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The Promise of Stardust

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  6,625 ratings  ·  1,143 reviews
Filled with grace, sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine, and illuminates the power of love to divide and heal a family in the wake of unexpected tragedy

"In this brave novel, a family making choices about death with dignity finds thems
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2013)
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Every now and then you read a book that reminds you why you love to read. Why you stay up late, lose sleep, and with even more poignancy, why you shed tears. Yes, even those who don’t cry.

The Promise of Stardust is that book.

The author, a newcomer to the writing scene wove more than a story when she penned this novel. She placed words and scenes so skillfully into place that readers will not be aware of the silken web which will capture their hearts.

From the very beginning—the heartbreaking beg
I was given a wonderful opportunity (by and William Morrow books - thank you!) to read and review this book.

I was immediately drawn into this book after reading just the first few pages. It reminded me a lot of a Jodi Picoult book: Lone Wolf + The Pact = The Promise of Stardust.

It's a love story like none you'll ever read with hope and despair. A young couple working against the odds of their age finally break-up and go their separate ways but when times heals the pain and they
The promise of Stardust by Priscilla Sibley is a story of of complex and moral decisions Matt Beaulieu is faced with when his beautiful wife Elle suffers a brain injury after falling off a ladder.

This is one of those novels right from the word go sets out to emotionally pull the reader in with its challenging and heartbreaking topic on " a patients right to die with dignity" The story is told with sensitivity and compassion and I think a lot of readers will have their emotions tweeted with this
Larry Hoffer
Wow. Here's a book that will make you think, and make you want to discuss it with others.

Matt Beaulieu has known his wife, Elle, since right after she was born when he was two, as their families were close friends. He's loved her since he was 17 and she was 15, and although they weathered many challenges to their relationship (there were years they barely spoke), they finally had everything they've always wanted—except a healthy baby.

One day everything changes. Elle sustains a severe brain injur
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Love story (and yes it is an amazing love story) told from husband's point of view. I do love his character but he comes across almost feminine in the storytelling. Not that he is a feminine kind of guy..He is not. The author just made it feel like your best girl friend was telling the story. That doesn't make alot of sense. Lol- so I guess you need to read the book to see what I am babbling about.

You do become very attached to these characters. I thought I knew my stand on the subject but afte
Rachel Kahler
This book definitely got mixed reviews from our all-female book club. About half loved the book and about half really found it painful. I was in the painful group.

One thing I will give Ms. Sibley, she can write and she knows how to tug your heartstrings. However, I feel that the latter talent far overshadowed the former in this book. This book seemed specifically designed to make me cry every other page. I felt worn out by the story, which switches back and forth between the present tragedy and
Elle is in the ICU, brain-dead after a terrible fall, and her neurosurgeon husband Matt must make a decision about removing her from life support. Then the medical staff gets the lab report that Elle is pregnant. The couple had been through the disappointment of many miscarriages, and Matt feels that Elle would want to be kept alive for the baby's sake. But Matt's mother has an old advanced directive from Elle stating that she would not want to be on life support, since Elle saw her own mother's ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol by: Publisher, William Morrow Paperbacks
Shelves: fiction, debut
My sincere thanks go out to William Morrow Paperbacks who provided the e-galley of The Promise of Stardust due to be published in Feb. 2013.

One of the the things I always note in a book is the opening chapter. Some tickle you with promise, others might confuse, purposely or not and some grab your attention immediately. The Promise of Stardust has one of the most capturing first chapters I have read in a long time.

The Promise of Stardust wrings the moral, legal, and ethical questions of life and
Vicki Beck
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Raquel Valldeperas
Book Club read for August


This book.

Thought provoking.

I'll write a full review once we discuss it in book club.


It's not that often that a book makes me cry; or anything makes me cry, really. I'm not a very emotional person in general. But this book? It broke. my. heart.

It starts off quick, throwing us into the lives of Matt and his family as they deal with the decision to pull the plug on Matt's wife, Elle. Living on life support
3.0 out of 5 stars - this was supposed to be a gripping novel about medical ethics, morals, legal issues and a crisis that tests the boundaries of human relationships. Unfortunately, it falls short because it turns into melodrama with characters I never developed a liking for and the over-the-top drama that completely defied belief.

