Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark



This review is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lauren will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B & N Gift Certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/08/virtual-nbtm-review-tour-stardust.html. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

READ THE BLURB


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.

READ THE REVIEW


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!

MEET 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 www.laurenclarkbooks.com. Also, find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.

Buy the book at Kindle, BN.com, KOBO, or Smashwords.

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16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a compelling story. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Appreciate you coming by Judith's blog! Hope you have a chance to read and enjoy Stardust Summer!

      xx, Lauren

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  2. Hi Lauren,

    I read Dancing Naked in Dixie and enjoyed it. Does this new book have any of the comic relief DNID had or is it on the more serious side?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Karen H - you always have good questions! It is on the serious side, but there ARE some funny parts sprinkled in .... one involving PINK PAINT :)

      xx, Lauren

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  3. Really good review. This sounds like a sensitive story of love and loneliness.

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    1. Thank you Mom Jane! With a happy ending :)

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  4. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. I so appreciate you stopping by Judith's blog and checking out SSummer! xx, Lauren

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  5. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'm so glad you think so, Natsha! Thank you & have a great day :) Lauren

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  6. A very helpful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Judith did a fabulous job summing it up, didn't she, Mary? Thank you for coming by her blog!!! xx, Lauren

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  7. Judith - Thank you for hosting Stardust Summer on "Straight from the Library!" I loved your take on the characters ... and yes, I wanted to shake them sometimes, too :)

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the novel. Keuka Lake is so beautiful; such a special place for me and my family.

    xx, Lauren

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