The Last of the Honky-tonk Angels

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Harper Collins, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
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On a lazy June morning in Mooney -- a wooded patch of sparsely populated northeast Texas -- a shiny red Chrysler sedan pulls up to the home of Lucy Hatch and her live-in beau Ash Farrell, depositing a teenage girl on their doorstep before speeding away. For Ash, town carpenter and musician, the unheralded arrival of his daughter, Denise -- whom he hasn't seen in nearly eight years -- is a major life-altering shock. It's a surprise for Lucy as well, since she's had little reason till now to recall the fourteen-year-old's existence. And the unanticipated intrusion is certain to further complicate Lucy's increasingly complex relationship with Ash, now that she has discovered she is pregnant with his child. Angry, rebellious, and uncertain -- having been unceremoniously dumped by her mother on the father she barely knows and the stranger who now shares his life -- Denny must somehow find a place where she belongs in a town far tinier than any that has imprisoned her before. But it's not until she picks up Ash's guitar -- and hears the songs that were born in her father's heart -- that Denny and Ash are drawn closer together by the common bond of music. In its haunting strains and true emotions lies hope -- that Denny can finally settle down, that she and Lucy can build a real friendship, that all of them can become, at last, that most rare and precious thing: a family. But anything that happens in a place as small as Mooney has repercussions for every one of its residents. And when an ugly incident divides the community -- raising specters of suspicion, hatred, and intolerance -- the members of the growing Farrell-Hatch household will be deeply affected as well. From its rollicking dance halls to its tree-shaded front porches, the world Marsha Moyer creates in The Last of the Honky-tonk Angels draws us inexorably in and makes us feel right at home. A glorious novel of love, family, and forgiveness, it is at once funny and poignant, startling and uplifting, richly imbued with the author's luminous prose and a vitality that reminds us all of how good it is to be alive.
 

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User Review  - shelleyraec - LibraryThing

Dancing to the Moon was an intimate, warm read with likeable characters solidly grounded in a small country town. Its an easy read that lets you meander alongside peeking in the windows of the lives ... Read full review

THE LAST OF THE HONKY-TONK ANGELS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Heartfelt sequel to The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch (2002).Spending a morning in bed with her true love, Ash Farrell, cabinetmaker and country-western singer, is Lucy's idea of heaven on earth. Seems ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
23
Section 4
31
Section 5
42
Section 6
60
Section 7
72
Section 8
81
Section 18
217
Section 19
230
Section 20
244
Section 21
252
Section 22
263
Section 23
272
Section 24
282
Section 25
300

Section 9
96
Section 10
108
Section 11
119
Section 12
132
Section 13
148
Section 14
166
Section 15
175
Section 16
187
Section 17
202
Section 26
313
Section 27
330
Section 28
346
Section 29
349
Section 30
361
Section 31
371
Section 32
379
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About the author (2004)

Marsha Moyer is a native of Texas and has lived there all her life. She is the author of one previous novel, "The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch.

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