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A Star to Steer Her By

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This is a previously published edition of ISBN 9781633758438.

I’m scarred. Broken.

I’ll never be the same.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But I need to get my life back. And I’ve convinced myself a semester at sea is the only way to do it.

I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own
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ebook, 1st Edition, 250 pages
Published March 20th 2017 by Entangled: Embrace
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KAS
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A quite lovely and fairly tame romantic getaway at sea!

Having lived in the Florida Keys all her life, Ari is an avid scuba diver! She lives to dive, until the unthinkable happens.

Six months later and a sophomore in college, she is accepted into the program of her dreams, ‘Semester At Sea.’ But still healing from both physical and psychological scars, Ari doesn’t know how she will mentally survive weeks living on the open waters and diving again.

Meeting Tristan, a sexy, ponytailed, Scottish deckh
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Nicola
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

Beth Anne Miller has been one of 2018’s best discoveries for me, and after reading and loving Under a Storm-swept Sky, I couldn’t wait to see what A Star to Steer Her By would bring.

description Your scar tells a story.”

Once again she takes us on an emotional adventure as we join US student, Ariana Goodman for her Semester at Sea on Meg, a two-masted schooner where she meets Scottish deckhand, and the Captain’s son, Tristan MacDougall. On the outside, both Ari and Tristan are focussed on bein
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Claire Robinson
4 - "You should be proud of your scars... They're part of who you are." Stars!

Another really good read from the imagination of Beth Anne Miller. We travel from San Juan, through the Caribbean to New York, with the students on the Semester at Sea initiative. Ari Goodman the trainee sailor Tristan MacDougal a member of the crew, a non-fraternization policy clouding the attraction blooming between them.

"The purpose of this semester is to give you guys an experience unlike anything you’ve had before
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that has the "full package". The kind of book where everything comes together nearly flawlessly and you are as touched and enchanted by the non-romance plot points just as much as you are the romance. A Star to Steer Her By was that book for me - and the fact that it's written by a new-to-me author makes it just that much sweeter.

This book made me uncomfortable - but in the very best way. That is - I felt like I was on an adventure. I felt this stor
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Jamie
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Let me start off by saying, I loved this book! It started off kind of slow, but that's ok because it's how I like my books. Once the story really got going, I couldn't put it down!!
The characters were great! I especially liked how things played out with Jenny.
If you're looking for an adventurous, sweet romance, then this is the book for you! I definitely recommend this book!!!
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Lorie
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2017, favorites
4.25 - 4.5 STARS

A Star to Steer Her By is a breath of fresh air!

I absolutely fell in love with this book. It swept me away with the very first page. Set in the Caribbean aboard a schooner for a semester at sea, Ari’s on the trip in hopes of rediscovering what she once loved. Tristan is a deckhand (and the captain’s son) with his own burden to shoulder. Students and crew are forbidden fruit to one another, but the closer Ari and Tristan grow the harder it is to deny and fight the connection they
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Amy
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I totally wouldn’t mind spending some time at sea!!

I’ll be totally honest, when I first picked up this book, I wasn’t 100% sure about it. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but the cover looked amazing and the synopsis sounded so good, I just had to pick it up and give it a chance. And let me tell you, I am so glad I did. From the moment I picked up this book, I was pulled into Tristan and Ari’s story. Ari had a love of the sea, but an injury had her questio
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Home. Love. Books.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
 photo synopsisgraphic.pngI kind of wish there were more books coming out about the ocean, I mean sure there are books that take place in a tropical setting, and that's nice and everything, but in the book the ocean is basically a character on its own, and I loved it. I spent a significant amount of time when I was growing up on an island, and my parents favorite form of family vacations was cruise ships, so it was really easy for me to fall in love with this book. And I have to say I'm pretty jealous of Ari and the expe ...more
Katherine Rue
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I know (and like), the author. The plot exceeds the usual romance fare in some enjoyable ways: it takes place aboard a schooner (I like boats and sailing), the young women have friendships that develop and are unrelated to competing over guys, and the heroine (while trying to heal from a dangerous diving accident), isn't a Mary Sue who has no idea she's good looking oh golly gee why would a guy be into little old me. Plus the hero is hot and not a jerk. There's still tension, an ...more
Robin Bielman
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Emotion, romance, adventure, it was a story I won't soon forget. ...more
Suze Lavender
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After a traumatic incident Ari has become afraid of the sea, which is inconvenient because she's been approved for her dream program, a semester at sea. It used to be her ultimate goal to spend ten weeks studying the water and animals, learning to navigate a boat and witnessing the abundance of beauty nature has to offer. Now she's scared instead, but she's determined to make the best of it and maybe she'll be able to conquer her fears and rediscover her love for the sea.

Being on a ship comes wi
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Holly Bryant-Simpson
This book made me want to throw myself in the ocean - but in the absolute best way.
Sharon Fisher
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
My TBR pile breaks up into a few different categories: favorite authors, books with a lot of buzz, recs from friends, research material for my own writing, and books by authors I know somehow (often through writer organizations or publishing industry connections). A STAR TO STEER HER BY falls in that last category.

