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Where the Stars Meet the Sea

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  106 reviews
A broken man. A fiery young woman. Neither one's heart will come away unscathed.

Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agness domineering will. When forced to
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 2nd 2020 by Covenant Communications
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Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this cover. Isnt it beautiful? I had no idea this was going to be so good! I loved it! Wonderful writing, a new favorite historical, clean romance for sure.
I love it when a book grabs me right from the start. I didnt want to put it down and I loved the angst and chemistry. I also enjoyed seeing the characters bring out the best in each other. The romance was magical and I held my breath a few times wondering how in the world it would end. But alas it does give me the HEA I love.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You're going to start reading this book, and from page 1 are going to decide, right that's it everything else on my schedule just went right down the toilet... LOL - keep reading..

I could not put this book down, everything: the house party, the complex situation that Juliet has found herself in, the elusive Duke, and all the minor characters who play a significant part in it. Lots of love-to-hate women, and pleasantly surprised the Duke's intended didn't become one of them. That's a stereotype
Sara / Château of Books
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-read, cute
*Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this ARC for an honest review*


The story takes place in the 1820s England, which i adore! It's such a GREAT love story!. Is an easy read and addicting! Tbh i was hoping for at least one spicy scene at the end, the romance is a slow burn, it keeps you wanting for more, it's what makes it addictive tho.

"I want to understand you, all of you. Your memories, your hidden thoughts. Your heart"

I didn't expect to like this book as much as i did, it has a nice
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I made the mistake of starting this book at bedtime, yes I know, I should know better by now. I knew I was in for a great story in the first couple of pages. Upon the death of her mother, Juliet and her much younger brother, Harry have become the wards of her mother's sister, Agnes. Not only is Aunt Agnes domineering and demanding. She can be downright cruel and cunning when she wants to get her way. She's one of the few female characters I'd describe as odious. It's been nine years and Juliet ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where the Stars Meet the Sea was intensely romantic. From the first scene until the last, the main characters chemistry was off the charts. I dont say that lightly, chemistry is something I take very seriously. I loved, loved this book. It isn't often I want to push the two main characters to "just kiss already," but with Juliet and Halstead, from their first encounter until their last, that is exactly how I felt. I predict the wounded Duke of Halstead will become a Regency romance icon not to ...more
*sigh* I love regency era books so, so much. The regency era is seriously one of my favorite time eras to read about and this book was so sticken good! I love how even though plots in these stories are similar, every author brings their own flare and uniqueness to these stories.

I loved Juliet and Halstead so much. They were such dynamic characters individually and together they were amazing. I loved their chemistry and watching them grow into better people around each other. Their chemistry was
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
First of all, isn't that a striking cover?! I think it's my favorite of the year. This is a wonderful Regency romance, with a house party setting, a mysteriously brooding duke, and a spirited young woman who makes friends easily but is long-suffering under her domineering aunt. Juliet has some complicated dynamics in play- the unrequited love of her brotherly best friend/cousin, an inequality in her social status, a younger brother unhappy at boarding school, and an unexpected attraction to the ...more
Romance - Sweet and Clean
Violence - None
Language - None
Recommendation - High
Would I reread - Yes

I loved this book. I knew from the first page I would love this book. It is that good! Once you start it, you won't want to put it down.

Juliet is the ward of her horrible aunt, along with her younger brother, until she reaches the age of her majority. The aunt is mean and vindictive, and it angers me that her cousins allow her, and Harry, to be treated in such a way. But then again, she is an expert
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To describe this book in one word would be .. beautiful. It grabbed me from page one and I could not put it down until I finished. It made for a late night but it was worth it.
Juliet and Halsteads characters have so many layers, great romantic chemistry, and I adored what they brought out in one another.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING! Kept me enthralled beginning to end! I kept hearing my phone chime with notifications and just kept reading....until 3:30am.... (I'm a night owl and usually stay up until 2am anyway, but still!) It's now in my top five favorite books ever!
There was this amazing tension throughout the book, with well-developed characters and storyline, and so much to love (and hate) depending on the character and which part of the book I was in.
I just loved how she was so unrestrained when
Sarah Monzon
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love triangles arent my favorite and if I had known one rested between the pages of this book, I probably wouldnt have read it. That being said, I still really enjoyed this story. The writing was clean yet lyrical and the interaction between the h/h had enough chemistry to curl ones toes (in a good way). I liked watching them push and pull one another to be better versions of themselves. Ill be looking for more books by this author. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From page one I couldn't put this book down! It has so many twists and turns that it made my head spin!
Your heart will go out to Juliet and Harry. I simply loved Juliet and her red hair. I think it defines her.
Us Red Heads will only be pushed so far and then we lose our temper. Juliet is perfect example of that. I admire her very much. She has spit and fire for sure but she also knows when to let loose.
Poor Harry! I'm thinking he's the one who is being used as a pawn! by Meanie Aunt Agnus. I
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I enjoyed this it was a nice romance, I havent read regency in awhile and it was a pleasant return. I thought Halstead and Juliet we here lovely relatable characters, their relationship was the main thing that kept me interested, unfortunately the book itself I found quite slow at times and a bit predictable. There didnt seem to be as much work on supporting characters to make them interesting beyond the main characters. It was a nice story but not one that will stick in my mind.