Elle Beaulieu is only about 10 weeks pregnant when she falls off a ladder and is declared brain dead. Her husband, neurosurgeon Matt, is devastated but begins a camp
Melissa Railey
I somehow managed to not see anything on this book anywhere - on any blogs, amazon, goodreads - anywhere. Then, I was in Target and it was their featured book club book. I picked it up and read the back and was intrigued. I enjoy Jodi Picoult books a lot and this sounded like her. I'm very glad I picked it up. Pricelle Sibley doesn't write with all the polish and flair that Picoult does but this was a very well thought out and written story. I loved Matt and his determination to save his and Ell ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loves a well written story
THE PROMISE OF STARDUST is Priscille Sibley’s first novel and I loved it so much that I truly could not put it down. When I finished it at 3 AM, I was sad that it ended and realize it will stay with me for a very long time. Sibley tells a memorable, poignant love story that will keep you turning pages as the twists and turns in the novel move it quickly along. The love between Matt Beaulieu, a neurosurgeon, and Elle McClure, a gifted astronaut, began as children. As next door neighbors, their fa ...more
A story of family, love and hope…

This engrossing story is off and running from the start. He’s a neurosurgeon and she’s an astrophysicist/former astronaut/professor. Drs. Matt and Elle Beaulieu are both brilliant and in love. Actually Matt fell in love with Elle at the early age of 2. Neighbors growing up their two families are close, relying on each during the years especially when Elle’s mom was dying of cancer during Elle’s teen years. After some rough years apart but still best friends these
First the ridiculous contrivances: Matt is a neurosurgeon, his wife's condition is one that only his specialty allows him to fully understand; Elle is dying a slow death after a lifetime of fearing and therefore discussing ad nauseam the possibility of slow death; Elle kept a daily diary/journal that conveniently includes her extensive and innermost thoughts about every major (and minor) event in her life.
**some spoilers**
I felt very little connection to these characters. Matt, in my opinion, wa
Rebecca McDewell
Jeesh...don't read the summary. It's most of the book!

I went from really liking this book to just trying to get to the end. The topic is thought provoking from several angles and emotional from all of them, for sure. It's easy to fall in love with Matt and to defend his perspective on the circumstances. I would have loved some insight into Linney's motives and feelings since the plot is Matt v. Linney (and Adam to a lessor extent, but he's a tool and no one cares about his opinion). The real st
Jan 27, 2013 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults and adults
I was given an opportunity (by and William Morrow books) to read and review this book. Thanks for this amazing gift.

Matt and Elle have a wonderful life but it is not without struggle. They first met as infants, became more than friends as teenager and married each other more than a decade later. All that is missing in their life is a baby. But this is not your average "We want a baby" book. Through twists and turns in the story -- twists that will keep you turning the pages as q
Mar 23, 2013 Britany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Britany by: Ginny Tess
Shelves: own
Childhood friends Elle and Matt fall in love. Their families lived next door to each other and essentially these houses were one. It was fated that Elle and Matt would end up together. When Elle was 15, her mom Alice went into a coma and Elle had to watch her father, Hank keep her mother alive, even though she was never going to wake up. It killed Elle and she vowed that she never wanted to go through that experience herself.

Fast forward 20 years later and now Elle had a fall from a ladder and i
The story begins as Dr. Matt Beaulieu receives a phone call telling him his wife, Elle, had an accident - a tragic accident that has destroyed her brain. Elle, his wife and the girl he'd been in love with since he was seventeen, the girl who he'd loved as his closest friend, had fallen and cracked her head open. She was suffering from a devastating and irreparable brain injury. Even the best neurosurgeon, his friend, and partner, could not fix the damage. Before taking Elle off life support it i ...more
Erin Cashman
When I picked up The Promise of Stardust I thought it was about death. It is not. It is about love. How love can both tear families apart and bring them together. It is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching love story, filled with hope. This stunning debut grapples ethical issues in a sensitive and compassionate way, it is never melodramatic or preachy.

