Monday, November 24, 2014

Review of How a Star Falls

Title: How a Star Falls

Author: Amber Stokes
Chapters: 7 with Prologue and Epilogue

Genre: contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

     How a Star Falls is different than anything Amber has written before. But still great. Her previous novels were historical fiction. How a Star Falls is a contemporary novel about Derrick a College graduation working at record store who doesn’t feel like his degree in music is going to get him anywhere. Walking on the beach one day he sees a young woman in a white dress sitting on a bench. He thinks
She’s a fallen star.  He starts calling her Brielle.
     I enjoyed reading this novel, because like Derrick there are times that I feel like I majored in the wrong thing. Though I know I didn’t but sometimes it does feel like when I working a job that doesn’t like me use my major. Derrick is a relatable character to young adults and a “new” adults.   It was novella which means its short but a lot was packed into this short book.  I honestly didn’t see the bit of a twist that Amber had in the novel, but I did enjoy the twist.

I received a e-copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. 

About the Book

Sweet NA Contemporary Romance Novella

How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he'll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it's far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won't stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she's crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can't just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

Author Bio

Amber Stokes works as a content writer (marketing services) for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor's degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this new chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she's always considered home. Learn more about Amber’s books at

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"Perfect for when you want a whimsical, heartwarming read, How a Star Falls is more than an inspirational's a wink and a smile."
- Joanne Bischof, award winning author of This Quiet Sky

"Amber Stokes has perfectly expressed the challenges of twenty-something life in her sweet contemporary new adult novella, How a Star Falls. Brielle and Derrick's journey reminds us all of the search to find ourselves in the midst of young adulthood. Their story is charming and wistful with emotions we can all relate to experiencing at some point in our lives. It is a tale about letting go in order to find yourself once again while never losing the importance of who you are...and who you can be."
- Cerella Sechrist, author of Gentle Persuasion and The Paris Connection

"Though not typically a reader of contemporary fiction, I found How a Star Falls to be a wonderfully told story of both sweet romance and coming to terms with the fact that even though life doesn't always turn out exactly as we dreamed it would, even our undesirable circumstances can lead to a bright future."
- Jaye L. Knight, author of Ilyon Chronicles

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  1. Glad you liked this one too, Carissa; it's definitely a sweet novella that's over before we want it to be! :)

    1. *Waving!* Thank you for the kind words, Rissi! :)


  2. Thank you very much for the review, Carissa! I'm glad you found Derrick relatable, and I think there are many of us that have had doubts and frustrations on the path to discovering where to go next in life during the college and post-college years. God bless, and *hugs* to you, friend!