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Of Sunlight and Stardust

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,423 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dying wish come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.

Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Christina Lee and Riley Hart
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Wendy,5 black rating stars

When I read the blurb for this book, I was extremely intrigued...When I saw the names of the authors, I knew I HAD to read it !! I am familiair with, and a fan of, both of their work. I knew a book written by both of them, might very well kill me though... and guess what ?? It nearly did ;)

I loved this story, it was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I don't want to spoiler it though, so I am gonna keep my review as vague as possible...Sorry about that (not really) I just think this i
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Despite being a fan of both authors, I wasn't sure I'd like this book; the dead spouse trope can be a serious turn-off. Grief is not conducive to romance, especially when one of the MCs is completely hung up on what was versus what can be.

Emma, Tanner's deceased wife, was quite present in the story. Her name was mentioned more than a hundred times. Incredibly, this wasn't an issue for me. Indeed, I'd argue that Emma was essential to the plot; she was the catalyst that propelled Tanner towa
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: This doesn't contain spoilers directly but may influence your direction of reading so I shall hide it behind a tag.

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The beauty of this book, from these two amaz
Ula'ndi Hart
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Overall book rating: 4.8
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

Let me give this something more than an emotional ranting 5 minutes after finishing the book.
I think this was right up my alley in the exact same time the mood struck me.

And therefore can I tell you that I found this book “Magical” in its own special way.

To Tom and Charlie...

Tanner and Cole. The relationship building was done really well. I loved having this experience with them. Not only finding their own little place in a world that has
David Alexander
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hart-lee
~4.5 Stars

One year ago Tanner lost the most important person in his life... his wife, Emma. Now, after making a promise to her on her death bed, he buys the old farm house with the burned down barn.

Cole has been out of prison for a couple of months and is struggling to find a job. Really, who would want to hire someone with a criminal record?

After learning that Cole is sleeping under a tree, Tanner offers to trade room(a part of the barn that isn't burned down) and meals in exchange to rebuild
Denise H.
***** Seventy years prior, Tom and Charlie's journal entries explain the 1948 attitudes and prejudice. Their deep stolen moments are told, as are the hateful treatment by the people from that period. Tanner bought this farm to honor his wife who died from cancer.

Cole, a felon has been homeless until Tanner asks him to restore the burnt barn. Tanner and Cole find a peace with each other as Cole begins the restoration.

They grow as friends, and share the pages of the old journal Cole found. Tanne
✮5 Stars✮ 💗
A story that emotionally breaks your heart and...Absolutely very beautiful!
I recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I read somewhere that we’re all made of sunlight and stardust. So maybe, whenever you look at the sky, from morning till nightfall, you’re connecting with them in some small way.”

There are some books that fill your heart to bursting point and every time you think of them, your heart flutters a little. They are those books that you cannot help but recommend to every one of your friends, and over time, they become some of your favourite re-reads. Riley Hart and Christina Lee’s latest collabor
BWT (Belen)
Tanner Rowe has bought a house with a burned-out barn because it was his wife, and best friend, Emma's dream inexplicably for them to own the property. But Tanner is in over his head both with the repairs and his grief after losing Emma less than a year before.

Cole Lachlan has recently gotten out of prison, and with no parole to worry about and the only person in his life, his grandfather, that he cared for and cared about him, gone, he drifts along hoping for a break. He winds up in picturesqu
Sanaa  ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
4 stars.

The review is very vague and it's mainly because it's one of those books you go in blind to enjoy fully. I loved the concept of the story and the character. I loved how well everything flowed considering it was 2 of my favorite authors writing this.

The only reason it's not 5 stars is because it took me a few days to read it and because at times I just couldn't connect to the story.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Going on the blurb this should have been a winner - hurt/comfort, friends to lovers, GFY, ex con trying to start over all mixed in with a twist? Yes please! But it fell short and the good parts that I was waiting for kinda got side swiped with all the mundane day to day happenings. I wanted all the feels and angst and drama, the more the merrier. Instead, this was rather low on the drama with even less angst. 😞

Definitely wasn't wowed.

3.5 stars

I'm kinda confused about this. While this was Tanner's and Cole's story, I cared more about Tom's and Charlie's story on the background.

Incredibly slow burn for Tanner and Cole. I had a hard time keeping focused with this. It was okay but I was not really a fan of these guys. Like I said I loved Tom & Charlie more..


Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars!


So this book was a little hard for me to rate, mostly because of the fact that it contains two storylines. The “present” storyline is more detailed, but I was actually more invested in the “past” storyline.

In the “present” we meet Cole, an ex-convict, and Tanner, a recently widowed man. They both meet when Tanner hires Cole to fix the barn in the old house he bought. The old house was actually his late wife’s idea, but he made a promise to her before she died that he’ll move there.

You know it’s a sign of an incredible book when you wake up still thinking about it and start crying all over again. And you’re crying in the shower as you’re getting ready for work. And you’re crying on the drive into work and cursing the lack of sunlight that would allow you to put your sunglasses on so you could hide your tear filled eyes from all the other commuters. And you’re sitting at work trying to hold it together so you can write a review that even kind of makes sense. If you haven’t
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazing-books
What a beautiful and moving story this was.... At the end I was left speechless with the dedication ceremony for Charlie and Tom. ❤ ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The FEELS!!!!! I can't even.....

