Monday, November 25, 2013

Book Review: The Promise of Stardust

Title The Promise of Stardust

Author Priscille Sibley

Release Date February 5, 2013

Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they've always wanted.

When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.

But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle's pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt's mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle's living will.

Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.

It's no secret that I like to read. On the flip side of that, it's no secret that my husband hates reading (absolute insanity if you ask me). Still, he's always nice enough to ask me what I'm reading and what the book is about before drifting off to sleep after complaining that the light on my Nook is too bright (impossible, of course). When I mentioned that I was reading The Promise of Stardust and explained it to him, he had two thoughts on the book. One, "that title makes no sense! It has nothing to do with stars." And two, "Duh, of course you'd keep your wife alive to save the baby." While the first statement sounds exactly like him, I was actually surprised by the first. I had no idea my husband felt that way. After explaining the circumstances to him (she's only a few weeks into pregnancy, she'd need to be kept on life support for months, she explicitly stated she didn't want to ever be on life support, etc.), he was still firm in his decision. I was both surprised and pleased that a book (especially one dealing with this topic) could open up a discussion with my husband. That, however, is only one of the many reasons I enjoyed this book.

Like my husband, without even knowing any of the details, I had made up my mind that if I was ever in that situation I would want to be on life support to do everything possible to save the baby. And perhaps it's silly. Yes, I have such a strong desire to have a child, but if I'm brain dead... well, be honest, what difference would that make to me? Here I am, a completely pro-choice woman and I'd be willing to "suffer" through months for a child that I wouldn't be able to raise myself. Crazy, right? Maybe, but who really knows?

Anyway, how about the book itself? Immediately, it gives you something that you want to discuss (obviously). It's one of those issues that people are going to be divided by and, somehow, that makes the book so much more interesting. The writing is beautiful and wonderful. The story is both lovely and heartbreaking at the exact same time. While it might not be one of those books you can pick up at any ol' time (I hope this makes sense... sometimes you need to read a certain type/genre of book and this one might be a little too "life heavy" for particular times) and enjoy, it is absolutely worth reading when the time is right for you.


5 out of 5 stars

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