Until The Last Star Fades

Until The Last Star Fades

by Jacquelyn Middleton


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Could you be the one who changes everything?

In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a longtime boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she struggles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.

And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond.

As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?

From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life changing decisions we make.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995211780
Publisher: Kirkwall Books
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Pages: 500
Sales rank: 247,156
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

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Until The Last Star Fades 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Candice_S 4 months ago
I admit, this is not my usual genre - I picked this one up because it was a book club pick. But I am glad I did, because I found myself enjoying the story immensely. I love a book with great character development, and this was that exact kind of book for me. I love so much that you had a character like Riley who was logical, smart, driven and caring - and that she was in a position that forced her to make hard decisions and mature as a woman, and she did this without the drama that might otherwise be written into the storyline of a 20-something NYC student. I appreciated that Riley was a strong woman, with good friends and a respectful and loving relationship with her mom. I love that Riley was never written as whiny or needy or desperate in an offputting way. I love that Riley was still flawed and human and made mistakes....but also figured out how to grow from them. THESE are the kinds of romance book I can really get behind. I would 100 percent recommend this one to readers who are curious about the romance genre - this is the perfect amount of romance and character drama to make you really empathize with the characters and the story, which still enjoying a light and easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES is a beautiful novel from start to finish. From charismatic characters to honest discussions of depression and all of the 80s music my heart could stand, there isn’t a single aspect of this novel that I didn’t love. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down, spending six hours in bed on a Sunday morning glued to the story. Middleton writes in such a way where you can’t help but empathize with every emotion the main characters feel, going so far as to put you in their shoes while events unfold. None of the characters are perfect but it’s their flaws and attempts to overcome their shortcomings that really endears me to them. Like LONDON CAN YOU WAIT?, this novel played simultaneously cruel and beautiful games with my heart. (Also, without spoiling anything, I will say that this novel takes place in the same universe, both entertainingly and endearingly so.) Know that this is a novel worth picking up. Your heart will thank you.
thicks More than 1 year ago
They talk about how bad it is to bury a child and that burying a parent is easier. It's a lie and Riley knows it and fears it everyday. She has centered her entire life on helping her mom so she doesn't drown in bills or miss out due to the lack of funds. Ben is running from his own problems when he takes Riley's suitcase by accident. These two discover their own love while dealing with grief and loss and in turn do what's needed to find their own peace. This is a beautifully written story that deals with mental health issues and how it can impact our lives. This author has taken it upon herself to raise awareness and to do it in a way it may benefit a reader to see there is hope. Love these characters and this author. The combination of the two is priceless.
jenny_e More than 1 year ago
Though lacking a setting similar of Stars Hollow Riley Hope is essentially Rory Gilmore....bookish with a bad taste in guys and a super close relationship to her mom. Riley is struggling to finish up college while dating a hockey player. I have to admit I really disliked him (reminded me of Logan). She randomly meets a British guy, Ben, who might just be the distraction that she needs. She has her secrets but so does him. I have to admit at times I didn't trust Ben. He seemed too good to be true (maybe I'm just jaded since my college days were over a decade ago). I liked how relatable Riley is but at times I wanted to shake her. The mother/daughter relationship is what this book worth reading. There are a lot of parallels between their story and Gilmore Girls. I can't wait to discuss this book with my Gilmore Girls loving friends. It's my book club pick for January.
Mrsdeedpee More than 1 year ago
This book by Jacquelyn Middleton is a slow-burn friends to lovers book. Ben and Riley met at the airport when a mix up occurred and the sweet New Yorker befriended the British tourist. This book was cute and real. There was laughter, smiles and tears in this story. I was gifted an arc for an honest review. If you are looking for a sweet, feel good with some tears this book is for you