Stardust Summer

Stardust Summer

by Lauren Clark

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Single mom Grace Mason doesn't believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace's estranged father comatose in an Upstate New York hospital. While a team of doctors fight to keep Henry Mason alive, Grace and Evan rush to his bedside to say their final goodbyes.

Henry's passing brings little closure for Grace, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to her new surroundings. What begins as a short trip results in an entire summer spent with Henry's second wife, Kathleen, and her next-door neighbor, Ryan Gordon, the town doctor. When a series of unlikely events lead to Evan's disappearance, Grace must face her worst fears to find her son and bring him back home.

Stardust Summer explores the complexities of forgiveness, what it means to be a family, and the fabulous possibility of falling in love—again.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016369884
Publisher: Camellia Press LLC
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 657,793
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Mobile Writers Guild, and a regular contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine's Mississippi Gulf Coast Edition. Check out her website at

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Stardust Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheRomanceBookie22 More than 1 year ago
I love Lauren Clark's books! Seriously, love them! Her first two novels, Stay Tuned and Dancing Naked in Dixie, both of which have been reviewed here on The Romance Bookie, were great! And while, her newest novel, Stardust Summer, was quite a bit different, in that it was a much darker story than her two light contemporaries before, it was just as wonderful! Lauren created these great interesting characters that have the readers wanting more! It was enthralling, had an amazing story that felt While I normally recommend Lauren's books to Emily Giffin's, I would also recommend this one to Nicholas Sparks fans! Lauren created a deep darker story, that will have reader's heart's aching, and wanting more! :)
Lisascrapbooker More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was not my normal type of read, but I could not put it down. I really enjoyed this book. The intricacies of families was so well written, estrangement, disappointment, poor communication, pride, death, hope, love; all rolled into about 10 days worth of story.  This was a story about second chances and willingness to put pride aside to reconnect with family. Grace is forced to examine her approach to her father and stepmother. She had to be brave and rediscover having fun and letting people into her life and heart. Kathleen, her stepmother, had to learn to go on with her life. Ryan found his second chance at love and family while helping Grace find it too.  The twists and turns were written with grace and tenderness. This is the first book by Lauren Clarke that I have read. I love the way she creates her characters and pulls you into their lives- you feel like they are your friends right away.  I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
GrammyPG More than 1 year ago
This is a book worth the time it takes to read it. Very nice characters, touching theme. Really liked it.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Family ... relationships ... love ... loss ... forgiveness ... and second chances ... Grace Mason is a single mother of an eight-year old son named Evan, who lives a quiet life in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a thousand miles from her troubled childhood in Keuka Lake, on the Finger Lakes region of Upper New York State. When Grace receives the tragic news that her estranged father Henry has suffered a fatal heart attack, Grace and Evan travel to her hometown to attend the funeral. Planning on only staying nine days, Grace embarks on a journey that lasts the entire summer, a journey of self-discovery that will teach her about forgiveness, family dynamics, closure, love and second chances. It is a life lesson that she will learn from her stepmother Kathleen and their neighbor / town doctor, Ryan Gordon. Stardust Summer is a poignantly touching story of family relationships, forgiveness, love, and second chances. Author Lauren Clark weaves a heartwarming tale written in the third person narrative, set in the lovely Finger Lakes region in Upper New York State. It is a realistic story of the struggles within Grace's family relationship, and her ability to deal with the varying dynamics that come from this relationship: her troubled childhood with her estranged father Henry; dealing with his loss; making peace with the past; learning forgiveness and learning to believe in love and second chances. This is an emotional story that will have the reader feeling the full gamut of emotions, you can't help but get drawn in as Grace's story unfolds. The author provides an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic and have issues that are easy for the reader to relate to. I loved the development of the complexity in the relationships between Grace and her father Henry; Grace and her stepmother Kathleen, and between Grace and Ryan. I really enjoyed the mixture of tension and strife of the family dynamic, the suspense and drama, and the humor and lighthearted romance that ran throughout the storyline. I think what I loved most of all was the message that the author sends to her readers: the importance of family and being able to deal with life's challenges that come along with relationships. I loved the richly detailed description of the Finger Lake region of Upper New York State, I would love to visit that area and take in its beauty and charm. Stardust Summer is a wonderful story of family, love and lessons learned, it is a story that will touch your heart, and make you ponder your own relationships, it is a story that will resonate with you for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago