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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  560 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Shortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton unexpectedly inherits the derelict Stardust motel from a distant relative. Despite doubts from the community and the aunt who raised her, she is determined to breathe new life into it. But the guests who arrive aren't what Georgia expects: Her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband's mistress; an attractive b ...more
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Published May 15th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Carla Stewart
Oct 04, 2011 Carla Stewart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My third novel coming in May, 2012!
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. When I entered, I had no idea it was a faith based book. When I received it, and noticed it was, I was trepidacious. Although I have my own beliefs, I am not religious, and I do not care for others cramming their religion down my throat. If you are like minded, don't worry, this is not that book. This was a sweet book, with a nice little story. I appreciate the author's light hand. She could have been very heavy handed here, and she did not once fa ...more
With the death of author Maeve Binchy yesterday, Twitter was awash with quotes from and about her books. One line from Ms. Binchy herself immediately made me think of this book: “I don't have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.” Georgia Peyton is widowed, raising two daughters and nearly broke. With no experience as anything but a housewife, she sets out to remake the Stardust motel. Part of her transformation involves uncovering t ...more

3.5 Stars

I'm new to Carla Stewart's books, as Stardust is the only one I've read of her novels so far. While the story was interesting, it never really grabbed by attention. Toward the end, though, it did get a little better as there was some mystery/suspense.

The romance between Peter and Georgia added a nice element to Stardust. I really liked Peter's character - he seemed like such a nice guy! A lot of the characters in Stardust I found to be really uniq
The book "Stardust" is about a woman named Georgia Peyton. After her husband, O'dell dies, Georgia is left with two girls and no income. After a few weeks of job hunting, Georgia finds out that she inherited the local motel, The Stardust. She gets there in earnest expectation only to find that all of the lodges are damaged! Now she thought her new-found dream of switching on the "No Vacancy" sign was ruined! All until one day, a man named Peter comes looking for an overnight stay. He ends up st ...more
I love a good historical read and before I talk about the book itself I have to say the history in this one knocked me out of the park! Stardust was a truly amazing riveting book. Georgia Payton goes through quite a bit of growth as a character in this story, she looses a husband, uncle, gains a property, gains some unlikely friends. Finds out the answers to some secrets burning in her mind and through it all does so with grace and poise.
I mentioned before I love a good historical read and the
I picked this novel up on a whim at the library as a result of my not wanting to read crime/supernatural/war/chick lit fiction that particular day (leaving this book as the best option). I hadn't been expecting much from it since I try to stay away from heavy drama in novels and thought this would be just another hard-luck tale with little redemption. As it turned out, Stardust surprised me. I got sucked into the narrative (excellent storytelling!) and felt myself relating to the main protagonis ...more
Cathy Daniel
Well done!! Great writing! Natural plot developments! Great ending. Interesting to learn more about polio. What a terrible time..
Camille Eide
Reading this story makes me feel like I've made a new friend.

Georgia Peyton is a true southern gentlewoman; strong, yet open and kindhearted. She's gracious and generous, but not a pushover. What she gives, she does of her own choice. She quietly carries her hurts, longings, and betrayal, but remains loyal, regardless of whether or not it's deserved. The kindness she shows to her cheating dead husband's mother first comes from her instinctive sense of duty, but, as Georgia is challenged to dig d
Marian Baay
In Stardust we travel back to the 1950’s.
Georgia’s husband has left her for another woman. After two months his body is found in the swamp. Now she’s a widow and she needs to take care of her two daughters alone.

