By the Stars

By the Stars

by Lindsay B. Ferguson




When Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he's loved since grade school, their easy friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. But the WWII draft calls him to the war in the Pacific, and with his small chance of return, Cal prepares to part from Kate for good. Inspired by a true story, By the Stars shows that love, faith, and perseverance can overcome any obstacle.

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ISBN-13: 9781462118151
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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By the Stars 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
The_reading_wolf More than 1 year ago
The Synopsis Set during WWII. Cal and Kate have a lifelong acquaintance with one another. Cal had loved Kate since a young age and when he returns home from being on a mission for his church, he finds the romance he has so desired with Kate. Its briefly after they find love with one another that Cal is drafted. Cal leaves out and must rely on his memory of Kate and God's will to survive. Based on a true story, we find out if love really does conquer all. The Review I loved how sweet and clean this book was. This book was very beautiful. It left my emotions raw. This book has a beautiful story and should be read by everyone. You cant help but fall in love with Cal. He is a sweet, proper, faith driven, hardworking gentleman. The story is very moving! You feel every emotion throughout the book as Kate and Cal face many hardships. The book while being very clean and free of language and sexual scenes, does have some war violence. I feel the scenes were necessary as it depicts the trials Cal is facing in an accurate manner. The author does a wonderful job of bringing to light this time period. I normally don't read historical romances, but this one was so mesmerizing, that i cant wait to read more by this author. Thank you Lindsay for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A timeless story of love... By the Stars By Lindsay B. Ferguson A once-in-a-lifetime love, a raging war, and a promise... From the moment he first saw her Cal Morgan knew Kate Clayton was special. She was his ideal as he went through school. But Kate was beyond him, too beautiful, too popular, too perfect for a farm boy. But he had something to offer that no other man had offered Kate. He offered her friendship and in return he got to know the heart of the young woman who captured his. Kate is determined to never fall in love, but there is something about Cal that calls to her, that threatens to break through the wall that she has erected around her heart. But friendship with Cal seems like an acceptable compromise. Time is short with World War II soon to take him into the dangers of the Pacific Theater. When Kate's deep-rooted fears keep her from acknowledging that she and Cal have something special, he heads out with a broken heart. But Cal's absence makes Kate realize just how much she is giving up. And she is determined to let Cal know just how she feels before it is too late. With the promise of Kate's love awaiting him Cal faces the horrors of war in the jungles of the Philippines. The struggle to survive and yet remain true to himself and God drives him. But his greatest strength lies in his hope of a future with Kate. This is a love story that spans the years and faces the uncertainties of the future of a world at war. This is a story that rings true and will touch your heart. This is Cal Morgan's story -- the love story that made his life. A beautiful and touching story that one won't want to miss. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.
Mandy More than 1 year ago
By the Stars, by Lindsay B. Ferguson, which is inspired by a true story, follows the life of Cal Morgan, a Mormon farm boy from the small town of Crescent, Utah. An elderly Cal is telling his story to a neighbor (the author of this novel, actually), and decided to start his story with a girl named Kate Clayton. He met her in eighth grade, and loved her his whole life. The book follows him through high school, a relationship with another young woman, his three-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his service in the Phillipines during World War Two. At each point in his life, Kate is connected in some way, either via his thoughts, chance meetings, or even the beginnings of a beautiful relationship she isn't quite willing to commit to. Cal is a character that is easy to like. He is a hard worker, a gentleman, full of faith, and humble. Kate is gorgeous, spunky, confident, popular, but has hidden reservations. Cal, since the first time he met Kate, was smitten with her. It takes Kate much longer to open herself up to him, but eventually falls in love with him too. The story is rather simple and predictable, but always interesting. I have never really read about soldiers' experiences during WWII, and this book really opened my eyes to some of the horror, and difficult conditions they experienced. The main characters of the book are LDS, and the Mormon culture is woven throughout, but was written so that people of any faith could love the book. I thought Ferguson did an excellent job getting the reader into the heads of Kate and Cal. I liked that the perspectives changed occasionally. Their characters were complex and both easy to love. I would be privileged to be friends with either of them. I loved the title of the book. It was so appropriate since Kate and Cal spend much of their time together under the stars. He also wishes on stars multiple times in the book. It really was a sweet story, one that inspires the reader to be better and to believe in true love. I wish there had been some twists and turns in the book, but all in all, it was a really lovely read.
EekaGirl More than 1 year ago
To start, this book was a lot longer than I was expecting it to be—over 300 pages. Some sections probably could have been cut to make it a little bit shorter, but I never felt like it was lagging. I was quite impressed with the author for pulling that off with such a long book. Just know going into it that it's a longer read, and you should be fine. I didn't know that, and I still enjoyed it. I want to add a little bit of caution for future readers. This is a romance, but it's also a war story. This book contains gruesome war scenes. The author didn't get too graphic or detailed in these chapters, but she stays true to what happens in war. Most adult readers should be fine with it, but use your discretion. Personally, I appreciate how the author handled these scenes. She didn't describe every little bit of what our protagonist, Cal, saw while he was in the Philippines, but she doesn't water down the horrors of war. Kate and Cal are members of the LDS Church, and as such, this book contains references to their beliefs, values, and the Church itself. But it's not so saturated with obscure references that someone outside the Church would have a hard time understanding or getting through the book. