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Starlight: A Novel

Debbie Macomber Classics
Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins

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Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of cherished author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, this is an enchanting tale of a love that is challenged at every turn.

At a magical Christmas fete, Karen McAlister meets a man she cannot ignore - the first man to interest her in a long while. Before she laid eyes on Rand Prescott, Karen would have said her life was complete and content...much to the dismay of her widowed father, who would love to see her married and settled. But everything changed that enchanted night: The stars, the moonlight, the music, and the champagne all conspired to throw two people together. But the fates are determined to pull them apart.

Long ago, Rand Prescott erected a steel façade around his heart. He never had any intention of maintaining any kind of relationship with a woman. Independent, proud, and nearly blind, Rand felt he had no capacity to return a woman’s love. But that was before he met Karen. In one night, she shattered all of his preconceived ideas about romance and threatened to break through his walls. Rand is convinced that Karen deserves better than the love of a blind man. Can he ever accept this beguiling woman into his life - and into his soul?

“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters.... When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.” --BookPage

©1983 Debbie Macomber (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Sharon L.
  • 03-04-20

Nothing romantic about this story

I understand old fashioned love stories but this one isn't about love. It's about emotional abuse tolerated and accepted as love. He treats her horribly then is nice to get his sexual needs met, then cold again. It romanticizes a horrible relationship.

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  • Marla
  • 19-12-19

Such a disappointment

It’s a good thing that I read that this book was Debbie‘s first book. I’m not even done with it and I am disappointed. Listening to the emotional abuse from this man to the main character, just makes me angry. Why the heck didn’t she leave him? If this was the first time I had ever read of any of Debbie’s books, I wouldn’t read anymore. Thankfully later books are not like this. It’s kind of amazing that her career continue to grow.

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  • Monica P.
  • 14-12-19

This narrator is painful

I hate that we have to review all three items, I love Debbie’s books and I’m so sure the book is great! But the narrator is painful to listen to and I had to stop.

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  • Sharon
  • 20-11-19

slow and sometimes robotic narration

I like the premise of this story (the male character being a vision-impaired professor), but it was a little hard to really love the characters. Strangely, the main female character (Karen) is very underdeveloped in terms of profession, abilities, and interests. On the other hand, we know a lot more about the man (Rand), his job, and his opinions. Also, Karen is a bit of a pushover, letting her father, her husband, and her husband's colleague make decisions that decide so much of the course of her life.

The narration is inconsistent -- the dialogue parts for female voices are usually ok, but the male voices and the "non-dialogue narration" has an irritating staccato rhythm to it. And I won't even go into the Scottish accent of the father character!

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  • Crystal
  • 20-11-19

Romance?

What part of this story is romantic? What century was this supposed to be, the renascence?!

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  • GreyMama
  • 25-10-19

ugghhh!

struggled to finish, Rand just really peeved me off and I had trouble getting past his hateful behavior

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  • Tammy Lee
  • 16-10-19

Archaic

Storyline is archaic. It seems the woman in this book agrees with tricking a man into marrying her. I don’t agree with this and I found it offensive. I can’t get on board with a woman who would resort to such tactics. I finally stopped about 2/3 of the way through because I couldn’t support the main
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  • Ann
  • 07-10-19

If you like stories about abusive relationships

I am really disappointed in this current book by Debbie Macomber. Why anyone would stay with a man who is verbally and emotionally abusive is beyond me.

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  • JH
  • 27-09-19

Narrator was a distraction for me.

There appeared to be a lisp with the letters s and sh words. It proved to be a distraction.

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  • Jena
  • 20-09-19

Blah and old fashioned. `

I got so angry with the meek women in this story. I love Debbie's books, but this one made me angry at every turn. The men talked to the women like they were dogs.