Georgia was raised by an aunt. Her parents left her at the Stardust motel when she was 3 years old. Her aunt doesn’t want to tell her the reason why her parents left her there.
While growing up Georgia often found refuge in the Stardust. Paddy and Doreen ran the place and loved her like a
Audrey Grant
This book was from an era that I love reading about but don't often find books written during. I love the "Ozzie & Harriett" time when Ladies dressed like ladies and men acted like Gentlemen! Where families were real and spent time together. Had picnics and played ball, went for walks, Sunday drives and Drive in Movies!
This book is from that time...but tells one of the sides of that time that was a hidden and "taboo" part of that time. I don't want to give away the story but Carla does a won
Georgia Peyton's life is full of grief when her former husband is found washed up on the Bayou shore. From grief and despair readers will watch Georgia triumph has she battles the opening of the Stardust motel, polio disease and scares, and the battle to allow herself to love of a good man in Peter again. I loved this heartwarming read by Carla Stewart. The reader will quickly fall in love with fun and quirky characters and well as with the fun filled Southern sayings. My appreciation to Net Gal ...more
Catherine Richmond
"Stardust" is a delightful journey to the bayou country of east Texas in 1952. Georgia Peyton is a strong character, unafraid of hard work, who tells her story with a vivid Southern voice. The terrifying unknowns of polio add a unique tension to the story. If you enjoyed "The Help", you'll love "Stardust"!
Secrets are sometimes hidden waiting to be surfaced as acceptance can lie close to the horizon.

Mayhaw Texas in 1952 is home to Georgia Peyton's family. Her husband O'Dell passes away suddenly leaving alot of unanswered questions about his current affairs. When a document is found by Georgia nestled amongst O'Dell's belongings another name is listed in the space where hers should be occupied. The choices she has for her and her daughters grow more narrow with little income coming in for support.

Cristiane Ferreira
This is a story about a woman who lost her husband (he died shortly after he abandoned her and their children) and inherits an old motel, called Stardust. It is her chance to change her life and get a new beginning.

Carla Stewart’s writing is easy to read and she puts a steady pace in the narration that makes you never feel bored or never feel like skipping pages to get to the “action”. Each chapter is very objective and it tells a important part of the story (no fillers at all).

She also created
This was a super great book. I really enjoyed it. Stardust was a very different book from what I normally read, the paranormal genre, but when I can find a good fiction book that is “realistic,” I usually love it, though that is rare for me.

While reading Stardust I really wanted Georgia to stop getting the shaft all the time and almost all of it relating to her dead, cheating husband! I am not sure I could have acted the way she did, taking care of her MIL and the kids of her husband’s mistress.
Trinity Rose
Stardust is a really sweet story that is full of faith, forgiveness and love. Stardust is a motel that has cozy cottages and they bring back fond memories for Georgia (love the name). She is willed the motel when someone in her family that she loves dies. Georgia wants to start fresh after losing her husband who was unfaithful to her and also to provide for her two daughters.
She gets many offers of help to repair the old place and it comes alive again. This story is just rich with characters, b
Carla Stewart’s bestselling novel, Stardust, reaches out and grips you within the first few paragraphs. It immediately sets the tone for us, from cheating husband to death of cheating husband, on to the compassion and character of our heroine, Georgia. Georgia not only is confronted with her husband’s infidelity, but must decide what to do with her mother in law who is too distraught over the death of her only son and seems incapable to cope with this loss. Next Georgia, inherits the Stardust Mo ...more
Stardust by Carla Stewart

**Note I received an ebook from Netgalley from the publisher, Faithwords.

Georgia Lee Peyton lives in Mayhaw, Texas. The town in which she has spent her entire life. Georgia's husband has recently left her with two small children. She is not sure if he is just on an extended sales trip or gone forever. Georgia Lee Peyton's life changes with one discovery, her husband's washed up body. Georgia takes that life alternating event and makes a decision that changes her life in
New author for me Carla Stewart writes "Stardust"

This title makes me think of many things when I see it, finding out it is the name of an old long forgotten place where folks stopped for a respite along the highway and many lives had been changed in its time, was not what I expected at first glance...

Carla weaves a story of long ago and brings it forward releasing the truth from its secrets kept hidden many years. I enjoyed reading of this simpler time and of the lives of Aunt Cora and Georgia.

