Fading Starlight

Fading Starlight

by Kathryn Cushman

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Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

A Tale of Unexpected Friendship and Old Hollywood Glamour

Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging—a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she's surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingénue who lives in the nearby mansion.

Kendall Joiner wants Lauren's help uncovering the old woman's secrets. In return, she'll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren's tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764212628
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 864,654
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the acclaimed author of over a half-dozen novels including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. Kathryn and her family make their home in California.

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Fading Starlight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
I loved Kathryn Cushman’s Fading Starlight. With dreams and scandals, secrets and fashion, especially with an encouraging thread of faith woven through it all, it held my interest firmly from beginning to end. I so enjoyed the well-developed cast of characters, discovering their reactions to the difficult situations that arise, and Cushman does such a good job of translating Lauren’s passion for fashion onto the page that I couldn’t help loving it, too. An excellent contemporary inspirational novel, Fading Starlight is a perfect choice for fans of this genre, and I recommend it. Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Fading Starlight and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Lauren Summers has to escape what she has called home for awhile because of a very public incident that threatens the future of her career. She is offered a job if she can stay low for a bit and then future jobs after the drama dies down. If she wants to be the fashion designer she has always dreamed of she must take a step back. I love behind the scenes Hollywood books - they are my wheelhouse! I loved how this book not only gave a glimpse behind the current Hollywood, but through some back stories of Lauren's very private neighbor the reader gets behind the scenes stories of old Hollywood.
Madi_Anastasia More than 1 year ago
Fading Starlight, follows rising fashion designer Lauren Summers as she is blacklisted and forced to move into a decrepit cottage next to the mansion of a once famous star. Lauren befriends a young researcher named , Kendall Joiner, and together they try to discover the real story behind the resident of the mansion. Charlotte Montgomery. This book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, while adding in comical and dramatic effects. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a nice mystery novel.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Just as Laura’s career in fashion gets off to a great beginning, it comes to a dramatic end in a red carpet catastrophe. Laura is devastated, until a former professor references her to another fashion job willing to hire her. A temporary living space is provided, but it turns out to be a seaside cottage in a kind of gated community with extremely strict rules and cranky neighbors. As Laura is settling in, a reporter promises to investigate a possible sabotage in the fashion disaster if Laura agrees to spy on one of those neighbors. But that neighbor and reporter may have more going on than meets the eye. Fading Starlight was a sweet inspirational story with beautiful settings, complex characters, and fascinating historical details. I especially enjoyed the different details on fashion, sewing, and jewelry. What happens when someone is so hurt by the betrayals of the past that she can't move forward with her life or trust the people around her? This story explores some of the consequences and contrasts them with other characters who have been similarly betrayed yet recovered. It was an interesting study on human beings as well as a sweet tale of friendship, recovery, and faith. Laura’s Christian faith was also interesting to see. I wish I could say that I would have acted differently in the story - loved my neighbor better, mainly - but I believe Laura's reactions to be realistic and my expectations to be unrealistic. Even so, not many would have reacted as well as Laura did in the situations presented to her. It was good to see her grow in her faith and love for others in this manner throughout the story. That said, I don't particularly like the “inspiration fiction” genre and this book was no exception. It was interesting in its way, but it still bored me because of its slow pace and lack of much action. The ending was pretty neat, though. I recommend this book to those who enjoy inspirational, Christian fiction. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Just as Laura’s career in fashion gets off to a great beginning, it comes to a dramatic end in a red carpet catastrophe. Laura is devastated, until a former professor references her to another fashion job willing to hire her. A temporary living space is provided, but it turns out to be a seaside cottage in a kind of gated community with extremely strict rules and cranky neighbors. As Laura is settling in, a reporter promises to investigate a possible sabotage in the fashion disaster if Laura agrees to spy on one of those neighbors. But that neighbor and reporter may have more going on than meets the eye. Fading Starlight was a sweet inspirational story with beautiful settings, complex characters, and fascinating historical details. I especially enjoyed the different details on fashion, sewing, and jewelry. What happens when someone is so hurt by the betrayals of the past that she can't move forward with her life or trust the people around her? This story explores some of the consequences and contrasts them with other characters who have been similarly betrayed yet recovered. It was an interesting study on human beings as well as a sweet tale of friendship, recovery, and faith. Laura’s Christian faith was also interesting to see. I wish I could say that I would have acted differently in the story - loved my neighbor better, mainly - but I believe Laura's reactions to be realistic and my expectations to be unrealistic. Even so, not many would have reacted as well as Laura did in the situations presented to her. It was good to see her grow in her faith and love for others in this manner throughout the story. That said, I don't particularly like the “inspiration fiction” genre and this book was no exception. It was interesting in its way, but it still bored me because of its slow pace and lack of much action. The ending was pretty neat, though. I recommend this book to those who enjoy inspirational, Christian fiction. