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– a memoir of travel, grief, and an incandescent God
What it’s about:
At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York.
When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family.
Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave, heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.
What I thought:
Jennie shares her story very openly and honestly, including some very personal details. Her story involves struggles that many people face and you are likely going to relate to at least some of them. It takes us through her searching for herself and finding her faith, overcoming her demons (and addictions), and facing loss and grief and upheaval in various ways. Through it all she demonstrates how God was present in her life and how she found hope and healing. It is a lovely story written in a friendly way that makes it a pleasant read. If you want to feel like you aren’t alone in your struggles or if you need help seeing God and finding hope in hard times this is a great book to read.
What it’s about:
Single moms are not supposed to fall for rich French aristocrats!
There’s just no way he will ever choose her.
Is there such a thing as Prince Charming? Chastity didn’t take a teaching job in France to find hers, but a woman can dream, n’est-ce pas? If the father of one of her students–the Viscount Charles Jean Anne Monorie de Brase–is the best local example of princes, Charming or Otherwise, Chastity is ready to put aside any thought of falling in love again.
She’s had enough of his arrogance and would prefer him to keep his distance, yet it seems there is no avoiding each other. With the ongoing pressure of a repentant ex-boyfriend, a nefarious drug dealer, and an art heist that spans the decades, Chastity and the viscount are thrown together by circumstances she would soon rather forget.
As the intimacy between Charles and Chastity deepens, they must decide if their love is enough to bridge the gap between their disparate worlds, and if happily ever after can exist outside of fairy tales.
What I thought:
I read this book shortly after it was released. It is a sweet, beautiful story! It is also completely clean so you don’t have to worry about stumbling across a scene with more detail than you need. It is engaging and keeps you turning the pages. If you need a few hours to relax and escape into another world this would be an excellent choice.
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I received a free copy of Stars Upside Down in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.