Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson – Book Review, Preview

Posted January 7, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson – Book Review, Preview

Star Rising

by Janet W. Ferguson

Series: Coastal Hearts #4
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Published by Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date January 4, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia, Ireland Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 259


Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.

After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.

As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their own hearts are at the greatest risk.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Art of Rivers, For the Love of Joy

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Star was such an enigma. Her life had been completely transformed when she turned it over to Jesus. No longer an addict, she still bore the scars of her traumatic childhood. Literally and figuratively. I loved watching her struggle with the need for an escape from bad circumstances and then overcoming them. I also appreciated so much how the author imparted the details without making it painful or offensive to read by doling them out a little at a time.

Paul was the guy you hate but then like a little and then hate again – he was so judgemental and harsh. A man who had once served as a missionary, he was so disillusioned and hurt he turned his back on God. Yet even though he claimed he no longer believed, he couldn’t quiet the voice in his head that recalled scriptures at the most inconvenient of times. This is his story of redemption.

Star Rising was such a wonderful book. As with The Art of Rivers. It touched my heart. The spiritual message permeated the book and turned it into a beautiful parable that illustrates truths that are relevant to many. There was a sweet romantic element and yet Star had to make the hard decision to choose Jesus and His will or the man she loved who rejected Him.

This blend of serious situations and light-hearted humor will touch your heart. If you have not yet read The Art of Rivers you might want to read it first to get to know some of the characters and learn details about Star’s backstory that were only alluded to here, though it isn’t completely necessary. This story does stand on its own.

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