One woman's journey towards moving on and forgiving.

Georgia Peyton is in the 1960's left who is left a widow by her cheating husband. Georgia then inherits motel, called Stardust, that need more than a few improvements . And she get more than a few interesting guests, for instance her mother-in-law and her dead husband's lover.

Will Georgia ever be able to forgive those who have wronged her?

It's been a long time since I've read a book told in a first person-second person, conversational tone, a
When O’Dell Peyton’s body washes up in the East Texas bayou, his wife Georgia knows that her cheating husband really has gone for good. Left to raise two daughters with no source of income, Georgia is trying to find an alternative to moving in with Aunt Cora when she unexpectedly inherits the Stardust tourist cabins. Georgia eagerly takes on the project of restoring the Stardust to its former glory, propelled by her childhood memories. Room 5 of the Stardust was the last place Georgia saw her pa ...more
Marian Baay
In Stardust we travel back to the 1950’s.
Georgia’s husband has left her for another woman. After two months his body is found in the swamp. Now she’s a widow and she needs to take care of her two daughters alone.

Georgia was raised by an aunt. Her parents left her at the Stardust motel when she was 3 years old. Her aunt doesn’t want to tell her the reason why her parents left her there.
While growing up Georgia often found refuge in the Stardust. Paddy and Doreen ran the place and loved her like a
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STARDUST by Carla Stewart is an interesting Southern fiction set in the 1950′s Texas. Follow Georgia Peyton as she learns forgiveness,the taste of betrayal,loss,tragedy,friendship,on her heartbreaking journey to find herself. “Stardust” is written in first person narrative,with vivid descriptions,full of family secrets,second chances and small town life. Ms. Stewart is a wonderful storyteller who will pull you into the story as your journey with the characters through the landfill of life in sma ...more
Mary Shipman
I managed to finish Carla Stewart’s “Stardust” this week. That was quite a feat with all the company and celebrations going on. I found myself sneaking in a page or two as often as possible. I wanted to know ‘what happens next’ so much!

I will say that Carla Stewart is joining the ranks of ‘my favorite authors’. I really enjoyed her book “Chasing Lilacs” and this one is even better!

When Georgia Peyton’s husband leaves her and their two small children for another woman and is found dead a few week

This was a sweet little book in the truest meaning of the word sweet; a perfect book to read on the airplane. Stewart has written a book about a young widow starting her life over in the bayou country of East Texas. The story is set in 1952 at the height of the polio epidemic. The heroine, Georgia Peyton is going to re-open the Stardust motel and get a fresh start for herself, her daughters, and some other folk too after finding her cheating husband drowned in the local bayou. The predictability
Myra Johnson
Another outstanding novel by award-winning author Carla Stewart! Every time I pick up one of her books, I know I can count on engaging characters, charming settings, elegant prose, and a heart-tugging plot that keeps me turning the pages until I reach the satisfying ending. Stewart's skill with description plants the reader firmly in the scene. Her flair for nostalgia evokes memories of simpler but certainly not easier times.

Stardust heroine Georgia Peyton grabs your heart right away when she l
From the beginning of this book, I was intrigued. I have always liked books where the cast of characters are a rag-tag bunch thrown together for some reason. I enjoyed getting to know Georgia and her circumstances at the beginning of the book. The writing in this novel is realistic, but quirky, which makes the somewhat gritty situations a bit more palatable. The descriptions are good, too. They make you feel as if you are right there with the characters without becoming rambling.

Once I got to kn
I liked this book. I'll admit, I got a bit nervous when I saw the address on the back of the book, but I had already started reading it at that point and was enjoying the story. I don't generally read religious fiction. But this wasn't a "bang you over the head with a message" kind of book. Instead it integrated faith, love, and forgiveness into the story, seamlessly, as an outgrowth of the events and characters. (And there were some great characters.) There were no heavy-handed d ...more
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