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The Light from the Dark Side of the Moon: A Remembrance of Love in a Time of War    by Norman G. Gautreau Amazon.com order for
Light from the Dark Side of the Moon
by Norman G. Gautreau
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Blank Slate Press, 2019 (2019)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Light from the Dark Side of the Moon by Norman Gautreau caught my interest from the first page and didn't let go until the very last page and I wanted more. This book is beautifully written, and has a story to tell.

Henry Budge is a ninety-two year old man who plans to slip away from his family and travel to France to attend the 70th observance of D-Day. Circumstances put him in a rehab. His family forbids him to take the journey.

He manages to make the sailing of the ship to London only to find his granddaughter Callie has outwitted him. She joins him on the ship, and then on to France. He really wants to rekindle the time he spent with a resistance fighter, Elodie. Believing she is dead, he has grieved for her through the many years of his life.

Henry wants to relive the times he spent with Elodie. As he does so, the author takes readers through the towns and villages of France, where the two of them dodged German soldiers, knowing they could be shot on sight. What they saw of the countryside and lakes and stream is depicted as though we all could see and hear the call of birds and the rustle of leaves in trees, and smell rain on the tall grasses they walked through.

The Light from the Dark Side of the Moon is a must read. I trudged with Henry and Elodie up a mountain and down the other side. You can too. Worth every moment. The author tells us he learned the power of words in fourth grade as his teacher read the Hardy Boys aloud to her students - a lesson he never forgot.

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