The Brightest Star Kindle Edition
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The book opens with Brighton Starling literally crashing into her ex/love of her life/the one that got away Sebastian Figures. They had a years-long relationship until it all came to a halt when he lost it all.
Brighton never stopped loving Sebastian and wants to forgive him but after their abrupt ending two years prior, she finds herself short on trust but wants to let him back in. Sebastian will stop at nothing to get his Bright Star back and he shows his love in many ways.
I definitely enjoyed this one! I adored Brighton and Sebastian's banter, their easy love and fun text conversations. A few things were a bit hard for me and I'll let you know what! This book is written in third person; many people don't mind it but as someone who reads a lot, it was hard to get into for me and I feel that's why it took me longer to read this book than normal. Sebastian traded one addiction for another in his ocd-like coping. I kind of wanted that touched on more, if that makes sense? Brighton didn't really know anything about it and I felt like as part of her recovery, it should have been something she was fully aware of and understood.
I loved Sebastian's relationship with his father and friends, his support system was great. Brighton being able to lean on Declan (Sebastian's best friend) and Jade in times of need. Their friendships were easy and fun to read.
Cranford's debut novel was a fun read. I found it a bit hard to connect to the characters but I'm chalking that up to third person POV and my reading preferences. It's emotional, and fun, and I think you'll enjoy it!
This book is a second chance romance (aka – my catnip) and we meet Brighton Starling and Sebastian Figures as they are seeing each other for the first since it all fell apart two years ago. In in those moments, it was impossible for me not to feel every bit of the emotion percolating right there at the surface – it was funny, awkward and just so heartbreaking. From there it was impossible not become emotionally invested in Bright and Seb because even then after this time, these two have a connection that is pure magic.
To know Brighton is to absolutely adore her and I did. Life had knocked her around a bit, but through that, she maintained her absolute brilliance. Being in her head, you understand why Seb needed her in his universe – because she did make his world shine magnificently.
Seb is the lynchpin to this story and seeing him through Bright’s lens, he evoked some pretty strong emotions. As the story unfolded and understanding the true depth of his feelings for Bright let me see the goodness of this man’s heart.
Ultimately, this is story is about forgiveness, the courage it takes to ask for it and strength it takes to give it. This is a complex element that can be explained in the simplest of terms - LOVE. It is the glue that binds hearts together or the mortar that disintegrates with seismic events and B. Cranford did an exceptional job of showing her work, guiding her readers as these two people struggled to find a way to be together or continue to live apart. The result – you need to read the book and find out!!
I loved The Brightest Star and cannot wait to see what comes next from B. Cranford…It is a bright future indeed...(see what I did there?) Enjoy!!
Laurie’s Rating: 5++++++ STARS!!
I'm excited to read first forays into books and no less from someone whose blog I enjoy. I do love me a good second chance romance with the right amount of tenderness and feels. Brighton and Sebastian torn apart by things out of their hands. Earning trust back is not easy once broken. Sebastian wants a do over and to fix the wrongs. Brighton has always been his light that guided him home and this time he will make sure of it.
What I like about this book is how it tackled addiction, in specific gambling addiction. To be a real close look at it the before and after. Even gambling can be a disease and can ruin lives. It's nice to see someone out from rehab trying to find themselves and continue to fight/maintain what they learned. Sebastian and Brighton's ongoing struggle with it was not glossed over but handled well.
The winning the girl back was not easy but it was light hearted and genuine. I really thought Sebastian was atoning for it all and it was sincere . I also liked him his humor and patience, the way he knew he made mistakes and wanted to change. Persistent and consistent. Their witty banter was charming and playful made ease the sad and tears. Resentment is an funny thing that creeps up on you and it's hard to move past. Dealing with that and regaining trust it's long road ahead. With a love like theirs it's not insurmountable.
I adored this fabulous debut novel, the characters were fresh and story engaging. Second chances, forgiveness and faith things that aren't always easy to give but can be worked for. The writing style flowed well and the timing of the moments was good. The sweet and heartfelt, the little moments that made me cheer and humorous moments that brightened it. It had the fluttery feeling of first love and was a joy to read. I love new authors to follow and this one will leave you with a smile. I vote a follow up with Declan and Jade they were terrific secondary characters that made this story pop. They have a story I can tell.