About the book:
The idyllic world of nine-year-old Abby McAndrews is transformed when a tragedy tears her family apart.
Before the accident, her dad, Reverend John McAndrews, had all the answers, but now his questions and guilt threaten to destroy his family. Abby’s fifteen-year-old brother, Matt, begins an angry descent as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, but when Abby’s dad refuses to move on, the family is at a crossroads.
Set in a small Midwestern town in 1970, Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—an authentic story of faith and life after loss.
My review (5-Stars)
There are a couple of things you’ll want to do before you start reading this book. The first is to be in a quiet, comfortable spot and secondly make sure you have some tissue handy because you’re going to cry.
The story is told by nine-year-old Abby and what an emotional story it is. A family struck by tragedy and how it affects each member is heart wrenching This book will remind you just how fragile life is and never take anyone or anything for granted.
The author has a gift for drawing the reader in with her vivid descriptions and her realistic characters. I rooted for this family to come to terms with their loss and to be a family unit once more.
Kudos to Ann Marie Stewart on her debut novel.
I received a complimentary copy of Stars in the Grass from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.