By Way of the Moonlight

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A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Book for Fall 2022

Two courageous young women, tied together by blood and shared passion, will risk everything to save what they love most.

For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents' ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy--a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother's will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.

Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler's driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she's called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.

As Nana Dale's past comes to light in Allie's search for answers, Dale's courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother's legacy and keep her own dreams alive.

"Elizabeth's signature artistry as a storyteller dazzles."
--SUSAN MEISSNER, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

"Musser delivers yet another emotional escape."--JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

"The characters in this touching double story stayed with me long after 'the end.' One of the best novels I've read this year."--LYNN AUSTIN, author of Long Way Home


"Elizabeth's signature artistry as a storyteller dazzles in By Way of the Moonlight. Brimming with impressive historical detail, here is a book to remind us all that we can honor the past and still bravely embrace the future."

Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

"Elizabeth Musser's beautifully written novel By Way of the Moonlight brings to life a little-known piece of WWII history. The characters in this touching double story stayed with me long after 'the end.' One of the best novels I've read this year."

Lynn Austin, author of Long Way Home

"Elizabeth Musser fans will not be disappointed as she delivers yet another emotional escape. This split-time story reminds us that the past can come back to the surface just when we least expect it. But it also assures us that no problem is too big for God's grace. A powerful message no matter the era."

Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

"Elizabeth Musser gives us another beautiful story with a lush setting on the Golden Isles off the southern Georgia coast. The fascinating equestrian thread and compelling characters weave through both the contemporary and historical facets of this novel, making this one you won't want to miss!"

Deborah Raney, author of Bridges and the Chandler Sisters

"Steeped in horses and Southern charm, By the Way of Moonlight is a delightful split-time romance that explores the history of the mounted beach patrols protecting Georgia's barrier islands from Nazi U-boat attacks. Readers who grew up with The Black Stallion and Misty of Chincoteague will love the grown-up action of Musser's book."

Janyre Tromp, author of Shadows in the Mind's Eye

"The pull of the past, her grandmother's secrets, and the power of love. Elizabeth Musser's By Way of the Moonlight is a can't-put-it-down book. I highly recommend it!"

Ane Mulligan, bestselling author of Chapel Springs Revival and the award-winning In High Cotton

The Author

  1. Elizabeth Musser

    Elizabeth Musser

    Elizabeth Musser, ( writes "entertainment with a soul" from her writing chalet--tool shed--outside Lyon, France. Elizabeth's award-winning, bestselling novel The Swan House was named one of Amazon's Top Christian Books...

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"Musser takes readers back to the 1930s . . . Filled with extensive details about equestrian competition at elite levels and the accoutrements of affluent southern society during this era, Musser's novel will appeal to horse-loving readers and those with a fondness for historical fiction about the upper-classes."


"[A] winning family saga from Musser. . . . Lush and romantic prose uplifts this affecting tale that celebrates the hard-won wisdom of elders. This is perfect for book clubs."

Publishers Weekly

"By Way of the Moonlight tells a powerful story or rather two powerful stories, one from the past and one in the present. An emotional journey. Intriguing and engaging."

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