Halfa Moon starts out with Margaret (Meg) Randallman reminiscing about the circumstances surrounding the childhood kidnapping of her and her younger brother, Ray, by their self-absorbed mother Norma and her boyfriend George.
Before the kidnapping, Meg’s older sister, Laura, was tragically killed and Meg feels she is to blame and carries the guilt of her death with her throughout her young life.
Meg’s new life consists of living in a mansion with her mother, step-father and a new step-grandmother. Even though she lives in lush surroundings, she is ignored by her mother. So she focuses on academics, graduates at age 16, and goes to Stanford. After college, she gets a job doing cyber security at the Lab where she makes friends with some of the employees. However, there has been a murder and Meg may be the next victim.
Halfa Moon is a book about redemption and forgiveness with mystery and romance woven in. It shows that no matter what happens to us, we can move forward by showing grace and mercy to those who have hurt us and to ourselves.
About Joan Bannan:
Joan Bannan is a native Californian, who still lives in Northern California. She was born Joan Freiburghouse in Modesto. When she turned eighteen, she became Joan Mangini for the next twenty-four years. She changed her last name to Bannan—her grandmother’s maiden name when her first book was published in 1990. She thought her mother’s maiden name was too boring and that Freiburghouse would not fit on book covers.
Joan is a Christian. Her faith influences her writing, but she does not consider herself an evangelist nor does she feel called to explain her faith to her readers. However, her faith greatly influences her characters and the theme of each novel. She says, “I can’t help it. I believe the world that is not seen is the real world. I allow my characters to be aided by divine intervention that is considered coincidence in the visible world. Christian friends call this type of coincidence, ‘a God thing.'”
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