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Follow the Stars Home (Wheeler large print book series) Hardcover – Large Print, Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Inc; large type edition edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568958641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568958644
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,312,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaim for Luanne Rice:

‘A tightly paced story that is hard to put down’
Publishers Weekly

‘Exciting, emotional, terrific. What more could you want from a late-summer read?’
New York Times Book Review

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'"Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart"'

Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Diane Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband Tim received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Diane with a newborn baby – almost alone.

It was Tim's brother, Alan, the town paediatrician, who stood by Diane and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother's wife. One of the many hard choices Diane has made was to close her heart toward any man – especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms, and can be received with as much grace as it is given.

''Follow the Stars Home' is a miracle of storytelling that will take your breath away.'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
A book, as brilliant as 'Cloud Nine',you wont be able to put it down,i loved every min and looked forward to bedtime!! U feel so much for the mother will a disabled daughter she longs to share mother-daughter times with. Definately a worth while read.
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This book is lovely and awful at the same time.
It is really well written and entertaining, the characters have been created to be liked or disliked. But it's all too fake and written for children or so it seems.
Basically, it is very unrealistic as an adult perspective as too perfect and predictable.
This book was recommended to me by Goodreads after beautiful classic book I read. Goodreads software are obviously not clever enough to appreciate what a real masterpiece is.This book was good but not as good as the comments or reviews said it was. Saying that, I'm sure some people will disagree and it's ok.
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I just loved it from start to finish as I do with all her books - the whole book just flows and you immediately fall into it - fabulous
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saskia on 7 Jan. 2013
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This book was recommended to me. I have not read it yet, but hope to be able to do so soon.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Luanne Rice is MAGIC..... 14 Mar. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
I love romance novels but I hate tear-jerkers. I won't read a story if I know it's going to make me cry. Luanne Rice's previous book, Cloud Nine, was absolutely wonderful even though I cried buckets over it. (I didn't know that it was going to be that sad.) Even though this new book, Follow the Stars Home is magical, I must warn you that it also has a few tears. The characters - Alan, Dianne, Lucinda, Amy, Julia, Tim - are all so real, you don't want to let them go when the book is finished. The plot is pure soap opera: woman marries the "wrong" brother, bears a disabled child, husband leaves, while angelic doctor-brother lovingly and patiently waits in the wings to take over from irresponsible brother. Small scenes are full of love and caring; big dramatic scenes make you catch your breath in fear and apprehension. This book is far above a standard romance. Rice is truly gifted and talented and I will continue to read her with great joy, even knowing there's bound to be some teary moments.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Very inspiring relationship drama 2 Feb. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lobsterman Tim McIntosh worked the New England coast. He loved his wife Dianne, but could not deal with the sickly child that was born to them. Instead, Tim abandoned his spouse and little Julia. She sufferers from illnesses that leave her physically and mentally dying from birth. Perhaps because he loves Dianne or just feels bad by his sibling's abandonment, Tim's brother Alan constantly is there for Dianne and Julia. Alan's actions add to the guilty feelings and shame that fill Tim's heart, but his soul cannot take the steps needed to reconcile with his beloved wife nor shower his child with the love she needs.

As Dianne supports herself and Julia, she meets a troubled twelve-year old Amy Brook, who becomes a little sister to her. Amy helps Dianne fully understand what love is all about, but will Tim ever learn the same lesson before it is too late?

