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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062258346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062258342
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slow-paced yet with a nicely detailed setting, Noble’s second novel explores how hearts can heal despite the deepest wounds. Abbie Sinclair traveled the world shooting documentaries until a horrific tragedy sent her back to the U.S. Reeling from shock, grief, and feelings of guilt, she finds her way through a friend to Stargazey Point, South Carolina, a dying little town with an eroded beachfront, shuttered businesses, an old carousel with its lights long dimmed, and distinctly interesting residents. The gracious yet somewhat eccentric Crispin siblings, septuagenarians Millie, Marnie, and Beau, open their home to Abbie, where she finds a safe mooring to regain her emotional bearings. Cab Reynolds harbors suspicions that Abbie is a greedy land developer out to snare the Crispins and their rundown yet stately home. A host of characters passes through Abbie’s stay, each one creating an impression on her soul that just might lead her out of the darkness of her past and into a new life of hope. Richly layered, this should appeal to fans of large-cast southern reads. --Julie Trevelyan

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"Noble's latest beach read arrives just in time for the season. The novel's lush setting is the perfect backdrop for this romantic story about a woman's recovery and journey to rediscovering friendship and love . . . Overall, a feel-good read for a relaxing weekend." RT Book Review  Sarah Eisenbraun
 
"Slow-paced yet with a nicely detailed setting, Noble's second novel explores how hearts can heal despite the deepest wounds . . . Richly layered, this should appeal to fans of large-cast southern reads." --Booklist  Julie Trevelyan

 

 

"In this romance, emotional damage is no match for the power of kindness." Kirkus Reviews

" . . . a great light summer read. There's romance, a beach, and a town slowly waking to revitalization without sacrificing the past that formed its particular character." BookNAround

"The characters in this novel were exactly what I love about small-town characters, they were warm, and overly friendly, and nosey enough to keep the storyline moving at an interesting, and humourous pace." Bound by Words

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Abbie Sinclair heads to to Stargazey Point to try and decompress after a very traumatic experience. Her best friend has relatives who live there and her friend thinks it's the perfect place for Abbie to just get away from it all. The relatives are three 80+ year old siblings living in a mansion by the sea; although it's a mansion that has seen much better days. Abbie thinks she will stay for a short visit, sit on the beach and just vegetate.
Uh-huh.

While there she meets the various characters that inhabit the small town from the neglected children to the grieving widow to the mean town drunk. She also meets Cabot Reyolds the Third, who had moved to Stargazey Point after being left a legacy by his uncle. He left a lucrative career as an architect and a beautiful fiance behind to pursue his passion. A passion that no one in in family seems to understand. Sparks fly of course, between Abbie and Cabot.

You don't have to invest much effort into the reading of this novel, it just breezes along rather quickly. It is a simple, enjoyable beach read and none of the characters really made me care overmuch about them but I would love to find a place like Stargazey Point - it was the most well developed "character" in the book. Many of the people were rather undeveloped; maybe unfinished is a better word. Particularly the three Crispin siblings with whom Abbie stays. They allude to much and have an air of mystery but nothing is really explained. It was frustrating.

Was I happy I read it? I would say yes. Would I read it again - no. It was a lovely diversion; a read that didn't require me to think or research or even wonder. A relaxing read. Sometimes a person needs one.

3.5
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Wolf on July 14, 2013
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Abbie Sinclair and Cab Reynolds seek redemption as well as a way back to a worthwhile life in STARGAZEY POINT, Shelley Noble's charming novel about a beach resort in the lowlands of South Carolina that has seen better days. Beset by destructive storms and greedy developers anxious to buy up property at bargain prices and transform the sleepy town into a luxury resort, the story is filled with caring neighbors, friends and relatives. Marnie, Millie and Beau are delightful characters, but my personal favorite is Ervina, the wise Gullah woman who gently guides Abbe into discovering who she is and what's important to her. Cab has given up the fast-paced life of an industrial architect to restore the carousel and help his beloved town find a way back to its glorious past.

You won't be able to put the book down once you start reading. I guarantee it! PWP.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shoobie on July 10, 2013
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Abbie Sinclair comes from a family of do-gooders, though she doesn't consider herself as worthy of the title as the rest of them. She has spent the past few years filming documentaries about the oppressed in faraway countries, but having witnessed a brutal coup by vicious mine owners and the death of her fiancé, she's burnt out. When a dear friend suggests she take time off to regain her perspective on life in a sleepy seaside town in South Carolina, she reluctantly accepts.
There isn't much left of the town of Stargazey Point, now that the developers have tried to buy out all that worked in the town and what was left of it after a severe hurricane. A small hotel, a coffee shop, a community center and the mysteriously shaped building at the end of a torn up boardwalk don't draw many visitors. Abbie falls in love with the ancient house with the crumbling porches where she is staying and the three elderly people who welcome her with open arms just because she is the friend of their niece and therefore someone to cherish.
There's another new person in town, but he's been here before in his youth. He has inherited a love for the town and the strange building at the end of the boardwalk. Cabot Reynolds has given up life in the big city as an architect in order to restore the gem of a carousel in Stargazey Point. He is also trying his darndest to hold the community together and thinks restoring the carousel might bring in the tourist money the town so desperately needs.
Despite not being a true do-gooder, Abbie is drawn into helping the children who call the community center their safe haven. It could become hers, too.
I fell in love with Abbie and the folks of Stargazey Point. I'd go there in a heartbeat if it were real.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 25, 2013
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'Stargazey Point' is a beautifully written contemporary women's fiction novel that follows lead character Abbie Sinclair as she travels to the small town of Stargazey Point in South Carolina. As she gets to know the people of the town, Abbie realizes that Stargazey Point is much more than an old destination town. It's a place for love, new beginnings, and finding yourself.

This was a fantastically written contemporary novel that features a strong female lead character - Abbie Sinclair - who is incredibly realistic and easy to identify with. We see her fears, dreams, strengths, and weaknesses - and are able to empathize right alongside her as she grows and changes throughout the novel. The other characters in the novel - namely the people Abbie meets in Stargazey Point - are also well written. They are all unique and have distinct personalities and give a great depth to the novel. The setting is perfect - a small coastal town that was once a popular family vacation destination, but is now struggling to survive. The beautiful scenery along with the author's vivid imagery allowed me to fully immerse myself in the novel and into the town itself. The plot wasn't anything mind-blowingly original, but the author writes with such feeling that it gives the story a life all its own. The pace is natural with an effortless flow that had me gliding easily through the pages. Although at first glance this looks like just another women's fiction novel, it is so much more. It deals with real topics like family, grief, love, and finding yourself along with the quirky people and town and the beautiful coastal scenery. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre and those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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