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Just as Laura’s career in fashion gets off to a great beginning, it comes to a dramatic end in a red carpet catastrophe. Laura is devastated, until a former professor references her to another fashion job willing to hire her. A temporary living space is provided, but it turns out to be a seaside cottage in a kind of gated community with extremely strict rules and cranky neighbors. As Laura is settling in, a reporter promises to investigate a possible sabotage in the fashion disaster if Laura agrees to spy on one of those neighbors. But that neighbor and reporter may have more going on than meets the eye. Fading Starlight was a sweet inspirational story with beautiful settings, complex characters, and fascinating historical details. I especially enjoyed the different details on fashion, sewing, and jewelry. What happens when someone is so hurt by the betrayals of the past that she can't move forward with her life or trust the people around her? This story explores some of the consequences and contrasts them with other characters who have been similarly betrayed yet recovered. It was an interesting study on human beings as well as a sweet tale of friendship, recovery, and faith. Laura’s Christian faith was also interesting to see. I wish I could say that I would have acted differently in the story - loved my neighbor better, mainly - but I believe Laura's reactions to be realistic and my expectations to be unrealistic. Even so, not many would have reacted as well as Laura did in the situations presented to her. It was good to see her grow in her faith and love for others in this manner throughout the story. That said, I don't particularly like the “inspiration fiction” genre and this book was no exception. It was interesting in its way, but it still bored me because of its slow pace and lack of much action. The ending was pretty neat, though. I recommend this book to those who enjoy inspirational, Christian fiction. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! It took me a little while to get through it but that was because of life circumstances not the quality. This book is an easy read. Yet it has some very deep and profound moments spiritually without being preachy or over the top. One of the things I really liked about the book was that it was very real. It didn't seem like a fictional story. I kept having to tell myself I couldn't Google one of the main characters because she didn't exist, haha. I really felt that I could identify with the main character, Lauren. It is sometimes very hard to be kind to a person who doesn't seem to want it. I also enjoyed the character, Rhonda. Her sometimes quirky words of wisdom were always spot on and perfect in timing. She added an element to the story that made it more real and spiritually sound. Kathryn does a fantastic job of putting real life situations in the book with an interesting twist here and there to keep the pages turning. I so much enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read another book by Kathryn. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I have a secret weakness for stories that weave in pieces of Old Hollywood. In her latest novel, Kathryn Cushman does that as she tells a story of unexpected friendship. Lauren Summers has her dream internship and a dress she worked on walking the red carpet. Then it all derails and she's left desperate for a job and place to stay. Next door is a reclusive woman who used to move in Hollywood's vaulted air. This book is a sweet story of two women -- separated by generations and experience, but united by the ostracizing they've experienced. Lauren simply wants to be her friend, but Charlotte doesn't know how to respond. Add in a tabloid reporter, a host of secondary characters, and a serious fixer-upper, and it's the making of a story I enjoyed. There's very little romance. Instead, this is a story about figuring out how to move forward when events try to slap the life from us. It's a story about how even the most unlikely can form genuine friendships. And it's about setting aside our fears to be willing to embrace what God has in front of us. This story is perfect for those who are looking for a contemporary story rich in relationships, without a focused romance.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Fading Starlight is the latest novel by Kathryn Cushman. Lauren Summers has recently graduated from fashion institute and was fortunate enough to get picked for an internship with Deb Couture. Lauren was flattered to be picked to design a dress for Marisa Remington (an actress) who wants to look more grownup than her mother and managers want her to be. Lauren oversaw design and final alterations to dress for the VMA’s. Lauren is watching the award show on television and is shocked when there is an “accident” with the dress. The dress breaks open to expose the actress’ undergarments (we all know who staged the so called accident). Deb Couture immediately closes ranks and blames it on Lauren. Lauren is fired (of course) and blackballed in the industry. Lauren’s mentor, Professor Navarro finds a job for her to do that also comes with a place to stay (out of town). Lauren will work on the costumes for a high school theatrical production of Camelot (Lauren’s specialty is historical clothing) in Santa