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Stardust Summer

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Single mom Grace Mason doesn’t believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace’s estranged fath
ebook, 280 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by Camellia Press (first published February 13th 2013)
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Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Family ... relationships ... love ... loss ... forgiveness ... and second chances ...

Grace Mason is a single mother of an eight-year old son named Evan, who lives a quiet life in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a thousand miles from her troubled childhood in Keuka Lake, on the Finger Lakes region of Upper New York State.

When Grace receives the tragic news that her estranged father Henry has suffered a fatal heart attack, Grace and Evan travel to her hometown to attend the funeral. Planning on only s
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction, romance
"Stardust Summer" is a story about redemption, dealing with grief, and family. There is also a little pinch of romance. Clark brings together some great characters in order to illustrate these things. I really liked the characters. Grace was probably my favorite character in the book. Her relationship with her father was fraught with issues after she loses her mother at a very young age. Grace can't really forgive her father and she doesn't have a real relationship with him. It was interesting t ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Reading Reality

Love. Forgiveness. Parents. Children. Second chances. Life.

Stardust Summer is about all of those things. It's about thinking that there will always be time to say good-bye, and then discovering that there isn't.

It's about being playing it safe, because taking risks involves the risk that you might get hurt.


And discovering that you get hurt anyway.

Two women's lives are connected by one remarkable man. Henry Mason was lucky. He loved his first wife, and mo
Cindy Roesel
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've often shared that spring is my favorite season, because I feel it's a time of renewal and fresh beginnings. It's also a perfect time to self reflect and look at what's going on in our personal lives. If we see relationships that need work, focus on them, and make the changes that are necessary.

That's what I loved about Lauren Clark's new novel, STARDUST SUMMER. It spoke straight to my heart about family, forgiveness, resentments and falling in love again. From the moment I started reading
Books Mom
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Stardust Summer is a book that is packed with emotion.

Grace is estranged from her father and hasn't seen him in years, despite his efforts to bridge the gap between them. I have to admit that Grace was tough for me to like at first. I wasn't completely sold on the reason for their estrangement, and when she goes to New York for the funeral and then stays for a while, there were times I felt she was being selfish and occasionally deliberately cruel. This is definitely a book where the main chara
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
This is another win for Lauren Clark. What I love about this author is that I know she's going to strum my heartstrings and make me swoon over a sweet budding romance. If you're looking for a beach read that will make you wax nostalgic about your childhood summers by the lake, download this book immediately!

I got swept away by the gorgeous upstate New York setting. The descriptions of watercolor sunsets amid the Catskill Mountains, the sweet-smelling woods, the outdoor picnics - it all just make
Bette Stanek
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 may be more accurate. Grace is the only daughter of Henry Mason and she misses him, but not enough to put her pride behind her and forgive her stepmother. Not even when she receives an invitation to attend the dedication of the new library on Keuka College campus named after her father. She just can't let the past go. Why should she?

Until that fateful phone call, "Your father has suffered a stroke and he may not make it." Grace finally packs herself and her eight-year-old son up and heads
Cresta McGowan
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark finds us back in two worlds, much like Dancing Naked in Dixie. Plunged between the simple deep south and upstate New York, Grace Mason, a single mom doing her best to raise her elementary age son Evan, receives shocking news that all starts with a brown box on the front porch that, "could have been missed all together" in the Mississippi heat. Then again, as the story unfolds, if "you wanted to take a broad view of the thing..." (Lee 3, To Kill a Mockingbird) it r ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Lauren Clark is an author I very much enjoy. I really enjoyed her debut novel, Stay Tuned, and I absolutely adored Dancing Naked In Dixie when I read it last year. So I was really chuffed to see Lauren’s third novel was finally being released. It wasn’t Pie Girls, which was meant to be Lauren’s third novel but which is delayed until later on this year (yay), instead her new release is Stardust Summer, and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Dancing Naked In Dixie, it is still a novel that I’d ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Favorite Quotes

“I can’t let him go right now. What I mean is…" Kathleen looked at the box, her hand on the lid. “Instead, I’m going to share something with all of you. Henry's favorite song.”
And her voice lifted, loud and clear. Kathleen sang, off-key, but strong.
“And now the purple dusk of twilight time steals across the meadows of my heart. High up in the sky the little stars climb, always reminding me that we're apart."

Evan scrunched his nose. “Oh. People do weird things when they're in lo
Cocktails and Books
This was a great story about realizing the importance of family, believing in love and starting over.

Grace Mason lived her life for her son, remembering that fairy tales don't happen. She keep a small house in the town in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and works as a teacher's aide so she could be there for her son. But when her estranged father falls ill, Grace finds herself rushing to the small town he lives in off Keuka Lake. She thought she would be there for a few days and return to her orderly
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read Lauren's other novels, I liked them but wasn't in love with them. I was wondering how I'd feel about her latest but Stardust Summer surprised me in the best possible way. I was also surprised when Lauren told me, via email, that she had actually written this book several years ago and had put off publishing it. I have no idea why. It was so good.

I was so invested in the characters in this novel. I was immensely sad that Grace and her father were not able to make up before he passed a
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stardust Summer is a moving story set in a small town on Keuka Lake, in Upper New York State. It’s a story of loss, resentment, forgiveness and love.

When Grace Mason learns of her father’s death she finds herself and her son, Evan, traveling to a place she never wanted to be, and spending time with a person she never wanted to be see again. Nine days...she could handle nine day, couldn’t she? While there, Grace is forced to face her resentment and anger, and deal with her loss. She might even le
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
(Copy received for a book tour in exchange for an honest opinion)

What worked: After reading Dancing Naked in Dixie, I knew I just had to get my hands on Lauren's newest release, Stardust Summer. If there's one thing that this author excels at, it's well-rounded characters. That's a winner in my book!

