From the Moon I Watched Her

From the Moon I Watched Her

Named by BuzzFeed as one of Winter 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Books! "This poignant story of loss and self-discovery shines by showing the human desires for truth, community, and love under a church?s oppressive control." --Publishers Weekly Emily English Medley?s heartbreaking novel From the Moon I Watched Her is filled with secrets and lies both about family Named by BuzzFeed as one of Winter 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Books! "Th...

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Title:From the Moon I Watched Her
Author:Emily English Medley
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B08NTT5JRW
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:300 pages pages

From the Moon I Watched Her Reviews

  • Eve (Between The Bookends)
    Jan 28, 2021
    This book is tough for me to review. I have SO many questions, and things I want to bring up/discuss, but obviously cannot without giving away too much of the plot. I definitely think this book lends itself rather well to being a "bookclub" book! There are heavy topics ta...
  • BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
    Jan 18, 2021
    This book was a heavy, difficult read. I want to preface this review with a very strong content warning. This book will not be for everyone. Make sure to read the content warning before you decide if this is for you if you have sensitivities or triggers when reading. Stephanie is ou...
  • Susan Beamon
    Jan 24, 2021
    This book was both easy to read and hard. Easy because it was very well written. Each word, phrase and sentence compelled the next. Hard because, while it is a growing up story, it tells of a family fractured from its beginnings through the eyes of one who is least able to understand i...
  • Kelly
    Jan 22, 2021
    Publisher sent this book for an honest review and here it is. :) Wow. To say this book is different than anything I?ve read is an understatement. While it is overwhelmingly religious and the driving factor of the Black family, the story is heartbreaking and kept me pacing the house a...
  • Krista
    Jan 10, 2021
    This book was not at all what I was expecting based on the description. I really don?t think the blurb matches the content. This was a coming of age story of a young girl, Stephanie, raised in a very religious family. Stephanie?s mother is pretty mentally unwell, and the family i...
  • Sara Catherine
    Dec 20, 2020
    I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review itself does not contain spoilers or content warnings. For those who consider CW/TW to be spoilers they are listed for the book at the end of the review (so stop reading here if you don?t want to ...
  • Katie
    Jan 02, 2021
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. It was truly a story I didn't want to read, but also couldn't stop reading. A young girl growing up in a harshly religious family, where fear is used to control your thoughts, words and actions, finds herself deali...
  • Michala
    Dec 17, 2020
    I recieved this free of charge from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review From The Moon I Watched Her was probably one of the saddest books i've read in a long time. Set against the backdrop of an evangelical church, Stephanie tries to navigate a landscape she is much too ...
  • Alyssa Coluccio
    Dec 19, 2020
    Stephanie Walters is six-years-old when she first hears her grandfather debate on the topic of abortion. Standing in the pews, enamored with her family?s patriarch, Stephanie would never fathom the abuse his ideals could wield and the destruction it could have on her family. We wa...
  • zaira.
    Dec 27, 2020
    I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We follow the story of Stephanie and her super religious family, from childhood (at age 6) to her being 17. The book is written in three parts and the first one is the one with the most religion in it. Now, I did...
  • Tera Pate
    Feb 14, 2021
    I need to start by saying that I could not put this book down. From the moment I first encountered Stephanie, the narrator, I felt like I knew her. I almost felt like she was a part of me, a part of my past that I had forgotten, or blocked out. It is rare that I feel such a communion w...
  • Erika Lynn (shelf.inspiration)
    Feb 03, 2021
    4.5 Stars See more on my Bookstagram: Shelf.Inspiration Instagram ?...And just as the sun and the moon took turns and switched places, so did the little girl and woman in me.? - From the Moon I Watched Her. This book takes place in 1977 in the state of Texas. It fo...
  • KarenK
    Nov 22, 2020
    I received this from Netgalley.com. "The Walters are a good, churchgoing family who stand for holiness, purity, grace, and Christian love. Except when they don't." Wow. An extreme example of 'do what I say, not as I do'. This is one of those stories that...
  • Allie
    Dec 30, 2020
    If asked to describe this book in three words, I?d say Dark. Brutal. Heartbreaking. This book was a struggle to get through. A whole lot going on for a young girl in the 70s and a whole lot of terrible people around her. Lily might easily win the worst fictional mother of all time aw...
