Author: Jerelyn Craden
Outshining the Moon

Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. A little bit of strong language in some spots, however, the story was a good one full of creativity and imagination.

Vessie, the main character, is snowbound in her car and from the get-go, in danger of dying. What does one do in a situation like this? We reflect. This is what Vessie offers throughout the rest of the book as she waits in her car with nothing but her inner child for company.

Taking you from one stage of her childhood as a psychic first, then a healer, to losing the one person who gave her comfort and understanding, Daddy, then followed closely by her Mother’s death, Vessie is left with a sister who gives sibling rivalry new meaning. Moving into womanhood and into the arms of men who would own her, she suppresses her healing abilities and focuses on her musical talent which leads her to become one of the top jingle ad writers in the biz. Vessie has a secret though. At one point she lives with a Guru and learns the art of dematerializing which not only lands her on a deserted island with the man of her dreams, but … And this is the nail- biting end, it also lands her in a ward for the mentality unstable. What happens to Vessie? What is the point of the whole story? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I dare not give it away. I will say that Vessie teaches us to live our lives authentically. After all, if you aren’t living your life, who is?

Anne Holmes Boomer-in-Chief of NABBW
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