Book Review: The Promise of Stardust -Guest Reviewer

April 29, 2013 advanced directives, astronaut, end of life decisions, fiction, Guest review, Judy Walters, love, Medical, pregnancy, Priscille Sibley, right to life 1

Written by: Priscille Sibley

Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks  February 5, 2013

Length: 416 pages

When I read this book, I was in love….and so was my friend and author, Judy Walters.  I asked Judy if she would like to write a guest review, and she graciously wrote this wonderful review.  I couldn’t agree more with Judy’s thoughts.  A debut novel that gives us much to look forward to!!

When Elle suffers a fall in a freak accident and winds up brain dead, her husband Matt, a neurosurgeon, knows there’s only one thing to be done –disconnect her from life support immediately, so she doesn’t linger or suffer as her mother did when she died from breast cancer back when she was a teenager. 

But it suddenly isn’t so clear when Elle’s pregnancy test comes back positive.  She’s eight weeks along.  Elle and Matt have been longing for a family for years, both suffering through several miscarriages due to a blood clotting disorder Elle suffers from – as well as a devastating still birth just six months prior.  After an ultrasound reveals a healthy fetus, Matt decides to keep Elle alive on a ventilator until the baby can be born – still months away. But his mother, who practically raised Elle as her own, knows Elle wouldn’t want to be kept alive like this, and chooses to set off a court case fighting her son for the right to make this life and death decision.

Simply put, I loved this book. I read it in just over twenty four hours – even waking in the middle of the night to read some more. Its layers keeps you on its toes as it goes from present day court case and medical drama to the past – Matt and Elle’s teen years, their times apart, and how they fell in love and found each other again – back to the present to see  how things will end. Priscille Sibley, in my opinion, is the next Jodi Picoult, an up-and-comer you should take note of. Five 
You can learn more about Priscille Sibley on her website, she’s also on twitter  @PriscilleSibley.

Judy’s debut novel Child of Mine can be found anywhere e books are sold!!

One Response to “Book Review: The Promise of Stardust -Guest Reviewer”

  1. Zibilee

    I really want to read this one, though I think it will be really emotionally heavy. I can’t imagine having to make a decision like that, and don’t know how I would handle it. This sounds like a great book. Very nice guest review today!

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