Friday, July 19, 2013

Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town's beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and skyrocketing taxes are driving residents away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive.

But Abbie is drawn slowly into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, three octogenarians sharing a looming plantation house; Cab Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle's antique carousel, a childhood sanctuary; Ervina, an old Gullah wisewoman with the power to guide Abbie to a new life, if only she'd let her; and a motley crew of children whom Abbie can't ignore.

Abbie came seeking a safe haven, but what she finds is so much more.



Kritters Thoughts:  First, before you read this book, go find the novella Stargazey Nights and then pick up this one.  Stargazey Nights is a prequel that gives a great back story for Cab Reynolds.

Now that I have told you that, on with the real review.  A small town that has seen a decline for many reasons - hurricanes, economy and the decrease in tourism.  With a friend of a family in town and Cab Reynolds in town, both characters end up changing this town in so many ways - both physically and emotionally.

As many of you know, I came from a small town that was thriving when I lived there.  I am pretty sure it is still trucking along, but it was great to read about how a small town can hit rock bottom and with help start to bounce back.  With romance as a very low plot point, I enjoyed the development of the town.  The author spent a ton of time describing the town and I appreciated every moment of it.

I am hoping that this cliff ending was perfect the author to give us another book set in Stargazey.  I would definitely grab this one for a great uplifting summer read.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 45 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.



Tuesday, July 9th: BookNAround
Wednesday, July 10th: Time 2 Read
Thursday, July 11th: BoundByWords
Monday, July 15th: The House of the Seven Tails
Wednesday, July 17th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Thursday, July 18th: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, July 19th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, July 23rd: A Patchwork of Books
Thursday, July 25th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, July 29th: Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, July 31st: Becca’s Byline

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