Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.
When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.
But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
"Virginia's trees look like they're burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they'd give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they're dying."
And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you'll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford
The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.
I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.
She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she's not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.
Ten things I wish I knew when I was younger. Jadie Jones, author of Moonlit
10. Pay attention in school. History is actually pretty interesting, and it would be really helpful to know where countries are on a map. You will actually use a lot of this information as an adult.
9. It's okay to have a dream. It's also okay to fail in pursuit of it. And failing doesn't mean it'll never happen. It just means you still have work to do.
8. A friendship is not a friendship if you're the only one maintaining it. The same goes for a romantic relationship. On the same subject, it's so much more beneficial to love your friends who love you, no matter how few, no matter who they are or hang out with, than to keep one eye on the popular table in the cafeteria and day dream about one day being asked to sit there. Be present for those who are present for you.
7. Stand up for what you want, and do so with respect - both for yourself and whoever you're looking in the eye.
6. Nerds make the best boyfriends and, later, husbands.
5. Go on that study abroad trip. Your horse will be just fine, and once you're older, this kind of opporunity very rarely makes an encore appearance.
4. Your mom is trying as hard as she can. And, although you're not convinced, she actually a) knows what you're going through, b) was a teenager once, and c) loves you ferociously and unconditionally.
3. When someone makes fun of you, it actually says a lot more about who they are and not a thing about who you are.
2. Look at a few other colleges, especially bigger, state schools like Auburn (your dad will be thrilled). And your mom really wanted to have a girls' trip.1. Finish that manuscript you started in fourth period photography. You're going to be an author one day.
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