Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange

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Synopsis as provided on Amazon:

Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect. But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence. Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?

MY REVIEW

The book starts off with Brandy going into labor and ultimately losing her baby during childbirth and it just absolutely broke my heart. Brandy spirals into a deep depression (understandably so) and her husband takes off to New York for six months for work.

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While Weston is in New York, he barely communicates with his despondent wife, except for a few drunken phone calls and some weird late night apology, Brandy tries desperately to reach him. Instead she reaches his very rude secretary, Carol Smith, who is very rude to Brandy and not to happy that Weston is married……..

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Brandy is beginning to move forward from the loss of her baby, is writing again and starts to exercise outside. While having coffee, Brandy runs into her old schoolmate from high school, Edward Barnes, a now successful criminal attorney. Edward invites her over for dinner to his house and more than dinner is served.

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Brandy realizes what she has done and is determined to tell her her husband when he returns home during Labor Day weekend, a few days after getting it on with Edward. Brandy and Weston “make up” all weekend long and she decides to tell Weston about her little tryst until Weston returns home permanently.

Christmas Eve rolls around and Brandy discovers that she is pregnant and she and Weston are just as happy as can be. Weston returns in January conveniently with his secretary in tow.

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This time, Brandy tells Weston about her little tryst with Edward. Weston, of course, is upset and has is own confession to make….imagine that! Brandy and Weston forgive each other and look forward to the birth of their child until Edward sees Brandy who is clearly pregnant and does the math. Edward forces Brandy to do a DNA test in utero to determine who the father is.

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Needless to say, Edward is the father of Brandy’s baby, which sends Weston running.(I thought they forgave each other?) Where does Weston run to? It seems that is the only thing Weston is good at is running.

Will Brady and Weston give their marriage another chance? Does Brandy run to Edward? How will this work out with Edward wanting to be a father? You will have to read the book.

The book is available through Amazon here.

Honestly, there is so much that goes on in this book with the different things that happen to Brandy, Weston and Edward that it got to be come on already, seriously? My head was spinning between a Lifetime movie and a soap opera.

I give this book 3 out of 4 “NOT GUILTY’S”. See rating system here.

Thank you to the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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