Once Upon a Gypsy Moon by Michael Hurley – Book Review

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I received a free copy of Once Upon a Gypsy Moon for my honest review from Hachette Book Group.

About the Book:

Michael Hurley watched his world unravel in the wake of infidelity, divorce and failure. In August 2009, he was short of money, out of a job, and seeking to salvage a life that had foundered. Deeply in need of perspective, he took to the open seas in a 32-foot sailboat, Gypsy Moon. The story of his 2-year outward odyssey, deterred by rough weather and mechanical troubles, combines keen observation, poignant thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose. 

Once Upon a Gypsy Moon also presents a rare and much-needed point of view on the familiar spiritual-journey narrative. It offers a star-crossed love story wrapped inside a rollicking good sea tale, but it also has something important to say to the reader about relationships, faith and disbelief, life and death, love and marriage, and what really matters.

About the Author:

A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Michael Hurley has practiced law since 1984. He is the author of Letters from the Woodsand several essays about “slices of life.” He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan and three dogs. Together they have four children.

My Opinion:

This memoir relates the tale of man running off on a dream – a dream I know my own husband had – to sail off and explore. The reason the book appealed to me was because I listened to my husband wax poetic about said sailing off for the first half of our marriage. We had an ocean going sailboat but when he finally realized that my seasickness was not a dream we pursued land based ways of sailing off – and we did.  Fortunately for me, my husband did not decide to sleep with another woman as Mr. Hurley did.

Their is a romanticism to the sea that many people find engaging; they love watching her, they love sailing upon her but she is not an easy mistress. Trust me, I know. Mr. Hurley spares nothing in his book as he shares his life before his affair (this is a minimal part of the book as the focus is the sailing adventure) and then his sailing off on his boat, the Gypsy Moon.

The stories are fine – I enjoyed them. My problem was the writing style. Perhaps Mr. Hurley was attempting to be “old style” in presenting his tale of finding his white whale, I don’t know, but it was just too florid? Stylized? Overdone? It was just too much!

The memoir could have been told with fewer words and better. I found myself putting it down and reading another book in between; something I rarely do. I just couldn’t handle to much of this book at one time.


You can purchase Once Upon a Gypsy Moon from Amazon.com

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of Once Upon a Gypsy Moon for my honest review from Hachette Book Group.  I received no compensation for this post.


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