Thanks to
Feb 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Very happy that I've just received an eARC of Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball from NetGalley, because by all accounts it's an amazing, unputdownable read, but I'm also slightly stressed that I've also just started The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi and I'm already having the feels about it. What's a girl to do?!🤷♀ ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book leads off with strongly written vibes of Gothic romance, but it keeps a plausible balance between drama and melodrama.
Although it loses some steam towards the end, the relationship suspense of the first half is engrossing and will make readers (me included) speed ahead through "just one more chapter" repeatedly. The hero borrows plenty of characteristics from Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester but is never as manipulative or secretive, which makes him easy to root for.
The story technically
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
While it did take me a little bit to get into this book, I did enjoy it overall. Once I got into the book, I didnt want to put it down. I really liked the chemistry between Juliet and Halstead. I liked how spunky she was. I really felt her struggle with dealing with her aunt and trying to protect her brother.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok read. It bogged down a tad and I wanted it to get to the point, and then it sped up. We went day by day and the skipped two months the another month then skipped over a year. The end was rushed. Very contradictory after the dragging beginning. The end skipped over getting even with the sourpuss aunt and mother getting their comeuppance. Very anticlimactic and missing that piece of good reading.

Ok nothing out of the ordinary. Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
Jessica Bybee
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Duke of Halstead has spent the last two years feeling as though his life is over. With his leg deformed from a tragic accident, he spends his time guarding his heart against the cruel world. After all, who would want to marry such a limited man? When one of his mothers guests invades his solitude, he expects pity and a simpering miss. What he gets is an unladylike sailors daughter who insults him and breaks through his tough veneer to help him discover the man he hopes to be.

Juliet Graham
Ruth Ann Lingwall
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was engrossed in reading Where the Stars Meet the Sea from the very first page. It begins with a scene that unexpectedly introduces us to the two main characters and their personalities in such an intriguing way. It gave me the shivers.

Juliet and her much younger brother are orphans. Their dad was a sailor and so the family was disapproved of by relations and society. They are now under the guardianship of their highly disapproving aunt. Juliet is anxiously awaiting her next birthday when she
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to go ahead and say it...this one is already going to go down as one my top regency romances of 2020. This book gave me the essence of both Jane Eyre and Blackmoore without really being anything like either. Both of those books are some of my all time favorites and this one just got added to the list.

This book is STUNNING. I was transported within the first few chapters and just KNEW I was going to love this book. Juliet is the daughter of a Sea Captain and a mother who has
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where the Stars Meet the Sea is one of those beautiful novels that just pulls you in from page one and never does let you go. This story was honestly just so well done; from the characters, to the setting, to the original twists and turns of the plot, I cannot say enough positive- you just need to read it.
Juliet lost her father at a young age and though her mother was with her and her brother for a few years more, the day she found out her father died she really lost both parents and became the
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I was swept away by this beautiful and emotion-packed world that Kimball created. I could not put this book down, I just couldnt. I was drawn in by Juliets station in life, not quite good enough to be considered for marriage to someone of the upper class, but not quite considered working class. She was beautiful, intelligent, and bold. She was refreshing
and vibrant! And her aunt, man, she was so unkind and I have no idea how Juliet dealt with it with such grace.

The duke was withdrawn,
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this story. Juliet is a strong willed young women who is biding her time until her 21st birthday, when she can claim her inheritance and guardianship of her beloved younger brother. Forced to attend a house party, Juliet becomes acquainted with her elusive and depressed host, the Duke of Halstead. The unlikely pair make the perfect romance. There were plenty of times when I wanted to slap Juliet's conniving Aunt and even her naive cousin. I cried as Juliet gained her freedom, ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down. This sweet historical romance is not offering the hot and steaming sex scenes which are all the rage nowadays, but it doesn't need to. Maybe I like it so much as the villainous aunt reminds me of a favourite Bronte book, but I believe its not just that as the book in itself is very well done. The story arc is well developed and holds your interest. The characters are well written and the hot and cold behavior of the Duke of Halstead makes me feel like a teenager again. ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely wonderful! Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. It is beautifully written and hooks you on the first page. This is a 'Must Read' book! I received an ARC copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I loved this story. It was so good. From the first pages I was sucked in and didn't want to leave. Good thing I didn't have too:} I got to read this beautiful story from start to finish without stopping (except for miner life things). Dark sad hero's and bright optimistic woman are some of my favorites. Kimball did an amazing job of bringing these two together with a mix of bite, sass and attraction. I loved their first meeting! The tension of the romance and the overall feel of the book was so ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book so much! The two main characters were multifaceted and endearing and I loved the way they changed each other for the better. The plot was well written and grabbed my interest from the very beginning. I did not want to put this book down, and I couldn't recommend it enough!
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful and captivating from the first page to the last. The writing was excellent, the characters were engaging, and the plot had me staying up way past my bedtime because I had to see how it would end! The relationship between Halstead and Juliet starts out rocky but as they both open up about their scars, both emotional and physical, they help each other heal. Their feelings for each other deepen until it is the purest kind of love - the love that lifts, that mends, that ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Juliets mouth cracked me upI loved how she just couldnt help blurting out things that no one else would dare say to a duke. Halsteads character was so intriguing, and I loved how Juliet helped draw him out and how she didnt see him as less because of his injury. I also loved the moments when his tender side came out. I didnt love the fact that when trouble arises, Juliet did the cliché thing and didnt tell him what was going onand yet, the way the story ended (which wouldnt have been possible if ...more
emilee ☾
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Juliet is the ward of her repulsive auntie, alongside her more youthful sibling, until she arrives at the age of her lion's share. The auntie is mean and noxious, and it infuriates me that her cousins permit her, and Harry, to be treated in such a way. In any case, of course, she is a specialist controller thus they most likely just observe a fourth of what she truly does.

Juliet goes to the home of the Duke of Halstead with her auntie and cousins, Hugh and Robert. The desire is for Hugh to make
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