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The Brightest Star

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  963 ratings  ·  167 reviews
A Heartwarming Christmas Novel

Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and readers who can’t get enough Hallmark movies, this special Christmas treat will warm your heart just in time for the cozy holiday season. A sparkling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels is exactly what you need to get in the spirit of the season.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Katie B
This was my first time reading a Fern Michaels novel and I have mixed feelings about The Brightest Star. I can appreciate the fact the entire story didn't revolve around the character's love life. However, the romance was so minimal in this one that I kinda wonder what was the point of even including it. An okay read but certainly had the potential to be so much better.

Lauren Montgomery has a career writing biographies for key figures in the business world. But her father's health has made him u
Rachel Benzine
Sep 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was given a copy of this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my unbiased review.

DNF at 33 pages in.

Super disappointing. I liked the sound of the plot, and the few pages that I read were shaping up to be cute. But I had to let this one go after unnecessary and problematic comments were made about weight.

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This book needed more focus. It started off great. I like the whole small-town-girl-trying-to-save-her-family's-store-during-the-holidays trope. But there were too many side plots going on with other townspeople, and the romance that was thrown in during the last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. Then everything wraps up way too perfectly and way too quickly. This could have been so much better. ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
There was a beginning to this story, but no middle. All the sudden everything just wrapped up and worked out. Not even much of a love story since the 2 people who fell in love were only in the same place about 7 or 8 times in the whole book and didn't have any conflict at all. Not worth the time. ...more
Angel White
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
More a 3.5

I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing was good and I absolutely loved the Christmas spirit portrayed by Lauren but I think it just had too much going on. The beginning started out great and then the story went off on so many tangents I lost a bit of the initial love. The ending also felt extremely rushed.

There is a romance although it was very, very quick with no in-depth quality. They meet, briefly, then all of a sudden they are in love with no real development leading to
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Other reviews mentioned how this book just kinda screeched to a halt towards the end and I agree. The story was going along great. I enjoyed the plot of a girl who had to move home to care for her sick/somewhat elderly parents. She ran the family store for them and was trying to get them to modernize a bit but the dad refused. But then all of a sudden the storyline picked up fast and then was over. Felt like the author hit a deadline and had to quickly end.

Still a good story. Still worth ready.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A warm hearted story about Lauren Montgomery who wishes to save her
Parents’ store by bringing it into the twenty first century. Lauren is also an
Author and has been asked to write the biography of the wealthy
John Gerald Giompalo. She falls in love his son John. There are multiply
Side stories which interferes with the main storyline. It moves along
Swiftly with not much development. It seemed to just have a beginning and an
Cynthia Hilston
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Too much repetition of ideas, too many subplots, too little romantic developmental, and a superficial protagonist. I wanted to like this one more than I did.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one.
This was yucky pablum. NO excitement. I've read 45 Fern Michaels books and rated this the lowest. 1 out of 10, and that is generous. I did finish it, thinking there would be some excitement. Nada. Poor little rich girl, nicely spreads her wealth around, helps others, meets super rich boy. The end. A 12 year old could write this and we'd be happy for her. But for this sickeningly sugary syrup to be published should be an embarrassment to an otherwise good author. Parents, your 10 year olds can re ...more
Ashley Webb
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not much actual "christmas" in the story. Predictable, cliche and repetitive. ...more
Kirk Weikart
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Lauren Montgomery's life changes in an instant. She goes from top selling biographer with a boyfriend to running the family Christmas store in a small town in North Carolina. But fear not! In 200 pages her life will be transformed in every imaginable way through a series of near impossible developments.

Not my cup of tea. Plot lines that could (should) take an entire novel to explore are dealt with in a matter of pages. I much prefer books that show weaknesses to its characters, along with person
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love a good Fern Michaels book and The Brightest Star did not disappoint. Fern Michels always has a way to draw you into her stories and make you feel a part of what is going on. All of her characters have always been likeable to me, even if some of them are stubborn and hard headed.

Christmas has always been an important part of Lauren's family's life. With the family store being one of the main spots in Fallen Pines, NC for the town to do their Christmas shopping, Lauren has always kn
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only Fern Michaels fanatics.
Lauren is a New York Times best-selling biographer. When her father, a technophobe, becomes ill, she stops writing to take over running the family business. When an offer to write the biography of a Jeff Bezos-type of business mogul presents itself, Lauren takes it on. She finds more than she expected.

My opinion of this book is that The Brightest Star is rather dim. The story starts out very slowly, but does pick up about halfway through, when Lauren’s parents are out of the picture. There’s not
Julie Barrett
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels
Starts out with Lauren and she researches and writes other bio's. She's good at her job and loves the work. When she gets the call from her mother about her fathers failing health she sells everything and heads home to Fallen Pines, NC. She then runs the shop for them. The shop has been in the family for years and it has a bit of everything anybody would ever need.
Lots of fancy hand crafted items: scarves, hats, mittens, glass ornaments and it's Christmas Time.
Jan Fore
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Brightest Star
Fern Michaels
September 29, 2020

Lauren Montgomery was happy and content in her life in Florida. She owned a condo on the beach, on the Gulf of Mexico. A renowned biographical author of two bestseller novels and was on her way to start her third. One morning while nursing a cold and feeling sorry for herself, her mother Ilene called from North Carolina. She and her father had just returned from a doctor’s appointment. Her dad had been diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis. Runn
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story, although they push the non-techie side too hard. beginning of book repeats itself several times. A little trite on meeting the man of her dreams and he happens to be the son and a billionaire. Yeah, that happens to me every day..... But, nice story.

