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Title:
Star light, star bright
Author:
Stone, Katherine, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Ontario : Mira, [2002]

©2002
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376 pages ; 25 cm
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English
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9781551668758
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Summary

Summary

The latest from USA Today bestselling author Stone, this novel, set in an ancestral home in Virginia, centers on Rafe McClure and his tortured affairs filled with dark secrets of the heart.


Author Notes

Katherine Stone was born in Seattle, Washington. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University, where she also completed her pre-med requirements, and a M.D. from the University of Washington. After her internal medicine residency in San Francisco, she did a fellowship in infectious diseases in Los Angeles. During this time, one of the world's largest outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease occurred at the hospital where she was doing her fellowship. This provided her the opportunity to write and lecture on the mysterious new disease.

She stopped practicing medicine to focus on her writing career. She is the author of 21 novels including Bed of Roses, Imagine Love, Pearl Moon, Twins, Bel Air, Love Songs, and Pearl Moon.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Rafe McClure comes to Virginia by way of an isolated mountain village in Mexico, which survived untouched for five centuries until it's destroyed by a mudslide. The only survivor, Rafe heads north, learns English, and spends his days at a horse ranch in Texas. When events convince him to continue his journey, he ends up at FoxHaven Farm, where he becomes close to Brooke, also an animal lover. When her friend and the daughter of the house, Lily, returns after recovering from a long illness in Switzerland, a shocking murder and suicide occur, and Brooke leaves. Years later, Brooke returns to find that although feelings haven't lessened, there are still obstacles to overcome before she and Rafe can be together. Even though Stone's fast-paced tale is told in an odd mix of lyrical language and medical terminology straight from the Physician's Desk Reference and leaves most characters underdeveloped, it will still please the author's many fans. --Maria Hatton


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Stone's rhapsodic, over-elaborate romance, a young Mexican immigrant named Rafe is hired as trainer of the show horses kept at FoxHaven Farm in Virginia. FoxHaven is the home of two young women, 17-year-old Brooke and 15-year-old Lily, raised as sisters and the "stars" of the novel's title, so dubbed by Lily's adoring father. Rafe and college-bound Brooke, a horse lover, become instant friends. Lily, a longtime sufferer from illnesses that have mystified doctors, returns home from a stay in a Swiss clinic, apparently cured at last. She is as pretty and ethereal as Brooke is handsome and strong, and the reader knows Rafe will be attractive to and attracted by both. But tragedy strikes: one gun and two deaths make both girls orphans. Brooke, traumatized, flees to the West Coast; Lily, sole heir to FoxHaven, remains, with Rafe as special friend. Twelve years later, Brooke has acquired a doctorate and is now a brilliant archeologist. During a brief return to the farm en route to a dig in Cairo, she discovers suspicious evidence regarding Lily's childhood illnesses. The unraveling of all the mysteries surrounding the lives of the two girls begins and Rafe is destined to face his dilemma. Unfortunately, the convoluted plot, the dialogue sprinkled with italicized introspection ("When I'm with you I feel like a ballerina. She couldn't tell him that...") and lengthy medical analyses (Stone, author of 17 novels, is also a physician) make a confusing read out of what might have been an engrossing story. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved