Stardust Summer

Stardust Summer

by Lauren Clark
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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