Moondance by Diane Chandler book review and blogtour


Moondance written by Diane Chandler, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available in ebook and paperback format from 1st November 2016.

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Product Details (as per amazon page)

How can you long for someone who doesn’t exist?

Cat has always been in control of her life. Happily married to Dom, but flying high as a political lobbyist, she dismisses his desire to start a family … until she herself is ready.

But what if it is then too late?

Complex and selfish, intelligent and open, if she is to succeed in having that elusive child, Cat must battle through gruelling fertility treatment and the emotional strain it places on her marriage. By her side, Dom, easygoing and ever the optimist, finds that he too risks being run ragged by their journey.

Both are forced to come to terms with their longing for a baby against the blitz on a relationship tested like never before.


I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of Diane Chandler’s new novel, Moondance.  I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book and would like to thank the author and publishers for this.

This was a very moving story of two different loves.  One love so desperate it’s depth and desire could destroy the other.

This is a story of one couple’s journey with their desperate bid to have a child through the IVF process.  It is a fictional story based on the emotional and physical impact of IVF.

Cat and her husband Dom have been happily married for nearly 10 years.  They are both highly successful in their city careers which take them overseas at times.  Cat isn’t particularly maternal and didn’t want children to stand in the way of her career at first.  When the couple do decide to try for a family nature is not kind for them and IVF seems the only option.  The author, Diane Chandler, takes you on quite a raw, honest journey with the couple and one scene in particular shook my heart into pieces.  The author was very clever as she swept you away with the two love stories; the desperate, needy love for a child, at times became obsessional but I can only imagine that if I was in Cat’s shoes I would be the same.  We are then given glimpses and throwbacks to Cat’s past when she first met Dom and how their love developed.  I really enjoyed hearing about Cat and Dom’s history, a chance encounter changing the course of their future.  The location and circumstances of this encounter sounded so romantic but it wasn’t plain sailing from thereon.

I’ve never read a story based around IVF before and initially you would imagine it to be quite depressing but Moondance was an altogether different story.  Diane Chandler has created a masterpiece in wrapping a highly sensitive, emotive storyline with scenes of warmth and humour.  This raw, honest story will tug at your heart and will never leave your mind.  5/5*

Blackbird Digital Books and Diane Chandler have kindly offered 3 digital copies of Moondance for my readers.  To enter the giveaway please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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About the Author (as per author website)


I was born and bred in Derby, England, and my family still live there. After studying French and German at Salford University in the early 1980s, I then skittered off to live abroad. First off, I spent a year in Osnabrueck, Germany, which is twinned with Derby. As the so-called ‘Derby Envoy’ my job was to expand the twinning links between a myriad of organisations – schools, sports clubs, choirs, women’s groups, all of which which was huge fun and a fabulous initiation to the world of work. Inspired, I then took myself off to Brussels, Belgium, where I worked as a political lobbyist before joining the European Commission in 1990. My youthful desire to change the world landed me a job on the regeneration of coal and steel communities throughout Europe, and then later onto my real passion for overseas aid. I was lucky enough to spend some years designing and managing aid programmes for the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, developing along the way a deep affection for Ukraine and also for Moldova. Homesick in my mid thirties, I then secured a secondment to the UK’s Department for International Development and spend a few happy years working on similar programmes there. After a short stint in the Africa department, I then left to focus on the next stage of my life. When my daughter was born, I was able to snatch a few hours here and there to write my first novel. And so it continues.

To find out more about Diane Chandler and her books please visit the following pages.  Please also stop by the other dates on the blogtour.





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