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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.
Another good book from Lauren Clark--family relationships, love, and a mystery.
Grace's life revolves around her son--her father, Henry, keeps reaching out but for some reason she doesn't want to have anything to do with him.
Lauren does an excellent job with the characters of this book--this is definitely her strength. The reader feels like she knows them...and you like them a lot! They are people you would like to hang out with. You cry with them when they are sad and laugh with them when they are happy. And then there are times you want to shake some sense into them!
The setting is described in such wonderful detail that I want to live there!! Or at least visit. There is nothing better than living on water--as she says in the book, there's healing power in water. And healing is what all the major characters need: Grace, Kathleen, and Ryan.
4 Stars and thanks for a wonderful read!
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 www.laurenclarkbooks.com. Also, find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.
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