AUTHOR: Laura Hodges Poole
From the time she was a child, Carly Shepherd has gazed at the silent stars in the night sky of her home town of Bethlehem, North Carolina. With her childhood overshadowed by her father’s abandonment and mother’s alcoholism, she wonders how anyone can believe in an equally silent God. After all, she’s not felt his presence any more than her own biological father. Though she remembers Christmas pageants and attending church as a child, she no longer has any use for what she considers fairy tales.
Drew Middleton is seeking shelter from a rain storm when he walks into Carly’s vendor tent at a fall festival, but he’s quickly taken with the talented artist and her creations. Feeling an instant connection, Carly is confused by her feelings, especially when she realizes his spiritual commitment.
Dealing with a wayward brother and career opportunities that may require relocation, Drew knows now is not the best time to begin a relationship, especially with someone who doesn’t share his faith.
Carly’s past and their chance of future together collide when she’s snared into refurbishing sets for a Christmas pageant with Drew’s help.
Will Drew’s love and their shared experience bring about a spiritual awakening in Carly this Christmas? Or will time run out as the stars continue to shine silently over Bethlehem?
Silent Stars of Bethlehem is a delightful story, a quick read that doesn’t feel rushed. I loved the characters, especially Miss Lottie, and Carly’s quirky friend Jenna adds some humorous moments. The faith message is clear, and the changes in both Carly and Drew are complelling and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This sweet Christmas tale earns five stars and is highly recommended. I was given an e-copy of this book as a gift—one most appreciated.