Barbara. The place to live is being provided by Ralph Edwards. The community has very, very strict rules (such as not taking pictures, sticking to walking paths, valuing each other’s privacy). Mr. Edwards needs someone on site while construction is being carried out (a rule). The owner of the nearby Victorian, though, is not happy with the new addition to the neighborhood. Charlotte Montgomery is a recluse and values her privacy. Lauren is happy to have the beautiful place to live and some work. But she wants to be able to clear her name. Then Lauren is approached by Kendall Joiner, a reporter. She will help Lauren clear her name (already has some helpful information on Marisa’s deception) in exchange for information on Charlotte Montgomery. Lauren reluctantly agrees. But over the summer she slowly gets to know Charlotte and her housekeeper, Frances Brown. Will Lauren be able to hold up her end of the bargain? Is Lauren willing to compromise her values to clear her name? Fading Starlight was a good novel. I was immediately engaged and kept reading until the end. The sabotage was easy to figure out, but I enjoyed the other elements at play in the book. I liked the characters and the beautiful setting (I wanted to live in the community). Fading Starlight had a good pace that made it easy and enjoyable to read. The book is well-written and contained a nice life lesson. I give Fading Starlight 4.5 out of 5 stars. There were a couple of slow areas (mostly when character is thinking). I just told you a little about what transpired in the book. There is much more (a mystery of sorts). I look forward to reading Kathryn Cushman’s in the future (and I will be checking out her other published novels). I received a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Fresh out of design school, a wardrobe malfunction on national TV sinks Lauren's budding career as a dress designer even before it begins. Fortunately, Lauren has contacts who help her get out of Hollywood and start over in Santa Barbara. She is given a rent-free cottage and a low-paying job while she tries to reboot her career. Her new home is in a very private neighborhood, where hermit Charlotte Montgomery rebuffs Lauren's acts of neighborliness. As Lauren tries to establish herself, reporter Kendall Joiner offers to break the story that will clear Lauren's name, in exchange for information about Miss Montgomery, which may implicate her in a decades-old unsolved murder. Lauren is encouraged by her friends to rely on the Lord during this difficult time, and make decisions that will honor Him. Even though she tries to do what is right, it seems that everything turns out wrong, and she even has to leave her tiny cottage for a smaller, second-story apartment. I loved Lauren's character. She was young and vibrant, yet was an "old soul" in her love for gardening, classic movies, fine fabrics, and beautiful gowns. This was the first book I had read by Kathryn Cushman, and I was very pleased with it. It kept my attention throughout the whole story, and the characters' growth was realistic. It was fun to get an inside look into fashion design and the "glory days" of Hollywood that I gleaned from this book. I recommend this story to those who like fashion, sewing, old movies, contemporary fiction, and women's fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
What Would You Do to Clear Your Name? Lauren is reeling after what was supposed to be her big break, but instead it turns out to be her worst nightmare. Working as a intern fashion designer in a prestigious company, the gown she slaved on was to be worn by a popular teen star. Unfortunately, just as the celebrity walked on stage, the gown seemed to fall apart, momentarily, leaving the girl exposed. While this happened, the television camera captured it for the entire world to see. Lauren is mortified for the teenager, and is stunned that a gown she worked so hard on could have had this happen. As a result, she has lost her job, and been blackballed from working anyplace else in Los Angeles. Lauren is offered a low paying job miles from Los Angeles that includes free rent. Since the pay is so low, Lauren needs the housing to be included to be able to survive. But the rent free, broken down cottage is in a very unusual neighborhood. The area has very strict privacy rules. If the rules aren't followed to the letter, Lauren could be kicked out. Wanting to hide from the world, an over-the-top, very private place sounds perfect to Lauren. Plus, landscaping the neglected yard is therapeutic for her. In this neighborhood, the most private person of them all, wealthy Charlotte Montgomery, lives right across the street from Lauren. Elderly now, Charlotte, was involved in a scandal decades earlier, and rarely leaves her home. She insists all the privacy rules are followed precisely. Lauren feels God might have placed her there to befriend Charlotte, but all overtures she makes are met with cold hostility. Charlotte cannot believe that anyone would do anything nice for her without expecting something in return. But a small part of Lauren isn't ready to give up on her. An aggressive reporter, Kendall Joiner, contacts Lauren, and tells her the gown catastrophe was staged, and she could get proof that would clear Lauren. However, Kendall will only do that if Lauren will give her information about Charlotte. Is Lauren ready to sell out Charlotte, and risk losing her rent-free home by breaking the privacy laws? Does Kendall really have proof that would clear Lauren, or is this just a ruse to get information about the reclusive Charlotte? This was an entertaining book, and I really enjoyed the story-line about fashion designing, especially the clothes from a by-gone era. Refreshingly, Lauren has a strong moral compass, and integrity. The dilemmas she finds herself in are realistic, and I think it would be easy for readers to relate to Lauren. The mystery surrounding Charlotte added a nice addition to the tale, too. