Land of Falling Stars [NOOK Book]


After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him. And soon discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.

Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia?s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning ...
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After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him. And soon discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.

Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia’s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, their childhood friend. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, the mystical Land of Falling Stars still exists.
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Editorial Reviews

Erotic Author - Goodreads - Patty R
A complex, layered plot and conflicts add to this poignant tale of star-crossed love. Diablo has created a romance that manages to blend erotic romance, historical and many elements with a subtle maestro's touch. Chloe Watts, 5 Stars
You Gotta Read Reviews - Maddy M
The author pens a story that is unlike any other. I was torn during the reunion scenes and breathless during the chase scenes. I loved all the sub-stories and the minor characters that were such an integral part of the author's vision. Land of Falling Stars makes you believe in the possibility of retribution and the hope of finding your brass ring in the last place you look. You NEED to Read
Crave More Romance - Laurel Q
“If you haven’t read Keta Diablo, you haven’t lived!” Crave More Romance. 5 Stars!

"This is one steamy hot erotic historical book I devoured as soon as I got a couple of pages in. I recommend all erotic romance readers go out and buy this book. It's a keeper." Phoebe Jordan, Talk About My Favorite Authors, 5 Stars!
Various Reviewers - Anastasia N
"Keta Diablo has woven a tale set in Civil War times that is truly engaging." The Girls on Books Blog - 4 Martinis

"I thoroughly enjoyed Land of Falling Stars and hope to read more of the people of Arbor Rose and Fredricksburg." Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews - 4.5 Cherries

"If you enjoy passion and emotion in your romance, Land of Falling Stars is one you won't want to miss!” Jennifer's Random Musings - 4.5 Stars
Book Wenches - Mariel H
“A story that has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath, Land of Falling Stars is captivating.” —Bookwenches Reviews, 5 Stars

“Historicals are my favorite genre so when a friend told me about Land of Falling Stars I read it. I don't read a lot of Civil War stories, but this was beautiful. I truly enjoyed it. The author really brought out the desolation and fear of the war.” Christinereader, NJ, 5 Stars
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013526174
  • Publisher: Keta Diablo
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 367,890
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening, she loves to commune with nature. Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. In addition, Keta's books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Reads awards from the top professional review sites.

You can find her on the net at the following places:

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    Great Historical

    Land of Falling Stars is a wonderful Historical Romance that captures the essence & traumatic experiences of the Civil War period beautifully. Author, Keta Diablo does a superb job of helping us travel back in time to the war-torn South with her superbly written & very detailed scenes.

    Sophia has lost everything to the war - her home, family, & fiancé. Her story is heart-wrenching and really brings home how truly horrific the time was. She has a strong will and refuses to give up even as things only continue to get worse. I really enjoyed her character and the strength that she possessed, however, at times she came across as selfish & spoiled. Although it was not an aspect that I felt detracted from the story. She is torn between the love that she should feel for her fiancé and what she actually feels for Gavin. Her struggle helps propel the book forward and keeps you turning the page.

    Gavin has loved Sophia ever since saving her at 13 yrs old. He could barely stand to watch as his best friend, Jesse, was promised to the girl he loved. He is such a strong lead character who struggles with what he should do and what he wants to do. He is tired of always hiding his feelings and decides to go after what her wants. His character was my favorite because he had the ability to love completely, protect without suffocating Sophie and he was able to take her tantrums in stride and not give in. He along with Sophie's dog, Ricochet, exude a fierceness that makes the book so worthwhile, and it leaves you feeling such satisfaction at what they accomplish. The secondary characters help round out the cast and added such an authentic aspect to the story. The ending was great, however, I wish that we would have seen more of Sophie & Gavin after they returned home. An Epilogue would have been wonderful and would have completed the book, IMO. So often in romance we get the angst & tumultuous road leading up to the HEA, which is great to turn the page, BUT I want to see them together too

    If you love Historical Romance genre books then this should definitely go on your TBR list.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Wonderful historical romance

    Land of Falling Stars is a wonderful historical romance that takes place during the Civil War. Sophia has lost everything. Her parents and brother were killed. Jesse, the man she is to marry, hasn't returned from the war. When Sophia and Jesse's childhood friend comes back home from the war, Sophia is confused by her feelings for Gavin. As they slowly become closer, Gavin continues to keep the truth from Sophia - that Jesse isn't ever coming back.

    I haven't read many historical romances - I mostly stay in the paranormal romance genre. I really enjoyed this book though, and it definitely pays to read outside your usual genre every now and then. I have to admit that Sophia and Gavin both drove me insane!! Sophia is a stubborn, spoiled brat. Gavin is a stubborn jerk. They both are so stubborn when it comes to their pride, they continually risk their relationship. Just when you think that it will never work, they fall into each others arms with so much passion it heats up the pages.

    This book is filled with so many different emotions. One moment you may be fanning yourself from their intense love making, the next moment might make you teary-eyed, and a little bit later you might find yourself thoroughly frustrated with these characters - but you'll love every minute of it. I wasn't quite expecting the book to end where it did, I wanted to know more. I don't know if there will be a sequel or not, but I would love to read more about these characters.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    A heart wrenching historical romance with enough passion to start another Civil War!

