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“The Stars Are Fire”
by Anita Shreve

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From Amazon:
In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens–and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.

I really enjoyed this story. The main character, Grace, so impressed me with her loyalty, devotion and determination. I also was angry with her decisions at times. She did what was expected of her then doing what was best for her.  But, that was how many women behaved and did during the 40s. What I really liked, is that Grace faces some heart breaking struggles and she breaks down. She gives up.  She doesn’t  persevere through the whole book. It seemed so real life to me, which was refreshing.

While reading, I also found myself wondering what I would do in her situation. Could I be as strong?  Would I put others before me in situations that did not involve my kids?  Would I be able to make the decisions she did to move forward?  This is a quick, thought provoking book and definitely worth your time!

I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.

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