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of FADING STARLIGHT by Kathryn Cushman from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I am often raving about Bethany House books. The team there must be amazing. The editing is great (rarely a typo) and the covers are spectacular. FADING STARLIGHT is no exception to their list of winners. This is the story of Lauren Summers. She was on her way to the Big Time with an internship at a fashion house, but then she had a little accident and had to fight her way back to the top. Her journey is truly admirable. Her thoughts and reactions were believable. They showed strength, but also the type of weakness that humans have. The Bible stories only made it more meaningful. I am not really into fashion. Most of my clothes come from the Salvation Army. Part of my enjoyment for this book was because it took me into a different world. FADING STARLIGHT comes with high praise from me. I have read another book by Kathryn Cushman, FINDING ME, that I also enjoyed. If you are looking for a heartwarming storyu that will help you escape into the world of fashion, you will find FADING STARLIGHT to be a delight.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a young fashion designer who lives her faith as well as her career ambition. Following a disastrous wardrobe malfunction for a starlet wearing one of her creations, Lauren Summers is fired and moves to a very remote location near the beach in Santa Barbara. She is given a job designing and making costumes for a high school production of Camelot. Lauren’s greatest interest is in historical, vintage and era specific couture, so she embraces the task with enthusiasm and humility. Lauren is a faith-filled woman and as such, struggles with Christian responses to unkind and even vicious behavior from others. Readers are privy to Lauren’s thoughts as she works out the right course of action while avoiding temptation. As such, this is a moral tale, yet very entertaining. The fashion angle adds a spark of excitement. It’s hard to put this book down. Lauren heals spiritually and emotionally and brings back her career with unexpected help from a very likeable cast of characters. Lauren’s efforts bless her neighbors and friendships are formed. The story ends with a satisfying state of affairs, as the truth comes out and the masks are removed. Lauren learns to trust herself and more importantly, her knowledge of God in His infinite wisdom. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love the book and highly recommend it to readers of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fading Starlight was a touching and poignant story of hope and recovery. Lauren escapes to a secluded coastal neighborhood to recover from an embarrassing incident that took her job and almost her professional future away from her. As Lauren grapples with how to recover and rebuild her professional credentials, she learns about her neighbor, Charlotte Montgomery, an apparent want-to-be actress from a bygone era. Fading Starlight is the second book I’ve read by Kathryn Cushman, and I will definitely read more. I love her authenticity as a writer and how she conveys that in her characters and plots. Lauren seems like the girl next door who is like everyone else, but I like how Cushman pulls us into Lauren’s struggles and helps us grapple with her problems. I also liked how when Lauren resolved to show kindness in difficult situations, she did not comprise her resolve even though for a time her life became more difficult. If you want to read a touching, fast moving story, I highly recommend Fading Starlight. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman for my candid review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Lauren Summer's career is on the pinnacle of success as she awaits to hear what the fashion experts have to say about her first dress making its red carpet appearance. She is the first intern to have her dress on public display and it will be a make it or break it opportunity depending on this one event. When the dress malfunctions and leaves the rising starlet in a less than compromising position, suddenly her entire future vanishes before her very eyes and with it comes a text message from her employer to not bother to show up for work on Monday. In fact, they have decided to do what they can to black ball Lauren from ever hoping to work in the fashion industry again. Her only hope is to take a low paying job creating costumes for a theater group and she hopes she can remain out of the limelight and paparazzi. The biggest asset comes when the theater group offers her a chance to stay at a home in a secluded community along the coast with the promise she will be available for the contractors who are coming to restore the dilapidated home according to the Home Owner's association. She has to promise to keep visitors at a minimum and never disturb the residents who are seeking privacy for their own reasons, especially Charlotte Montgomery, an elderly woman who sits in a huge Victorian home as a bit of a recluse. Lauren is given the opportunity to be restored to her former glory by a reporter seeking information about Ms. Montgomery and a murder mystery that has gone unsolved. She promises to investigate Lauren's mishap to see if it was all a publicity stunt. But will Lauren compromise her faith and integrity to get her former future in fashion back? What is Ms. Montgomery hiding and why is she always seen wearing beautiful ball gowns? I received Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman compliments of TLC Book Tours and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my personal and honest evaluation. I absolutely adored this novel and read it in one sitting. I love the premise behind this one as both renovating old homes and uncovering the mysteriousness about Charlotte Montgomery and her former glory days as a starlet in Hollywood. I've been a huge fan of all the older Hollywood films and believe they hold a sense of awe in the wonderful decades that they came from in regards to fashion and the rumors circulating behind those starlets. In my opinion this one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and has found a permanent home in my personal library.