FOLLOW THE STARS HOME focuses on the meaning of love and its capacity to meliorate many human frailties. Dianne, Tim, and Amy seem very real because their characters are fully developed. The audience will dislike what Tim did, but understand his actions and frustrations. Reader's empathy towards Julia will gush throughout the novel. This emotion on the part of the audience shows how talented Luanne Rice is in sensitizing her fans, though for most of the novel the audience "sees" the ailing child through the eyes of the other characters. Using Julia's thoughts as a climax leads to a feeling that this was a contrived closing but Ms. Rice reaches inside our very hearts and souls with an inspiring novel that reflects on how precious but fleeting is life.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Romantic,endearing but left me wondering 7 Mar. 2001
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first opportunity to read a Luanne Rice book. Once I began it was hard to put the book down. The characters came to life and left you wanting to know more about each one. I enjoyed the switching back and forth between various character's stories - current and present. The two questions I had were what finally brought Diane to the fact after 12 years of indifference that she was in love with her brother-in-law. Although it was a beautiful love story it seemed to have elements missing. The biggest disappointment to me was the ending. Although it was sweet - I really wanted to know what really happen to these two characters - did they get married, did they have children, what happen to Amy and Diane's mother??
I would have liked to see the author place a 2-3 page Epilogue to round out the story.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format: Hardcover
I have read stories of people turning a truly bad life situation into an inspiration for us all, but Luanne Rice has accomplished the ultimate with this book. This was a first Rice book for me, but I am here to purchase more. Her ability to weave the lives of her various characters and mingle their individual personalities, weaknesses, and most of all strengths is struly inspiring. Her love for her disabled child, and I question that word disabled when it comes to Julia, and her ability to include another "well in body, not spirit in child" into her life made me reevaluate what it means to be a mother. Dianne is the epitome of what I consider the word mother and also daughter to mean. Alan was what all fathers should be defined as. Rice is a genius with story and words.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Story, but... 7 Aug. 2006
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The most impressive thing about Luanne Rice's writing lies in her ability to tell a lovely, poignant story using characters you feel you have met somewhere before. In "Follow the Stars Home," a realistic human situation provides the opportunity for the author to take a look at love from several perspectives.

Dianne Robbins, initially attracted to Alan, a charming and upstanding young doctor, is wooed away by his brother, Tim, who is battling his own personal demons. Dianne falls into the common trap of thinking she can save a man by marrying and loving him and chooses Tim over Alan. Tim ends up breaking her heart by leaving her pregnant with their severely handicapped child. Wary of men, she spends the next eleven years lavishing her tremendous capacity to love on her handicapped daughter, Julia. All this time, Alan, who has secretly loved her, has maintained a steadfast devotion to Dianne and Julia and has become their guardian angel.

In an effort to help both Diane and Amy, a troubled young girl, Alan brings Amy into Diane's life to assist with Julia. This placement ends up being positive for everyone involved and allows the author to explore another facet of the healing power of love. I found this story beautiful and honest and not sappy at all until the author decided to write that atrocious ending.

This brings me to my criticisms of this book, mostly in the area of mechanics:

Luanne Rice doesn't appear to trust her readers' intelligence. This is the only reason I can think of that she would repeat descriptions almost verbatim throughout her book. This is terribly annoying and distracts from the story. How much more satisfying to read a description ONCE then be shown in the remainder of the book how these initial descriptions affect the behavior and/or perceptions of this character by others.

I have seen this next problem in other well-known authors--Research. What is wrong with basic research? The constellation Orion figures heavily in this book. It would seem to me that with a couple of clicks of the mouse on the Internet, she could manage to find out that Stella the cat could not be sitting at a window looking up at Orion in the summer as Orion is visible at night in North America only between December and March.

My biggest problem, however, is with the ending. It was designed to preach at us--making certain we understand once and for all that Julia is a fully sentient human being. Rice did a far, far better job with this objective by developing it slowly over the course of the book. We see Julia through Amy's eyes. Despite her rough edges, Amy is kind and caring and not willing to accept the limitations even Diane sees in her daughter. Diane's love for her daughter is tenderness bordering on desperation. Amy, however, helps us to validate Julia as a fully realized person because she validates her. We did not need the spiel at the end. It did not tie up any loose ends since nearly all of the information had been given out earlier and Julia's comments do nothing to assure us of Amy and Diane's full recovery or the fate of Amy's mother, which would be new information at this point. It would have been much easier to swallow this tell-not-show summary if it was written as Julia's reminiscences of perhaps a year later following the patients' recovery and the subsequent wedding and life in the new house. This is a great story not managed as well as it could have been, but still worth reading.
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