Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

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A mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again. After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. When a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin, barefoot and covered in bruises, Joanna enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren't Jo and Gabe checking the missing children's website anymore? Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781542040068
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm


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May 26, 2021

I was going to give it 2 stars because, after all, I did finish it since I wanted to see how it all tied up. But then I just couldn't do it.

Very amateurish writing. Cardboard, one-dimensional, unbelievable characters. Unforgivably mawkish and sappy. A bottom-of-the-barrel Hallmark movie in print.


Aug 18, 2020

I had great difficulty deciding what shelf to assign to this book, finally settling on fantasy, since nothing else seems to fit — and it's pretty far-fetched in its way. I suppose romance might fit, but the book is a cut above mundane the "drug-store" romance genre. I suppose my expectations of the book were overly high, which was bound to leave me disappointed. Characters are so-so, the plot contrived, the resolution syrupy. The set-up had great possibilities but the Ursa character wasn't as fully developed as she could have been; and the execution fizzled. A quick read, mildly diverting but certainly not memorable.

Jul 20, 2020

I thought this was a very clever, well-written, easy-to-read piece of fiction. At a point you start to really wonder about the little girl in the story and where she comes from. I liked all the different storylines that came into play with this novel and was surprised by the ending. Very enjoyable read. I recommend it.

Dec 27, 2019

I'll start by saying that this was impressive for a debut and had an original and compelling story line. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and suspense elements, as well as the sweetly moving romance.

While I liked the overall story and various character arcs, I’m only giving it 3.5 stars due to the author's missed opportunities at evoking more empathy for the characters. The fairly simplistic storytelling was lacking in emotional depth. Instead of showing more of the tentative steps in trusting and relying on each other, the author often fast-forwarded through moments between the main characters that could have been handled with more tenderness and poignancy. I wanted to have a greater sense of Gabe’s fears, his struggle with his disability, and its effect on connecting with others. I also wanted to see more with Jo and her endeavor to overcome the changes to her body and her tenuous future. Gabe and Jo’s relationship felt much too easy when considering what I was told about their histories. All three main characters had backstories that ran the gamut from childhood trauma, disabilities, and life-threatening illnesses. I should have been effectively moved as these characters overcame and forged relationships with one another. Instead, I enjoyed Gabe and Jo’s romance and their attachment to Ursa, but felt it lacked in emotional depth.

Overall, as a light mystery/suspense/romance, the book was entertaining and original. I’ll admit that I was greedily turning the pages in order to find out what was up with Ursa’s origins and how it would all rectify itself. Maybe a little rushed, but I was satisfied with the ending.

Jul 15, 2019

What's a interesting story! It is complicated background for all people, but life is good and All's well that Ends Well.

Jun 25, 2019

A story about love & miracles, with a dash of mystery.


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