CLPadgett More than 1 year ago
I freaking loved this book. At one point, I was scared to turn the page because I could see one of Lauren's choices coming back to haunt her. Even after I finished the story, my thoughts keep returning to the story. Lauren Summers is an up-and-coming designer whose big break turns into disaster because of a red carpet malfunction. Charlotte Montgomery is an aging and reclusive Hollywood dropout. Lauren is offered the chance to clear her name and retrieve her career. But at the cost of snooping on her new neighbor Charlotte. There's a lot of wisdom in Cushman's books and Fading Starlight asks questions like how far is too far when you have a chance for every dream to come true, and who is a friend and what makes an enemy. I highly recommend this one! ----- I received a free copy of Fading Starlight in return for an honest review. I honestly loved it!
AmeliaAnn More than 1 year ago
This book is a delightful read by Kathryn Cushman. At the beginning you meet a fashion designer named Lauren whose internship with a major designer goes bad after a dress disaster at the VMAs. Following that, Lauren takes a position as costume designer for a school play, and moves into a rundown mansion while its being remodeled. In doing this she begins an unexpected journey with a reporter uncovering the mysterious past of Hollywood Starlet Charlotte Montgomery. In the process she learns more about herself and forms some unlikely friendships. The characters in this story were amusing, and the Hollywood history and the hint of romance kept me turning the pages. This will not be my last book by Cushman, and I am already looking forward to reading the next one she releases. I was given this book by Netgalley and Bethany House in exchange for my review.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Fashion Diva It was slow going as I started to read "Fading Starlight," Kathryn Cushman's newest novel. Lauren Summers is a budding fashion designer but the night her design takes the red carpet, disaster errupts, sending her into hiding. This is where the story begins to pick up spead, becoming a page turner with intrigue, mystery and drama. Lauren takes a job helping a high school theater director designing custumes for an upcoming production. Her paltry salery comes with a rent free cottage as long as she abides by the privacy policy. Across the street from the cottage lives reclusive Hollywood actress Charlotte Montgomery who is leary of the newcomer to her neighborhood. Lauren only wants friendship. Charlotte thinks Lauren wants something just as everyone in her past did. Then Charlotte's heirloom necklace disappears. Can Lauren convince Charlotte of her friendship, clear her name in the fashion world and find the necklace? Will Lauren remain faithful in her relationship with God throughout her ordeal? To say "nothing is quite as it seems" is so true in this book and in life. This book has a lot to offer in the way of a great story line but the suttle messege underneath is worth taking to heart. I received this book free to review with my honest opinion for Bethany House Publishers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This book was actually pretty good. I first thought that it would put tons of romance and ruin the story, but it didn't. There was some romance, but not a lot, which I really enjoyed. The story is also intriguing--the accident that left her jobless was actually staged by the person who wore the dress just because she wanted to be more popular and noticed as a teenager, not a child. Kendall really missed out on that story, because she was too busy chasing after a story that had been proved false long ago.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
This, in my opinion, is one of Kathryn Cushman's best work. My favorite will always be Waiting for Daybreak, but this one is next. It captured my interest from the start and I almost couldn't put it down. I had to, at times, because we had to eat and sleep, but that's about it. Lauren Summers has an internship with a fashion house but her big moment on the red carpet is sabotaged and she is now blackballed in the fashion industry. She's offered a rundown cottage hours away, rent free, and a job with very little pay. The cottage sits near a cliff-side mansion which houses a former Hollywood ingenue from the forties and fifties. Lauren is approached by a reporter, claiming to want to help her, but actually wanting information on the former star. Lauren is unsure what to do, but is so desperate to restore her dreams. Will she fall prey once again or will she heed the wisdom which comes from above? Kathryn Cushman has crafted such a wonderfully well written novel, complete with believable characters, an old mystery and a recluse who wants nothing to do with anyone. I was entranced the entire way through this novel. I enjoyed it immensely. The spiritual theme was absolutely amazing, focusing on a story from the book of Joshua that I have always loved. We all would do well to heed the advice here. Kathryn has always had great spiritual themes in her books, which is one reason I love them as I do. This book will captivate readers, I am sure. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.