Lux is doing her best to raise her son Benno and find her place in the world. She has just put her young son Benno on a plane to fly across the country to spend some time with her mother in Newport. Trying to take her mind off of Benno being gone, Lux plans a camping trip to the Valley of the Moon. During the night she becomes cold and awakens to find a dense fog enveloping her. She makes her way through the fog to come upon Greengage, a community stuck in the early 1900s. She meets Joseph and his wife Martha, along with Joseph's sister Fancy. Something draws Lux to the simplicity of Greengage. She feels acceptance and purpose there, but of course Benno is still in the present day so Lux returns to California. She quickly realizes that time doesn't pass the same in present day California as it does in Greengage. Lux finds herself at a crossroads, trying to balance two worlds in two different times.
I enjoyed Valley of the Moon and felt connected with the characters. The author really makes you feel the conflict Lux has between balancing her role as a mother and the pull she feels to live life in Greengage. The ending was surprising to me I thought it was an interesting twist.
I received this book courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.