Disclaimer: I received this finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Far Side of the Moon
Author: Liisa Jorgensen
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: history, biography
Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Genre: Historical Biography
Age Relevance: 16+ (romance, abuse, PTSD, depression, alcoholism, anxiety)
Explanation of Above: The book shows some of the romance between the main characters, but mostly is a deep dive into how Susan handled Frank’s departure to the moon. There are flashbacks and mentions of abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and alcoholism.
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Synopsis: The decades-long love story of a NASA commander and the leader of the Astronaut Wives Club
Far Side of the Moon is the untold, fully authorized story of the lives of Frank and Susan Borman. One was a famous astronaut—an instrumental part of the Apollo space program—but the other was just as much a warrior. This real-life love story is far from a fairy tale.
Life as a military wife was beyond demanding, but Susan always rose to the occasion. When Frank joined NASA and was selected to command the first mission to orbit the moon, that meant putting on a brave face for the world as her husband risked his life for the space race. The pressure and anxiety were overwhelming, and eventually Susan’s well-hidden depression and alcoholism finally came to light. Frank had to come to terms with how his “mission above all else” mentality contributed to his wife’s suffering. As Susan healed, she was able to begin helping others who suffered in silence from mental illness and addiction.
Discover how Frank and Susan’s love and commitment to each other is still overcoming life’s challenges, even beyond their years as an Apollo commander and the founder of the Astronaut Wives Club.
Review: For the most part this was a good book. I liked the premise of it and I found it a very interesting look at what Susan and Frank went through. I liked how the book was a deep dive into Susan’s past and I found her story far more interesting than others. The book is a well written historical book and it would be a great read for anyone who’s interested in this time period/event. The book had well developed characters and world building as well.
However, I found the pacing a bit too slow for my liking and I while I enjoyed the book I found that sometimes the pacing made it hard for me to continue reading.
Verdict: It was good.