Acclaimed novelist Luanne Rice "touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart" (Tami Hoag, author of A Thin Dark Line). Her stories remind us how precious and fragile life can be—and that we must risk our hearts every day to know happiness. Follow the Stars Home is just such a novel: a story of poignancy and heartbreak, grace and courage.
Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Dianne Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Dianne with a newborn—almost alone.
It was Tim's brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Dianne and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother's wife. But one of the many hard choices Dianne has made is to close her heart toward any man—especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms and can be received with as much grace as it is given.
As lyrical and moving as the poetry of nature, Follow the Stars Home is a miracle of storytelling that will take your breath away. If words alone can dare us to confront our fears and to choose joy over sorrow, then Luanne Rice's magnificent novel is a benediction and a call to celebrate our lives.
Dianne Robbins is a single mother in rural Connecticut, valiantly struggling to raise Julia, her severely disabled daughter. Dianne's support system consists of her mother Lucinda, a down-to-earth librarian, and Julia's pediatrician, Alan--who is secretly in love with Dianne. There's also Amy, a troubled adolescent whom Dianne has taken under her wing. Dianne swears she is content with this close-knit group of friends and family, but there's no man in her life--until her ex-husband shows up at her bedside as she lies in the hospital after a car accident. Handsome, dashing Tim (who happens to be Alan's brother) deserted Dianne years before, but now he wants to reconnect with Dianne and with the daughter he once rejected.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Types of Characters, Stages of Life, Love + Relationships + Sex, Conflicts + Dualities, Family + Friendship
- January 25, 2011
- January 25, 2011
- Luanne Rice