Share the Moon by Toni Logan is a very different romance than the kind I usually read. That is not a bad thing. We should all stretch our reading preferences sometimes, and I’m glad I did with this book. I enjoyed reading this story, though I feel there are a few problems with the tale.
This is a paranormal romance between a ghost named Ruth and Jamie Carr, one of the owners of the vineyard that Ruth is haunting. This is not the only romance in the story though. We also learn about the rather bittersweet love story of Jamie’s Aunt Nora and her partner Kate. We see this couple’s tale mostly through flashbacks and memories. Then there is the romance between Kali, Jamie’s best friend, and Victoria. Here is the problem I have with the book. There are three romances all thrown into one fairly short novel. That’s just too much. The focus should be on Jamie and Ruth. Nora and Kate’s love story actually fits in pretty well and helps to enhance the overall tale. Honestly though, Kali and Victoria’s tale doesn’t help the story that much, and takes up space that should be used for Jamie and Ruth. I never thought I’d say a book has too much romance in it, but that is what happens when Kali and Victoria are added into this story. There are a few things left unanswered, especially concerning Ruth and Jamie. Perhaps if there had been less focus on the third couple, those things could have been included.
I believe this is Ms. Logan’s debut fiction novel. In spite of the problems mentioned above, this novel is a good first try, and I have some high hopes for future novels. I’m giving this book a 3.5 star rating. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.