    With the impending end of the Civil War, Sophia Whitfield tries to hold on to the only thing she has not yet lost, her childhood home. Sophia is all alone in the world, she's lost her parents, brother and her fiancé has yet to return from the war, leaving her with just two slaves to help her defend her family estate from the enemy. When a Union soldier invades Arbor Rose, Sophia shoots first and asks questions later. She gets the surprise of her life when she realizes she's shot her childhood friend and savior, Gavin Langdale, who is now a soldier fighting for the North and not some Yankee trespasser. Gavin has come back to Arbor Rose to deliver a message to Sophia, but seeing her again brings up past emotions he can no longer keep a secret and soon fiery passion ensues between the two. Forgetting his purpose, Gavin gives into his desires with Sophia, with the hopes of winning her heart when all is finally revealed. This is a passionate love story that begins when the main characters are young and transcends into their adulthood which makes the romance that much heartwarming. Sophia is an outstanding heroine, she's independent, smart, stubborn (which can be a bit frustrating), but knows how to hold her own. My only issue with her behavior comes from a scene where she experiences something traumatic and reacts to the situation by sleeping with Gavin, her reaction seemed a bit far fetched, especially for that period in time but I won't say any more! Gavin is the epitome of chivalry and strength. He is everything you want in a hero, he's strong, patient, compassionate, with a wicked side in the bedroom...I fell for him immediately! The difference in their personalities works flawlessly and images of the classic Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Bultler came to mind while reading. Gavin and Sophia have a tumultuous relationship that keeps you on edge and bewitched from beginning to end. I love a good historical romance, especially when it's infused with hot and sultry passion and Land of Falling Stars won me over. It's a beautifully written love story that captures not only the essence of the time but the internal struggle of the characters vividly enough for the reader to experience every emotion while reading. Adventure, unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance make this a tantalizing read that will have your heart skipping out of pure excitement! Praise to Ms. Diablo for sharing this historical masterpiece with her readers!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011


    THE LAND OF FALLING STARS by Keta Diablo is an exciting historical erotic romance set during the Civil War. It is the story of Sophia Whitfield and her childhood friend Gavin Langdale.Sophia Whitfield,is alone,her parents and brother was killed,her finase has not been heard from in a while(he is fighting in the war),her home place has been burn,and she only has two servants left at her side.Gavin Langdale,is handsome, a childhood friend of Sophia's,a soldier for the Union and is coming home to reveal a horrible mistake.What he finds is the beautiful,sexy Sophia.Whom he has always loved. "The Land of Falling Stars" has hot sex,sensual tension,love and hate,right and wrong,danger,secrets, romance,a devoted wolfhound,the horrors of war,and its aftermath.This is the story of a Southern Lady and a Yankee soldier who faces the aftermath of the war between the states. Any historical,erotic,romance reader will enjoy this fast paced,action packed story where the hero and heroine,not only enjoy each other but has that love-hate relationship with banter and wit,while learning to love each other without all the baggage.A must read.Received for review from the author. Details can be found at the author's website and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    SAPHIRE REALM BLOG Loves Land of Falling Stars

    Reviewer Top Pick, One of the best I have ever read Lifetime keeper! 4.75 STARS, SAPPHIRE BLOG

    Keta Diablo has penned a beautiful and haunting love story full of passion, deception, danger and the epic War Between the States that will leave you breathless and longing for more! I loved this story from beginning to end! It's a true page turner that you will hate to see end. Keta really has a knack for getting you beneath her characters skins. This is one of those rare books that you don't want to miss out on! And I'm sure you will agree with me after you read it, that Keta Diablo is a name that we will be seeing a lot more of in the coming years to which I say bravo!"

    Land of the Falling Stars is the newest novel from up and coming author Keta Diablo. It is set during the turbulent times of the Civil War. Sophia Whitfield has lost nearly everything to this horrible war her parents, her brother and her entire way of life up till now. She has managed to keep Arbor Rose above water but just barely no thanks to the raiding of Yankees that have left she and her remaining servants with very little to survive on themselves. So when she sees another dreaded Yankee meandering down the road toward her home she has had enough! She grabs her father's rifle and shoots the approaching soldier. But when she draws near she is horrified to see that she has shot none other than Gavin Langdale (one of her closest friends since childhood friend, who left to fighting started). Desperate to save his life she takes care of him night and day with the help of Old Nap and Brister (her faithful helpers who wanted to stay with her even after the emancipation) praying that he will survive.

    When Gavin awakens he sees the angel that has haunted his thoughts and dreams hovering over him. Sophia Whitfield and Jesse Grantham and he had been the very best of friends growing up together on the banks of the Rappahannock. Though Gavin always harbored feelings for Sophia he never allowed them to show or did anything about them because she was promised to marry Jesse from birth. But now looking up at her all of those feelings seem to overwhelm him. Sophia is ecstatic that he has returned and will recover from the gunshot. But he wonders if she would feel the same if she knew of the horrible secret that he is harboring indeed the very reason that he has come back to Arbor Rose.

