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What happens next is a rewarding unfolding of her maturing personality, and her reawakening to the real possibilities of her new, utterly changed life. Her mother, her mother in law, her neighbour and her employers all play their parts in helping her develop and grow, willingly or unwillingly. I was with her every inch of the way.
Grace’s dilemma is that she has a conscience, even in the utmost need she is edgy about taking what is rightfully hers. Here is where the ‘different times’, ‘different thinking’ is so observantly demonstrated. We have come along way since those days but seeing a young mother take control, use her initiative and come to her maturity was a privilege and a pleasure.
This is a pretty quick read and on the whole a good one. I did find it all a bit romanticised and at times a tad simplistic, but I liked the characters, especially Grace, and I liked the evocation of the early post-war years when people were starting to become more prosperous and buy things like washing machines and cars. It was also a time of new freedoms for some women and this is a key theme in the novel. Grace is unhappy in her marriage and can't see a way out. Disaster offers one.
Anita Shreve conjures up time and place really well. The change in the seasons from wet to tinder dry and the approach of the conflagration are well described and full of suspense. Here, the use of the present tense helps, but I wasn't sure it did later on, when it perhaps makes everything seem a bit too easily resolved and idealised. I found some of the interactions between the characters like that too, with no ambiguity or uncertainty to add tension. Life isn't quite like this.
But I did enjoy reading it right to the end and if you like a well-written and romantic novel with some high drama and a few surprises, this could be for you.
Gripping, fast moving, poignant and delightful, this story is a real page turner and I couldn't put it down. The ending is unexpected and not predictable, in my opinion. On the whole, it is slightly different to the usual novels from Anita Shreve, in that it follows a more conventional story line and it has a different ending compared to some of the author's others where the conclusion is a practical but an unhappy one, or others where the endings are suspended in mid-air. This is a wonderful, uplifting read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The beginning of the book is no secret as it is spelled out, the fact there is a raging fire and Grace and her children are left homeless. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Four Violets
My first novel by Anita Shreve and I really enjoyed it. Set against the period of the largest fire in maines history, this is the story of Grace who is five months pregnant and has... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jean haylett
The Stars are Fire is easy and light reading.
The story revolves around the lead character, Grace and her relationships especially with her husband Gene Holland. Read more