Monday, 20 January 2014

Liz's Review of To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte

It’s been five years, but Melody still mourns the death of Tim, her soul mate and beloved husband who never had a chance to hold their daughter. Mel and her daughter have the love and support of Mel’s brother Will and sister-in-law Portia, the famous Oscar-winning actress-turned-mother. Mel works three jobs and mothers Ella, but she spends her mornings facing the demons of her grief. Her faith and her father, the pastor, helps Mel grapple with her grief.
Portia opens her home to her childhood friend Tarry Francis, a successful, womanizing rock star. He’s trying to beat his addictions. Again. He’s going through the motions, but needs his drugs and rowdy lifestyle to keep his childhood pain in check. Tarry’s privileged upbringing contrasted with his cruel parents, who starved him of affection. Who can fix that?
Mel is forced to counsel Tarry, but he’s so damaged and unwilling to try that she’s not sure anyone can help fix him. She gives him a special coin. Could this open their hearts to each other and fuel their love? Is this a step forward that will free them to catch the falling stars? Or will Mel remain faithful to her first love?
Rich in meaning, To Catch a Falling Star is about two lovers whose hearts struggle to open to find the magic of the journey of love. It’s a joyful and passionate story about overcoming challenges to lead us to love and the fulfillment of our dreams.
To Catch a Falling Star is the stunning follow-up novel to L. Duarte’s debut Chasing Stars about Portia and Will’s romance. A spiritual and playful read, L. Duarte has provided readers the chance to believe in healing a broken heart.

Liz’s Review:
To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte, is the second book in the Crossing Stars series. In the first novel, Chasing Stars, we met Portia and Will and watched as they worked through their individual troubles and fell in love.
Now we follow Melody, Will’s sister. For the last five years she has mourned the loss of her husband, closing herself off and creating a cocoon around herself and her daughter. Melody takes care of everyone but herself, never allowing anyone into her life...or her heart.
Tarry Francis is a drug addicted rock star who is spiralling out of control. When the death of his ‘girlfriend’ lands him in rehab, he has to learn how to live. After being ordered by a judge to get counseling, he moves in with his best friend, Portia, and her husband, Will.
Melody agrees to counsel Tarry, but finds herself attracted to another man for the first time since she met her husband. As she tries to distance herself, Tarry realizes that she is all he wants. With the help of faith and the promise of new love, they help each other heal and find their salvation in each other.
When I first started reading this book, I wondered how I would ever get through it. It isn’t the type of story that I typically choose. However, the more I read, the more absorbed I became. L. Duarte has a way of drawing you in and keeping you until the very end. As I read the final chapter, I found myself reaching for the tissues and sobbing like a baby. The love between these two characters is astounding and truly helps you to believe in the power of faith. Is it possible to have two soul-mates? Read and decide for yourself.


Author Bio:
I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I am always torn between the two. I am also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically do not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. This conviction is reflected in my debut work of romantic fiction, Chasing Stars. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.

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