Christmas is more than just a celebration for Lauren Montgomery. For generations, it’s been her family’s livelihood. Their Christmas shop, Razzle Dazzle Décor, has seen seasonal fads come and go, but there’s one trend they can’t escape. On
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The Brightest Star mixes today’s shopping/selling technology with those small independent shops that, for one reason or another, have not hopped onto the online purchase bandwagon and are paying the price for that decision in lowered sales and an uncertain business future.

Lauren writes biographies, and she’s quite good at it. She’s been offered the chance to write a very famous businessman’s story, yet that man and his online shopping dynasty are the very reason she l
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank-you to Kensington Publishing and Between the Chapters for an ARC of The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels in exchange for my honest review. I usually love Fern Michaels novels and her as a writer. I enjoyed this sweet book but not as much as others she has written. As always, she has well developed and interesting characters throughout most of the novel. Ms. Michael's also has wonderful themes in this book. There is a lot about helping family and friends and balancing life to look out for yo ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is Razzle Dazzle Décor the only thing worth fighting for?
Fern Michaels starts her book "The Brightest Star", published by Kensington Books, on Santa Maria Island, Florida where Lauren Montgomery receives an urgent call from her mother to come home because of her dad's serious health issues. Subsequently Lauren takes charge of Razzle Dazzle Décor, the store that was founded by her great-grandfather, although she has another job as author of biographies. She is aware that the store can only surviv
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp for a copy of "The Brightest Star" in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts out in October of 2016 on Santa Maria Island in Florida. Lauren Montgomery is an author but she has to drop everything and return home home after her father's health suffers a setback. The story then continues on Black Friday of 2019 where Lauren is working in Razzle Dazzle Décor a company that was opened by her great-grandfather Alfred Montgomery in 1935 as
Donna Hines
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I've been 'Razzle Dazzled' and I loved it!
What more can I say other than it's Fern Michaels at her greatest and that's why I gravitate towards all novels with her name upon them.
The Brightest Star is no different with the lovely new look of the Razzle Dazzle Decor being put into play alongside Lauren and John and the adventures between them.
This book had such a warm, inviting, and calm demeanor that I didn't want it to end which says a ton in this hectic hustle bustle world.
As is noted, Christma
The Brightest Star is a holiday fiction novel by author Fern Michaels.

Biographer Lauren Montgomery moved back to her childhood home in Fallen Springs, North Carolina to help take care of her father who has severe rheumatoid arthritis. She gave up her job as a biographer to run the family’s general store.

I learned that the Blue Ridge mountain ranges extend into eight states and has the longest-running autumn leaf season in the world. Because of the many varied elevations., owned an
Debbie Lesley
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Kathy Pero
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was not one of my favorite Fern Michaels' books. The premise was a good one - young, successful woman puts her life on hold to return to her hometown and help her parents try to salvage their floundering Christmas store. Unfortunately, that's the only positive thing I can say about it. I actually found myself rolling my eyes and saying "OK, I GET IT already!" as she belabors several ideas to the point of extreme aggravation: The heroine is petite and looks younger than her 35 years; her fat ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
Great book!

I won an ebook copy of this from Goodreads. I would like to thank Goodreads and Fern Michaels for my kindle copy of this book.

Lauren is a best selling author who put her career on hold to take care of her parents and help them out with their store. She gets an offer to write another biography that she can't pass up. From there the book takes you through what happens with Lauren and the other characters.

At first I started to take a disliking to Lauren's parents and how they were treat
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Just finished this sweet read that I won from a giveaway here on Goodreads!

Cracking open the cover we meet Lauren Montgomery, a successful biography author, who is in the midst of trying to keep her family business (a Christmas themed store 🎄) afloat. Along her journey we meet sweet characters such as Charlotte, Brent, and John. Each character brings out something different in Lauren and I really liked getting to know her. She really treats people well y’all! A bit of romance rounds out the sto
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lauren Montgomery has come home to help her parents with their Christmas shop Razzle Dazzle Decor because her father is ill and can no longer work there. The shop has been in the family for several generations. Lauren is also a well known biographer of famous people and she lands the job of a lifetime, that of writing the biography of the richest man in the world, the owner/creator of (think Amazon). When Lauren meets John Gerald Giompalo she finds he is the kindest, friendliest ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Family is the bright spot in Lauren's life this holiday season despite their store's sales slipping into the red. A successful novelist, she moved home after her father's crippling diagnosis. While determined to make the store succeed, her parents refuse to embrace technology. Online sales would bring new life to the business but her father is determined to preserve tradition.

When a lucrative opportunity presents itself, Lauren embraces the possibility of saving the store and a spark of somethi
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family is the bright spot in Lauren's life this holiday season despite their store's sales slipping into the red. A successful novelist, she moved home after her father's crippling diagnosis. While determined to make the store succeed, her parents refuse to embrace technology. Online sales would bring new life to the business but her father is determined to preserve tradition.

When a lucrative opportunity presents itself, Lauren embraces the possibility of saving the store and a spark of somethi
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