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, and I thought she did an excellent job of keeping the phrases and slang true to the era this story was written in. She also did well at weaving the romance and the war stories together into one novel. I thought this was a fantastic book, well written and well researched. I give it a 5 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful romance, and a testament that good things come to even ordinary people. Cal was not considered among the popular crowd. He missed out on a lot of frivolous fun because of his long hours spent working on the family farm, a mundane but essential family business. That put him out of the path of the popular social group. Kate, a girl he meets and befriends when she is assigned a school locker next to his, soon goes on with her life as if Cal doesn’t exist. He admires from afar, but does not believe he can compete with the popular guys in Kate’s social circle. I loved the way the characters were written. Cal was an ordinary guy, not flashy, but a young man who did his duty to both his church and his country. Even though he loses contact with Kate several times during his young life, he never completely forgets her. Occasional chance meetings throw them together often enough to keep his interest in her alive. Kate is a delightful young woman, but disappointed in her expectations. As much as she enjoys socializing and having fun, she decides to follow a path that excludes marriage and family—probably the only reason she was still single in the short period of time between Cal’s mission and his military service in World War Two. Once again, after only a few weeks at home, Cal is inducted into the Army as an infantryman where he will eventually be sent to the Philippines, a duty that would lead to years of difficulty for him. He left expecting never to see Kate again. What happened while he was in training had me raising an eyebrow. The incident is based on a true story, but I’m pretty sure it could never happen in today’s world. The romance is clean and proper. The story was uplifting. I could identify with Kate’s feelings and got a chuckle out of some of her antics. I also could not help but admire Cal as proof that quiet, dependable men who work hard and do their duty are sometimes the best heroes of all.
TheThingsILoveMost More than 1 year ago
This new book by Lindsay Ferguson called By the Stars was a beautiful story, the kind that I could not put down. Having this be Lindsay's first novel she's ever written I was completely amazed at the details, the writing style and the amazing story she told. This book is inspired by a true story about a boy named Cal and a girl names Kate. The book starts out when they meet in the 8th grade. Cal, as shy kid , and Kate the new outgoing popular girl. As much as Cal like Kate, things just don't seem to work out very well. As much as he wants to be friends with her, or even more than friends with her, he comes to realize she is too good for him. Not in he league so to speak. As time goes on and the story of Cal unfolds and as the story develops we see the insecurities, and struggles that both Cal and Kate have. Leaving for war makes it even harder especially for Cal who is going out into the unknown. Who knows if he will even survive the war. The sweet story is a story of love, trusting in God and his plan for our lives, and sacrificing. I have mentioned before that I do not know a lot about the wars, and reading these last two books, the one about World War one, and this book about World War II has helped me be more appreciative for my ancestors that served in those Wars. I was very impressed with this story by Lindsay Ferguson, the research behind it, and how she wove in such a wonderful, at times heartbreaking and beautiful story by someone she know into a beautiful novel I think everyone would love to read! *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book totally surprised me. The fact that is was inspired by a true story made it that much more touching. Cal's story is interesting alone, his mission work, his family farm life, his fight to survive during World War II then you add the romantic aspect with his interest in Kate. Their story was amazing. It wasn't typical. Of course, you know they have to end up together from the first introduction but their journey wasn't easy. I was intrigued by all the detail of Cal's time in the Philippines and serving in the war. Lindsay did a great job transporting the reader to that time and the emotions a soldier feels during war. The comradery between him and the other soldiers, reading the letters that him and Kate write back and forth make you feel like you are really there with Cal. However, I love the fact that Kate was always on his mind. From the beginning to the end, even when they weren't together. This book had the feel of a Nicholas Sparks novel. All the feels. It is clean so any age could enjoy this book. Overall, it is a great coming of age story dealing with young romance, strength in faith, and overcoming hardships.
Cathy_J More than 1 year ago
I was amazed by just how much I LOVED this book! I was sucked into Cal's story from the very first page and what made it even better for me was that it is based on a true story. What?! There's really a person that all of this crazy stuff happened to? I loved the way it starts as a flashback, with an unknown person asking an old Cal about his life. But the whole story is shown through Cal's eyes and you feel as though you were there and lived it with him. I loved the way that he knew at once that Kate was a very special person, and I felt a bit sad for him as he had to watch her date all of he popular boys in High School - something he knew he would never be. Cal and Kate's love story is made all the better by all of the challenges the two of them had to go through to get to where they could be together. Many boyfriends, a crazy more than 3 year long mission, not to even begin to mention the war. Wow! I though that Cal is a really well-written character, but I love the way that Kate just shines through the whole book. She is one of those amazing take charge people that is able to get just about anything she wants, even if it means breaking a rule or two. And people bend over backwards for her. This book is amazing, I didn't want to stop reading until I found out all of Cal and Kate's story. It's clean and inspirational, you won't regret picking this one up! I'm hoping for more from Lindsay Ferguson really soon! I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LizzyPearl More than 1 year ago
My favorite genre is Historical Fiction and this is exactly the kind of gem I love to find -- interesting history where I feel like I’ve learned new insights, a positive message and a romance to boot. I quickly found myself wrapped up, wanting to know Cal and Kate’s story, which is even more fun knowing the events are based on a true story. I found the section when Cal serves in the war fascinating and learned things about what it was like to serve as a soldier in the pacific during WWII I had never heard before. I came away with a renewed appreciation for those brave young men. By the Stars is a fairly quick read and doesn’t have the heaviness that many books that involve war have. Although the author writes the war accurately and with serious respect, there is a continual hopefulness. I loved this book and wish I could find more like it.