In Moonlight and Memories: Volume Two

In Moonlight and Memories: Volume Two

From NYT and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker comes an epic tale of sacrifice, friendship, and the awe-inspiring power of love. Maggie: Ten years ago, Cash Armstrong stole my heart. Then he promptly joined the army—dragging my best friend with him—and left me crying on the front porch in a red sequined prom dress. Now he's back. They're both back. Cash, the...

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In Moonlight and Memories: Volume Two Reviews

  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    4.5 stars

    Picking up where volume 1 left off, volume 2 leads chapters off with letters teenage Maggie wrote to Cash and Luc the first year they were gone. I actually liked her teenage perspective. It showed Maggie’s faith and loyalty to the two, while showing her emotional growth in handling the situation and dealing with her own insecurities.

    In the present day, Maggie...gracious, but I don’t know how she’s missed Luc when he’s been in front of her all along!!! Everyone, including her

    4.5 stars

    Picking up where volume 1 left off, volume 2 leads chapters off with letters teenage Maggie wrote to Cash and Luc the first year they were gone. I actually liked her teenage perspective. It showed Maggie’s faith and loyalty to the two, while showing her emotional growth in handling the situation and dealing with her own insecurities.

    In the present day, Maggie...gracious, but I don’t know how she’s missed Luc when he’s been in front of her all along!!! Everyone, including her unwelcoming cats, recognized these two were meant to be from the start! Luc wears his heart on his sleeve for Maggie time and time again, and her obliviousness to Luc’s feelings made me frustrated and sad.

    Luc is caught in the middle trying to keep the peace, rationalize Cash’s behavior, and keep Maggie’s feeling soothed. I can’t help but feel for the guy! He’s nice enough to concede to his best friend if that’s what Maggie wants, even though the small kernel of hopefulness Luc himself has been holding on to for years is still steadily burning in his own heart.

    Cash is going downhill with his head injury. He’s still drinking excessively, losing weight, and struggling with common courtesy, especially towards Maggie. He’s obviously pushing her away, yet his mixed signals are sending a different message to Maggie, causing friction between the two and keeping Luc in the middle. I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out why Cash is doing what he’s doing and my heart is starting to break for these three!

    Cash’s pathetic excuse for a parent, Rick, and Sullivan the vengeful police chief are looming over the trio in the worst way. More details come to light and there is light at the end of the tunnel, but man...that cliffy ending!!

    I am thankful the third book is queued next in my kindle! Otherwise, my current device would be broken and I’d be buying a new one!

    These books are not meant to be stand alone reads. Definitely start with volume one, otherwise the missed nuances and history between these three will leave a gaping hole in this book.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Susan Jordens

    OMG how will this end! The tension is too much! Will Maggie, Luc and Chad finally succeed in their quest to see the Sheriff and Rick punished for their crimes. What will the future hold for Chad? And what an ending! I can’t wait to read the next book.

    This is an amazing, addictive and beautifully written story with such detail and emotion. I absolutely loved this and highly recommend it to you.

  • Katie

    I received a copy of this series in exchange for an honest review which I have copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.com

    In Moonlight and Memories was such an interesting, captivating read. It isn't the Julie Ann Walker we've come to know and love--hot, spicy, sultry, and filthy--but a gentler, softer side that's drawn out over three spectacular novels.

    This is a hard novel to review without spoilers (which y'all know I'm strongly against), so I won't speak too much

    I received a copy of this series in exchange for an honest review which I have copied from my romance novel review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.com

    In Moonlight and Memories was such an interesting, captivating read. It isn't the Julie Ann Walker we've come to know and love--hot, spicy, sultry, and filthy--but a gentler, softer side that's drawn out over three spectacular novels.

    This is a hard novel to review without spoilers (which y'all know I'm strongly against), so I won't speak too much in regards to the plot, but I'll warn you that if quick stories are your jam, then you won't find satisfaction here. Walker throws us into these character's lives and takes us on a journey of deep, troubling emotion. I don't know that I've ever sunk so deep into the minds of the characters or felt their pain, their love, or their angst quite as much as I was able to with Cash, Luc, and Maggie.

    And with the end of the book came my tears.

