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Star Dust

(Fly Me to the Moon #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Houston, 1962

Anne-Marie Smith wanted normal: a loving husband, two beautiful kids, and a well-kept house. But when she catches her husband cheating, she decides that normal isn’t worth it. Now in a new city with a new job, she’s trying to find her new normal—but she knows it doesn’t include the sexy playboy astronaut next door.

Commander Kit Campbell has a taste for fast:
Kindle Edition, First, 198 pages
Published October 14th 2015 by Penny Bright Publishing, LLC (first published September 8th 2015)
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: sraxe

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I got this for free in a bundle of feminist-friendly romances a couple years ago that the authors had given out as ARCs to readers. I'm only just now getting around to it and I'm sorry about that! (But better late than never, right?) After reading STAR DUST, I'm thinking to myself that maybe I don't read enough cute romances because this... was really, really cute. Cute with substance.

STAR DUST is set in the 1960s, during the days of the
Commander Christopher Campbell—aka Kit—is an astronaut. He's a celebrity, and pretty much one of America's sweethearts, being an astronaut deep in the midst of the space race. His position brings with it many ups and downs, one of each being loads of women, but also a ton of media attention, respectively. While the women are great, the attention is difficult because everyone is watching him, so his public persona always has to be on. And if he fails? Oh, he fails hard, and for all the world to s ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Sometimes you fall in love with a book. You fall in love despite its flaws, and because of what it represents and how it makes you feel.

I fell in love with Star Dust. Charming is an understatement. As is inspiring. The book presents a quiet but no less potent feminism.

Anne-Marie left her philandering husband. And in 1962 Houston, that simply wasn't done. For many readers, the 1960s as the setting of a historical romance novel incites a wry sort of disbelief. Their parents were alive th
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
When Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner submitted this for review, I was so happy. The premise - a 1960's romance starring an astronaut hero who falls for his newly divorced neighbor? Sign me up!

Anne-Marie Smith is newly divorced, and can feel the stares and judgment all around her. But she will take all that snobbery for not having to spend another minute with her cheating husband. Anne-Marie's parents are very wealthy (and can't believe she got divorced - the drama) and they want her and her two
(Reviewed from an e-arc I was given by the authors.)

Despite a very prickly heroine and an inherently tense situation - space travel! -- this is a sweet, domestic romance. Anne Marie is beginning a new life for herself and her two children after divorcing her unfaithful husband. Conscious of the ugly stereotypes about divorced women, she doesn't want that new life to involve her playboy astronaut neighbor Kit Campbell, but the sight of him jogging undoes her, while his supportive attention captiv
“Constellations tell a story. Lines connecting points, making a picture. Your freckles do too. Your body does. Anne-Marie, I like your story.” He didn’t look away. He didn’t even blink. He meant it. Every word. And looking in his eyes, she felt it. She nearly shook with need.  “Make love to me.” “Yes, ma’am.”

So I've had Stardust languishing on my TBR pile for way too long. Way too long. BUT I guess it was waiting for me when I truly needed it because wow, I absolutely loved it. My entire jam. A
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm unfairly finicky, I know. And I despise manufactured drama. (view spoiler) ...more
This was really solid with likable characters! It takes an unusual era in romance (MORE OF THIS PLEASE) and makes it feel very real.

I really appreciated how the issue of Anne-Marie's divorce was dealt with, especially that it was acknowledged she had options other women don't because her parents were able to help her out.

The ending conflict felt a little weak, but I'll take that over overly dramatic.

The preview at the end made me VERY excited for the next book.

Thanks to Emma Barry for the book!
This is so wrong. How can book 2 of this trilogy be a DIK - taut, sexy, intelligent - when this one reads like a churned out story from a greying 1960s women's magazine?

Part of that is a compliment, to be fair - the evocation of the 1960s is really well done: the foods, the domestic details. The atmosphere (where children can run around the streets and not worry about strangers) is in some ways as alien as a Regency ball room, yet it comes across very convincingly. The comments about Anne-Marie
Janine Ballard
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
4.25 stars

I recently finished Star Dust, the first book in the Fly Me to the Moon romance series by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. It’s set in 1962 (not sure if that counts as historical or contemporary!) and is the story of a somewhat famous astronaut and the divorcée next door.

The novel is billed as a book in which the heroine is looking for a new normal and the hero is anything but, which is true, but what I thought was more interesting about the book was the way Anne-Marie had to navigate
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1960-1980
Once in not so distant past of 1960s, an astronaut was one of the most glamorous professions in the United States. Photographers hunted them, journalists constantly wrote about them, adult population worshiped them, and kids considered them their heroes. At that time, at the top of the Cold War, advancing, capturing space was the most important battle and the astronauts, such as the hero of this story, Commander Christopher Campbell (Kit), were leading the way to victory.

Kit didn’t like being u
Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 10/23/15

I was looking for a romance that was fun, a little off beat and not super explicit. I stumbled on to Emma Barry’s twitter feed and her description of her new release, Star Dust, (co authored by Barry and Genevieve Turner) and it seemed to fit the bill.

What a pleasant surprise this book was!

I had known it was about a divorcee and a playboy astronaut, but I didn’t realize that it took place in Houston, 196
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at how very much I liked this. I was confident I'd enjoy Barry and Turner's writing, but wasn't keen on the context, or time period. BUT, stars above, it came through lovely. The protagonists, astronaut Kit and next-door-neighbour, newly divorced Anne-Marie, meet and bicker, banter, and pile up a whole load of assumptions about each other. Their sheer niceness and reasonableness see them through their prejudices to a believable HEA. The romance suffers from conflict-light; howeve ...more
Sep 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook, historical
I guess the 1960s is historical now? ;)

Review copy via author.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
This is a lovely romance. I enjoyed Kit and Anne Marie's relationship a lot, going from antagonistic, to friends with benefits to more.

