Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton
I admit, this is not my usual genre - I picked this one up because it was a book club pick. But I am glad I did, because I found myself enjoying the story immensely.
I love a book with great character development, and this was that exact kind of book for me. I love so much that you had a character like Riley who was logical, smart, driven and caring - and that she was in a position that forced her to make hard decisions and mature as a woman, and she did this without the drama that might otherwise be written into the storyline of a 20-something NYC student. I appreciated that Riley was a strong woman, with good friends and a respectful and loving relationship with her mom. I love that Riley was never written as whiny or needy or desperate in an offputting way. I love that Riley was still flawed and human and made mistakes....but also figured out how to grow from them.
THESE are the kinds of romance book I can really get behind. I would 100 percent recommend this one to readers who are curious about the romance genre - this is the perfect amount of romance and character drama to make you really empathize with the characters and the story, which still enjoying a light and easy read.
Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish.
COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?
In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.
And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond.
As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?
From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make.