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Follow the Stars Home Kindle Edition

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With a startling sensitivity for human tragedy and the ability of the heart to heal, Luanne Rice has written a moving account of one woman's internal journey in Follow the Stars Home. Married young to Tim McIntosh, a passionate and charismatic fisherman with a troubled heart, Dianne Robbins expects a future full of happiness, security, and love. But when tests reveal that their unborn baby is severely disabled, Tim sails off for calmer waters. Faced with the responsibilities of raising her daughter Julia, Dianne finds support in Tim's brother Alan and her own mother Lucinda.

A decade later, Dianne has mastered the demands of nursing Julia and swears her life is completely fulfilled by these tasks. When Alan introduces Amy Brooks, a young and troubled girl, into Dianne's life, Dianne finds her heart opening and stretching in new and positive ways. As her mother Lucinda explains, "The biggest mistake any of us can make is thinking that love is a feeling, an emotion. It's not that at all. It's an action." And Dianne struggles over the choice to love again.

Beautifully written with exquisite moments of tranquility, Follow the Stars Home describes the multiple ways that love can be acted. With a dash of suspense included, this novel will keep readers' fingers flipping through the pages as fast as they can. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Sufferers are transformed by the transcendent power of love in Rice's (Cloud Nine) uplifting if flawed new family relationship drama. Life has not proved easy for single mom Dianne Robbins, of Gull Point, Conn. Abandoned by her husband, lobsterman Tim McIntosh, just before their daughter Julia was born with spina bifida and Rett syndrome--a debilitating physical condition and an autism-like disorder, respectively--Dianne supports herself and Julia by building children's playhouses. At the age of 11, Julia weighs 29 pounds, and there is no guarantee she will live much longer; yet she has a magical radiance. Despite the difficulties of caring for a severely disabled child, Dianne is never bitter, and her relationship with Julia is hope filled and loving. Dianne had also believed that her strong love would repair Tim's damaged self-esteem and save their marriage. Now she is wary of getting involved with a man again. But Tim's brother, Alan, who also happens to be Julia's pediatrician, has been secretly in love with Dianne for years, and his steadfast devotion may be just what she needs. Meanwhile, Amy Brook, an adorable 12-year-old from a troubled family (and a familiar device in Rice's novels), finds sanctuary in the Robbins household and becomes Julia's best friend; through Amy's example, Dianne finally understands what true love means. The author takes an unaccustomed shortcut when she reveals the plot's conclusion through heretofore silent Julia's thoughts. Had Rice interwoven Julia's reactions throughout the book, the final chapter would not seem a quick device to tie up loose ends. Still, the novel's theme--love's miraculous ability to heal--has the ingredients to warm readers' hearts. Major ad/promo. (Feb.) FYI: Rice's Cloud Nine will be released as a mass market paperback in January.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 22 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dianne Robbins loved both of the McIntosh brothers, but married the wrong one. Abandoned before she gave birth to a daughter with many birth defects, Dianne struggles to raise Julia and to understand why Tim left her. Though she swears she will never give her heart to anyone, ever again, she still harbors feelings for the other McIntosh brother, Alan, who is Julia�s doctor. Her life is changed by Amy, a bright twelve-year-old whose own heart hides many scars and pain. When an accident leaves Dianne and Amy hospitalized, Tim begins to believe he has a second chance with her, while Alan feels that maybe the time has come to reveal the longing he has felt for Dianne for many years. Rice has created characters with depth and personality, ones that you can relate to in their flaws and feelings. The plot is very basic: will she fall back into Tim�s arms, or will she give her heart to Alan? Or neither? What of Amy, from an abusive home and unsure where she belongs? What drives the book is Rice�s bold writing and excellent narrative, strengthened by believable characters and situations. One develops instant attachments to the characters, even Tim; Rice doesn�t want the reader to grow too fond of him, but he�s not a complete jerk, and he�s given more development than one would expect. Dianne�s fragility and strength are contrasting parts of her character, and Rice uses them appropriately in the proper situations; plus, in Dianne, we find a heroine whose flaws and failings are refreshingly normal and easy to understand. Dianne loves her daughter Julia, but one gets the impression that a small part of her sees in Amy the �normal� child she wants.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