    On a battlefield filled with chaos and smoke and the sounds of death all around him he fired at an approaching Rebel soldier only to find when he drew near to him that he had shot and killed Jesse Grantham, his best friend and Sophia's intended. He is devastated by what he has done and he has come back to tell Sophia the truth. But when she is so glad to see him he finds that he doesn't want to ruin this time with her just yet. So he sets about helping her with much needed repairs around Arbor Rose and finds that the feelings he harbors for Sophia are stronger than ever. And when she starts to display feelings for him as well can he come clean with her about what he's done and ruin what has been his secret dream from the time he was 13, ( to have her love)?

    Will their passion be enough to see them through the trials that they are about to face or will the truth and circumstances tear them apart? Or will a band of cutthroats kill them both before they ever have the chance to find out? And there is much, much more to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Keta Diablo writes with a surreal and reader-friendly tone, an e

    Keta Diablo writes with a surreal and reader-friendly tone, an eye for detail that transports the readers back in time with its descriptions, and laced with witty conversations that are amusing and entertaining. Strong, dynamic, and passionate characters develop well in a steady pace, despite second-guessing their own decisions.
    I have been given an e-book copy by BTS for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review—all conclusions are my own responsibility.
    Flame Rating: 4

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Once Again, Keta Spins her Magic

    Keta Diablo never fails to surprise me with her talent for creating characters that come alive – passionate, obstinate and wholly believable. Then by placing them smack in the middle of one of the most tumultuous eras in American History, she spins her magic. Keta has created a story that is like a majestic tapestry. The characters seem to live and breathe within the framework of a grand story rich in historical detail. Three childhood friends are divided by horrific, gut-wrenching circumstance, forced into difficult situations, driven by honor, but deceived by lies. Passion is ignited and cannot be denied, but duty and honor must also be served. Ever capricious and fickle, fate never makes it easy for two star-crossed lovers to find true happiness.

    Short, poignant flashbacks of an idyllic childhood are skillfully interspersed. They spectacularly highlight the stark contrast between the shared freedoms and escapades of youthful innocence with the current reality of the immeasurable loss of family, possessions, and wealth. Gavin returns from the war a haunted specter of the young man he once was. Jessie longs to return to the woman he loves, the woman promised to him since birth, but his dreams can never be realized because his life is cut short. Sophia hangs on tenaciously to the remnants of property; all that remains of her once gracious childhood home. Having grown up accustomed to wealth, pampered by her doting parents, Sophia is singularly unprepared for the hardship and tribulations she is forced to endure. Occasionally, I felt her childish tantrums were overplayed; however, she truly was dealt some significant emotional blows, so perhaps I am being too harsh in my judgment of her. Ultimately, however, she emerges as a self-possessed woman who will risk it all for the one man she truly loves. This is an emotional rollercoaster that tells a breath-taking and heart-rending story that will capture the heart of romance readers everywhere.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

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    Captivating and Sensually Moving!

    Captivating and Sensually Moving!

    Wow! This novel was such a moving and heart felt story. The story captivated me immediately just from the first paragraph. War is such a horrible time as the South and the North leave pillages of carnage behind in their wake, but that is not the worst of it when one is promised to marriage of one of the soldiers sent off to fight the war along and your childhood best friend is fighting on opposite side.

    What you will find in this story is strength, survival, faithfulness, dedication, betrayal, love, friendship, healing, loneliness, death, and bitter sweet emotion that will take you on a ride between sorrow and bliss.

    The connection between Sophia and Gavin is intense with a mixture of love and hate. Their erotic romance scene is sensually hot, tender at times, and wildly rough leaving the reader wonton themselves as the words come alive on the pages and leave vivid images to fantasize about.

    I loved the independence of Sophia even through the turmoil she was put through and how she guarded her heart even though a mental blindness of accepting reality. Gavin is the savior every woman dreams of, a man bound by loyalty to follow his best friend¿s promise, a man who would give the world to the woman he loves to make her happy, and a man that was resistible and insatiable.

    There were times however that I just wanted to reach in and grab Sophia¿s shoulders and shake the crap out of her. The drama in the book will definitely have you reeling with emotion as I felt happiness, sorrow, aroused, and even got teary eyed through parts of it.

    I cannot forget about the loyalty of the wolf-hound in the story, he was the most trained and brilliant protector throughout the whole story. Also the gypsy¿s won my heart immediately with their unconditional kindness and their magical faith of healing.

    What can I say, I totally loved it! Definitely a book to keep on the shelf to read over and over again, therefore I highly recommend this historical read for all genre readers and I am truly a fan of Keta Diablo and look forward to reading more of her works.

    Excellent Read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Good, but lacking

    This had a good storyline, but was lacking in details. The story jumped one scence to another without any flow. The author focused in on one detail throughout the entire book. While it was a decent read I would not recommend it to a friend.

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