    Now, don't get me wrong. This is still a romance novel, though in a different sort of vein that we're used to, so it does have a happy ending. But the path we take to that happy ending dead ends a few times, weaves and turns until we can't remember which way we're supposed to be going. There is so much emotion wrapped up in these three books that I forgot I was reading a novel and thought that perhaps I was reading a memoir.

    The long and short of it is that In Moonlight and Memories is a beautifully, soulfully written series that sets you straight down in the middle of a New Orleans' bayou (man, did I learn so much and interjects you into the lives of these troubled cast members. There's long buried secrets, first loves, new romance, and childhood friendships and we get a front row seat to all of it.

  • Patti

    Emotional and heart wrenching...this second volume requires tissues. The push and pull of Cash's feelings for Maggie make you dizzy. Maggie's forever forgiveness for Cash is questionable. Luc's solid presence and loyalty to his two friends is admirable. Each one of them is hurting and at times it is tough to push past. There are some suggestions or foreshadowing that make me a bit anxious because right now I'm desperate for everything to be put to rights and everyone is happy. I'm jumping right

    Emotional and heart wrenching...this second volume requires tissues. The push and pull of Cash's feelings for Maggie make you dizzy. Maggie's forever forgiveness for Cash is questionable. Luc's solid presence and loyalty to his two friends is admirable. Each one of them is hurting and at times it is tough to push past. There are some suggestions or foreshadowing that make me a bit anxious because right now I'm desperate for everything to be put to rights and everyone is happy. I'm jumping right into the next volume because the suspense and uncertainty of what fate has in store for this trio is all consuming.

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  • Lisa

    In this installment, the story of Luc, Cash and Maggie continues with the addition Maggie's letters to Luc and Cash at the start of each of the chapters told from their POV. It continues to be an emotional tale filled with intrigue as well as continued mystery around events of the past. This story continues to still have to slow build as the trio continue with their friendship as well as struggle with their feelings. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the last installment as I continue

    In this installment, the story of Luc, Cash and Maggie continues with the addition Maggie's letters to Luc and Cash at the start of each of the chapters told from their POV. It continues to be an emotional tale filled with intrigue as well as continued mystery around events of the past. This story continues to still have to slow build as the trio continue with their friendship as well as struggle with their feelings. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the last installment as I continue to enjoy this series.

  • Sandy S

    4.5 stars--

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 1, 2019.

    From NYT and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker comes an epic tale of sacrifice, friendship, and the awe-inspiring power of love.

    Maggie: Ten years ago, Cash Armstrong stole my heart. Then he promptly joined the army—dragging my best friend with him—and left me crying on the front porch in a red sequined prom dress. Now he's back. They're both back. Cash, the one who still has my heart. And Luc, the one who saved my life.

    Cash: How

    4.5 stars--

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 1, 2019.

    From NYT and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker comes an epic tale of sacrifice, friendship, and the awe-inspiring power of love.

    Maggie: Ten years ago, Cash Armstrong stole my heart. Then he promptly joined the army—dragging my best friend with him—and left me crying on the front porch in a red sequined prom dress. Now he's back. They're both back. Cash, the one who still has my heart. And Luc, the one who saved my life.

    Cash: How do you know if you’re at the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? That's what I've been trying to figure out since a traumatic brain injury made me "unfit to serve." I'm back in New Orleans, and picking up the shattered pieces of my past means I must confront where my life's journey began... and where it all might end.

    Luc: Long ago, Maggie May was mine. Not mine in the way you might think. She was mine because she was my only friend. Then Cash came along and we became brothers by something stronger than blood. We became brothers by choice. When tragedy struck, I was forced to make a decision that changed all our lives. I thought, after ten years, it was safe to come back home. I was wrong.

    ••••••••••••

    REVIEW: 4.5 stars--IN MOONLIGHT AND MEMORIES Volume 2 by Julie Ann Walker continues to focus on the contemptuous relationship between three friends whose lives were destroyed ten years earlier: twenty-six year old Magnolia ‘Maggie’ May ; and twenty-eight year old Cassius ‘Cash’ Armstong, and Lucien ‘Luc’ Dubois.

    Some background: Ten years earlier Maggie Carter’s life spiralled out of control when the boy that she loved disappeared on the night of her prom, never to be heard from until present day. His best friend Luc volunteered to take Maggie to prom but life as they knew it was about to come crashing down. Fast forward to present day wherein Luc and Cash have returned home from their years in the US Army, only to find themselves back in the past facing the same threats, secrets and lies as so many years before.

