inseparable and seem to have their whole future planned: a big house, lots of children, and a happily ever after. But, that all changes when Steve ships out for Vietnam.
In an effort to cope with her breaking heart Angela marries the kind and loving, Henry Worthington. Even with the happy life she has created: a caring husband, a wonderful daughter, and an elegant lifestyle, Angela is still deeply in love with Steve. The mention of Steve's name at Henry's 50th birthday celebration turns Angela's world upside down. Will Angela risk it all for her one true love?
Silver Apples of the Moon really is a captivating love story. The characters are vibrant and alive which made me care deeply for all of them. Steve and Angela's love affair made my heart happy, but when tragedy strikes my heart sank and I kept hoping it wasn't true. The book is a little slow to start, but once I was about 1/4 of the way in I flew through the pages, reading way into the night until the very end. The writing is solid and the authors use expressive detail to pull readers into the world they create.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Silver Apples of the Moon.