I liked that it was a low drama romance, even though the main conflict at the end seemed like it should have had more resolution. I suppose in these kind of situations, the people involved have to decide whether or not it's worth it, and that's the only way it really works.

The space stuff managed to be fairly high intensity, which was a pleasant surprise.

I'm g
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this one, set in the 60s with a heroine who leaves her cheating husband and falls for the astronaut next door, it was sexy and delightfully charming and I appreciated the social commentary on women bearing the brunt of judgment when they decide to divorce their cheating husbands.
I feel like Kit is presented as a bit too much of a shallow playboy in the book description. He doesn't particularly seem to enjoy casual sex or the attention of shallow astronaut groupies all that much, and mostly, he seems super focused on his career, not the party lifestyle. Misleading book blurbs annoy me.

This book was a perfectly fine read, but the romance didn't exactly blow me away. What I enjoyed the most about this book was Anne-Marie trying to make an independent life for herself, gett
It’s fanfic of the 1960’s NASA heyday, and I crushed too hard on reruns of I Dream of Jeannie to be immune to that. Not to mention, yeah, space! The buildup and tension is neat, the climax is a letdown, but then there’s SPACE. So it’s good but not great, which is all that I ask of my NASA fanfic.
Brandy Painter
This was such a fantastic wonderful break from all the MG books with dead parent/pets/friends I'm reading for the Cybils right now. Reading order matters. I say that a lot, but I think this would be a five star read for me no matter when I read it.

The characters in this are wonderful. All of them. Anne-Marie is a prickly heroine who has every reason to be wary of romance particularly from men like Kit. I liked how her divorce was talked about in the context of the time, and how it was clear she
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read! The prose was solid and the world was really rich and well imagined. I loved the 1960s/astronauts setting, which is a time period you don't see addressed in romances very often (more of this please - more of this world and more of other worlds that aren't seen in romance much). I especially liked Anne-Marie as a heroine and her backstory. A divorced heroine in the 60s! Which just isn't explored at all! She did have access to support and resources that many other wom ...more
3.5 stars, I think.

I liked this a lot! It took me a little longer than I would have expected to get into it considering how great I found the premise, but I think part of that might have been the need for more historical placement than you get in most historical romances. Since you don't read about the 1960s all that often, there's not the same established location/period shorthand and so this needed more.

But once the romance itself kicked into gear, I was super, super into it. Kit and Anne-Mari
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Emma's Washington series, so when I was offered an early copy of Star Dust, I leapt at the chance. (Hmmm. Maybe I might have demanded an ARC. I can't remember. LOL)

And Star Dust was everything I hoped it would be and more! Romantic, nostalgic, sexy, fresh, and a ton of fun. I'll post a full review after release, but this is going on my favourite books of 2015 list for sure.
Leigh Kramer
This was such a great historical romance against the backdrop of the 1960s Space Race! Anne-Marie is a buttoned up woman putting the pieces of her life back together after her divorce. She’s now a single mother and about to start her first job in a new city. She may find her astronaut neighbor Kit attractive but she doesn’t have time for playboys. Kit tends to avoid complications, especially when those complications have children. But there’s a strong connection between them from the moment they ...more
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I'm sorry to say that this book did not live up to my expectations. It holds so much promise because it has the elements of a wonderful novel (astronaut hero + divorcee heroine with 2 kids + 1960s setting), but it just fell short to my taste. The wonderful, interesting setting of the 1960s weren't fully maximized, and Kit's life as an astronaut were just vague and bleak. I also didn't feel any chemistry between Kit and Anne-Marie, and didn't like how Kit was portrayed a
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First: I love the movie Apollo 13.
Second: this book felt like the romance version of that movie. It has the era, the clothes, the mindset, the adventure and... the astronauts!
Third: the writing is good and the focus is on the romance.

Was all well with this book? No. If it was, my review would be something like 'wow I wish I could give 6 stars'. The main miss for me: the time frame for the couple to arrive at the I Love You's, especially since there were kids involved, but the stress of the spac
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Really enjoyed the unique romance setting for this (historical set in the early 1960s during the space race—hero is an astronaut). Though it has 300 pages, based on the time it took to read, this is more like novella length, and I do wish there had been more words spent on developing the characters and the romance. I liked it, but it didn't hit me in the heartspace like I think it could have. Also, personal pet peeve, I really hate that the heroine and mother of two smoked. Kit and his dog were ...more
Maria Rose
Anne-Marie thought she'd be a typical housewife with two children and a satisfying marriage but after numerous infidelities she's taken her future into her own hands, becoming a divorcee and moving herself and her children to Houston and the start of a new working life. She didn't expect to find a celebrity next door but astronaut in training Kit is there none-the-less, a Korean war hero and now star of the US Space Program, in hot competition with the Russians to be the first to send a man into ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friends, if the idea of a space race-era romance where playboy astronaut and a divorcee engaging in a secret affair that becomes something more is interesting to you, READ THIS BOOK. I picked it up on a whim when it was on sale, and I could not be happier about it. It's just the most lovely book, and now I feel compelled to read the entire series as quickly as possible. ...more
Jun 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid beginning to a wonderful series. The h is a divorcee in the early 60s, the H is a playboy astronaut but also basically a sweet guy. There’s not a lot of drama, just a slow burn that turns into a slow build. If I have any quibbles it’s that we don’t spend enough time with them once they get together. I highly recommend this series! It is so special.
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Emma Barry is a teacher, novelist, recovering academic, and former political staffer. She lives with her high school sweetheart and a menagerie of pets and children in Virginia, and she occasionally finds time to read and write.

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Fly Me to the Moon (5 books)
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