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Review: The Promise of Stardust

November 15, 2012

When neurosurgeon Matt Beaulieu gets a call telling him his wife has been in a near fatal accident, he’s devastated.  He knows that Elle doesn’t want a slow, lingering death like the one her mother suffered through so his first thought is to remove life support systems.  Then, he finds out she’s pregnant.

One of Elle’s deepest desires was to be a mother so Matt thinks he should try to save this baby.  He knows the odds might be stacked against the baby, but feels it’s worth keeping Elle on life support in an effort to save their child.  Elle’s father agrees with Matt, but his mother and her brother don’t.  When the case goes to court, it becomes a public battle that has the potential to tear Matt’s family apart.  As the evidence is presented, he has to decide if the risk outweighs the potential benefits.

The Promise of Stardust, by Priscille Sibley, is an achingly beautiful, yet heartbreaking story.  It’s a story that will make you think and have you counting your blessings and, believe me, you’ll shed some tears along the way.

Matt is a wonderful character.  He knows Elle wouldn’t want to be kept alive on life support and also knows her strongest desire was to have a baby so, even as he’s grieving, he has to make a gut-wrenching decision and face a battle to do it.  His love for Elle is so evident that readers will ache for him.  I cried off and on throughout the book starting around page 3, but it was a good cry, if you know what I mean.

The plot of The Promise of Stardust is great as well.  As the court case proceeds, readers learn of Elle and Matt’s background and get invested in their story.  There are enough surprises thrown in to keep you flipping the pages as fast as you can.  This is a story you won’t soon forget.

I was lucky enough to read this book a few months early – it will be published on February 5, 2013, and is sure to be a bestseller.  The timing is perfect since it’s a true love story –  you’ll want to add this one to your wish list.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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28 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2012 5:57 am

    Oh my goodness. When I began reading your review I thought this could go two ways. Really good or really bad. 🙂 I’m so glad you recommend it. I’ll be looking for it in February!

  2. November 15, 2012 6:43 am

    I don’t think I could read this – sounds too heartbreaking for me!

  3. November 15, 2012 6:53 am

    Don’t think I could read this one, but glad u liked it.

  4. November 15, 2012 7:05 am

    This sounds quite a story.

  5. bookingmama permalink
    November 15, 2012 7:35 am

    Great review. I really enjoyed this one, but I did cry a lot!

  6. November 15, 2012 8:01 am

    I tore through this book in one day, but I carried it with me for much longer. The hardest part is not being able to send my friends to the bookstore to get it until February. Worth the wait!

  7. November 15, 2012 8:06 am

    How is this not a satire? The woman’s body is literally an object, and others get to decide whether she has a baby or not? Unbelievable.

  8. November 15, 2012 8:44 am

    Sounds great – I just added it to my wishlist. Thanks for the review.

  9. November 15, 2012 9:06 am

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing! I am adding it to my wishlist. Even though it’s heartbreaking, I think I could handle this story.

  10. November 15, 2012 9:18 am

    I saw the blurb for this recently and thought it really ad the potential to be a heartbreaker! Sounds like a lovely book, though.

  11. November 15, 2012 10:10 am

    Adding this one to my wishlist. It sounds like an absorbing read. It’s new to me. Thanks for the review.

  12. November 15, 2012 10:16 am

    I knew what the story was going to be about after reading that first sentence. I have to admit, I groaned a little but then you made it sound so wonderful even though it’s deals with such a tough subject matter.

  13. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 15, 2012 11:06 am

    Wow. Sounds fantastic and I stand with him already.

  14. zibilee permalink
    November 15, 2012 11:20 am

    This sounds like such a compelling story, and it makes me wonder what I would do if this happened to someone I loved. Such a rich and interesting tale. I am glad that you loved it, and will have to see about grabbing it when it comes out. Very poignant review today. Thanks!

  15. November 15, 2012 12:42 pm

    This sounds like a must-read! Wonderful review, Kathy! 🙂

  16. November 15, 2012 12:59 pm

    I’m glad you liked this one! I got it from SIBA and plan to read and review it around the release date. Now I’m even more excited to pick it up!

  17. November 15, 2012 3:12 pm

    Wow, this sounds like an incredible book. That’s even better that it’s based on a true story. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one. Great review!

  18. November 15, 2012 4:30 pm

    The book sounds lovely…stirring and emotional…sometimes I like crying over a good book.

  19. November 15, 2012 5:27 pm

    Sounds like an emotional one. and a bit like the Shiavo case eh?

  20. November 15, 2012 5:42 pm

    OMG this book sounds so sad/amazing. I need to look into getting a copy!

  21. November 15, 2012 9:11 pm

    Oh man … this sounds heartbreaking and intense. I think it will be a big hit actually.

  22. boardinginmyforties permalink
    November 16, 2012 2:14 pm

    The premise sets up such a moral quandary! I’m quite interested to give this one a try! Sounds like it will be begging to be made into a movie also!

  23. Beth F permalink
    November 16, 2012 7:40 pm

    Wow. What a read!

  24. November 16, 2012 9:06 pm

    Oh wow this sounds incredible. Brings up some controversial issues too, so I imagine it would make for a lively book club discussion.

  25. November 17, 2012 8:57 pm

    Everything you said made me want to read it, except for the crying from page 3 part. I cannot possibly handle that many tears!

  26. November 19, 2012 6:31 pm

    i wish i had read this review earlier! I received a pitch for this book and passed up on it because it sounded too depressing and i was looking for an upbeat book. i’m definitely kicking myself in the butt now for passing this one up.

  27. November 21, 2012 6:58 am

    This sounds like it could be quite the tear-jerker, but I’m curious nonetheless. Adding it to my list, Kathy. Thanks!

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