Ann Tatlock’s I’ll Watch the Moon is a different kind of book from her—based on her grandmother’s story. I absolutely loved it.
She calls it a “love story,” and it is, though it’s not a romance. Told from a little girl’s viewpoint, we learn of Nova’s star-gazing brother, Dewey, and her Auntie Dortha, mother, and two men: Josef and Thomas. She also introduces us to Dewey’s friends and Dewey’s world. Dewey sincerely wants to be the first man on the moon.
Little by little, Josef’s life story unfolds, along with some life-changing happenings in Nova’s life. Unfortunately, I can’t tell more without spoiling.
This is a sweet, lovely read. I enjoyed the sensitivity with which it is told and the authentic historical setting. A wonderful book that I can recommend to anyone. Easily five stars.