I can't even find the words!
Tears are running down my face.
I ridiculously happy. And devastated.
Overwhelmed because of the LOVE in this story.
Because of the LOVE that transcends the physical and becomes magical.

Is this book about reincarnation? You can choose to believe so and cry your heart out while you sing for joy.

You can also simply believe that this is a book with two parallel stories set 70 years apart. One with a devastating end. One with an HEA.

I li
Elsa Bravante
DNF en el 15%, el componente con cierto toque paranormal y de destino no me atrae absolutamente nada, así que lo dejo.
~nikki the recovering book addict
4 stars!

Omg, the feels! The feels! This definitely hit that tender spot in my heart. For four fictional characters, they definitely had way more of my heart than I anticipated. I expected a simple, small town romance. I did not expect it to have quite the impact it did.

I don’t think I’m coherent enough to tell you why this book was an emotional read. It wasn’t Tanner’s wife’s death, that’s for sure. I guess to me it felt bigger than that. It was in the story of Tom and Charlie and their lives i
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
5 Stars!!!

This was honestly one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. I wish I could give it more stars.

I highly, highly recommend taking a chance and reading this book!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/5 stars
Super romantic bfy. Loved both characters. They talk, they are sweet and hot.
I didn’t care mich about the end of the story. It was a little too much. But overall, it was almost perfect.
Highly recommend!
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I read a book that hits me so hard emotionally that I have to take a step back for a few days afterward to regroup before I can find the words to express what I thought about it. Of Sunlight and Stardust is one of those books—I will tell you right up front that it’s going to get you in the feels when you read it, and it’s going to be a story that you’ll need a tissue box handy for while you’re reading. Even now after letting my mind settle, when I think back to certain scenes I still s ...more
Jenny Wood
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book has left me speechless. I don't even know the last time that's happened to me.
Let's see if I can form some semblance of a rational thought and get through this review. This story is beautiful. It's heartbreaking.... literally, it will tear you apart, emotionally. It did me.
Tanner lost his wife. He loved her so much and didn't know how to heal from it, but he'd made her a promise, to buy a house that she'd loved and dreamed about that had set empty for decades. Tanner a
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Riley Hart’s and Christina Lee’s books so both of them combined created such a beautiful story and very heartbreaking.

There are two stories we get to know in this one. First we have the now, Tanner and Cole, and then there is the other one of two boys that loved each other in 1948, Tom and Charlie.

Tanner lost his wife before they could buy the house she wanted, so he promised her he would and he did. The house with the burnt barn. Something pulled Emma towards that house and despite bein
Jess A Jaye
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christina and Riley have written an absolutely beautifully story. It pulls you in from the very beginning and you fall in love with Tanner & Cole and Tom & Charlie instantly.
Tanner and Cole are both dealing with the path their lives have taken. Tanner is still grieving the loss of his wife, his only family. While Cole is learning how to live with life after prison and what comes next as well dealing with the guilt of letting down his grandfather. They are both hurting and the only thing
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
The story of Tanner, a grieving widower and Cole, just out of prison and looking for a new start in his life was cleverly interwoven with with 2 guys from the past, who lived at the same place 70 years back.
Chris and Tommy's story is revealed through a journal, that Cole discovers while renovating an old burnt down barn.
Both stories were interesting and kept me hooked from the beginning, nothing spectacular happened but there always was enough going on to make this an interesting and entertainin
4 forever stars

I would be absolutely lying if I did not say that this book made my heart flutter. It as just so beautiful! And omg the implication of rebirth! (I so loved that not so subtle undertone).
Probably one of my top M/M books.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

The premise of this story incorporates so many things that call to me with two lonely men and the mention of a hidden journal. This book gives us a story within a story as we learn about Tanner and Cole in present day and then Tom and Charlie in the late 1940s. The style of both authors blended together and in the beginning the voices of Tanner and Cole, as well as Tom and Charlie, were too similar for me.

The men fall in love in a quiet, soft, and sensual way. While
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is possibility brought to life. A connection between two men forged so strong by a culmination of events from the past and the promise of a fulfilling future. It's a true fairytale come to life acknowledging the tragedy in life and using it to help navigate a better tomorrow. Tanner a grief stricken man lost his wife and can't seem to move on. Cole a convicted felon who only wants to move past his mistake leaving his past exactly there, in the past. Moving on is all he wants. Maybe tog ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Think I'll be ignoring any future collaborations between these two authors. I never seem to feel as strongly about their stories as other readers do, so yet again it's a me not you situation. 3.25 stars.

I've shelved this story as reincarnation and I suppose it was of sorts. I knew straight away what the ending of Tom and Charlie's story would be, and I was a little sad that no attempt was made to at least disguise it. It also seemed that Tanner had had no life whatsoever before Emma, had not kis
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Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she's not writing, you'll probably find her reading.

Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.
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