I picked up this book when I was needing a mental health break, on like our 2,430th straight day of rain. I sat next to our fireplace curled up in a shawl and read it in two days. To
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Fizza
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It's about getting over one's fears. After her accident, Ari has been afraid of the sea. She has always wanted to be a marine biologist and she simply cannot give up on her dreams, So she decides to spend one semester at sea any way. May be she won't be able to get over her fear but at least she will have given it her best shot. So for her a trip aboard Meg is not about credit hours, or something to add to her resume, it's more than that. And it is important to her.

Tristan has to fig
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G
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welp, now I want to go to sea. Gorgeous book that will make you want to run away on a schooner and sail the world. Tristan and Ari are adorable, but the real love story here is me falling head-over-heels for the Meg *swoon*.
Desiree
I liked the premise. A little slow in the beginning, and I initially had a hard time getting emotionally invested in the main character. But once I got to the scene where she makes her first attempt to dive again, I was hooked. My eyes were glued to the page until the end.
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the unique setting for this novel. The title alone reminded me of a line from a poem I first read nearly forty years ago...it was a wonderful surprise to find that the very same poem is referenced in this wonderful story.
Bookgyrl
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hero-in-danger
Ari has applied for a Semester at Sea from Marine Classroom. She is crazy about the sea and diving. And she gets an acceptance letter. She should be thrilled, but during the waiting period she has been in a terrible accident (shark..) and she has doubts she will be able to dive again.

This is a book about overcoming your fears and facing them. Heads on. And finding love as well, as Ari falls in love with the son of the Captain, Tristan.

I really loved this book! Ari is a great heroine and Tristan
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Boundless Book Reviews
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily received a copy of A Star to Steer her by off NetGalley.  The premise behind the story intrigued me even though I tend to avoid New Adult.  The story is solid but tends to get bogged down with descriptions of the workings of ship.  Which I understand but having never sailed, even with all the descriptions I just couldn’t get a clear picture in my mind many times of what Miller was trying to convey.   I found myself looking up different terms so I could see the images.  This slowed ...more
Kirsten
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, very tame (by new adult standards) romance and I liked it enough to ignore the many minor things that frustrated me while reading it. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and found myself wishing I was on a boat with a hot deckhand for the summer!

What I didn’t like was that there was a lot of inconsistency. Ari talks about having never seen Tristan wear his hair up before but a couple chapters before she’d already described him putting his
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Megan Westfield
I’ve been looking forward to reading A Star to Steer her since the minute the cover and book jacket description were released. This book has all the elements of “book crack” for me: forbidden love, unique settings and micro-cultures, and heart-melting new-adult romance.

The one-of-a-kind setting and micro-culture here is a semester at sea program on tall ship in the Caribbean where the characters frequently go scuba diving. This particular setting was double-strong “book crack” for me because I w
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Lindsey (Linz Readz)
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, kindle
I absolutely love the ocean! If I could live in/on the water, I would. I knew that I had to get my hands on this book after reading the blurb. Plus, that cover!? So beautiful! With a forbidden romance, the sea, and a mix of possible suspense/mystery I couldn’t dive in fast enough! The story started off a bit slow for me but once it took off I had a hard time putting it down.

Overcoming your fears can be one of the most challenging parts of life. Many NA novels have this as the center of the stor
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Stevie Porter
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

I feel like I was on the ship! The way the author describes the scenes on deck as the sun sets and how the wind can make a person feel free and at home on a boat, are truly breathtaking. The author has soon become one of my favorites. This is the second book I have read by her and I will be looking for more.
I will be honest though, I wish there was more content from Tristian and his family. I wish there was a deeper connection established between Ari and Tristian BUT that did
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Darlene A. Ford
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written love story. Each of the two main characters have issues to deal with and they assist each other in working through these. And then there is the sea and a sailing ship where the story takes place. This writer made me feel like I was on the ship, learning to hoist the sails, steer the ship, get seasick, deal with the lack of showers and modern conveniences. But she also let you see the sunrises and sunsets, the fish that would swim next to the ship. And then there we ...more
Robert Miller
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is not my usual genre of book but I was looking for something different and this was recommended to me so i gave it a shot and proceeded to read it cover to cover in a day. The characters were well developed and the author's descriptions of the ship and all of its components were very detailed and clearly well researched. There were enough subtle hints of the character's pasts that i was intrigued to read on and find out what had happened to them and if/how they would resolve them. I wou ...more
Caity
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
I really enjoyed reading this book, and what more could I ask for of my vacation read? My only complaint was that I just finished Under A Storm-Swept Sky, and some parts of this felt very similar to that — not necessarily bad, just noticeable. I wish there was another adventure with a Scottish dream to get lost in.
Kelly
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I felt like I was on the Meg with Ari, learning to sail, getting sick with her, conquering her fears, and falling in love. I adored this novel!
Melissa Alexander
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Fisher recommended this book to me. I ordered it, and read it, that same day. I adore sailing, and so this was a fun read for me!
Jen
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely!

This was a lovely book! All of the characters had endearing personalities. I couldn’t help but fall in love with each and everyone of them.
Karen Baird-butler
My friend published her second book.
I started reading and didn't want to put it down. You will fall in love with the character's. The story is so well written. This is a must read.
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