Many thanks to Jacquelyn Middleton for the chance to read this book early!
I can’t begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I’m going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I’ve moved away from dear friends I’m used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the characters are so realistic, I feel like they must be out in the world somewhere living real-life. Jacquelyn Middleton also renewed my love of long books because I’m able to get to know the characters in multiple stages and situations of their lives. Impossibly, nearly five hundred pages could have doubled and I would have still enjoyed my time with Riley and Ben. They are that well-written!
Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women’s fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish.
COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?
In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.
And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond.
As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?
From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make. Available November 8 in paperback and ebook.
Not only are the main characters in this novel absolutely stellar and likeable, with just the right amount of quirks, the secondary characters, much like in her two previous novels, are ridiculously fun. As soon as readers meet Piper, they will wish she was their friend in real-life. She’s hilariously inappropriate, easy going, and offers perfectly practical advice. Everyone should be as lucky as Riley in finding a friend who is as straightforward as Pip, one who will stick with them through good times and bad.
Most impressively, I’m blown away by the author’s ability to take on tough subjects such as depression, mental illness, cancer, and even death while continuing to have a predominately positive and lighthearted novel. I simply felt good while reading Until the Last Star Fades, something I didn’t know I was lacking so severely in my reading lately. While I was with the characters during their struggles, I did not feel a complete sense of doom or dread. I knew their difficult times would be short-lived, but not in an overly predictable way. I didn’t know what was coming next most times and was simply along for the ride.
This book gave me all the feels, something I always hope the books I read will help me attain. I laughed and smiled through most of this book, but also had to hide my tears and sniffles toward the end, both because I was touched by the story and sad it was coming to an end. I truly have not been so lost after a book concluded in the longest time. I could have continued reading forever!
I especially loved how relatable Riley was as the main character. She comes to feel like a sister through reading her story and getting to know her. She has moments of weakness, questions her own thoughts, and sometimes even overthinks. There were important moments of recognition that allowed me to realize I shouldn’t be terribly hard on myself, as many people experience the same feelings of depression or anxiety I sometimes feel. I think Jacquelyn’s characters are tremendously important for women to read, for a boost of confidence and a sense of unity with other women.
“Look for people who might be hurting, who are silent in their pain and aren’t asking for help. The best way to heal yourself is to help someone else.”
Until the Last Star Fades is chock full of great settings, delicious snacks that will leave your mouth watering, and the most wonderful British bloke who made my Anglophile-heart sing. I can’t recommend this 5-star read enough! So, make sure to pop over to Amazon and snag a copy today. And, if you’ve yet to read Jacquelyn’s previous works: London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, be sure to catch up on them now for some welcome tie-ins and updates on previous characters you will grow to love as well.