    Told from three first person perspectives (Maggie, Cash, Luc), using present day and memories from the past, IN MOONLIGHT AND MEMORIES continues to focus on the fragile and battered reunion of former high school best friends, best friends whose secrets run dangerous and dark. Cash is losing his battle with both the bottle and his pain, and in doing so pushes away the people who love him the most.

    Meanwhile Maggie learns that not all is as it seems when Luc turns her less than well-ordered life into a hurricane of epic proportions. The love she has for Cash begins to deteriorate as he continues to pick at the never ending scab forcing our heroine to rethink what and who it is she wants.

    IN MOONLIGHT AND MEMORIES Julie Ann Walker reveals the fragile bond and love between friends who have weathered h*ll, and lived to tell about it. From the horrors of war, to the battle back home, Maggie, Luc and Cash must face the reality that has become their lives. Determined to take down the people in charge, our trio set out to cull the herd of those trying to destroy their lives. Another heart breaking and impassioned instalment from Julie Ann Walker.

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  • Sarah

    The story picks up immediately from where Volume One ended and there is absolutely no point in starting reading here, it really is one story across the entire trilogy and you'll be missing out big time if you don't start at the beginning. I absolutely loved the series though so I would highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you love character driven stories full of love, friendship and fantastic characters.

    We continue to see the story from three points of view but this time around Luc

    The story picks up immediately from where Volume One ended and there is absolutely no point in starting reading here, it really is one story across the entire trilogy and you'll be missing out big time if you don't start at the beginning. I absolutely loved the series though so I would highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you love character driven stories full of love, friendship and fantastic characters.

    We continue to see the story from three points of view but this time around Luc and Cash's chapters start with one of the letters teenage Maggie wrote to them after they left. This gives us a real insight into just how lonely she was without them but it also shows her start to put her life back together and turn into the woman we're getting to know in the present day. There is such a fantastic bond of friendship between all three of these characters but for the first time Maggie is starting to question whether her romantic love for Cash is just based on young love and teenage infatuation, especially when she starts to realise that Luc is the one who is always there for her AND the one who makes her heart flutter.

    Cash is going downhill fast, he's continuing to drink to block out the pain from his brain injury and he seems determined to push Maggie away but it's obvious he still loves her and the mixed messages he keeps sending aren't helping Maggie to make up her own mind about how she feels. Luc is stuck in the middle, he has been head over heels in love with Maggie since they were teenagers but he genuinely wants both her and Cash to be happy even if that means he remains the third wheel always on the outside of their relationship. My heart absolutely breaks for Luc, he's one of the nicest characters I've ever come across and I think anyone would be lucky to have a friend just like him. Honestly I usually hate love triangles with a passion so I'm surprised by how much I loved this series but it was just so well written that you can't help but root for all three of the main characters.

    This instalment gives us a lot of answers about what happened that night after prom in the Bayou and it's heartbreaking when you realise how much Maggie has been needlessly carrying on her shoulders since that night. We also find out more about Cash's father and the policeman that has been harassing the three friends ever since Luc and Cash came back into town. It ends with two absolutely killer cliffhangers that meant I had to dive straight into the third instalment and I ended up staying up all night so I could finish out the series which is probably the best endorsement I can give to say how highly I recommend it.

  • Dianne

    Luc, Cash and Maggie’s story continues with letters from the past, written with the emotional perspective of a teen in love, lost and grieving for the answers she didn’t have.

    Sometimes young love blinds us to the reality of true love and the older trio are still wrapped up in their pasts. From Cash’s behavior that leads us to think we are not getting the full story, to Luc’s undying loyalty to both of his friends to Maggie’s failure to see through her adult eyes and heart, I vacillated between

    Luc, Cash and Maggie’s story continues with letters from the past, written with the emotional perspective of a teen in love, lost and grieving for the answers she didn’t have.

    Sometimes young love blinds us to the reality of true love and the older trio are still wrapped up in their pasts. From Cash’s behavior that leads us to think we are not getting the full story, to Luc’s undying loyalty to both of his friends to Maggie’s failure to see through her adult eyes and heart, I vacillated between thinking that at least one of these three deserved so much more than they were willing to settle for.

