Tuesday, July 2, 2024

MEET ME AT THE STARLIGHT by Rachel Hauck, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney #ReleaseDay

(Split-Time Beach Small Town Celebrity Romance 
Set in the Thirties and Eighties)
"Immanuel . . . He's God with us, and whether you like it or not, He's all we got, Matt. We've seen what man can do, now let's see what God can do."

The beloved Starlight . . . in the name of progress a small Florida beach town is facing a decision . . . do they tear down the dilapidated old skating rink, (an historic symbol of Sea Blue Beach) or rally residents in a crusade to preserve some of life's happiest memories? Tuesday Knight, owner of the building and now in her eighties, is at the epicenter of the entire discussion. When her movie star grandson, and a former runway model both appear in Sea Blue Beach, perhaps what many thought was just an image on a mural, could in fact be . . . the key to their success. They just don't know it yet.

Everything about this story works; the creative time hops, an extraordinary word flow, the idyllic setting, (built upon rock rather than sand) the witty, winsome, and wisdom-driven life of a woman who not only survives but thrives during the war-torn Depression, to Matt and Harlow amidst their search for renewal, to minor characters Doc and Dub who make the story not only better, but more authentic. And last but not least, Prince Blue, whose shipwrecked life  . . . birthed the entire scenario! Put your skates on, it's time to "meet me at the Starlight"!
One of my favorite books by this author!

*I received a copy from the publisher through Interviews and Reviews, and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars
BackCover Blurb:
1987. Supermodel Harlow Hayes seeks solace in a quaint Florida beach town to heal from a heartbreak that shattered her entire world. To her surprise, she encounters Matt Knight--a Hollywood A-lister with a bad-boy reputation--who has returned to his hometown to help his plucky grandmother, Tuesday, save her century-old skating rink, the Starlight.

The Starlight holds a special place in the hearts of the community, once acting as a refuge for Depression-era families and bringing the town together with gatherings and celebrations. Tuesday's determination even protected her beloved rink from her husband's shady business dealings. Yet when the Starlight is threatened with demolition, Tuesday begins to wonder if an era has come to an end.

As Matt and Harlow strategize to save the rink, they find themselves on a journey of surprises, self-discovery, and the kind of healing that leads to love. 
Bethany House Publishing, July, 2024
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