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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review - Stardust by Carla Stewart

I love a good Southern fiction novel, and was so tickled to find out that Carla Stewart's latest novel was set in East Texas, near where a big portion of my family lives and where I loved to go visit!

About The Book:

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?

I just loved this book!  Carla Stewart captures the flavor and essence of East Texas to perfection. You can almost feel the humidity in the air and the sound of those adorable thick East Texas accents as you read this delightful story.

Filled with lots of humor, a little romance, a mystery or two and lots of good, old-fashioned fun, "Stardust" is like a trip down memory lane.  Remember all those cute little motor court motels that used to be everywhere - well the star of this story is the Stardust, a run down little motel that cleans up quite nicely with a little love and attention.

With her story set in the early 1950s, I  admired the way that Stewart included the very real worries and instances of the terrifying polio epidemic of that era. She handled the reality of the crisis with grace and respect through her characters.

"Stardust" was an absolute pleasure to read, and I highly recommend it for a wonderful summer book to check out!

About The Author:

Carla Stewart's writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of being invited to attend Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and several regional magazines and anthologies.

Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors. The novel that won in 2007 went on to become her first published novel-Chasing Lilacs which has garnered many rave reviews including a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4 ¿ stars from Romantic Times Reviews. Her second novel, Broken Wings, releases in June 2011.

Carla graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a registered nurse for a number of years. She and her engineer husband are the parents of four married sons and relish the adventures of their six grandchildren. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, great books, and weekend getaways with her husband.

Check out her website at www.carlastewart.com

I received a copy of this book from the author for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.


inliteratureasinlove said...

Love the cover for this one. I love good southern lit for summer and this one looks like it will hit the spot. Thanks for the review!

carla stewart said...

Thank you, Sharon, for the lovely review. I love writing stories set in Texas and glad that you liked Stardust. Blessings!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by, Carla! Loved the book!