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The Promise of Stardust

by Priscille Sibley

Rated: High

When Elle Beaulieu falls into a vegetative state after a tragic accident, her husband, Matt, is prepared to follow her explicit wishes and pull the plug … until he finds out Elle is two months pregnant. Because she’d risked her life for her miscarried babies in years past, Matt is certain his wife would want to stay on life support until the child’s birth. Matt’s mother, Linney, on the other hand, feels Matt is blinded by the thought of having a baby and can’t see that Elle would never have wanted to stay on life support. Neither Matt nor Linney is prepared to give in, and their fight turns into one of the most controversial trials the world has seen.

Sibley’s debut novel is haunting and breathtaking. The novel, while centered around the trial, flashes back to Matt and Elle’s 30-year love saga, resulting in a touching story that could be the love-child of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Controversial issues inevitably arise in the novel, but Sibley has no political agenda; rather, she weaves a story grounded on the lives and emotions of the characters, which makes the novel heartbreakingly beautiful. It may be 432 pages, but the story goes by so quickly you’ll be left wanting more.

Rated: High. There are more than a dozen uses of strong language, as well as fairly frequent, though not really graphic, sexual references.

— Reviewed by Bailey Tulloch

Bailey Tulloch is a voracious reader and writer who goes to school in Texas and writes for The San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review. She has a reading blog at btbpd.wordpress.com.

3 Responses to The Promise of Stardust

  1. Cathy says:

    I love ratedreads and it has been a great source of good reading material. This is the first review where I have to strongly disagree on the content rating. To me “a few uses of explicit language, including the ‘f-word’, and a few sexual references, though nothing graphic” is completely off on this book. This book has MANY uses of the f-word. The author continually references the sex lives of the main characters and while it may not be graphic and in the act, I still found it to be far more than just a passing reference. I read about half of the book before finally giving up and deciding that the profanity and the sexual references weren’t going to go away. Luckily I was able to return this book for a full refund. To me this was DIRT, but at the very least I wish the review had said that there were more than “a few” uses of explicit language. To me that means 3-5. I’m sure I was well into the 15+range of the f-word when I quit reading.

    • Cathy says:

      Actually I would rate it HIGH not DIRT. But no matter, it is in the wrong section! Please don’t lead me astray again Rated Reads! I love this website and have recommended it to many content-minded readers.

    • Thanks for posting that. I will check with the reviewer, because “a few” really should mean less than five or six, and more makes it High.

  • The Promise of Stardust
  • by Priscille Sibley
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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