Author on Author Book Review ~ To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte

It’s been five years, but Melody still mourns the death of Tim, her soul mate and husband who never had a chance to hold their daughter. Mel and her daughter have the love and support of Mel’s brother Will and sister-in-law Portia, the famous Oscar-winning actress-turned-mother. Mel works three jobs and mothers Ella, but she spends her mornings facing the demons of her grief. Her faith and her father, the pastor, helps Mel grapple with her grief. 

Portia opens her home to her childhood friend Tarry Francis, a successful, womanizing rock star. He’s trying to beat his addictions. Again. He’s going through the motions, but needs his drugs and rowdy lifestyle to keep his childhood pain in check. Tarry’s privileged upbringing contrasted with his cruel parents, who starved him of affection. Who can fix that? 

Mel is forced to counsel Tarry, but he’s so damaged and unwilling to try that she’s not sure anyone can help fix him. She gives him a special coin. Could this open their hearts to each other and fuel their love? Is this a step forward that will free them to catch the falling stars? Or will Mel remain faithful to her first love? 

Rich in meaning, To Catch a Falling Star is about two lovers whose hearts struggle to open to find the magic of the journey of love. It’s a joyful and passionate story about overcoming challenges to lead us to love and the fulfillment of our dreams. 

To Catch a Falling Star is the stunning follow-up novel to L. Duarte’s debut Chasing Stars about Portia and Will’s romance. A spiritual and playful read, L. Duarte has provided readers the chance to believe in healing a broken heart.

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Title: To Catch a Falling Star
Author: L. Duarte
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen of Okaycreations 
Reviewed Format: eBook
Release Date: December 27th, 2013
Source: Author/Written Elegance Blog Tours

The pains of addiction and grief can be very similar. The soul gripping terror as one fights with addiction can be just as devastating as the loss of the love of a lifetime. L. Duarte tackles these two intense subjects with Tarry and Melody in the follow up novel to Catching Stars.

I was drawn to this book initially because of Melody, or Mel as she is referred to for most of the novel. Her grief is overwhelming even five years after the death of her husband, Tim, while he was serving in Afghanistan. I know, being drawn to a story about the loss of a loved one might sound weird. I have personally dealt with and seen so many people go through the stages of grief, I was curious how Duarte would write about it. Mel's journey is not taken in any sort of traditional sense. When a rock star fresh out of rehab, Tarry, walks back into her life, her grief takes on new life with the guilt of wanting someone new.

Tarry's sojourn into the abyss of addiction had been years in the making. With parents that paid more attention to the bottom of their shoes, Tarry was left with a gaping hole in his life that he eventually filled with deadly vices. When Mel's brother, Will, and her sister-in-law, Portia, take charge of Tarry's continuing recovery after he leaves rehab, he is thrown into Mel's life and rocked her in a way his music never could.

The story is told from both Mel and Tarry's point of view. I really loved that I was able to see into both of their heads as they dealt with their staggering attraction while trying to make it through each day sane. The story Duarte splices together is one of fate conspiring to bring together like souls. From the outside, Tarry and Mel look to be the opposite of what the other needs, yet, the two eventually become the balm to the other's wounds. With a cast of supporting characters to help them each on their own paths, Tarry and Mel attempt to follow a path together.

I applaud Duarte for the inventiveness and originality of the plot, the strength of the character development, and bringing forth the idea that fate can lead you to exactly where you need to be.

To Catch a Falling Star is the second book in the Crossing Stars series, but can be read as a stand alone.

Thank you to L. Duarte and Written Elegance Blog Tours for inviting me to be part of the To Catch a Falling Star tour and gifting me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

L. Duarte has found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. She is always torn between the two. She is also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, she emphatically does not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For her, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. This conviction is reflected in her debut work of romantic fiction, Chasing Stars. Duarte lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Drop her a few lines. She would love to hear from you.

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  1. Thanks so much for the blog review. I am thrilled you enjoyed the book as much as I did.


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