    From Cash’s worsening head injury, erratic behavior and the demons of his past haunting him to Maggie’s well-used blinders, to Luc’s almost saint-like ability to be the voice of reason at any cost, the events in this volume are both dark and heartbreaking.

    Romantic drama at its nerve-wracking best, Julie Ann Walker’s

    Volume II reads like that soap opera you both love and hate, but cannot stop watching.

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from Julie Ann Walker!

    Trilogy: In Moonlight and Memories - Volume II

    Publisher: Limerence Publications LLC (July 1, 2019)

    Publication Date: July 1, 2019

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Print Length: 258 pages

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  • Misty

    Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off. Maggie gives the guys all the letters she wrote them each day for the first year after they left. These three's relationship picks up where it left off ten years prior but its like they are stuck in the past.

    Cash is out of control, he has let Maggie down time and again and is pushing her towards Luc but Maggie is still failing to see what is right in front of her. The sheriff has threatened Maggie and Luc with arrest in getting justice for his son's

    Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off. Maggie gives the guys all the letters she wrote them each day for the first year after they left. These three's relationship picks up where it left off ten years prior but its like they are stuck in the past.

    Cash is out of control, he has let Maggie down time and again and is pushing her towards Luc but Maggie is still failing to see what is right in front of her. The sheriff has threatened Maggie and Luc with arrest in getting justice for his son's death who died on prom night. No one knows the full story to what happened, except Luc. With the threat of the sheriff hanging over their head they try to continue with a normal life as much as they can. While Cash keeps drifting and staying in the back of the story with his major pain and drinking.

    I am enjoying this trilogy so far. It is such a different approach for Julie than the BKI series and for me it took a little time to get used to but the further I get the more I like it.

    Received ARC from Julie Ann Walker in exchange for a voluntary honest review.

  • Kathy Davie

    Second in the In Moonlight and Memories contemporary romance series and revolving around a trio of friends in New Orleans and continues with the story that began in

    , 1.

    This eARC was sent to me by the author and Limerence Publications LLC for an honest review.

    It's a history that finds Maggie evolving in the present. A slow pace that's character-driven with a prose that is easy and natural, taking us back into history — Luc's, Maggie's, and Cash's.

    It starts with Maggie

    Second in the In Moonlight and Memories contemporary romance series and revolving around a trio of friends in New Orleans and continues with the story that began in

    , 1.

    This eARC was sent to me by the author and Limerence Publications LLC for an honest review.

    It's a history that finds Maggie evolving in the present. A slow pace that's character-driven with a prose that is easy and natural, taking us back into history — Luc's, Maggie's, and Cash's.

    It starts with Maggie remembering her friends, Cash and Luc. It's an immediate connection with her grief, and Walker pulls us into their back history via the letters she wrote the boys all those years ago. It also continues on from the end of

    with Walker using a multiple first person protagonist point-of-view from the perspectives of Maggie, Luc, and Cash in this clash of friends who desperately don't want to hurt each other. Yet one does his best to hurt, another finds her feelings changing, and a third torn between seeing Maggie suffer yet knowing that Cash is better with her.

    I keep wanting to cry for Luc. He's so in love with Maggie, and yet she and Cash are in love with each other. He can't, he won't, interfere with how they feel about each other and supports them as best he can.

    But he's also told Maggie, at last, how he feels, which creates a discomfort between them. More discomfort is in Cash's deterioration...and he's not so much of a good guy anymore.

    And I love, love that comment Cash "makes" about New Orleans having "no need to look outside itself for signs of progress. It is what it is and makes no excuses for it." Words we should take in for ourselves and enjoy the person we are.

    It's Maggie who pushes for another opinion, even as Cash continues to fret (and forget) his brain injury. And it's Cash's pushing Maggie away that makes me so nuts. I really hate that self-sacrificing meme.

    In between the dramatic scenes, Walker gives us a chance to cool down with the trio's visits to tourist spots like the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, their favorite Café du Monde, the Voodoo Museum, and the Museum of Death among others. Unfortunately,

    doesn't have that same feel of the real New Orleans as did

    . I miss that. Nor do we get that happy-go-lucky sense of Auntie June, although Walker does provide more about Aunt Bea.

    Whoaaa, turns out the picture painted of Violet in

    just might be wrong..!

    Jeez, how can you not cry when Helene tells Maggie that Luc has "given love without the hope of having it returned". And Walker makes an interesting point about

    and

    .

