Pack Up the Moon

Pack Up the Moon

by Rachael Herron


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A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals…

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451468604
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rachael Herron received her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and writes the popular website, Her previous titles include the Cypress Hollow romance novels, Wishes and Stitches, How to Knit a Heart Back Home and How to Knit a Love Song, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. She is an accomplished knitter, and lives in Oakland with her wife, Lala, and their menagerie of cats and dogs.

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Praise for the works of Rachael Herron

“A warmhearted hug from a talented author….The story will stay in your heart long after the last page is turned.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Apple Orchard

“Insightfully genius, A Life in Stitches makes me grateful that Rachael Herron put down her needles long enough to pick up a pen.”—Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of The Bucolic Plague

“Rachael Herron seamlessly blends romance, friendship and laughter.”—Barbara Bretton, USA Today bestselling author of A Soft Place to Fall

“A charming story whose characters captivate your heart.”—Book Loons

“A riveting tale.”—Booklist

“An emotional story of two people discovering who they really are.”—RT Book Reviews

Wishes & Stitches will take you home to a place you’ll never want to leave.”—Christie Ridgway, USA Today bestselling author of Bungalow Nights

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Pack Up the Moon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An unfolding story with a family that has endured quite a few bumps along the way and is about to overcome one more - one coming back from the past.  Kate Monroe is the main character and the author geniusly takes the reader from the past to the present to show the reader why Kate is the woman she is now and maybe the woman she could become.  I think the way each detail was revealed and the timing was too perfect! The book changed perspectives and although the chapters weren't marked, it was still easy to understand who was taking the reigns of the story - I think I would have added something clever to alert the reader of the change in point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book to read. So much pain and emotions. I had to set it aside several times, but it kept calling to me to finish. It was beautiful!
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
I don't know what book I was reading compared to the reviews below. I actually almost gave up reading this because I got very bored in a couple of places. But, I kept at it and it did get more interesting. Don't know if I would read another by her.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I'm not even sure where to start describing how amazing this book is.  I've become accustomed to becoming emotional while reading Rachael Herron's novels, especially since she writes characters you can't help but love.  However I had no idea how emotionally devastating this book would be.  I read this book while I was out and about and will admit to crying unashamedly in public.   I'm not sure how to categorize this book.  It doesn't really fall into any one genre.  It's not really a romance, nor pure literary fiction.  There's a bit of a mystery and calling it women's ficton doesn't work either.  It's like Rachael put all the best parts of all these genres together and created Pack Up the Moon. I may not have always understood or agreed with what motivated people to do things, (especially Kate when it came to Pree) but I loved the characters in this book.  Kate, Nolan, and Pree are normal, flawed people who are trying to make sense and the best of their lives. Kate and Nolan have been through so much.  I can't even begin to comprehend the devastation they experienced and it broke my heart that it tore them apart.  It was so hard to choose who was right and wrong.  Even using the word choose is wrong.  How does one decide which actions done out of love and concern are wrong/evil/criminal?  This book made me feel so much and really think about many things. I might have sobbed as I read, but I was unable to put the book down.  I wanted to know what had happened to split two lovers who loved each other completely, I had to see if there was some sort of resolution for Nolan and Kate, and if Pree found the answers to the questions she was looking for.  Rachael has always written characters you love with real issues, but with Pack Up the Moon, she's written something extraordinarily amazing.  Give this book a try, but have the tissues ready. 
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I received a phenomenal, sensational, heart-breaking, wonderfully well-written story Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron free from Goodreads. Rachel Monroe's son, Robin, passed away three years ago and she's beginning to paint again. Rachel gets an unexpected visitor, her daughter, Pree, that she had given up for adoption twenty-two years ago. Rachel never told her ex-husband, Nolan, about the daughter they had had prior to them getting back together. Her ex-husband, Nolan, had been found unconscious with her son in a car that was still running in a closed garage three years ago and was convicted of criminal negligent homicide. Instead of working as a corporate lawyer, he's now a highway construction worker. Kate has to find the courage to tell both Nolan and Pree the truth. Read the unforgettable, superbly well-written, emotionally heart-breaking story with captivating, engaging characters, is a highly recommended novel Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron.
CiannaElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Grade: A (5 stars) This was a lovely gift. I was excited to receive this book from Penguin to review, just reading the synopsis, but when I started the actual book is when I felt really lucky. This is such a touching, emotional story based around really realistic characters who people can completely relate to. It’s all about life’s changes, and if it’s too late. When is too late? Herron does an outstanding job in this novel really showing us true characters with real struggles. This is the first book by this author I’ve read but I love her voice. She’s the perfect storyteller for this story, and she really find the perfect balance in some really tough topics. You’re faced with a lot of broken people and dark topics in this book, but Herron manages to show us the beauty in the brokenness, and the hope in the hopeless. You start to really  see beyond what’s expected into a deeper, more beautiful story. You see how one choice can affect so many people, and you see just  how people choose to handle that . You’ve got a mother struggling with the death of her son, and the loss of the daughter she never knew. The daughter trying to figure out her life without a mom, and a Father who never knew about his daughter, and has been crushed,  not only by the loss of his son, but the loss of his marriage as well. Nolen is one of those characters that you see beauty shining from brokenness, he’s a convicted felon, gave up everything that was his life before, and has fallen all the way to the bottom, but his struggle and courage is something so beyond touching. I’d gladly read another book by Herron in the future because her way with characters is exactly what we need more of. Complex, confused, broken but beautiful.  The author allows us to see beyond what’s in front of our faces in this novel to what’s really there. There’s such a wonderful theme of forgiveness and healing in this book, and it really brings tears to your eyes LITERALLY, I cried. I suggest this novel to people I meet in bookstores now, my book club, and friends and family. It’s beautiful and haunting and it’s perfect. Thank you Rachel Herron! *I was given a copy of this book by Penguin to read and review. All opinions are 100% my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
After being apart for a few years, Kate and Nolan, high school sweethearts, meet again at college.   Their relationship starts right off where it left off when Nolan was forced to move with his parents to Hawaii.  The only stipulation is not to talk about the past, to just move forward from their college years on.   Fast forward many years later, they are married and have a son, Robin, who is not healthy and failing fast.   A tragedy tears their family apart, Kate and Nolan do not talk for three years.   As Kate starts to put her life back together, she hosts an art show and meets Pree, her daughter that she gave up for adoption. There are lots of questions to some very tough questions, questions Pree and Kate are not sure they are ready to ask or answer.   My Review: Pack Up the Moon is a book that is full of heartbreak, but despite the tough theme of the story it is so heartfelt and uplifting.  It is the story of a mother and wife who has lost her son and then found her daughter, who was never forgotten.   Even the sadness of losing Robin is told in way that does not pull the reader down.  Kate handles the loss with grace and dignity.   As expected, she has her days where it is impossible to even get out of bed and face life without Robin, but she manages to pull herself together and know that Robin needs her to keep living.   Pree is the second part of this story.  Not really a secondary character, as her character had a huge part of the story.    Pree is the daughter that Kate gave up so that she could have a better life than a sixteen year old could give a child.   When she comes back into Kate’s life the reader can feel the hope coming back to Kate’s world.   Kate starts to come back alive and live life again.   Pree has a lot of tough questions and doesn’t hesitate to ask them and Kate is extremely honest with almost all the answers.   The question she doesn’t answer truthfully is who Pree’s biological father is.   That is a secret she has kept since she found out she was pregnant and isn’t sure how to tell the father or the daughter about each other.   I absolutely love Pree.  She has spunk and character, while keeping it real and not getting caught up in the I was adopted, poor me, attitude.  She understood better than many would why she was given up. This is a book I could not put down and am sad that it is over.   I have no doubt that it is a book I will reflect on often and will stay with me for a long time.  Obviously, I highly recommend Pack Up the Moon and cannot wait to read more by Rachael Herron.
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