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 and God. 
--Foreword Reviews

It’s hot, Texas, and the year 1977. Jimmy Carter is in office.

The Walters are a good, churchgoing family who stand for holiness, purity, grace, and Christian love. Except when they don't.

Family patriarch and fanatic preacher, Victor Black, knows many things for sure, including the fact that abortion is murder and should be punishable by death--a position he defends live in a televised debate. Black’s youngest granddaughter, Stephanie Walters, sits in the front row wearing her frilly Sunday dress, listening carefully to every word.

But it doesn't take long for cracks to appear in the Walters upstanding family facade. Stephanie's mother, Lily, begins telling unsettling stories about having a baby who died, and her story keeps changing. It’s clear Lily has a secret--one that righteous Victor Black would kill her for if he knew. This family secret burns more than the lies . . .

From the Moon I WatchedHer is a coming-of-age tale about the skeletons that lurk under church pews and the little girl who goes looking for and finds them. Amid the dark and quirky terrain of camp revivals, burning crosses, and public shunnings, one child from the Southern Churches of Christ cries out.

Title:From the Moon I Watched Her
Edition Language:English
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    From the Moon I Watched Her Reviews

  • Eve (Between The Bookends)

    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 ...

  • KarenK

    I received this from "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...

  • Erika Lynn (shelf.inspiration)

    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 ...

  • zaira.

    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 th...

  • Jane

    I decided I couldn't read this book. The plot was just too religious for my tastes. ...

  • Teresa

    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 revie...

  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read

    'This book reminded me of the movie “Eves Bayou”. Some of the themes in that movie were present in this book. The writing is flawless and drags you in from page one. Some of the subject matter may...

  • Sara Catherine

    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 list...

  • Michala

    I recieved this free of charge from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFrom 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...

  • Katie

    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 a...