I don’t know about you, but I love my birthday. Not the being-sung-to part, because oh-my-goodness-everyone’s-looking-at-me, but the celebration. Presents, dessert, a nice dinner. I’ve been known to have multiple celebrations over the course of the month: one for each circle of friends, you know. And yes, many times I cook the meal myself. (Hey, it means I’m sure to get what I want to eat, how I want to eat it. Type A? Oh, yeah.)
This year, I can add something new to the birthday celebration: a book release!
Amber Stokes’ (bless her!) novella How A Star Falls will be coming out November 18, and I was given a free copy of the ebook to read and review in anticipation and celebration of the pre-order. (She didn’t know it coincided with birthday celebrations; that was a lucky coincidence.)
About the book:
How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.
Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.
Then Brielle falls into his world.
She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.
And his whole world falls apart.
A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.
I enjoyed How a Star Falls immensely, as I always do anytime Amber is involved. A quick read, with a lovely wrap-up at the end that is just begging for another novella (or full-length book … *cough* birthday present *cough*). At times hyperbolic, but those moments were few and far between and fit with the general flow and nature of the story.
I’ve not spent any time in the area of Oregon the book is set, but the sense of place was well-established; I could easily close my eyes and be transported to the beach, listening to the crash of the waves and anticipating Orion’s rise to the south in a darkly lit sky. (Orion happens to be my favorite constellation; maybe because he’s one of the few I still remember how to find from my college astronomy class, but you still can’t beat his belt. If LOTR characters were constellations, I think Orion and Legolas would be BFFs.)
One thing I particularly enjoyed about the story was the familial interaction and sibling rivalry. Sometimes I wanted to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and let the drama unfold!
All in all, a very enjoyable read, perfect to while away an afternoon (and if you can get a beach view out the window, and perhaps some birthday cake, even better).
Amber, a sincere thank-you for sharing this story with me. Very well done, indeed.
Want to pre-order a copy? Click on the quote picture above, or go here. On sale for $1.99!
Read more about Amber at her blog, Seasons of Humility.