    Ooh, all kinds of truth from the past comes out: why Violet hates Cash, the "partnership" between Sullivan and Rick, what happened to Dean Sullivan, Luc's mother's affair with the mayor, and the first time Cash saw Maggie.

    In general, I think Cash is a smart guy, but why is it he never learns to not turn his back on his sperm donor?

    Dang it, I wanna hear that Sullivan and Rick go down...!

    It's a warning for Cash. To stay away from Maggie and Luc lest he be pulled down as well.

    A warning that would never work, for Cash doesn't abandon his friends. he may push them away, but he won't leave them.

    Twenty-six-year-old Magnolia “

    ” May Carter owns Bon Temps Rouler, the bar she had dreamed of. The time she spends volunteering at the animal shelter has resulted in

    , her three-legged dog, the Roomba-riding

    , and

    who actually likes Luc — the only person on the planet he seems to like!

    is Maggie's mean-ass, snooty sister.

    had been Maggie and Violet's parents. When their parents died, wealthy great-aunt Beatrix "

    " Chatelain and Great-auntie

    , who had been married to

    for over twenty years, took them in.

    ...Maggie's bar where

    and

    are some of her regular bartenders and

    is a barback.

    is one of the regulars;

    is his plus-one for the hurricane party.

    , Chrissy's husband, owns a used-car dealership, but is soft-spoken and shy.

    is another guest at the party.

    was born in Newark and loves New Orleans where he finally found friendship and love.

    Then there's

    , with which Walker continues to tease us. When he enlisted in the army, he came out as a Green Beret. He's spending his time rehabbing a house with Luc helping. Richard “

    ” Armstrong is his jerk of a father...and who is best friends with the crooked Sullivan.

    Creative Green Beret former-Master Sergeant (Sergeant Major??) Lucien “

    ” Dubois with his heart of the mystic hardened by army life, loves music and loves to play.

    is the name of his ancient truck. His mom,

    , has her own salon in Shreveport.

    was the man with whom Helene had the affair.

    , a Cajun, is a musician and Maggie’s upstairs neighbor and best friend.

    is one of Jean-Pierre's uncles.

    is a friend of Homer's.

    is one of Homer's brothers.

    is Homer's cousin's one-armed second husband.

    is a distant cousin.

    Evangeline “

    ” Bell is Maggie’s best childhood friend and a sought-after fashion model.

    is Eva's New York agent.

    is the woman who raised Eva and tells her stories of her great-great-too-many-greats-to-remember grandfather who had been a Voodoo priest.

    is another friend of Maggie's.

    is Lauren's little sister.

    is a corrupt bully who has it in for Luc and Maggie for what happened to

    , his son, the state-champ quarterback darling of the school who was snake-mean to the core.

    is an officer who despises Sullivan; his family includes

    , his wife, and twin girls.

    is the district attorney and an honorary uncle of Rory's.

    , the president and CEO of Fidelity Bank, is one of the victims.

    is the lawyer hired for Maggie.

    is in charge of Neurology at Johns Hopkins.

    Dungworth was a jerk in

    .

    is a waitress at Café du Monde.

    is now on a three-month tour of Europe.

    is a python at the Voodoo Museum run by

    .

    is the serpent god in the Voodoo pantheon.

    owns D.S. Haberdashery.

    had been an embezzler.

    has an interesting beauty regimen.

    ...the school they all attended.

    had the prom after-party at his dad's fishing house ten years ago.

    had always had his nose in a book.

    was an English teacher.

    A

    is a raucous Cajun dance party "filled with belly-busting food, a band ..., Mason jars ...[of]...home brew, and" dancing and stories.

    is a bar with flair on Bourbon Street.

    The cover is a repeat of

    with its pretty and soft sunrise of pastel blues, pinks, and oranges, coming up behind the forest in the bayou, making the full moon disappear. This time the silhouette of a woman, her body also glittering with stars, stands in that reflected, glorious sunrise, posed with arms outstretched as though presenting the bayou to us. It's a complicated gradation from that soft blue at the top to the deep blue of the bottom. The text is all in white, starting at the top with a teaser, the script of the title washing across the woman's body with the volume info immediately below it. Below that is an info blurb followed by the author's name at the very bottom.

    The title does have its uses in that you know it's

    in the series.

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