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    Made me happy and took me back in time!

    Wonderful in all ways! This story took me back to a time well remembered…a time when life was different and filled with promise and the fun of childhood. I remember the space race and disaster drills and all of the rest and though vicariously enjoying the romance between Anne-Marie and Kit I also enjoyed remembering being a child living in the Midwest so many decades ago – a simpler time so filled with promise. The writing was superb, the characters well developed, the scenes so very real and believable, the children and dog a wonderful addition, the adherence to history impeccable – I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book! Thank you to Genevieve Turner for the copy of this delightful book to read and review!
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    It was quite enjoyable...

    ...but I would have liked it more without the descriptions of sex. Just skipped through those scenes and it didn't change the book. The story was still good. I'd read the other books, but I wouldn't pay more than 99 cents.
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    An exciting romance set in the '60s

    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 orbit. Kit is a playboy, with a new girl on his arm frequently but something about Anne-Marie, her tartness and obvious reluctance to get involved with him strikes a nerve and he's determined to show her that he really is a good guy, dependable and solid. Already infamous by way of her divorce (something just not done in the early '60s), the last thing she needs is to be the focus of a Life magazine cover as the new girlfriend of an American hero. Kit's getting ready for the ride of his life - but what will it mean if he doesn't have Anne-Marie by his side? From the first page, the story brought to life that era in time. The descriptions of clothing, food, houses, and the day to day life of a woman trying to prove to the world that just because she's divorced doesn't mean she's incapable of providing a comfortable life for herself and two children were interesting and detailed in such a way that you felt for Anne-Marie and her situation. But she's not the type of woman to roll over and let the gossips have their way. She's had to put on a pretty thick skin to deal with the comments from those who think she should have overlooked her husband's cheating and forgiven him. As such, she comes across as a strong woman, sometimes abrupt, but ultimately one who knows she did the right thing. Her job at a travel agency was quite fascinating, mostly because it's hard to remember how much of a challenge it would have been to book flights solely over the phone, in the pre-internet days. That was just one of the ways that I found the story true to life and obviously well researched, in addition to the social circles and niceties that Anne-Marie finds herself a part of, as a result of living next to her famous neighbour. Kit is a friendly, competitive playboy, though truth be told his antics are somewhat exaggerated by the gossip rags, as much as any other celebrity. His job is very unique, having turned his fighter pilot ways into his real goal of becoming an astronaut. While every young boy might have dreamed about going into outer space, Kit has been able to take that dream and make it his reality. I loved the description of his job, and the politics of working within the American space agency. His training and missions were super interesting to read about. But while Kit has always known what he wants for his career, he's never thought much about settling down. Well, until he meets his new neighbour, a woman who doesn't seem to be the slightest bit interested in him and takes pains to avoid him. This piques his interest because it's the opposite of every other woman he meets. Eventually of course, their attraction to each other sways them to start having an affair, one that Anne-Marie insists on keeping a secret from her children and from their mutual friends. She hates the idea of being in the limelight, and even more so, worries that her reputation as a divorced woman will impact Kit's public persona and cause a scandal for him. He's got enough pressure with the upcoming mission on his shoulders, the last thing he needs is to be in the news because of a tawdry affair with a divorcee. Their love scenes are steamy and emotional, and soon Kit realizes that a life with Anne-Marie and her children is something that he really wants. But he's got his hands full convincing her that he's worth the risk. It's not until the reality of Kit's job and the danger associated with it become real to Anne-Marie that she realizes that not being with him is no longer an option for her, no matter the press's opinion. I loved that Kit gave her the space to come to her own decisions without pressuring her, and that he understood her need to maintain some independence even when in a relationship. Their eventual happy ending was lovely and sweet. I found this whole story delightful - it's a unique 'historical' romance, one that is meticulously detailed with interesting main characters and some dynamic secondary ones as well . Along with the romance there is a good deal of action, the race to space an exciting and dramatic part of the story. I'm hoping that this is just the start of a series that will feature some of Kit's colleagues in the space agency. 5 stars.
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    Beautiful 60's space race romance

    When I first heard of Star Dust, I thought it would be this fun flashback to the 60’s astronaut adventures and hijinks. I should have known better when you have two authors such as Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. Did they give me fun and hijinks? Yes, but they gave the story much more. They created characters that were complex and nuanced. They gave us a glimpse into a time period that held a lot of possibility, fun and changing roles. They gave us heartbreak and jubilation. They gave us men and women who were hard-working and determined to build a better future. They gave us discovery, love and romance (with a good dose of hot sexy times). The main character Anne-Marie is a divorcee who is trying to start her life again with her two children. The hero of the story is Kit (Lt. Commander Christopher Campbell), who is Anne-Marie’s new neighbor. As I read the story, I was engaged in Anne-Marie and her decisions to buck society expectations of the time. She decided she was worth more than being embarrassed by what other people would say when she decided to divorce her husband for infidelity. She was a trailblazer in a quiet, stoic way as were many women of this time. Anne-Marie is also a prickly heroine. She has a curt, short manner with many people (though part of it I read as a defensive mechanism). It is not always easy to like her, especially when Kit is so dreamy and wonderful to her. I liked her determination and her devotion to her children. I liked that she wanted more and better for herself. Kit has the persona of the quintessential astronaut playboy but he is so much more. He keeps his playboy appearance up but we discover how goal oriented he is in his pursuit of getting to space. He does not slack in his work ethic or focus when it comes to his goal. However, we discover he is actually kind of lonely though he has a great, supportive set of teammates. As the story unfolds, the connection that builds between Kit and Anne-Marie is built brick by brick with attraction, trust, and discovery. I would have liked a bit more of Kit’s interaction with Anne-Marie’s kids but overall I could see the connection that was being built between them. I truly enjoyed Star Dust. It felt fresh and familiar to me at the same time. I would recommend this book. I am also excited for the next book in the series since we find out who is the main character. ** ARC gifted by author in exchange for an honest review **
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