The Promise of Stardust – Priscille Sibley – Genre – Contemporary
Blurb: Filled with grace, sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine, and illuminates the power of love to divide and heal a family in the wake of unexpected tragedy
“In this brave novel, a family making choices about death with dignity finds themselves in uncomfortable opposition…explores with compassion and insight, how political and personal needs align and shift.”
-Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters
Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they’ve always wanted.
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle’s living will.
Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.
My Review: This is an incredibly powerful debut novel which deals with a very difficult subject. It is beautifully written with compassion and I was sobbing in several places. Some wonderful characters, an emotional love story and one book that I am FOREVER recommending to anyone who listens to me!