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Book Review of Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball


A broken man. A fiery young woman. Neither one’s heart will come away unscathed.

Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

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The beautiful cover, the heartrending description, and the genre.

I was pleasantly surprised when we found Where the Stars Meet the Sea in the mailbox long before I expected to find it.

One of my favorite tropes of ALL TIME is broken characters, I love seeing how they heal, change, learn to love again, and are no longer in a dark place. This book was no different in how I liked the brokenness of Halstead, though I disliked it since it wasn’t to God’s glory and therefore I’m slightly dissatisfied by the ending. Another thing I liked was Juliet’s love for her brother, the care she takes of him. I liked the Cinderella feel of this Regency romance.

Something like a Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella mix. The plot is somewhat normal but not too common to be cliche. The older women in Halstead’s life were somewhat like Lady Catherine, and his sister was a steller character that I liked as a side character.

Note: When I received the book in the mail I realized that the publisher was an LDS publishing house, it did not impact the story in any way, if it had I wouldn’t have finished Where the Stars Meet the Sea.

I received this book from the author through Interviews and Review. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Rating: 4 stars.


2 responses to “Book Review of Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball”

  1. I love that cover. And it does sound like a good story.


    1. It is … I just didn’t agree with the theology. at. all. even if it was an enjoyable story at points.


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