Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Stars Shine Bright Blog Tour With Review!

Howdy folks! Boy has it been a busy weekend! Lots of fun stuff going on. But today I have a review for a new book by Sibella Giorello. The Stars Shine Bright is the newest book in her Raleigh Harmon series. Read about it below and don't forget to check out the other reviews on the rest of the blog tour. My review is below as well. And, there is a fun giveaway that I will be posting right after this. I don't know all the prizes but I know a Kindle Fire is part of it:)

MY REVIEW OF THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT
This is the fourth book in the Raleigh Harmon series. I have been able to read all of them and enjoyed them all. I know some readers have had trouble getting into them and I know I had that problem with one of them. But this one kept me entranced from the beginning. Not a lot of action which I think is the problem other readers have. But I like the slow way it unfolds and winds you up into it as you read:)

This one is set at a race track and I enjoyed the undercover work. Lots of good dialogue and interesting characters. Sibella has that way of writing that puts you right there and I felt like I was at the race track. You can almost smell the horses and the early morning air as the jockeys are working their horses. Of course, the murder entwined into the story gets your blood moving and your brain working!

Excellent book that somewhat wraps up Raleigh's life. Her love life has been at odds for a while and this brings some closure. Also involved is her mother who many of you will recognize from the previous books. I am hoping for another Raleigh Harmon book in the near future or possibly the start of another series? Who knows what Sibella has ready for her readers next?

More about the book:

After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.

Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.
She’s never felt more alone.

Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancĂ© wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself.
With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancĂ© will make things better—or worse.

Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.

Meet Sibella Giorello:
Sibella Giorello grew up in the mountains of Alaska admiring the beauty and nature that surrounded her. She majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts hoping to learn more about the landscape she loved back home. From there Sibella followed a winding path, much like the motorcycle ride she took across the country, which led to her true love, journalism.

She found herself in Seattle writing for rock-n-roll magazine and earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington before heading south to the land of great stories.

In Virginia, Sibella became a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was there she also met her husband and would hear Jesus whispering her name at a tent revival.

Sibella started writing about Raleigh Harmon as a way to keep her love of story-telling alive while staying at home with her young sons. As a journalist and author, her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. The Stones Cry Out, the first Raleigh Harmon novel, won a Christy award for debut novel in 2008. Sibella now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons.

Visit Sibella Giorello online at www.sibellagiorello.com, Facebook or Twitter.

According to FTC disclosures, I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.

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