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Wow…as much heaviness as there is in this book there is as much sweetness and I absolutely loved it. There is a lot going on in this story and about half of it is heavy. I was brought to tears a couple of times but somehow it didn’t seem so angsty I didn’t want to finish. I’m a big fan of low angst, high romance books. Sid and Eddie’s romance was sweet but not without struggle.
I’m going to start with Sid’s family as they play a major role in the story. Sid is close to his father since he grew up with him as an only parent after his mother’s death. He was really close to his mother but lost her when he was young. There is a LOT of angst with his entire family and they are the cause of most of my tears in the story. Sid and his siblings – Anna and Andrew – are attempting to navigate a life-altering illness in their father. They all lose themselves as they struggle to accept their father’s fate. Anna and Sid eventually find their way back to each other with their relationship renewed and strengthened. Andrew is a lost cause and made me so mad I wanted to throw my kindle across the room. I’m not sure they can come back to their relationship with him, if they ever really had one.
Eddie is going through similar struggles having lost his best friend, and mother of his child recently. Becoming a full-time single dad was not in his plans so there is some adaptation to his new role that hasn't always been easy. I love Adrian although there were times his dialog was contradictory – he’d spout off a phrase or sentence that was spot on for a 5 year old and other times he’d speak to Sid and Eddie like an adult. He is definitely an integral part to their relationship and the growth they go through together.
Sid and Eddie’s romance was hard and fast, then slow and steady (with a bit of a break between). I loved them together. Their banter was entertaining and endearing – especially the ‘dad jokes’ shared over texts. Their emotions were palpable and I could feel their love right along with them. They both had to do some heavy soul searching to figure out where they wanted to end up. They went through some major ups and downs which really did strengthen their relationship. The ending, when the focus was on their relationship and becoming a family, was pretty damn perfect.
There are additional characters vital to the story that I loved – mostly Rue, Dottie and Sharon – and some I didn’t love – Mitchell.
This is not a quick read but it was hard to put down. As I stated above, some parts of the story were hard to read while other parts were light, easy and lovely to read. The writing was really good (I’m new to this author). The beauty of Sid and Eddie’s personal growth and their love story outweighed the immensity of the struggles endured to get to their happily ever after. I definitely recommend reading this book.
Even though they were not who I was expecting, I did still really like both Sid and Eddie. Both were very well written, and were a pleasure to read about. Sid, who at the beginning of this story is just on the cusp of beginning his new business designing clothing for trans, non-binary, and people with non-conforming gender identities, quickly has the rug pulled out when he gets a call from his sister demanding he come back home and help deal with their sick father. While not a huge fan of how demanding his sister ended up sounding, I liked how the pull between his past and his future played out over the course of the book. Sid spends the majority of the book trying to be two places at once, and never really happy in any of them. I think the book did a good job of showing how split he is about everything without going so far as to make him come off as annoying.
The interactions between Sid and Eddie (and Eddie’s son) were also good. Eddie lost his best friend to cancer, and gained a son he never really expected to raise–despite their biological link. Having to deal with a new job, new lover, new life, and a small kid is probably a bit much for most people. But I think it was handled well here. I will be the first to say that I have a not-so-secret dislike of children, but for the most part I liked the interactions between the three.
However I will say that Sid’s reaction to finding out Eddie had a kid was a bit over the top. I get not wanting to date someone who has a kid, but running out of the city because some guy you have known for less than a month hasn’t been completely honest with you was a bit ridiculous. I can get being angry and upset–as well as not knowing if you even want to be with a guy who was a parent–but running off to Chicago made me want to smack the guy. I do forgive him a little, though, since he is clearly stressed out because of everything that is being asked of him.
Mostly I found this a very good story. There was just a little problem with the fact it seemed a bit meandering at times. There didn’t seem to be any thing pushing the story forward and as a result I had a hard time connecting with it. I kept picking it up and putting it back down again after a chapter or two. Nothing was really bad about it, but there was also not a hook for me. I don’t connect very well to stories where a lot of the emphasis is on the kids–mostly because I just don’t care for them in real or fictional life–and a lot of the stuff between Sid and his father (who has dementia or Alzheimer’s–I can’t quite remember), while very well written, was kinda hit and miss with me empathetically. I know that it may make me seem a bit callus to some people, but I don’t really care for the whole idea that putting your parents in a care home somehow makes you a horrible person. I just don’t see how running yourself ragged trying, and failing, to give them the care they need is somehow the best way to show you care about someone. Granted, as someone who never plans on having kids, it is kinda a mute point for me anyways, so maybe I just don’t get it.
Maybe this book just wasn’t the best fit for me. I don’t know. I do think it was a good story though, so if I’m being completely objective I don’t have much problem recommending it to others. If you like stories that is strong in family-orientated plot, I think you’ll really like this one. And, well, hot firemen are never a bad thing.
As a result of all the different kinds of attachment, this is a story of different kinds of love. There's romantic love, of course, on center stage, but there's also the love of children, fathers and mothers, friends... and beyond that, there's the love that is passion for hobbies or work. All those kinds of love figure prominently here.