The Promise of Stardust

Author: Priscille Sibley                                                             
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 416
Genre:  Adult Fiction
Source: HarperCollins

Release Date:  February 5, 2013

Goodreads:   Filled with grace, sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine, and illuminates the power of love to divide and heal a family in the wake of unexpected tragedy

“In this brave novel, a family making choices about death with dignity finds themselves in uncomfortable opposition…explores with compassion and insight, how political and personal needs align and shift.”
-Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they’ve always wanted.

When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.

But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle’s living will.

Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.

Ope’s Opinion:   If you can only buy/read one book this year – this needs to be the one!

                                       The story was wonderful!  It was fast paced.  It grabbed me from the first page and I did not want to put it down – I did not want it to end.  This was a very realistic story line.  This was an emotional roller coaster of a book.  All sides of the issues were clearly stated.  

                                       The characters were realistic.  Their emotions drew me in.  I felt for each one of them.  It was clear they each were coming from a place of love – for Elle and for each other.  These characters feel like a part of my family!   I loved how Priscilla  brought Elle’s voice into the story.  It was done in a unique and interesting way. 

                                        I think this a must read book.  When Priscilla Sibley writes another book, I would love to read it.

Rating:  Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on.  
                                                 If I had more chairs I would give this book more!

                FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
   I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
   rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.



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