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Of Sunlight and Stardust

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Summary

After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dying wish come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she'd been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can't get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he'd promised.   

Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own, and soon Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner's property that hasn't been touched in 70 years.   

Turns out, the barn holds more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring over the pages, reading about a young man pining after his best friend. The deeper they delve into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner's own relationship shifts - from acquaintances to friends...to undeniable attraction.   

But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love in the wake of Tanner's loss and Cole's past, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who've captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.

©2018 Christina Lee and Riley Hart (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Wow

A must read!! Beautiful story bought tears to my eyes . just beautiful!!! So glad I read it.

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 03-06-19

A Nonlinear Story With Heart

Wow. I loved the layers in this, between a past story and a present story. The past story takes place as journal entries that the current characters read together, so it alternates between present and past. It shows a good contrast from intolerance to acceptance for the LGBT community across decades.

This is also achingly sweet and wildly sexy. It held my full attention.

Narration is good.

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  • Buscatlady
  • 03-06-19

I rated high but I don't LIKE the ending.

I don't like books I cry at the ending. This book is well written, I LOVE Tristian James on anything. But I will not listen to this tear jerker again! I don't read books to cry !

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  • Annika
  • 21-05-19

Sweet but heartbreaking love stories

A few months ago a friend recommended this book to me and ever since I’ve hoped it would be released in audio. Mid May I got my wish and so my journey began with Tanner Rowe and Cole Lachlan. They are both living day to day, but for different reasons. A year ago Tanner lost his wife to cancer. She was the love of his life and the reason he bought the house he now lives in. It was her dying wish for him to live there, restore the burnt barn and find happiness again. But still after all this time he can’t do it. He lives in the house, barely existing. Until Cole comes walking into his life asking to borrow fishing equipment. Offering Cole a place to stay and three meals a day in exchange for him doing repairs to the barn is the perfect solution to both of them.

Cole is freshly out of prison, he has no job, home or money to his name. He’s also determined to do whatever it takes to never go back there again. Turns out, finding a job with a felony record is a lot tougher than he counted on so when Tanner offered him a place to stay in return of some repairs he was more than happy to take him up on the offer. As soon as he entered the barn he felt a presence, knew that it held secrets and not long after he found a hidden journal from 1948. A journal written by a young man in love with his best friend.

The story was predictable but still sweet. It’s divided into two timelines as we follow both Cole and Tanner’s journey of healing, friendship and then attraction and love. But we also follow the two young men from the journal, them falling in love how their relationship went from best friends to madly in love. The difficulties and danger of being in love with another man in the 1940’s. Both love stories were sweet, at times bittersweet and sad, but definitely worth every emotion it wrings from you. The ending was a bit much and farfetched, but then again you can’t always get it all and I was happy enough with the rest of it.

This book was narrated by both Tristan James and Kale Williams. Their dual narration was I’d like to say like a dance - no more like synchronized swimming. They switched of perfectly, had the same pacing and passion, and volume. It was seamless and beautiful. They worked really, really well together. It was almost too perfect in a way, they were too much alike.

Sometimes a dual narration makes sense, where the different narrators bring different skill sets to the table, different voices. To distinguish between different POV’s a bit more when it’s just one narrator. That was not the case here. Listening to audiobooks should be effortless in my opinion. It shouldn’t require a conscious effort on the listeners’ part to follow along the story, at least not in terms of who, where and when. Both Kale Williams and Tristan James have so similar voices and way of narration that you needed to really focus to know who was narrating and if it was the past or the present. I’m not saying that it was in any way bad – it just felt unnecessary for the dual narration as either Williams or James could and would have narrated the whole book with the same result.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • ken sellers
  • 10-06-19

Fantastic Story

Really loved this so very real and heartwarming !!! a nice change of pace i highly enjoyed this book

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  • ShannonVM
  • 07-06-19

So much love for this book.

Of Sunlight and Stardust was my favorite book of 2018- I don't even have words to tell you how much I love this book. Tanner & Cole and Tom & Charlie own my heart. Riley Hart and Christina Lee wrecked me, completely and utterly wrecked me with their stories. So I'm not kidding when I say I was scared to listen to this on audio- I knew I'd be a blubbering sobbing mess and I wasn't sure my heart could handle hearing this story come to life. And I was right, even though I knew everything that was going to happen that didn't stop the tears. This book is just so freaking wonderful, it's hard to contain all the emotions it evokes in me.
I'm so glad I sucked it up and decided to listen to the audio.This was the first time for me, listening to both of these narrators, and I admit to be a little hesitant before starting the audiobook. It was nothing personal against either of these men, because like I said, this was a first for me when it came to them. It's just when you love a book so much it's hard to imagine *anyone* doing it justice! But I'm so happy to say my worries were unfounded! Tristan and Kale did such an amazing job bringing these characters, these men, to life. They brought all the emotions and made me feel *everything* so much more deeply than I had when I read the book. They conveyed all the heartache and pain, the vulnerability, and all the love. I adore this book so much, and listening to Kale and Tristan give life to Tanner & Cole and Tom & Charlie gave me life.
As much as this book breaks my heart, it also fills it with love, and I will definitely be adding this audiobook to the ones I turn to again and again.

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  • Texan2
  • 24-05-19

Narration Made It Better Story

The duo narration of James and Williams lifted the story, making it above average.

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  • KimmyKimNYC
  • 19-05-19

Touching Story

Wow what a heart felt story. I can admit crying at the end (good tears).

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  • melissa
  • 15-05-19

Beautiful tearjerker

Wow this was magical! A true love story and perfect for a movie! Treat yourself with this one it moved my soul.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-19

The best story ever

I rarely write review's but, this story was so good and sad omg I never got emotional over just reading these stories ,but this was one of the best I've read give it a try!! You'll feel the same.

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  • Alex
  • 10-06-19

Beautiful story

This book was heartbreaking and beautiful. The present day romance is a sweet slow burn with a historical story woven through it that is heartbreaking because it so closely reflects a history of hatred and discrimination that isn't taught in schools. This book was brought to life by the skilled narration. Couldn't recommend it more, perfect listen for Pride, as a reminder of how much ground we've gained on civil rights.