Stardust



Shortly After Burying Her Unfaithful Husband, Georgia Peyton Unexpectedly Inherits The Derelict Stardust Motel From A Distant Relative Despite Doubts From The Community And The Aunt Who Raised Her, She Is Determined To Breathe New Life Into It But The Guests Who Arrive Aren T What Georgia Expects Her Gin Loving Mother In Law Her Dead Husband S Mistress An Attractive But Down On His Luck Drifter Who S Tired Of The Endless Road And An Aging Vaudeville Entertainer With A Disturbing Link To Georgia S PastCan Georgia Find The Courage To Forgive Those Who Ve Betrayed Her, The Grace To Shelter Those Who Need Her, And The Moxy To Face The Future And Will Her Dream Of A New Life Under The Flickering Neon Of The Stardust Ever Come TrueStardust

Carla Stewart s writing reflects her passion for times gone by as depicted in her first highly acclaimed novel, Chasing Lilacs Carla launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of being invited to attend Guidepost s Writers Workshop in Rye, New York Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Saddle Baron, and Blood and Thunder Musings on the Art of Medicine In her life before writing, Carla enjoyed a career in nursing and raising her family Now that their four sons are married and they ve become empty nesters, she and her husband relish the occasional weekend getaway and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren Carla enjoys a good cup of coffee, great books, and hearing from you, her readers You re invited to contact her and learnabout her writing at www.carlastewart.com

[Reading] ➵ Stardust ➼ Carla Stewart – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 303 pages
  • Stardust
  • Carla Stewart
  • English
  • 02 August 2019

10 thoughts on “Stardust

  1. says:

    My third novel coming in May, 2012

  2. says:

    My marriage to O Dell Peyton was already over when he washed up on the shores of Zion River Truth was O Dell left me and our two girls the second week in February I found the note tucked in the sugar bowl, telling me he d met a woman who appreciated him I d spent two months chewing on that, hot as a pistol one minute, crumpled in grief the next, trying to figure out where I d gone wrong With an opening hook such as that, I just knew this was going to be one of those good old you do My marriage to O Dell Peyton was already over when he washed up on the shores of Zion River Truth was O Dell left me and our two girls the second week in February I found the note tucked in the sugar bowl, telling me he d met a woman who appreciated him I d spent two months chewing on that, hot as a pistol one minute, crumpled in grief the next, trying to figure out where I d gone wrong With an opening hook such as that, I just knew this was going to be one of those good old you done me wrong song kind of stories a bittersweet, eccentrically southern tale of a woman spurned, pulling up her bootstraps, rising above the ashes, and getting her groove back with a hunky hero come the end Well, yes and no It was a good book, exceptionally good to be exact I enjoyed the heck out of it I loved the storyteller vibe the ebb and flow was almost lyrical And it was an age old you done me wrong story with laugh aloud moments mixed with the bittersweet, reflecting on what it feels like to be cast aside and a widow to boot what if anything could have been done to prevent such a heart crushing devastation Then too, it was a story about mothers and daughters, friendship and community, the 1950s and polio, small town gossip and southern prejudices, renovations of hearth and heart But it wasn t one of those woe is me, I ve been spurned so I m going to get even, and you can bet your sweet patootie everyone and their dog is going to hear about it snarky sagas And I am glad There s enough of those kind of tales around to fill a coral many corals, in all of Texas, most likely Yes, it was refreshing to read a story about infidelity from a Christian worldview that portrays a realistic character who works through devastation and angst, grief and anger, disappointment and humiliation, and comes out better not bitter for the journey Grace, love, forgiveness, and faith make all the difference in the world when facing ANY of life s many trials and tribulations Oh, and as for the hunky heroThere is a light romance element to the story But the man in question isn t a clich d beefcake He s just an average Joe Nor does he swoop in and save the day Georgia is the hero of her own story Yes, she gets by with a little help from friends, and with a bit of serendipity but she rises to the challenge, renovating an old motel, and her heart, and her mindset, and in a way she overhauls her little east Texas town too FOUR You Done Me Wrong Songs, But You Told It Well and Did It Right STARS

  3. says:

    Stardust is an amazing story of family, love and faith, taking place in a rundown motel riddled with dysfunction Well written and nostalgic for earlier days, this book is really one worth reading.