  • Jill
    Dec 21, 2020
    There are several religious-centered books that hit the right note of entertaining the masses while remaining ?Christ-focused.? The Book of Essie vaguely comes to mind, as well as several others. However, I found that this book to be unique as it maintained a gloomier story line wi...
  • Jackie
    Jan 19, 2021
    I read this book without reading the synopsis and I?m glad because that is not enough to prepare anyone for this book. This is a book that you just have to sort of immerse yourself in and go for the ride, which isn?t that hard because the author is an engaging writer. This book...
  • Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
    Jan 12, 2021
    While poignant and often beautiful, the book isn't unified along one line. The book opens in Pasadena Texas in 1977 and young Stephanie is in the debate about abortion. Coming from a highly conservative Church of Christ family, she struggles with feelings of guilt and impurity....
  • Carrie Rowland
    Dec 30, 2020
    CW: abortion, religion, religious upbringing, sexual content, pedophilia and sexual trauma, drug use, arson, mental illness, death. I want to thank Greenleaf Book Group Press for the digital NetGalley copy of From The Moon I Watched Her by Emily English Medley in exchange for an ho...
  • Jane
    Dec 11, 2020
    I decided I couldn't read this book. The plot was just too religious for my tastes. I decided I couldn't read this book. The plot was just too religious for my tastes. ...more ...
  • Megan Atherton
    Jan 10, 2021
    ***Review taken from by blog meglovesreading.wordpress.com*** 1.5 stars rounded up to 2. Thank you to NetGalley and GreenLeaf Book Group Press for sending me an ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review! I thought that this book was going to be about the debat...
  • Teresa
    Jan 01, 2021
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Greenleaf Book Group and Emily English Medley for this opportunity. Whether you are a usual follower of my book reviews or new to my blog, I just want to emphasize that I very much try to remain unbi...
  • Michele
    Jan 13, 2021
    Wow. I have to admit that From the Moon I Watched Her left me a bit speechless. This book was completely heartbreaking. It doesn't reflect organized religion in a positive light. The Walters family is affected by mental illness and the structure of the family has been severely wea...
  • Madeline Elsinga
    Dec 21, 2020
    Thank you Netgalley and Greenleaf Book Group for the eARC! The writing in the beginning Reminds me of ?Room? as it?s narrated and written in a child like way for the first few chapters when Stephanie is 5 years old. Really dark and heavy story about coming of age and how ab...
  • Katie
    Nov 18, 2020
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy. From the Moon I Watched Her is a deeply unsettling, troubled story that's told well. Stephanie, bound by the culture of ultra-religiousness and warped by the mental illness of her mother, undergoes abuse, neglect, sham...
  • Leslie Forbau
    Jan 20, 2021
    From The Moon I Watched Her is a beautifully written story about hope and trust and lies and truth, about abuse and sex and shame, about family and friendship, about faith and religion, about manipulation and fear, about holding on and letting go, and about so many secrets. But mostl...
  • Erica Franco
    Dec 20, 2020
    Wow, so happy I won a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaway! Not sure if I would have picked it up otherwise based on the description, but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a while. Although it tells the story of an ultra-religious family in a cult-like...
  • Joy
    Dec 03, 2020
    *special thanks to NetGalley for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! 4 stars This book contains very testy subjects, which I knew going in. It mentions in the description that it will discuss abortion, but mental health, and physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual ...
  • M.M. DeLuca
    Jan 09, 2021
    This was such a deeply disturbing book, I almost stopped reading part way through. I continued, however, because the story shed light on a family damaged by extreme religious practice and belief. The story begins with Stephanie at five, and follows her coming of age in a family so dy...
  • Dani BusyBee
    Jan 20, 2021
    This book was haunting in many ways to me, personally having a parent with mental illness makes an impact on you that never truly goes away. At first, I did not think I was able to get thru the book because of the religious undertone of the book. This book is not about religion it&apos...
  • Chayla Horan
    Jan 20, 2021
    I would say to all these reviewers that say this book is hard to read that it is NOT hard to read. It?s not that. Its more than that. It?s hard to live in a world where child sexual abuse exists, and this book shines a floodlight on the topic. Such a beautifully written and eye ...