Yesterday's Stardust, the second book of Becky Melby's Lost Sanctuary Series, with its seamless juxtaposition of exciting Jazz Age history and contemporary urban gang story, will keep readers turning pages into the wee hours--and leaving the light on when they finally finish and hit the hay! Dani, a gutsy journalist and Nicky, the brooding owner of the Bracciano, an Italian restaurant now in gang territory--yes, gang influence exists in Kenosha, Wisconsin--struggle with rescuing people they care about and secrets lurking in their own hearts. They also solve a mystery hiding in the dark annals of the Prohibition. I found not only engaging stories in Yesterday's Stardust, but a powerful challenge to comfortable Christianity. Dani risks all to reach hurting teens. Do we?
Like the first book in this series "Tomorrow's Sun" , author Becky Melby has found a creative way to interweave both past and present times together into one story. We read in Tomorrow's Sun , how the main character who had made her peace doing up an old house found letters that had been written in the house and a miracle was performed in her life. I found Yesterday's Stardust, a tad more exciting as the main character in this novel Dani is a reporter that is hoping to make her way up the ranks and one day I dream of being a journalist for an actual magazine or one day running my own. The story starts in the year 1928, outside a restaurant where a women and her husband lain after a gunshot , then it flashes to the present day where we read as Dani , a new hotshot reporter has just won an award on her latest newspaper piece about Electronics and the Neglect they cause on Children, this part did get my mind thinking as we are now living in an age of technology and many parents spend their time on Facebook and Pinterest and once involved can forget about their children and of course that is how accidents occur. The story starts to get interesting about half-way through , so readers please be aware that the book is slow to start. Dani finds a diary which details the life of a young girl in 1928 and in the diary, there are reports about the murder which happened outside Nicky's restaurant and it detailed involvement of the mob , drugs etc. Has Dani stumbled into something big , something that could put her career on the map for all to see ? Dani, ever the curious reporter goes to investigate but soon she finds herself deep in doo-doo and soon it seems that the deeper she goes, the more dangerous it gets and when she is shot at , it seems that somebody wants this kept quiet ? What happened all those decades ago and why does nobody want the past to be brought up ?
Find out all this and more in Becky Melby's new novel released in June , "Yesterday's Stardust".
In 1924, 15-year-old Francie Tillman of Osseo, Wisconsin, runs away from home to join her sister in Chicago and follow her dream of being a fashion designer. In the present day, award-winning journalist and Christian Dani Gallagher is finding that it's harder to write the story when there is a personal connection. The story alternates back and forward between the past and the present, with gradual clues showing the physical links between the past and the present, and the underlying theme of change. The past-and-present is an interesting plot device, and Melby works it to her advantage. I was also impressed by her use of language and the sense of mystery.
Recommended, perhaps not so much because of the story but because of the way Becky Melby uses Yesterday's Stardust to challenge us, as Christians, to step out of our comfort zone and see the downtrodden in society the way Jesus would - and to do something about it. Her reasoning as to why teens join gangs is chilling. This is the second book in Becky Melby's Lost Sanctuary series. The stories are designed to be read as stand-alone novels, as they are related only in theme: a contemporary romance playing against the historical suspense.
Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I found this book intriguing. I liked how the author intertwined the two stories going on, one now and one set in the 1920's. The main character, Dani, finds a journal from the 20's and it sends her on a discovery mission. Her life is already complicated with a story involving a local gang. There is also a romance between Dani and another main character Nicky.
All the characters are interesting and the story itself holds your interest. I did find parts to be confusing but once I got into each story and remembered the right characters for the right story it read pretty fast. I think this book would be good for anyone who likes a good mystery as well as historical Christian fiction. I enjoyed this writer's style and will be reading more of her books. I gave this book 4/5 stars because although the story itself held my interest, I did get confused a few times on what was happing.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
When journalist Dani Gallagher finds a tattered diary, she discovers words penned in the 1920's--and clues to a treasure that might still exist. Chef Nicky Fiorini helps unravel the clues, and attraction ignites, but Dani is hiding her own secret. In hopes of a great story, she's using questionable means to gather information on gang members in Nicky's neighborhood. Just as she and Nicky are on the verge of solving the mystery, fighting erupts in the gang and Dani is caught in the middle. Their search leads to a hidden room and a shocking discovery, but have they missed the real treasure?
I really enjoyed reading this book from Becky Melby. I've never read any of her work before and I was very pleased with her writing!
This book is a mix of history, romance, drama, adventure and family struggle. These characters come from different backgrounds and different view points yet they work together in the discovery of the past and the fight for the future.
I thought the characters were well-developed and easy to relate to in this story. They are all in a learning process which brings them closer together and allows the reader to learn with them.
This book also touches on the plight of kids living in these gang neighborhoods. It really places a burden on your heart to do something to reach out to these kids who are faced with such big decisions and circumstances so early in life.