On a sunny day in April, the ground shook and a thick grey fog encircled Greengage farm, a communal enclave near Sonoma, California. It was 1906, and the great San Francisco earthquake had just struck. Joseph, the British founder of Greengage, soon realizes that the fog kills anyone who tries to go through it. Four months later, the now isolated community still has not found a way to break through this fog. Then Lux, an unwed mother, struggling to make ends meet in San Francisco while caring for a young son and working in a bar, stumbles through the fog. Lux, however, is from 1975. Apparently the only person able to travel through the fog unharmed, Lux discovers that time flows differently in Greengage; while the community has experienced a passage of time of only four months since the earthquake, close to 70 years have passed on the outside.
Weaving a delicate tapestry composed of her own unique story, combined with hints of Brigadoon, C.S. Lewis, H.G. Wells, and non-Orwellian futurism, Gideon gifts us with a compelling novel of familial and romantic love trapped and then freed by time and circumstances.
Valley of the Moon is a fascinating book that spans more than two centuries, I could not put it down. (I was provided a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.)
Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 26, 2016)
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC