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Follow the Stars Home [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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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

From Publishers Weekly

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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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553581023
  • 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  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 18 2004
By Lori
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Luanne Rice book. I told all my friends, run, don't walk, to the library or book store to pick this up. This book was so good that you really felt for the characters, you felt like you were pulling for Dianne and Alan to be together. You wished her mom were your mom.......mine was wonderful like Dianne's, but she's gone now. I just loved it. I can't wait to read more Luanne Rice books!! This book leaves you wanting a sequel. A definite feel-good book, and I see it was a movie too. I'd like to try to find it in the stores!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Jan. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an excellent book and very well written. I was transported to Gull Point, CT and I felt that I was walking along with the characters and I could see Julia and Amy. It's sad that there really are parents out there who walk away from their children but it gives me hope that there are some who will pick up that "bad" apple and carry on with love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Heartwarming Sept. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
~I first saw this book on a shelf at the library and thought,"what the heck." So I borrowed it and began to read that afternoon. At 4:30 am the next morning, I could be found book in hand,crying because it had touched me to my core. I never knew a book could actually change your life, but this one has. When you get to "Julia's Story", you'll understand what great emotion comes with reading this. The power of love conquers all in this book, and it's an unbelievable journey. The characters~~ are easy to relate to and their situations pull at your heart and soul. This book is uncomparable in writing (like the most beautiful poem you've ever heard), in content, and in character progression. I guarantee that when you finish this book, you'll want to cry and rejoice at the same time, and you will. Read this book and "escape your world".~
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story of a Mother's Devotion! March 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book very much. Luanne Rice definitely writes with a lot of feeling for her characters in the book, making it seem as though it really happened.
Dianne Robbins has spent eleven years caring for her exceptional child's every need when her ex-hisband, Tim McIntosh would not accept a 'defective child.' Throughout these years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother's wife. But Dianne has closed her heart toward men. Alan, being Julia's pediatrician as he always has been, begins to win his way into Dianne's heart as the story moves on.
The story also demonstrates Julia's struggle with Rett's Syndrome, a degenerative neurological disorder in children.
I found the book very worthwhile to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book club favorite! March 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Our book club chose this book from a list of others not being familiar with the author. It was definitely a favorite out of the 10 books we have read since the beginning of our club. Everyone felt a connection to the story and were unable to put it down. It is a quick read and when you're done you want to have another book to pick up immediately because you become so involved in the story and in reading - you hate to have it end.
I would highly recommend reading this book. The ending is a blessing to all who read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She just gets better! Aug. 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Stone Heart by Ms. Rice & knew I had to read more.
I had bought the book on a clearance shelf years ago & finally read it a few months ago. This is my second book by her, and they just get better. I know many people say her earlier works aren't much to talk about, however, I liked the previous book.
I admit, this one was better though. What a story! That's what drew me in & kept me reading. I haven't read much like it, and I read A LOT. I felt she really did a great job at helping the reader understand what the characters were thinking & feeling.
And I couldn't help wonder what I'd do in their place...would I be that strong? The ending was the best part. I didn't think she could pull it off, or that anyone would try, but it was wonderful. I'm looking forward to more time spent with Ms. Rice
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow... Feb. 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is truly one of the best books I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). I'm not a highly emotional person, but this book had me crying, laughing and raging as I went from chapter to chapter. The relationships between the characters are so well developed that I feel as though I know them as my own acquaintances, or maybe even friends. If you appreciate stories that involve romantic love, parental love, and love among friends, I would highly recommend this book to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars page-turner Dec 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up at an airport before a 3-hour flight. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I love the ending also. Many books feel incomplete or predictable, but this book was fresh and unique.
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