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To Touch the Stars [Hardcover]

Jessica Ruston
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11 Nov 2010

From the author of LUXURY, a glossy, gripping epic blockbuster featuring the beautiful, wealthy but accursed Cavalley family.

Renowned for style, glamour and sophistication, Cavalley's creates the most luxurious millinery in the world. Talented and beautiful, Violet Cavalley has poured her heart and soul into building her multi-million-pound business and raising her three adored children. But behind the Cavalley family's gilded façade lies a streak of darkness. Darkness that now threatens to destroy them all...

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755370309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755370306
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 15.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,368,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Ruston's bestselling debut novel, LUXURY, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was named Debut of the Year 2009 in the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance writer and editor while studying for a BSc in Psychology. She is the author of two non-fiction books as well as a number of screenplays. Her second novel, TO TOUCH THE STARS, is published by Headline Review in 2010.

Jessica's freelance journalism includes a weekly fiction serial for The Lady called COME FOR DINNER, features for Grazia, Red, Scarlet, the Guardian online and Mslexia, as well as book reviews for Mslexia, The Lady and The Spectator.

For more information about Jessica including upcoming events, please visit her website,

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A dazzling and delightful tale --The Sun

If long-haul travel's on the cards, Jessica Ruston's novel will make you yearn for delays! --Take a Break Fiction Feast

Full of twists and knockbacks, it's an addictive tale that you won't want to put down --Heat magazine

Mysterious from the very first page!
--Now magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Perfect for every woman who loves the family drama of a Penny Vincenzi novel and the glamorous settings of Tasmina Perry...

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star of a read! 4 Feb 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
The book begins with Violet Cavalley's 60th birthday party at her beautiful villa in Capri. She's surrounded by her 3 children, Blue, Flip and Frangipani, their partners, and her own close friends Kalisto and Patrick. She's ready to celebrate but the shock arrival of someone from Violet's past threatens to ruin everything for Violet and her family. As a reader, we have no idea who or what this person wants with the Cavalley's, and makes a good mysterious for the start of the book. I was intrigued to find out what the secret was, and it certainly drew me into the book, and it's always great to have a start that makes you want to desperately read on and find out more.

I adored the way this book was written. Ruston has chosen to write in both the present day, the events after the birthday party and how this impacts on her family, but also back to Violet's childhood, the coming about of Cavalley's the company and basically everything in Violet's past. The book flits seamlessly between the two, often not defining clearly that is slipping from the present to the past, but as a reader I found it very easy to follow and it was immediately obvious which time which time any particular part of the story was dedicated to. I think the lack of distinction actually works in this book's favour because it is so necessary to have both alongside each other to understand both Violet and the story, and I was soon consumed by the immensely interesting tale of Violet and her childhood.

Violet was a fabulous character, and the perfect person to have as the leading character for the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Ms Ruston, please write another one. 1 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that Jessica Ruston is my favourite contemporary writer. Her style is not only readable but totally engaging. It picks you up, guides you to the sofa, turns your phone on silent and throws your surroundings into pale lighting. I had a serious operation three weeks before reading this and the aftermath cut my concentration to peices. I tried reading everything but could not concentrate for more than two pages. I couldn't even concentrate on television. I downloaded this book to my Kindle with some scepticism, thinking I'd never be able to get my brain in gear. But to my surprise, midway through Chapter 1, I was engrossed. Good job I was bedridden so that my audible reactions to the twists and turns and delightful mysteries weren't heard by anyone! If you liked Luxury, you'll love this. The layers of the story have been carefully laid so that every revelation raises a further question. It will have you entranced until the last page. I just hope the third book is on it's way!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down! 3 Feb 2011
By Dot
To Touch the Stars is going to be difficult to review as it is jam-packed with secrets. I loved it, there were so many twists and turns provided by the author that I was totally gripped from beginning to end.
It's kind of a modern saga, Violet Cavalley is the matriarch of her family and also a leading figure in the fashion industry. She has a large family and it appears that just as they have secrets from her, she too has secrets from them. Violet is also convinced of the Cavalley Curse which she believes hangs over her family and it is something she believes to be entirely her fault.
To Touch the Stars is a very entertaining read, it is very much a rags to riches story with many dramatic events along the way. I loved the descriptions of the fashion world and how the Cavalley Empire was built, these little details made the story even more believable.
Jessica Ruston has written a very dramatic story and then set it in incredibly glamorous and high-powered surroundings. When you strip all of the glitz away you realise that the Cavalleys are simply a family, but a family with one or two more skeletons in the cupboard than normal. This book keeps up a brilliant pace throughout so be warned that it is extremely difficult to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put it down! ***** 27 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i bought this book on my kindle as sort of experiment for my holiday after reading a review of it on a friend's blog. I often spend weeks in the sun reading endless Stephen King novels, or a variety of 'Classics' and this year wanted to try something different. After reading my friends positive review i decided to give the book a try, and i am so glad that i did.

The story is basically a confession from the main character Violet to her family, about her past life and all the struggles that were intertwined within it. Almost everything is covered in this exciting, intriguing novel and it was so hard to put down. I can honestly say i did not expect this book to be as good as it was, and it completely out done my expectations. The twisted, emotional rollercoaster of a novel is brilliantly told, and the strong independance of the lead character is inspiring to read, the reader can feel a great amount of sympathy with Violet and this just adds more to the novel. Twists throughout the novel keep it exciting and fresh, i did not once get bored of the plot and the continuous switch in time frames is brilliant, weaving the past into the present and keeping the reader guessing all the way till the end.

If you're looking for a book that includes romance, tragedy and of course - fashion (i have a real love for fashion, but even those who know next to nothing about it, dont worry the book will still be as good, the novel is more centered on family and everyone knows about that)! Then please pick up a copy and at least give it a try. It's completely worth a read. A totally girly, lovely novel that left me thinking about it long after id finished reading it. Cant wait to read more books of this type, goodbye to the Bronte sisters (for now) :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This was a really good book and I could barely put it down! It kept me going right to the last page!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good holiday read
Took this book on holiday,& read it in two days.Its about a woman,Violet,& her family & how her life pans out over sixty years. Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by herbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy entertainment
How this book got described as 'boring' by a previous reviewer I do not know. It is easy entertainment with twists in the plot that keep coming all the way through. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by maru 92
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book
After having read Luxury last week and really enjoying it, Jessica Ruston's second book didn't disappoint! I sped through this book, reading about 80% in one day. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Mrs Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
At first I thought this was going to be a bit dull, but once the book got going it was a really good read. A perfect choice for a holiday as you can read it quite quickly. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
From start to finish the book is really good I was unable to put the book down. If you have read 'luxury' you will thoroughly enjoy this book too and if you haven't I highly... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Naina H Meghani
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring helter skelter
Even as a light summer read this is possibly the most boring book I've read in a long time. Since the author tells the stories of the characters only in flashbacks, I already know... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Sisalka
1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant people
I don't often bother to write a review but I disliked this book so much I felt I had to warn other people. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Elizabeth Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but nothing special
Whilst this isn't a bad book I was left slightly disappointed by it. Having read all the great reviews I was expecting a cracking good read full of interesting characters, what I... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended!
This is a brilliant book: couldn't put it down in parts. The characters are well developed and I wondered how the author managed to create so many twists and turns in a page. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Linda UK
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