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Michelle ShockleeTyndale House / 2022 / ePubOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for Count the Nights by Stars - eBook. View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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Irishniff5 Stars Out Of 5A Page TurnerJuly 23, 2022IrishniffQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Michelle Shocklee was the perfect tour guide through the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, as well as, 1961 Nashville. Her characters and their life stories captured my interest from the start. Such beautiful pictures of friends, families and communities were included. During very difficult trials, genuine help was offered and connections made.
I thoroughly enjoyed the historical details and cultural context of Nashville that frames this novel. The amount of research is obvious and appreciated. Both these stories tugged at my heart. As soon as I finished, I ordered a copy for my friend. I won a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Nicole5 Stars Out Of 5I recommendJuly 22, 2022NicoleMichelle Shocklee's detailed descriptions of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and Maxwell House Hotel indicate thoughtful research and give the reader an enjoyable taste of what it must have been like to be in Nashville.
This time-split novel gracefully addresses some difficult topics, gently approaching these subjects with sensitivity and hope.
Count the Nights by Stars will encourage the reader with the tender truth that God sees and loves her unconditionally, exactly as she is. Throughout Priscilla's and Audrey's journeys, they are learning to see as God sees, and after finishing the last page, the reader will come away desiring the same.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Split TimeJuly 22, 2022LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely could not put this book down as it had me enthralled from the beginning. Split time books are quickly becoming my favorites especially when they are exceptional like this. I loved that both time settings were in the past and that scrapbook had me wanting to sit and look through it as that would be fascinating. It took me back in time to experience the exposition and also brought to light that evil existed even in those simpler times. Learning about the Maxwell Hotel was fascinating. So many things in this story gutted me and left me needing tissues. It is hard to put a review into words without spoilers so I will just say run to pick up a copy and settle in for words that leap off the page and into your heart and characters that you wish were in your life. I highly recommend reading.
I was blessed to win a copy of this book and made the mistake of not moving it to the top of my TBR pile. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fighting InjusticeMarch 26, 2022SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "That is our mission, dear. To see people for who they are beneath the pain. Beneath the sin. To see them as God sees them: a beautiful creation, with plans and purposes only he knows." **
Michelle Shocklee delivers an incredible dual-timeline story with "Count the Nights by Stars."
Told during two timeframes -- the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition and the Christmas season of 1961 -- "Count the Nights by Stars" centrally revolves around the historic Maxwell House Hotel and its residents.
In 1897, Priscilla Nichols travels with her family to Nashville to celebrate the state's historic centennial celebration. While there, 25-year-old Priscilla comes into her own person while meeting Italian immigrants and siblings Luca and Gia Moretti. While there, she also comes to realize the plight of young, disadvantaged women and how they are abused and placed into disreputable situations.
In 1961, Audrey Whitfield is still reeling from her mother's death. When a resident at the historic hotel, which is now a long-term residential hotel where her father is manager, suffers a stroke, Audrey is introduced to the Centennial Exposition while going through her belongings. When she finds letters between "Peaches" and "Luca," Audrey is intrigued to dig into their romantic story.
As the two women's stories come together, both women learn to see the real "you" in a person -- Priscilla with women in questionable situations and Audrey inspired by her brother with special needs, as well as Audrey's new friend Jason who is a champion for civil rights.
Shocklee does an incredible job of creating two beautiful yet intriguing plots, all while brilliantly weaving together the two storylines. She develops great characters that are highly likable and relatable. She also fills "Count the Nights by Stars" with some great themes, like morning always comes; a new day is full of blessings waiting to be discovered; tomorrow isn't always promised; we should help change things for the better; God's ways aren't always our ways ("The book of Isaiah says God's ways are not our ways, that his ways are higher. I think what that means is we aren't meant to understand the whys of everything. We're simply asked to trust in the One who does"); fighting injustice ("She wasn't satisfied to sit on the sidelines. She got out there and did something about the injustices she saw. Seems like the world would be a better place if we all did our part, you know?"); and caring for the least of these.
This book reminds us to "Count your nights by stars, not shadows. Count your life with smiles, not tears."
Fans of dual-timeline stories, historical fiction and series like the "Doors to the Past" series will love "Count the Nights by Stars."
Five stars out of five.
Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.
JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Poignant Story of Heartbreak and HopeMarch 23, 2022JenMEAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"That is our mission, dear. To see people for who they are beneath the pain. Beneath the sin. To see them as God sees them: a beautiful creation, with plans and purposes only he knows."
Count the Nights by Stars is a gripping split-time novel, bringing Nashville history to life in both the 1890s and 1960s. The iconic Maxwell House hotel plays a role in both timelines, as does the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Both Priscilla and Audrey are strong, compelling heroines - both coming to terms with their places in their families and their purpose in life. The story also shines a light on the dark subject of human trafficking in a powerful, eye-opening way. If you are looking for a poignant story that is rich with history, heartbreak, and hope, you have found it in Count the Nights by Stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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