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Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review: The Stars Shine Bright

About the book:

After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.

Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.

She’s never felt more alone.

Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancĂ© wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself..

With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancĂ© will make things better—or worse.

Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.

Meet Sibella Giorello:

Sibella Giorello grew up in the mountains of Alaska admiring the beauty and nature that surrounded her. She majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts hoping to learn more about the landscape she loved back home. From there Sibella followed a winding path, much like the motorcycle ride she took across the country, which led to her true love, journalism.

She found herself in Seattle writing for rock-n-roll magazine and earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington before heading south to the land of great stories.

In Virginia, Sibella became a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was there she also met her husband and would hear Jesus whispering her name at a tent revival.

Sibella started writing about Raleigh Harmon as a way to keep her love of story-telling alive while staying at home with her young sons. As a journalist and author, her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. The Stones Cry Out, the first Raleigh Harmon novel, won a Christy award for debut novel in 2008. Sibella now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons.

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My Opinion
I have unfortunately never read any other books in the Raleigh Harmon book series but I don't feel like it affected my reading of The Stars Shine Bright (thankfully!). So don't worry if you haven't read the other books - STILL READ THIS ONE! The author gradually fills us in on the details of Raleigh's previous adventures and story line throughout the book so you don't miss out on any important details.

I usually prefer historical fiction but I am so glad I gave this mystery-romance a chance! It was REALLY good and had me reading much later each night than I should have stayed up! :)

There were so many facets to this book from the mystery at the racetrack to Raleigh's problems with her personal life and mother to her work problems to her work partner and potential romance with Jack - Raleigh has a lot going on! However, it all came together really nicely and was never confusing but always intense, interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat! It is REALLY well written and Sibella brings it all together brilliantly!

Make sure to read this one to see how it all ends - you won't be disappointed!!

Buy It: You can purchase The Stars Shine Bright for $11.38 on

Novelist Sibella Giorello is celebrating the release of the latest book in her praiseworthy Raleigh Harmon series by giving away a Kindle Fire! 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • The entire 5-book Raleigh Harmon series.
Hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/25/12. The winner will be announced on 8/27/12 on Sibella's blog!

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* This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*