Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Review*Stardust by Carla Stewart

Shortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton unexpectedly inherits the derelict Stardust motel from a distant relative. Despite doubts from the community and the aunt who raised her, she is determined to breathe new life into it. But the guests who arrive aren't what Georgia expects: Her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband's mistress; an attractive but down-on-his-luck drifter who's tired of the endless road; and an aging Vaudeville entertainer with a disturbing link to Georgia's past.

Can Georgia find the courage to forgive those who've betrayed her, the grace to shelter those who need her, and the moxy to face the future? And will her dream of a new life under the flickering neon of the STARDUST ever come true?

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455504289
ISBN-13: 978-1455504282
Shipping Weight: 0.5 ounce

Carla Stewart's writing reflects her passion for times gone by. Carla launched her writing career in 2002 when she received the coveted invitation to attend the Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Saddle Baron, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine.

Her debut novel, Chasing Lilacs, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was an Oklahoma Book Award Finalist, the trophy winner for the 2011 Best Fiction Book for Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and received 2nd place honors in RWA's Inspirational Readers Choice Award for 2011. Carla loves to hear from readers and invites you to contact her and learn more about her writing at www.carlastewart.com.

  Stardust is a really sweet story that is full of faith, forgiveness and love.  Stardust is a motel that has cozy cottages and they bring back fond memories for Georgia (love the name). She is willed the motel when someone in her family that she loves dies. Georgia wants to start fresh after losing her husband who was unfaithful to her and also to provide for her two daughters.
  She gets many offers of help to repair the old place and it comes alive again. This story is just rich with characters, beautiful scenery and delightful places to find.
  This is my first book by Carla Stewart and I really enjoyed it. She is a brilliant story teller.
  In Stardust one adventure after another happened until I was glued to my seat to see how everything could/would turn out. Was there any way possible that Georgia could ever be happy again? Could she forget being abandoned time and time again? Why does everyone leave her?
  I loved how her character changed through the story. How she grew as a person and took on responsibility, but then turned everything over to God.
  I was very intrigued and you will also to find out how things will work out when Georgia’s guests are first her mother-in-law who likes to drink too much; her dead husband's mistress; a good-looking, but broke drifter who's tired of always traveling and a older Vaudeville entertainer.
  How very interesting Stardust is and you will enjoy how everything turns out and lots of it is quite surprising. I recommend this book for your reading pleasure and know you will love it.

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I received my free copy from Sarah Reck at Faith Words/HachetteBookGroup, for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

thx for your revw, Trinity Rose!
i loved Carla frm the reading of my first bk by her as well! a true treasure..

Cris Ferreira said...

I enjoyed the book very much too. And I agree with you, I too enjoyed how Georgia evolved through the story.