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?
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Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors.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.
Publish Date: 5/15/2012
Carla Stewart first caught my attention with her book titled Broken Wings, and I have been eagerly watching for her next novel which releases mid-May 2012.
I simply loved Georgia's story, and loved the way that she picked up the pieces of her broken marriage, her recent widowhood, and her future ... and things eventually worked out for the better. The run-down motel was a happy memory from her childhood, and it is almost ironic how she inherits the business almost immediately after her husband died. In desperation, she decides to spruce up the abandoned cabins and try to secure a place of stability for her children.
In true southern flavor, Georgia meets some very eccentric and captivating characters along the way. While many were skeptical about her decisions, others helped her to realize her dreams. One of my favourite characters in this book is Goergia's mother-in-law, and the two women had a very unusual relationship in spite of the infidelity of the man that they both shared.
For a feel good book that will capture your attention and your heart, check out Stardust.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of FaithWords/Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my honest review.