Twice in a Blue Moon

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ISBN 978-0-9783793-3-9
BookLand Press


When Aley Pierce writes, her words don’t stay on the page but spill into reality. Or so her neighbours think, who see her words as evil. Tensions escalate into an organised campaign of book banning and book burning, until Aley herself doubts who she is and what she does. A century and a half earlier, Elizabeth Barnes’ talent for water dowsing unearths a body in her neighbour’s field. Under growing accusations that she is a witch, Elizabeth is blamed for the drought that puts a stranglehold on the small farming community. But water dowsing isn’t Elizabeth’s only talent – she is a clairvoyant. Does she see the future or create it? Even Elizabeth doesn’t know.

Beneath the unfolding of the blue moon, events resurface across time, and the lives of the two women interlink. Does Aley create Elizabeth, or is Elizabeth dreaming Aley?

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TWICE IN A BLUE MOON explores what it means to be talented, to move out into the imagination and to be pulled back to the real world,” says Robert Morgan, Publisher of BookLand Press. “The book tells the passionate story of two extraordinary women: Aley Pierce, a fiercely independent writer with an uncanny affinity for water and a strong will to live life on her own terms, and Elizabeth Barnes, a water dowser and clairvoyant living in the same vicinity but a century and a half earlier. As the two lives unfold along strangely similar paths, the two women gradually come to know themselves, to accept and nourish their uniqueness and their talents, and to stand by their convictions despite severe obstacles and rejections. The author has woven two stories into an intriguing whole.”

Marianne Paul 2012