Over the Moon by Linda Joffe Hull
Updated: May 12
With a push or two and a ‘hee-hee-ho’, we are propelled back into the delightfully crazy world first imagined by author Linda Joffe Hull in Frog Kisses. Over the Moon picks up with Sunny St. Clair-Dey giving birth to her second child with husband, Adam. Of course, it being Sunny, adding another member to her family is just the tip of the iceberg of the chaotic, occasionally neurotic, swirl that is her life. First, there’s the presumably well-intentioned but intimidating and overbearing mother-in-law that comes to stay with Sunny and help out with the new baby. Then there’s a gigantic business deal for Sunny and her sister, Luna, that has the potential to make all of their monetary dreams come true. Or so it would seem. Third, there are those pesky emails that seem to suggest Adam is having an affair. He wouldn’t, would he? He has been gone a lot and has been quite evasive lately. . . I haven’t even mentioned The Cream, Jake’s startling psychic visions, Atlas’ odd lack of them, or the Next Mrs. St. Clair. Oh yeah, and the super yummy ex-boyfriend who wants Sunny back in the worst way. Whew!
Linda Joffe Hull does a beautiful job of creating very human characters who are likeable, flaws and all. They are down to earth and talk the way real people talk, which is easier said than written. The problems her characters face are honest and they are tackled in real and imperfect ways. Her writing is infused with engaging whimsy and wordplay that comes across as fun and natural, not contrived or cringe-inducing. One of the best parts about reading Over the Moon is that you feel as though Sunny could be someone you know – that smart, pretty friend who is a bit high-strung, a little myopic and always trying to juggle too many things at once, but nevertheless is good-hearted and is someone you’re glad you have in your life. Or maybe she’s you. Either way, the continuing adventures of Sunny St. Clair-Dey and her clan will leave you smiling and glad that you’ve invited them into your life to stay.