Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ARC Review of THE PROMISE OF STARDUST by Priscille Sibley

     Adult Fiction -  416 pages
William Morrow Publications (first published in 2013)

Maybe it's cliche for me to start this review, yet again with a quote.  They just work, though.  This book in particular starts out with a powerful one.  It needs to be noted.  "As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of life." - Napoleon Bonaparte.  This is exactly the essence of this novel.  It's all about the distance we're willing to go to make the ones we love happy.


I was thoroughly impressed about how well established the writing is.  The chapters are small and easy to breeze through. I think I read this book in one sitting and a half.  It was super easy to read through the plot.  Sibley definitely wrote this book effortlessly.  I like it when writers make it easy for the readers to get right to the subject they're trying to portray, even if I do prefer the more challenging books at times.

This book is filled with hope and despair; it's about both the pain and the sorrow of loosing someone; and best of all it's really about love, marriage, and parenthood.  It's definitely a memorable search for the one thing we all seem to want when we've gotten everything else - children.

Meet Matt Beaulieu, a neurosurgeon, and Ell McClure, a gifted astronaut.  Elle becomes tragically on life support and is found to be carrying a child.  This is the story of what kinds of implications are involved in unforeseen events, like the one Elle goes through, like the ones her husband goes through.

This book offers not only emotional excitement, but also a level of both legal and ethical questions about life and death.





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