This book will take your breath away! The characters were written so well, I felt like I knew them myself. Dianne is an incredible person, the unconditional love she gives her daughter Julia, who was born with birth defects. Her strong heart for over coming the blow of her husband Tim leaving her when Julia was born. If I could have had a word with Tim myself, I would have blown him out of this world! At first when I started reading this story, I thought, "This is so cheesy", but man, I changed tunes about half way through the book. Amy's character will warm your heart and take you by surprise as well as Lucinda. Even though the story is really about Dianne and Julia, the others fit in so well and make it seem so heart warming. I have to admit, Alan, Tims brother almost seems to good to be true. Get your tissues ready and enjoy a heart warming story. The end will simply make you cry - Julia's Story. Some how I felt so much better about how Julia felt and what she really understood after I read the ending, you will absolutely close this book and think about it for days, It is definetly a story of "Following the Stars Home",as difficult as it was, Dianne did, she followed her heart!!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dianne Robbins is a single mother, her daughter, Julia, is disabled and while doing her best to raise her, she struggles with the thought that she is not a good enough mother.
Dianne's story begins with her marriage to fisherman, Tim McIntosh, falling apart. Tim's brother, pediatrician, Alan, has a fondness for Dianne and her daughter Julia, and will do anything to right the wrongs inflicted by Tim, as well as win the heart of Dianne.
The relationship of these two adults will be brought to light by, Amy Brooks, a young girl looking for love and affection.
Amy Brooks is the young girl who lives with her mother, and her mother's bad-tempered boyfriend, while NOT wanting to leave her mother alone, but at the same time needing an escape from her horrible home life, she finds solace in her friendship with her pediatrician, Alan. Alan realizes the best thing for Amy, and also for Dianne and Julia, would be for the young girl to help Dianne with Julia.
As the story unfolds, Dianne will become a mother figure to Amy, and she will have to face the fact that she married the wrong McIntosh.
"Follow The Stars Home" is a wonderful novel by the bestselling author Luanne Rice. The novel opens up with a present day tragedy, and then flashes back to tell the story of the main characters, bringing it full circle to it's conclusion. Fans of page-turning fiction about family, relationship's, and the power of love will enjoy this book.
Luanne Rice can be compared to the likes of Anne Tyler, Pat Conroy, Danielle Steel, and Lavyrle Spencer...her novels are that good.
Nick Gonnella
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Format: Hardcover
Follow The Stars Home is another excellent love story from Luanne Rice. This book will tug at your heartstrings and pull you into the characters from the very start. Ms. Rice is one of those rare authors who paint an incredibly accurate portrait of her characters, in which the reader feels that they are right there. The entire story is believable and I especially love her portrayal of young adults. She seems to have the minutest detail down pat, including their fears, frustrations and mannerisms! It is very hard to put down a Luanne Rice book once you get started. This was one such book! I have read Cloud Nine and Home Fires by this author and recommend them highly as well.
The story follows Diane Robbins and her handicapped daughter, Julia, as Diane struggles as a single parent to raise Julia. Her husband abandoned her after finding out their daughter was "not perfect", yet her husband's brother, Dr. Alan McIntosh, continues to stay by her and Julia's side and never abandons them. It is through the friendliness of Amy Brooks, a lost and troubled girl, which helps Diane see, experience, and find the love that has been missing from her life, but has really been there all the time! Definite soap opera material, but written with such sensitivity and tenderness that makes it believable and not mushy-gushy. The reader sees love and hope bloom in several of the character's lives as their lives intertwine and they begin to open up and care for one another. A good tearjerker of a story! Ms. Rice once again portrays her heroines as strong women experiencing several of life's greater challenges, yet preserving and not losing hope.
I would love to see a sequel to this story! Wonderful story of love and hope! Highly recommend this book!!!
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