1. Stars in the Grass
    Stars in the Grass
    Ann Stewart
    Shiloh Run Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hard subject but Wonderfully written.
    February 26, 2018
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an excellent though somewhat dark account of a tragedy shown through the eyes of nine year old Abigail McAndrews.

    A great loss hits Pastor McAndrews, his wife, son and daughter. But nobody knows how to work through it. The story recounts some hard circumstances but the book is written in an easy manner. Nothing is revealed except what is observed by Abby, yet it shows how each person in the family deals, or doesnt deal with the event.

    I like the word choices of the author. The everyday occurrences take me back to my childhood in the midwest. Ann Marie Stewart shows how something tragic affects different people and gives Abby wisdom as the family begins to heal. The scenes of family and Church life are natural and normal before the event. An example is how the mother teaches her children new words every day to expand their vocabulary. Abby draws on the words and the memories of obvious affection of her parents when she is questioning everything later.

    One of the good things I took away from this book is how the parents carefully chose the names of their children.

    Since the subject is tragic loss, I would recommend this for someone who has worked through their own grief. Not for the newly grieving.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book about a difficult topic
    May 22, 2017
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Plublishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

    I enjoyed this book about a difficult topic. I could relate to the this family and their struggles. I will definitely read more books by Ann Marie Stewart.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well Written, Difficult Subject
    February 20, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Stars in the Grass was a difficult book to read, emotionally. Not to say that it wasn't well written because it was; Anne Marie Stewart writes in such a way that you feel you are experiencing the situation first hand, not just reading about it. However, the story is painful - a family suffers a terrible tragedy that changes everyone. The remainder of the book follows their journeys through grief and mourning and attempting (rather poorly in many cases) to move on. Stars in the Grass made me consider the experience of a family grieving at different paces and in different ways, and still having to live with one another. What those relationships would be like after the event and how they would change is something Id never really considered. Stars in the Grass often made me reflect on my own relationships and how I would feel if they changed in an instant.

    That said, the story was just sad and difficult. It reminded me of the Disney movie, Up. It's so tragic, right out of the gate, that you never really recover from it, despite the high points in the story later on. One thing I will commend the author for is her choice in narrator - nine-year-old Abby. Experiencing the loss through her eyes gave a gentle innocence and candor that helped me cope with the emotions of the story as it unfolded.

    Stars in the Grass was very well written but I recommend it with a warning. If you are going through a difficult season in your life, you may want to hold off. For fiction, this story touches you very deeply, and often, quite brutally.

    I received acomplimentary copy of this book fromBarbour Publishingand was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life after loss
    February 16, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One idyllic summer ends in tragedy for the McAndrews family. Will they allow God to heal the painful places to make them whole again?

    Being the first ever book I've read by this author, I wasn't familiar with her work. She quickly took me by surprise by how well-written this is! Told by the viewpoint of nine year old Abby, it was quite different but yet perfect for the feel of this novel. Her views of life are those from that awkward middle stage between no longer being a kid, but yet not quite a teenager either. She views life in that perfect age of innocence. Until that fateful day when everything changes and nothing is the same again. Seeing her family suffer under the weight of grief and guilt, she feels at a loss for what to do or feel herself. Watching the family seemingly unravel has a huge impact on how quickly she must grow up, as begrudging as she is to do it. There is a stage in their lives where there are more questions than answers for everyone. Even though they know Who the answer giver is, they are clouded by deep-seated grief and the inability to move forward. As ominous as this sounds, the author also portrays the healing gift of hope. Even if it is as small as the mustard seed at first, as I read further on, I began to see that seed slowly grow and flourish. This is not a book that sugar coats what it's like to lose a loved one, or what each individual person will go through, or even how long it will take to overcome grief. This will tug at your heart, tearing it in two sometimes and making you want to reach out to put the pieces together for the McAndrews. I went through every imaginable emotion known to human kind, and from the beginning it drew me in like the fireflies they used to catch in the summer. I could hardly put this down, quickly devouring each page. This was never depressing, just a raw look at real life while giving glimpses of that hope in God. In the end, I think the family was stronger for having gone through the hard times...TOGETHER. They still had questions, but they were making huge strides on moving forward in His grace & mercy. Raw emotion, poignant, gritty real life, with hope poured over it all, I can't recommend this enough. If you only read one book this year, make it "Stars in the Grass"!

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. No review was required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own.*
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    sad, but a good read
    February 16, 2017
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    My first thought upon finishing this book, was "man, that was a sad book." But don't let that stop you from reading the book...... it is worth reading.

    It isn't giving any spoilers away to say this: There is a death of a small child at the start of the book, and the rest of the book is about the remaining family dealing with that death. Though the book is fictional, I feel the author did a great job of presenting how different family members might deal with such a tragedy.

    I did find the book sad, but it was an interesting and entertaining read. I wish the author had wrapped up the end of the book a little better. I was left wondering about some things she didn't cover, and it also ended abruptly in my thinking.

    The author was new to me, but I liked the book well enough that I would read another by her.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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