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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Star Gazer by Shannon Rouchelle

Star Gazer by Shannon Rouchelle
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short (43 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

When Christine Monroe finds herself unemployed and homeless, she turns to a life on the street. One night as Christine is looking up at the night sky, she prays for a family and a better life.

Kent Peterson, a successful doctor, has recently lost his wife and is raising his little daughter, Sally, on his own. That same night, Sally prays for a new mommy to complete their family.

Soon their two worlds collide and a relationship unfolds.

Will their prayers for a happy family be answered in time for Christmas? Only time will tell.

Christmas may be behind us, but this is the kind of story I like to pick up, any time I feel I’m losing the magic of goodwill and friendships remembered.

In this story, author Shannon Rouchelle depicts the ease with which lives can fall apart. Although her heroine, Christine Monroe, has fallen on hard times she does not forget the importance of friendships, wishes and dreams and happily follows the childish rhyme to wish upon a star. But when she turns down an act of kindness from hero, Kent Peterson, she unknowingly sabotages her wish.

Every character in this story is fully formed and engages the reader in their particular way. The scene setting is brief and vivid and carries the pace fluently.

This story may be past its traditional ‘read by’ date, but don’t let that deter you from adding this charming story to your library.