• Becca McCulloch

Review: Moonlight on the Thames

Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It's a moment they'll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson. 

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.  Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw... 

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist. 

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?


Music is the means to salvation for two dark souls who meet on a train platform during Christmas. Both have experienced deep pain that had made them afraid to connect with the world, but the power of music creates a connection they can’t deny. 

I always enjoy books about art and the artistic experience. The descriptions of  music are beautifully crafted to capture the majesty of Rachmaninov and sincerity of popular love songs. The author creates a believable structure in which to hang a rather gritty story. 

The characters are well drawn. The story hosts an international cast, which creates a challenge for characterization. By and large, each character was identifiable with behaviors and phrases common to their land of origin. I cared about the characters, which helped get me through the darker sequences. 

Be prepared for a stereotypical presentation of trauma, however.  The characters are damaged beyond repair until magically transformed by love. Trauma is neither than complex nor that simple. Love rarely solves the problem completely though it can be key to finding the support needed to do the internal work of integration. Personally, I wanted Christmas and faith to play a larger role in the story, but they’re mostly the setting and not key players. 

It’s an enjoyable story despite the flaws. The protagonists are worthy of a happy ending, which they achieve through the power of music and human connection. 

Purchase  Links

Amazon: goo.gl/oUbgYf

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2LX8DY9

Ibooks: Moonlight on the Thames

GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/2LUeoG9

Author Bio – Lauren Westwood writes romantic women's fiction, and is also an award-winning children's writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters. 

Social Media Links – 

facebook: @Lwestwoodbooks;

twitter: @lwestwoodwriter;

web: www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com;

instagram: @lwestwoodwriter;

Goodreads: Lauren Westwood;

Booktrail: https://www.thebooktrail.com/book-trails/moonlight-on-the-thames/  (this is a third-party site).

Playlist (music plays a big part in the book): http://www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com/playlist

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