Wow! This story! Star Rising was all at once a novel that had many humorous and lighthearted moments, yet didn’t shy away from difficult topics.
The main character, Paul, was a man who once worked in the mission field but has since rejected God and all things relating to the “myth and fairy tale” that he claims Christianity to be. Paul let betrayal and deep loss tear him away from his beliefs.
Star was first introduced to readers in the previous book, The Art of Rivers. She was a very rough and hurt character in that book. In Star Rising, we are able to see the transforming power of Christ in her life, along with her very real and newfound faith. I really appreciated learning more about her backstory and how she ended up addicted in the first place and in need of rescuing.
I liked Paul and Star so much. Granted, Paul was not a very likable guy in the beginning of the story, however, I felt that the author gave me a peek into his heart even right from the beginning. I knew that he loved his mother, had regretted some decisions, and was simply trying to work things out in his own way and on his own strength. As he and Star began to bond in Ireland, Paul’s potential began to shine through.
I loved this book from start to finish and the way the author did not shy away from the mistakes that these characters had made in their lives and the various decisions that were painful, yet necessary, to make.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Star Youngblood has always been a fighter-a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.
After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray–a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted–his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.
As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their hearts are at the greatest risk.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.