Matt has loved his wife Elle since he was two years old. Now they are married, and Elle is pregnant with her first child. When the unthinkable h
Jessi Bevan
Well I read this book for a book club meeting. I was very un-impressed. Although it's an easy read the story did not feel believable. (view spoiler) ...more
Sharon Mcalister
This book draws you in immediately. Since the main characters have known each other since childhood, I thought there would be a long introductory
history of their lives. This is not the case. The novel begins when Elle suffers a fall that results in devastating, irreversible brain damage. Her husband,
Matt, is told she is brain-dead. Heartbroken, he makes the decision to have her removed from life support. Before that happens, it's determined that
Elle is eight weeks pregnant. This changes things f
Dr. Matt Beulieu gets a call from the ER. It is Matt’s wife, Elle. Matt rushes to the emergency room to find that his wife is brain dead. She fell off a ladder and hit her head on a rock. Matt is about to pull the plug when he learns that Elle is pregnant.

Matt and Elle dreamed of having a family and have several miscarriages; they never thought they would have a child. Now Matt could have the family that he and Elle dreamed of. Matt makes the choice to keep Elle on life support until she is far
Impossible choices have to be made on behalf of someone you deeply love.What do you do and how far do you go? That is the premise of The Promise of Stardust. Matt and Elle are deeply completely in love. They have built a wonderful life for themselves. The only thing they lack, the icing on the cake,is a child. Matt is ok with that, Elle is not. In fact, one of their rare fights was about just that.
Then an accident happens leaving Elle in a coma and Matt reeling from the loss of his best friend
Teri Barrett
I really did not like this book, but it's well written, so thus the 3 stars. I just don't agree with the decisions the characters make. If I was in their situation I would not make them. And it deals with abortion, which is just awful, not something that makes me feel good. The majority of the premise is not abortion, it's about keeping people alive when they are brain dead, with the twist the injured character is pregnant. Spoiler alert, I cannot believe that the mom in this book chose her son' ...more
Ellen Wiseman
As someone with a family member who suffered a head injury and was in a persistent-vegetative state for an extended period of time, I was captivated by the premise of this story and could hardly wait to read it! Priscille Sibley did a remarkable job handling the emotional and controversial issues in this novel. She hit all the right notes when it came to the way the husband must have been feeling and did a wonderful job examining the different points of view. I can only imagine the amount of leg ...more
Melissa T
I probably would not have glanced at this book if not for the sticker on the front that said it was a signed first edition. Obviously that's pretty interesting at Target, and since the summary looked decent I picked it up. I am so glad I did.

This story is heart-wrenching. I cried more reading this than I think I ever have in a book, but it was so worth it. The way the author gets right to the action pulls you in and immediately involves you in these characters' lives. Then she brings in the back
While The Promise of Stardust is similar to Me Before You because it's so controversial and tears at you from so many different places, I think the blow of this book was more cushioned. And thanks God for that.

I loved how smart this book is. Astronomical and medical details that made me cling to this book as if it were a lifeline.

The author introduced characters with different opinions on whether a pregnant injured woman should be kept on life support or not even if said woman left a written dir
Bethany Clark
WOW! Where do I begin...This book was amazing and I COULD NOT put it down. It could quite possibly be one of the best books I have ever read to date. There were so many sad moments but many more uplifting moments as well. I loved everything from the legal aspect to the family turmoil.
It raises such a difficult medical dilemma - what do you do when tragedy strikes and you need to make a life altering decision and so many people are against you and what you are trying to do?

Matt is such a typical
I have been trying to read some of the Target Book Club books, but I wasn't planning on reading this one, just because I wasn't really interested in reading a fictional book that was about the right-to-life issue. But as I was walking by the display at my local Target, I realized that there were about five copies of this book that were actually signed by the author. So...thinking that that was pretty cool, I bought one!
This story is told from the perspective of the husband (Matt), whose wife (El
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Priscille Sibley is the author of the debut novel THE PROMISE OF STARDUST (William Morrow, 2013). The book is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance. Priscille grew up loving the rocky coast of Maine, her family, and babies. No ...more
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