Stargazey Point

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors, a stunning new novel of sun, sand, love, and family set against the beautiful backdrop of the South Carolina coast

Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town's beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and ...

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors, a stunning new novel of sun, sand, love, and family set against the beautiful backdrop of the South Carolina coast

Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town's beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and skyrocketing taxes are driving residents away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive.

But Abbie is drawn slowly into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, three octogenarians sharing a looming plantation house; Cab Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle's antique carousel, a childhood sanctuary; Ervina, an old Gullah wisewoman with the power to guide Abbie to a new life, if only she'd let her; and a motley crew of children whom Abbie can't ignore.

Abbie came seeking a safe haven, but what she finds is so much more. For Stargazey Point is a magical place . . . a place for dreamers . . . a place that can lead you home.

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A child's fingers slip away from Abbie Sinclair's frantic rescue attempts, drowning into the mud, while her lover, Werner, is captured and left to die due to corporate greed in Peru. The trauma leaves her suffocating in confused, guilty nightmares, unable to resume her work as a documentary filmmaker. Why did Werner continue to film instead of helping her rescue the child? Why did she allow herself to be dragged to safety? Her best friend, Celeste, sends Abbie to recuperate with her relatives in the genteel poverty of Stargazey Point, S.C. The three octogenarian Crispin siblings, of course, need Abbie as much as she needs them. Marnie's mysterious past gives her the strength to manage her sister, Millie, who refuses to give up on their dilapidated house. Their brother, Beau, obsessively sculpts wood and helps Cabot Reynolds--the small town's prodigal son--restore his uncle's carousel. Abbie meets darkly handsome Cab at dinner her first night with the Crispins. Suspicious of Abbie's motives, Cab reluctantly squires her about town. Things turn sentimental at this point, with a flock of neglected, impoverished--and in some cases abused--children, who desperately need Abbie's attention, and an old Gullah woman, whose second sight penetrates to the very core of every troubled soul. Noble's (Beach Colors, 2012) sophomore novel unfortunately does little with the intriguing threads of Abbie's haunted past, instead weaving her troubling tale into a standard romance. From Cab's flight from a materialistic fiancee and heartless corporate exploitation to Beau's mysterious reluctance to show his art, the troubles in Stargazey Point evoke little surprise. Even the careful restoration of the carousel becomes a metaphor for the simple notion that helping others is the key to healing the self. In this romance, emotional damage is no match for the power of kindness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062258342
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 627,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer. Most recently she worked on the films Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America, and the author of Beach Colors. She lives in New Jersey.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    'Stargazey Point' is a beautifully written contemporary women's

    'Stargazey Point' is a beautifully written contemporary women's fiction novel that follows lead character Abbie Sinclair as she travels to the small town of Stargazey Point in South Carolina. As she gets to know the people of the town, Abbie realizes that Stargazey Point is much more than an old destination town. It's a place for love, new beginnings, and finding yourself.

    This was a fantastically written contemporary novel that features a strong female lead character - Abbie Sinclair - who is incredibly realistic and easy to identify with. We see her fears, dreams, strengths, and weaknesses - and are able to empathize right alongside her as she grows and changes throughout the novel. The other characters in the novel - namely the people Abbie meets in Stargazey Point - are also well written. They are all unique and have distinct personalities and give a great depth to the novel. The setting is perfect - a small coastal town that was once a popular family vacation destination, but is now struggling to survive. The beautiful scenery along with the author's vivid imagery allowed me to fully immerse myself in the novel and into the town itself. The plot wasn't anything mind-blowingly original, but the author writes with such feeling that it gives the story a life all its own. The pace is natural with an effortless flow that had me gliding easily through the pages. Although at first glance this looks like just another women's fiction novel, it is so much more. It deals with real topics like family, grief, love, and finding yourself along with the quirky people and town and the beautiful coastal scenery. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre and those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings First, before y

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    First, before you read this book, go find the novella Stargazey Nights and then pick up this one.  Stargazey Nights is a prequel that gives a great back story for Cab Reynolds.

    Now that I have told you that, on with the real review.  A small town that has seen a decline for many reasons - hurricanes, economy and the decrease in tourism.  With a friend of a family in town and Cab Reynolds in town, both characters end up changing this town in so many ways - both physically and emotionally.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    The fictional town of Stargazey Point is a magical place. The qu

    The fictional town of Stargazey Point is a magical place. The quaint little town, its old-world charm... Shelley Noble paints the town and its inhabitants perfectly; I could see it in my mind, and fell in love with the setting. The development of the characters, as well as the interaction between them, felt very natural.

    But that was it. I should have liked this story far more. It sounds exactly like the type of book I enjoy reading, especially during these leisurely summer months. Unfortunately this novel fell flat for me and barely held my interest. Basically the story consists of Abbie learning to deal with a tragedy and work through her grief, and a town trying to prevent itself from dying off completely. There was one conflict that arose that I did not expect, but once it came up, I immediately knew how it would pan out long before it (finally) resolved.

    For the most part, I found the novel lackluster and predictable. It was nice, but much too predictable for my liking.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Magical and Charming with a cast of strong characters!

    An endearing read making you want to re-live days gone by and become involved in a small historic town restoration --nothing more charming than a carousel.

    I enjoyed the talent and passion which existed in this town and especially the drive, determination, and vision of these strong characters. This is not your typical beach read, as it was so much more – with carefully developed characters and a heartwarming town full of people with a past full of sorrows, hearts to be mended, and dreams which have yet to be fulfilled.

    Shelly does a wonderful job of pulling you into the storyline and loved the novella Stargazey Nights which is a great into to Cab Reynolds. I immediately started reading Stargazey Point. (great cover). It was a joy seeing Abbie and Cab from different walks of life come together and you will fall in love with Beau! Millie reminds me so of many southern women who are not very realistic and all about putting on appearances, when they have no money. Loved Ervina and Sarah as both very independent women with wit and strength – always keep you laughing.

    Would love to see a Stargazey series and sequel --as this cast of characters are too good to end! I could see some romance for Bethane and the new wedding business, and possibly some more history from Beau, a new relationship for Sarah, and of course more to come for Abbie/Cab in this charming town as it continues to come alive and make dreams come true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Very intreging story

    This story of a small community beaten down by changing times and how "2" people can make a difference, in both their lives and the towns. I wish they had moved to my town and I could relive my youth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Enjoyed the book

    I would finish the series on this and her other books. I just refuse to pay $10.99 for them.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book!

    Take a step back in time and see what we grew up with and then have the chance to bring it back again. I liked the story and what was written between the lines also.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Here is a sweet, lovely story that will capture your heart.  She

    Here is a sweet, lovely story that will capture your heart.  Shelley Nobel does a marvelous job of telling this heartwarming story about
     two people who are lost and looking for themselves.  This is a great beach read book that you will remember for quite a while.  Pick it
     up today, you will not regret it.  I give it 4 stars.

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