Lux is a single mother with a little boy, Benno, who she adores. Estranged from her parents, she has no wish to send Benno to them for a vacation. Feeling alone knowing that Benno will be gone for two weeks, she decides to do something for herself and settles on camping in the Valley of the Moon State Park. In the middle of the night, she is drawn to a thick fog that covers the valley. She walks through it and when she comes out the other side, she's in another century.
Lux has stumbled into Greengage, an experiment in living founded by Joseph in the early 1900s. The people live as a community working the land. Lux loves the feeling of acceptance and is drawn to Joseph, but if she's to leave she must do it at the full moon. She wants to stay, but love for Benno draws her back to her own time. This is the beginning of their story.
Inspired by Brigidoon, this is a tale of love across time that will draw you in. Lux and Joseph are believable characters. Both are estranged from their families and the pull of community is very strong. The description, particularly of Greengage, is delightful. It brings you into the beautiful Valley of the Moon. Like Brigadoon, it makes you wonder if you can find a way to stay.
The plot is handled skillfully. The story toggles back and forth between Lux and Joseph, each taking a turn at narrating. I like this presentation because it showed how each reacted to the circumstances. The pace is fast, because it moves back and forth between the two settings.
Although this book would be classified as science fiction, the romance and the feelings of the individuals are more critical than the element of time travel. Even if you don't care for science fiction, I highly recommend this book.
I received this book from Penguin Random House for this review.