Jan. 31, 2017

Stars in the Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

*****5 stars

Standout in Contemporary Fiction!

An amazing tale of one family's harrowing journey through loss, told from nine year old Abby's point of view. As Abby's father, Rev. MacAndrews, flounders,unable to be the anchor his family needs, his wife Reneé attempts to pull the family together. Abby wanders in a confused cloud through the days while her older teenaged brother, Matt, flirts with trouble.

With Stars in the Grass, Stewart is sure to become an author of note! Her ability to create in the reader the various,intense emotions of each family member is terrific. I cried the whole first quarter of the book. I wondered if I would be as wise as one of Abby's caring teachers. I wondered why Abby's mom would push her dad so hard at times...couldn't she see what she was doing? Would I have closed out my family like Abby's dad? In short, I felt every emotion Stewart's characters experienced and lived this year of their lives with them. What a year it was!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review, and all opinions are solely my own.