I received this book for free from Sage Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Two Tales of the Moon
Author Jennifer Sun
Publication Date October 8th 2015
It's 2009, and America's economic interest in China is increasing at a rapid pace, along with China's ambition to become a superpower. A high-profile, joint-venture deal between two U.S. and Chinese cyber technology companies has unforeseen consequences as Will Donovan, an exNavy engineer and free-spirited cyber technology entrepreneur meets Lu Li, the straight arrow, successful Wall Street investment banker and life as they know it is never the same again.Despite of their night and day personality and background differences, the attraction is intense and undeniable as they first meet. They meet as the cyber technology companies merge. They meet and realize the high stake deal is a game of corruption and deceit. Together they have to face moral and ethical dilemmas, make life choices and come to terms with their past. Can their love survive all this?
In Two Tales of the Moon by Jennifer Sun the reader is first introduced to a flashback of two of the main characters (Will & Sage) being told an old story regarding the moon. I think this was an excellent and attention-getting way to start the novel.
Impressions While Reading
The characters were developed well and had an interesting plot, mixing the past with the present blending the two seamlessly together. Although, I did wish there was more of Lu’s childhood in China incorporated into the story, as the tragedy of communist China, while horrible added suspense to the story and held my breath to learn of the torture her grandmother endured and just how Lu escaped.
That being said, I found modern-day China and the ghosts it held to be just as interesting. I will admit I was more invested in Lu’s story than I was of Sage and Will’s but I think that is mainly because I am a bit tech impaired and had nothing to do with the quality of storytelling. I also really like the sexual tension with Will & Lu and kept me read to find out when and how they would get together.
As for Lu’s family, I pretty much wanted to slap each of them. Her mother was a horrible self-centered woman who was clearly bitter and held on to “what could have been”. Her sister, was trapped in a marriage of convenience only to further her mother’s high standard of living, which led to a lonely existence. I was waiting for Mei to stand up for herself but knew that I shouldn’t hold my breath. Her brother-in-law didn’t seem that horrible merely a workaholic and an unfortunate product of the past.
I thought the ending was a bit rushed. Revelations are made about Lu’s history which blended into the present and I didn’t feel there was enough time to digest the development before the novel’s end. Overall, the resolutions of Two Tales of the Moon was satisfactory, and liked that things would end happily and therefore an enjoyable read.
BlueInk Review says:
“Jennifer Sun draws on personal knowledge of China and a former career in telecommunications/finance for her well-crafted debut novel about the meeting of East and West. Blending romance and ethical intrigue, Two Tales of the Moon is a unique novel, with characters of psychological depth.
Jennifer Sun has a MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. in English Literature from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She has held several executive financial management positions at Fortune 500 companies in telecommunication and web technology industries. She currently writes full time and lives with her husband in Vienna, Virginia. She is also an avid reader, a runner and a foodie.