By Anna Marie McLemore
Genre: Magical Realism/LGBTQ
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
The Nomeolvides women live in La Pradera because they are feared-every man they love will disappear. The five Nomeolvides sisters believe they have found a loophole by loving a girl but they fear she will disappear so they make a sacrifice to save her. The very next day, a strange boy appears in their garden and they believe their sacrifice has returned a lost love. Sounds cool right? Well it was until it wasn’t.
This is a very simple plot but unfortunately, it got muddled with their love interest’s cousin and his love of money and then he uses the girls to entertain his guests and then Estrella, a Nomeolvide, does something stupid and is blackmailed and then something happens to the love interest and then there are 15 Nomeolvides women and it WAS TOO MUCH! This was my issue with When The Moon Was Ours-convoluted.
But my biggest issue was that Wild Beauty was the familiarity of When the Moon Was Ours which was McLemore’s 2016 book. The girls in Wild Beauty can grow flowers with one touch, the girl in WTMWO grew roses out of her wrists. A boy, named Fel, mysteriously appears in their garden, in WTMWO a strange girl falls from a water tower. The sisters in this book are oddly close nit and strange, so were the sisters in WTMWO. It’s like McLemore ran out of ideas.
McLemore is a good writer. She paints a beautiful picture and she’s capable of new and interesting characters but someone needs to tell her to edit.