  4. says:

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway When I entered, I had no idea it was a faith based book When I received it, and noticed it was, I was trepidacious Although I have my own beliefs, I am not religious, and I do not care for others cramming their religion down my throat If you are like minded, don t worry, this is not that book This was a sweet book, with a nice little story I appreciate the author s light hand She could have been very heavy handed here, and she did not once fa I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway When I entered, I had no idea it was a faith based book When I received it, and noticed it was, I was trepidacious Although I have my own beliefs, I am not religious, and I do not care for others cramming their religion down my throat If you are like minded, don t worry, this is not that book This was a sweet book, with a nice little story I appreciate the author s light hand She could have been very heavy handed here, and she did not once fall into an overly sentimental storytelling, nor was her faith like a sledgehammer This kind of book can easily have that, and I enjoyed her light touch I wish all people s religious leaning were so honest and true to them, while being so subtle

  5. says:

    With the death of author Maeve Binchy yesterday, Twitter was awash with quotes from and about her books One line from Ms Binchy herself immediately made me think of this book I don t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks Georgia Peyton is widowed, raising two daughters and nearly broke With no experience as anything but a housewife, she sets out to remake the Stardust motel Part of her transformation involves uncovering t With the death of author Maeve Binchy yesterday, Twitter was awash with quotes from and about her books One line from Ms Binchy herself immediately made me think of this book I don t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks Georgia Peyton is widowed, raising two daughters and nearly broke With no experience as anything but a housewife, she sets out to remake the Stardust motel Part of her transformation involves uncovering the secrets clouding her childhood and surrounding her husband s death But it wasn t the ugly duckling or the mystery although both are very good that made this a five star book on my list I was fascinated with the setting and the era My family took a vacation each summer, usually to the mountains, and sometimes stayed in small, cabin style motels similar to the Stardust Though that would have been a decade later than the 1950 s setting of the book, the giant chain hotels were yet to take over Reading Stardust brought back some fond memories It also introduced me to the polio epidemic.Poliomyelitis was rampant in the U.S in the first half of the twentieth century and reached it s height in the early 1950 s, with over 50,000 cases in 1952 I ve met several people who contracted polio as a child and were left with twisted or paralyzed limbs, and I ve heard stories of iron lungs, but they were distant stories to me something that happened to someone else before I was born I had no idea of the fear that gripped communities where someone contracted polio or the torture of treatment in an iron lung I recall, as a child, collecting and saving dimes in cardboard folders to be contributed to the March of Dimes, but had no clue why Reading Stardust was an eye opener for me, as well as a good story I m recommending Stardust, both as a good read and as a history lesson If you read it and become curious about the history of polio and it s effects on individuals and the nation, I recommend the Smithsonian Institute s site Whatever Happened to Polio Both are fascinating reading

  6. says:

    Reading this story makes me feel like I ve made a new friend.Georgia Peyton is a true southern gentlewoman strong, yet open and kindhearted She s gracious and generous, but not a pushover What she gives, she does of her own choice She quietly carries her hurts, longings, and betrayal, but remains loyal, regardless of whether or not it s deserved The kindness she shows to her cheating dead husband s mother first comes from her instinctive sense of duty, but, as Georgia is challenged to dig d Reading this story makes me feel like I ve made a new friend.Georgia Peyton is a true southern gentlewoman strong, yet open and kindhearted She s gracious and generous, but not a pushover What she gives, she does of her own choice She quietly carries her hurts, longings, and betrayal, but remains loyal, regardless of whether or not it s deserved The kindness she shows to her cheating dead husband s mother first comes from her instinctive sense of duty, but, as Georgia is challenged to dig deeper throughout this story, her care for Mary Frances comes from an untapped place in her core, borne out of compassion I love this I also admire the way her unconventional friendship with Ludi, the black woman from the bayou, begins so naturally She slips it on like a favorite sweater, without regard to the constant censure of people in her life and community who can t see past color, fear, and bigotry.Georgia is a woman who shows patience and respect for others even when she doesn t agree with them, yet she still has plenty of room to grow Her life has been fraught with unanswered questions and memories that eat at her sense of security In this story, when the polio epidemic moves in closer to home and fear escalates, Georgia must make difficult choices that affect those she loves In the midst of fear, confusion, and the unknown, she must keep her head and consider what s best in the long run for others, and to follow through by faith.Through forgiveness and surrender, she finds the love and peace she seeks, and I love that Faith is ironic that way, best tested and strengthened when the outcome is unknown An example of this is seen in one major test of Georgia s strength and grace the challenge and opportunity to help her dead husband s mistress Georgia s courage and willingness to go the extra mile for others whether or not they deserve it is a powerful example of Christ like, sacrificial love you can put your trust in.Besides my friend Georgia, what I loved about this story is its subtle complexity While a smooth, easy read Carla Stewart s soft southern voice is like a soothing song , its layers are rich with real characters, each with their own unique strengths and flaws, right down to the children, who charm us with their childish moods and true childlike wonder While simply captivating and entertaining, this story gently touches on some weighty topics such as infidelity, addiction and prejudice with the same grace and compassion we quickly come to love it its heroine.This is such a beautifully told and engaging story, but it s also a subtle but powerful lesson in hope, redemption, love, loyalty and grace that you won t soon forget

  7. says:

    The book Stardust is about a woman named Georgia Peyton After her husband, O dell dies, Georgia is left with two girls and no income After a few weeks of job hunting, Georgia finds out that she inherited the local motel, The Stardust She gets there in earnest expectation only to find that all of the lodges are damaged Now she thought her new found dream of switching on the No Vacancy sign was ruined All until one day, a man named Peter comes looking for an overnight stay He ends up st The book Stardust is about a woman named Georgia Peyton After her husband, O dell dies, Georgia is left with two girls and no income After a few weeks of job hunting, Georgia finds out that she inherited the local motel, The Stardust She gets there in earnest expectation only to find that all of the lodges are damaged Now she thought her new found dream of switching on the No Vacancy sign was ruined All until one day, a man named Peter comes looking for an overnight stay He ends up staying way longer to help Georgia clean up and rebuild In Georgia s personal life, things aren t so sunny side up Georgia finds a life insurance policy in her husband s work briefcase To her great astonishment, it doesn t have her name on it Back at the Stardust, business is going good until two things happen First, she comes face to face with the receiver of her husband s insurance policy Then, the polio epidemic of the 1960 s hits her hometown, starting with the Stardust More detail lies in the pages if the book Stardust by Carla Stewart Some of the things I liked about the book There were a lot I really liked how Carla Stewart made the characters believable In some of the fiction books i read, the characters aren t believable at all I also like how you got attached to the characters in your own special way For me, the conflict and emotion were the things that kept me reading Can t wait to read you other books, Carla

  8. says:

    StarsI m new to Carla Stewart s books, as Stardust is the only one I ve read of her novels so far While the story was interesting, it never really grabbed by attention Toward the end, though, it did get a little better as there was some mystery suspense.The romance between Peter and Georgia added a nice element to Stardust I really liked Peter s character he seemed like such a nice guy A lot of the characters in Stardust I found to be really uniq StarsI m new to Carla Stewart s books, as Stardust is the only one I ve read of her novels so far While the story was interesting, it never really grabbed by attention Toward the end, though, it did get a little better as there was some mystery suspense.The romance between Peter and Georgia added a nice element to Stardust I really liked Peter s character he seemed like such a nice guy A lot of the characters in Stardust I found to be really unique and that made reading itenjoyable.The ending was good, but I do wish there would have been a bitclosure to some things specifically if someone survives or not.While I did like Stardust, I don t plan on rereading it I am eclectic in my reading, but I m not a huge fan of books like this where the husband has an affair, etc If you like books that are similar to this, then you should definitely consider reading this book I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book for my review I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion which I ve done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

  9. says:

    I love a good historical read and before I talk about the book itself I have to say the history in this one knocked me out of the park Stardust was a truly amazing riveting book Georgia Payton goes through quite a bit of growth as a character in this story, she looses a husband, uncle, gains a property, gains some unlikely friends Finds out the answers to some secrets burning in her mind and through it all does so with grace and poise I mentioned before I love a good historical read and the I love a good historical read and before I talk about the book itself I have to say the history in this one knocked me out of the park Stardust was a truly amazing riveting book Georgia Payton goes through quite a bit of growth as a character in this story, she looses a husband, uncle, gains a property, gains some unlikely friends Finds out the answers to some secrets burning in her mind and through it all does so with grace and poise I mentioned before I love a good historical read and the history that drew me in here was the March of Dimes My blogging partner and baby girl C was a premature baby so I ve worked with the MOD frequently But now I get to see their initial cause up close and personal The descriptions of life at the beginning of a polio outbreak, the treatments use and most especially the Iron Lung really drew me in to this story I love learning as I read a book I consider great entertainment This story really tops off the charts with some many facets and great writing

  10. says:

    I picked this novel up on a whim at the library as a result of my not wanting to read crime supernatural war chick lit fiction that particular day leaving this book as the best option I hadn t been expecting much from it since I try to stay away from heavy drama in novels and thought this would be just another hard luck tale with little redemption As it turned out, Stardust surprised me I got sucked into the narrative excellent storytelling and felt myself relating to the main protagonis I picked this novel up on a whim at the library as a result of my not wanting to read crime supernatural war chick lit fiction that particular day leaving this book as the best option I hadn t been expecting much from it since I try to stay away from heavy drama in novels and thought this would be just another hard luck tale with little redemption As it turned out, Stardust surprised me I got sucked into the narrative excellent storytelling and felt myself relating to the main protagonist, Georgia, even though our lives are very different I loved the history portrayed in the story it s set during the polio epidemic in the 1950s and I appreciated how the drama wasn t fast and furious but still remained compelling enough that I finished the 300 page book in about three sittings Even better, it s a clean story that didn t insult my intelligence as a reader A refreshing novel

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