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After burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton inherits a derelict motel from a relative. But her first guests include her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband's pregnant mistress; and an aging vaudeville entertainer with a disturbing link to Georgia's past. Can she forgive those who've betrayed her, shelter those who need her, and face her uncertain future?
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2012
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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Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors.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.
"With beautiful imagery that engages all the senses, Carla Stewart swept me right into the world of the bayou in the 1950's. Her latest novel, Stardust is told with heart and skill and obvious love for her characters. A gripping storyline that is inspiring and unforgettable."Julie L. Cannon, bestselling author of I'll Be Home for Christmas and Twang
"Carla Stewart is one of the best at slicing out a piece of Americana and serving it to the reader in a delicious story. Stardust is a smooth, inviting, well told story that will stick with you long after you read the last line and close the book. A worthy read."Rachel Hauck, award winning author of Dining with Joy
"Carla Stewart writes with incredible heart and warmth. Her stories manage to challenge and comfort me all the while keeping me glued to the page. She's an amazing talent."
Gina Holmes, bestselling author of Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain
"Carla Stewart writes from the heart about a hard subject. As a polio survivor, I understand the fear and worry that the polio epidemics of the twentieth century evoked. Carla transcends that fear with compassion and achingly beautiful prose. Stardust is a winner."Linda S. Clare, author of The Fence My Father Built
"Carla Stewart is a talented writer who has proven that again with Stardust. I was hooked from the first sentence and am anxious to share this engaging story with our She Reads readers."Marybeth Whalen, Founder and Co-Director of She Reads (www.shereads.org), the fiction division of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and author of She Makes It Look Easy and The Mailbox
"This first-person narrative contains resolute characters and vivid descriptions of a small Texas community in the 1950's. If her debut is any indication, Stewart has a promising future."Romantic Times, 4 1/2 stars for Chasing Lilacs
"Coming-of-age stories are a fiction staple, but well-done ones much rarer. This emotionally acute novel is one of the rare ones."Publishers Weekly, starred review for Chasing Lilacs
"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."Romantic Times on Broken Wings
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A lovely writing styleSeptember 30, 2012FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5One woman's journey towards moving on and forgiving.
Georgia Peyton is in the 1960's left who is left a widow by her cheating husband. Georgia then inherits motel, called Stardust, that need more than a few improvements . And she get more than a few interesting guests, for instance her mother-in-law and her dead husband's lover.
Will Georgia ever be able to forgive those who have wronged her?
It's been a long time since I've read a book told in a first person-second person, conversational tone, and I must say that it's something I really enjoy, and Ms. Stewart did it wonderfully.
I really enjoyed this book with it's many interesting characters, and the realistic way it dealt with how hard it is to forgive those who have cut you to the bone, especially when they aren't being very forgivable. I guess the only thing that I didn't like was how the story didn't seem to be progressing as quickly as I would have liked, but otherwise a great book.
Overall, a well written story, with a sweet romance, about a journey towards forgiveness.
I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet, nostalgic, and deepJuly 4, 2012Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An eclectic cast of characters, a setting as rich as any character, the fascinating historical backdrop of the polio epidemics in the early 1950s, and Carla Stewart's lyrical writing make Stardust a winner of a novel.
CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Storyline and CharactersJune 27, 2012CaroleTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Because others have written synopsis of the book I will only share that Stardust was sheer pleasure from the first page to the last. Character and plot developments were intriguing as details were released to bring us one step closer to understanding and knowledge of the events that transpire. My first read by this author, but it won't be my last.
Camille EidePortland, ORAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I've Made A New Friend!June 9, 2012Camille EidePortland, ORAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading this story makes me feel like I've made a new friend.
Georgia Peyton is a true southern gentlewoman; strong, yet open and kindhearted. She's gracious and generous, but not a pushover. What she gives, she does of her own choice. She quietly carries her hurts, longings, and betrayal, but remains loyal, regardless of whether or not it's deserved. The kindness she shows to her cheating dead husband's mother first comes from her instinctive sense of duty, but, as Georgia is challenged to dig deeper throughout this story, her care for Mary Frances comes from an untapped place in her core, borne out of compassion. I love this! I also admire the way her unconventional friendship with Ludi, the black woman from the bayou, begins so naturally. She slips it on like a favorite sweater, without regard to the constant censure of people in her life and community who can't see past color, fear, and bigotry.
Georgia is a woman who shows patience and respect for others even when she doesn't agree with them, yet she still has plenty of room to grow. Her life has been fraught with unanswered questions and memories that eat at her sense of security. In this story, when the polio epidemic moves in closer to home and fear escalates, Georgia must make difficult choices that affect those she loves. In the midst of fear, confusion, and the unknown, she must keep her head and consider what's best in the long run for others, and to follow through by faith.
Through forgiveness and surrender, she finds the love and peace she seeks, and I love that. Faith is ironic that way, best tested and strengthened when the outcome is unknown. An example of this is seen in one major test of Georgia's strength and grace: the challenge and opportunity to help her dead husband's mistress. Georgia's courage and willingness to go the extra mile for others--whether or not they deserve it--is a powerful example of Christ-like, sacrificial love you can put your trust in.
Besides my friend Georgia, what I loved about this story is its subtle complexity. While a smooth, easy read (Carla Stewart's soft southern voice is like a soothing song), its layers are rich with real characters, each with their own unique strengths and flaws, right down to the children, who charm us with their childish moods and true childlike wonder. While simply captivating and entertaining, this story gently touches on some weighty topics such as infidelity, addiction and prejudice with the same grace and compassion we quickly come to love it its heroine.
This is such a beautifully told and engaging story, but it's also a subtle but powerful lesson in hope, redemption, love, loyalty and grace that you won't soon forget.
kattroxIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Blessings Come In All FormsMay 22, 2012kattroxIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Secrets are sometimes hidden waiting to be surfaced as acceptance can lie close to the horizon.
Mayhaw Texas in 1952 is home to Georgia Peyton's family. Her husband O'Dell passes away suddenly leaving alot of unanswered questions about his current affairs. When a document is found by Georgia nestled amongst O'Dell's belongings another name is listed in the space where hers should be occupied. The choices she has for her and her daughters grow more narrow with little income coming in for support.
The Stardust, a haven of sought after cottages beckons it's guests among the Bayou.
When destiny presents itself in the form of a down on his luck drifter landing on the front steps of The Stardust with a guitar and a smile, decisions concerning Georgia's present and future must be made. For her sake and those of her family will acceptance of the past fill her or will bitterness hold her heart firmly?
I loved this southern novel complete with landscape, dialogue drawl and way of life. A very well written novel that stars comfortable and realistic characters who seem like old friends. The storyline held my interest and I found it hard to put down and at the end, most unforgetable. The author has a way of telling a story that the reader can easily relate to, maybe seeing themselves or others they know contained within the pages. I found the overall message to be inspiring and I was challenged in my faith. I will recommend this book to others. Thank you to FaithWords and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.