Daughter of the Stars

Daughter of the Stars

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by Phyllis A. Whitney
     
 

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"Were they all lying? Misleading me for their own purposes?..."
Lacey Elliot has been a woman without a past since the day her mother whisked her off to Charlottesville, refusing for thirty years to speak of her father, her family, or her history.
But when Lacey intercepts a desperate letter from an aunt in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Lacey sees

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"Were they all lying? Misleading me for their own purposes?..."
Lacey Elliot has been a woman without a past since the day her mother whisked her off to Charlottesville, refusing for thirty years to speak of her father, her family, or her history.
But when Lacey intercepts a desperate letter from an aunt in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Lacey sees her chance to confront the past that has terrified her mother and to fill in the gaps in her own life.
Against the charm and colorful, turbulent history of the picturesque town, the violent history of Lacey's heritage is about to repeat itself. As she finds herself drawn to a man intrigued by the town for reasons of his own, old ghosts reappear and danger returns—as a killer walks among them once more....
"Evocative, moving, suspenseful—another surefire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it should be done."
—BARBARA MICHAELS
PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY IS A WINNER OF THE GRAND MASTER AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT FROM THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA

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“Evocative, moving, suspenseful–another surefire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it should be done.”
–BARBARA MICHAELS
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again thrusting her trademark likable heroine into a murky situation, this veteran author comes up with a better than average mystery/romance. After receiving an urgent letter, children's-book author Lacey Elliott rushes from her Virginia home to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., hoping to uncover the truth about her father's murder. She encounters an assortment of relatives: great-aunt Vinnie, who harbors a secret; grandfather Daniel, who was suspected of the murder; a half-sister, Caryl, and her young son Egan; great-grandmother Lacey; and Henry Elliot, her father's strange, drunkard brother. She also meets handsome history professor Ryan Pearce-their blossoming romance is chastely indicated by a few innocent kisses. The mystery is heightened by the presence of a few Civil War ghosts who ultimately shed light on the killing. Whitney depicts both the town itself and the raid conducted there by abolitionist John Brown (as narrated by one of the characters) with her customary attention to background details. Suspense fans will be caught up in this yarn's myriad plot twists, which culminate in a gratifying surprise ending. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Phyllis Whitney is a Grand Master of suspense novels. Unfortunately, this work is not her best effort. The story is only mildly interesting, and Anna Fields is just competent in her reading. Lacey Elliot knows nothing about her past, not her father's name, not even that she was born in Harper's Ferry. Her mother refuses to discuss it. But then a voice from the past begs for help. Lacey returns to her birthplace and finds herself embroiled in old mysteries, including that of her own father's murder. Whitney tries to tie the story to that of history's John Brown, but that only adds to the already convoluted plot. Fields has a tendency to overdramatize male voices. She is more successful with Egan, Lacey's little nephew. Her pedestrian reading only showcases the novel's weaknesses. Purchase only for demand.Jodi Israel, Norwood, MA
School Library Journal
YA-A light, fast-paced mystery. Lacey returns to the town of her birth, Harper's Ferry, WV, and becomes involved in trying to learn who killed her father 30 years ago. The multifaceted plot is further enriched (and complicated) by flashbacks to the Civil War, as ancestors motivate contemporary characters' actions. (It's unfortunate that there's no family tree to help keep characters in their proper time period.) Only Lacey's personality is fully developed. Although keeping the time periods straight may challenge some readers, this quick read provides a look at Harper's Ferry's key role in the preliminary days of the Civil War.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Denise Perry Donavin
Whitney's new novel takes place in Harper's Ferry, where a young woman discovers a family her mother has kept secret throughout her life. Lacy Elliot reads a letter addressed to her mother in order to protect her during convalescence, only to discover a family she has never known. The letter is a plea for help, and Lacy responds by showing up in Harper's Ferry in her mother's stead. She falls in love with a writer whom she meets on the ferry and is introduced to an aunt, her great-grandmother, and cousins, while learning of her father's unsolved murder. The tension from that long-ago incident is revived by the reappearance of the major suspect, her grandfather. Whitney lives up to her reputation with this contemporary romance steeped in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345480330
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
218,897
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

Mary Higgins Clark
Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted storyteller, and a master of suspense.
Barbara Michaels
Evocative, moving, suspenseful -- another sure-fire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it's to be done.

Meet the Author

In addition to being named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY has received the Agatha Award from Malice Domestic and a Society of Midland Authors Award. All three honors are for lifetime achievement. She has been published in thirty foreign countries. Her other novels include Amethyst Dreams, Singing Stones, and Woman Without a Past. Whitney lives in Nelson County, Virginia.

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Daughter of the Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting book. Best one ive read in a long time. Keeps you interested and wondering what will happen next.
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