On one hand, we have Grace Mason who tries to plough through life on her own because if she doesn't rely on someone then they can't let her down. On the other, we have Ryan Gordon who is too wrappe
Grace has no intention of going to see her father and step-mother when she receives a formal invitation to a library function at the college where her father works. They’ve been estranged for a long time and she’s just fine with her quiet life in Mississippi. Her plans change when her father has a heart attack. She and her son Evan hurry to New York hoping to arrive before it’s too late. Their plan is to stay for a week or so but their visit becomes much longer for various reasons. In that time ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the very first word. Grace is raising her son alone because his dad ran as soon as he found out there was going to be a baby.(JERK) Grace and Evan are very close and he is a sweet little boy. He wants to go and visit his papa when he gets the invite to come visit for the summer but Grace can't let go of the past.
Her mom was killed by a drunk driver when she was just a teen and when her dad remarried and moved away she blamed her stepmom, Kathleen, for taking her dad away.
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
STARDUST SUMMER begins at the end of one love story and at the start of another.

Grace Mason adores her son, Evan. She's built her life around him, even her career as a teacher has been carefully selected to ensure she can spend as much time with him as possible in their small hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She's happy, content even, but a tragic twist in her otherwise simple life will send Grace (with Evan in tow) to the Finger Lakes region of New York state to face old resentments and
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this novel Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark recently. Now is the perfect time to share it. This novel is on my Beach Read list of 2015. I hope it will also be on yours!
Grace and Evan make their home in Mississippi, but her father and step mother live in New York. She receives an invite to a dedication of a library at her father’s university where he is the president. She is not about to go and forget the past. Then the unthinkable happens her father dies and Grace must
Susan (The Book Bag)
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that I think Lauren Clark is an awesome person and I love her books. She is such a gracious author who really shows her appreciation of her readers. She is just so nice! There is no better way to describe her. I have never met her but feel like we could be friends.

I read her book, Dancing Naked in Dixie, awhile ago and loved it. My thoughts are here. When I saw that this book of hers, Stardust Summer, was going on tour I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

This was anot
Kirsty Bicknell
Often family dramas like Stardust Summer can be heavy on sentimentality, making any connection to the characters or the plot difficult, However, Lauren Clarke is able to bypass this with the creation of Henry. Although the reader never 'meets' him, he is our link between the two groups of characters; Grace and Evan, Kathleen and Ryan, and we are constantly reminded in any given situation what Henry would think, or say, or do.
Stardust Summer is still an emotional story, as those Henry has left be
Grace Mason chose a life as a single parent, leaving New York and finding her own way for herself Estranged from her father, Grace rebuffs his effort to get Grace and her young son home. When a distraught call comes with the news her father has suffered a heart attack, any chance Grace has to make amends are sadly shortly lived.

Grappling with the death of her father, Grace ends up staying for the summer. With a tumultuous relationship with her fathers second wife, Grace finds herself taking a de
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ouab-2013
Wow! This was not my normal type of read, but I could not put it down. I really enjoyed this book. The intricacies of families was so well written, estrangement, disappointment, poor communication, pride, death, hope, love; all rolled into about 10 days worth of story.

This was a story about second chances and willingness to put pride aside to reconnect with family. Grace is forced to examine her approach to her father and stepmother. She had to be brave and rediscover having fun and letting peo
Kay Swederski
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just loved Stardust Summer. I had a few tears happy ones and sad ones.

Grace lives in Mississippi with her son Evan. Her Dad in New York. Grace hasn’t seen her Dad in years and then all of the sudden he dies. She and her son travel to the funeral and plan on spending 9 days with her stepmother Kathleen. Once she is there she meets Dr. Ryan Gordon, her Dad’s doctor who happens to live next door. The first meeting was at the house after the funeral when Ryan spilled punch on Grace – not a very go
Sammy Smith
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found `Stardust Summer' to be a perfect blend of grief, relationships (family and personal), redemption and forgiveness. With a splash of love - though not too much. The cover is a little misleading and initially I thought I might be reading a chick-lit love story, but as I got further into the book I realised that this is a layered and complex tale. Parts of it were very raw in the sense that the emotions felt real and the character behaviours were relatable.
Grace was an excellent character,
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was okay. It read a bit like a Lifetime movie, and I had a hard time getting into it or really wanting to finish it, but a friend insisted I read it, and since she read the last book I recommended to her, I felt it was only fair. It was really cool to read about local places (always nice to see The Finger Lakes getting some love in literature!) but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone else. Unless they really loved Lifetime movies. Then they'd probably love this.

Do you love Lifetime? The
Kris Richards
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a man, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about reading this book. But I’m pleased to say that this was more literary fiction than anything. It deals with the emotions and actions of human beings during stressful and sad times. There’s an air of trepidation reading this, as though there is something else pittering along in the background. Grace and her relationship with Ryan unfolded at the perfect pace. Not too fast and simpering. It was a great example of how to write a bitter sweet romance, but ma ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say other than Lauren has written another one that I absolutely adored! Very rarely can I say I have enjoyed every book I have read by an author. Stardust Summer is a story that will have you run the gambit of your emotions. Add it to your "must reads" today! Lauren's writing makes you become friends with Grace and you want the best for her and her family.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Lauren Clark. Set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, the book covers the often complicated ways our relationships with our parents can play out. As always her characters are thoughtfully developed, and you finish the book craving more.
Chineka Williams
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book about forgiveness, growth, and family. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this author to anyone.
Theresa Clark-naron
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Did not show Mississippi or Ocean Springs in a good light....disappointed
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