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Gayle Fortman has built a good life for herself and her three sons as an innkeeper in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. She has even maintained a cordial relationship with her ex, charismatic broadcast journalist Eric Fortman, covering with the boys for his absences and broken promises. Luckily Travis Allen, her closest neighbor, has been a loving surrogate father to the boysGayle Fortman has built a good life for herself and her three sons as an innkeeper in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. She has even maintained a cordial relationship with her ex, charismatic broadcast journalist Eric Fortman, covering with the boys for his absences and broken promises. Luckily Travis Allen, her closest neighbor, has been a loving surrogate father to the boys and her own best friend.Then, on the eve of oldest son Jared's graduation, Eric returns, having nearly lost his life in Afghanistan. Worse, he has lost his way and his courage, and needs a place to recover. Gayle realizes this might be the last chance for her sons to establish a real bond with their father, and offers him a summer at the inn and a chance to put things right. Gayle and Eric are all too aware that their onetime love and attraction are still there. But can the pieces of their broken lives be mended, or are they better laid to rest?...

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Number of Pages : 564 Pages
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touching stars Reviews

  • Rossy
    2018-12-26 01:25

    I've been going back and forth on how to rate this book and i think i finally settle on something that satisfy me. This story was very well written and the characters were all very likable. My problem with this story had more to do with the ending or perhaps how the relationship between the main characters developed in this book. From the blurb you're given the impression that this is about two people who have been divorced and are now back together to consider a reconciliation. While this still stands true throughout the book, it's not really the main story.The story is really about how to people come to grips with the end of a marriage and how they deal with their children. See even though these two people were divorced for about 12 years, they never dealt with their divorced, they simply signed the papers and separated.Had i been told this from the very beginning i would have been ok with the ending but due to the misconception all i wanted to do was throw the book against the wall. While i may have found the author recently i have read the previous 3 books in the series and although the books are not predominantly romances, they are still part of the story. Not to mention we actually get to know the characters that end up together in the end and in this case, the heroine's chosen is not a person we really got to know in the book other than in passing. It may seem more realistic by the way things ended but to me it made no sense. Why give me hope if that was not what was planned. I could have just skipped to the end and get it over with and be happy with that....perhaps that's where i made a mistake.

  • Phyllis
    2018-12-24 00:17

    Ex-husband Eric comes back to the inn for rehabilition. He tries to reconcile with his three sons. A few characters are from her previous shenandoah album books. I did not like this book as well as the earlier ones.

  • Julie
    2018-12-28 05:58

    The summary left out quite a bit of info. I didn't really care for the historical part. I also felt let down by the ending.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-03 00:20

    Why is it that I remember the prior books in this series to have a religious angle to them? I kept waiting for that slant to appear and if it had, I completely missed it.Gayle Fortman has been raising her sons alone for the last twelve or so years since her charming husband Eric chose his career as a broadcast journalist over being a father and husband. Now returned home after a near death experience in Afghanistan, Eric is trying to rebuild his life and a relationship with his boys.When Gayle divorced Eric, she and her sons built a life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, they run the Daughter of the Stars bed and breakfast inn, and with the help of Travis Allen, a neighbor down the road, the little family has built a very good life together.Now that Eric has moved into the inn during his recovery, the family is a bit off balance. Being described as the most married divorced woman anyone has known, Gayle must revisit her feeling for Eric. Is Gayle ready to come to terms with her emotions and decide once and for all, what is best for her sons?The boys have grown up without a father and they too must decide what bond they wish to have with a man that has been absent most of their lives. Not without squabbles and door slamming, this family finds their answers and goes into the direction that will suit each of them.Played against a backdrop of a local historical play, Touching Stars entwines the past and present leaving the reader mesmerized with two different but completely related stories that easily entertains and fascinates.As you are reading, do not assume that you know the outcome of either storyline. Ms Richards weaves a tale that encompasses both the people and history of the Shenandoah Valley. Characters from previous books appear and hopefully, characters from this book will reappear in the next.Very much in the same tenor as Robin Carr, you will find Emilie Richards to be a gifted writer and dreamer.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-26 23:56

    This last (?) entry in Richards' Shenandoah Album series is well done, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first books--but it is still well worth the read. I hope Richards writes more in this series. Issues of divorce, relationships between ex-spouses, single parenting, basic personality differences, parent-child relationships, and teen sexuality, with a side story of a Civil War mystery (with its own parent-child relationships issues), are all presented in the context of an entertaining and engrossing story. I wish we could make a reservation at the Daughter of the Stars B&B Inn on the Shenandoah River and meet the people in this book.

  • Sue
    2018-12-25 01:57

    A very interesting book about the Shenandoah Valley( Va) in current and Civil War days, a youth archaeology camp, a divorced couple, teenage boys, an alternative story of Lincoln's assassination, PSTD, and quilting. I enjoyed the people who were faced with extraordinary and every days problems and working on each finding their way through.Should be rate 3.5- seemed a bit long for the sotries- although well written.

  • Susan
    2019-01-03 03:13

    This 4th installment of the Shenandoah series is okay. I did not love this book as much as I did the first one "Wedding Ring" and the third one "Lovers Knot". It started slow and gained some steam as it went along. It was obvious to me from the beginning how this book would end, however there is some good storytelling in between.

  • Elizabeth Meadows
    2019-01-14 06:08

    Emilie Richards has done a great job of combining family drama, action, historical fiction and facts, human rights issues and romance all into the books of this series. So far the 3rd book was my favorite, but this 4th book was really good and makes me want to continue to read more books by this author.

  • Teri Pre
    2018-12-27 05:56

    The back-story wasn't quite as good as in the previous books, hence the 4 star rating.

  • Marcia
    2019-01-03 07:14

    This is the case of I love these books, can't wait to read them and will hate it when the series is finished

  • Beth Bradley
    2019-01-04 07:09

    Sad when it was finished.

  • Kingston Library
    2019-01-04 05:23

    This book was outstanding. I like all of her books, but this is probably my favorite.She really brings the characters to life and I felt like I was almost part of the story.She has several series including a humorous one titled Beware of False Prophets andit is clever and funny.

  • Rossy
    2019-01-15 00:15

    I've been going back and forth on how to rate this book and i think i finally settle on something that satisfy me. This story was very well written and the characters were all very likable. My problem with this story had more to do with the ending or perhaps how the relationship between the main characters developed in this book. From the blurb you're given the impression that this is about two people who have been divorced and are now back together to consider a reconciliation. While this still stands true throughout the book, it's not really the main story.The story is really about how to people come to grips with the end of a marriage and how they deal with their children. See even though these two people were divorced for about 12 years, they never dealt with their divorced, they simply signed the papers and separated.Had i been told this from the very beginning i would have been ok with the ending but due to the misconception all i wanted to do was throw the book against the wall. While i may have found the author recently i have read the previous 3 books in the series and although the books are not predominantly romances, they are still part of the story. Not to mention we actually get to know the characters that end up together in the end and in this case, the heroine's chosen is not a person we really got to know in the book other than in passing. It may seem more realistic by the way things ended but to me it made no sense. Why give me hope if that was not what was planned. I could have just skipped to the end and get it over with and be happy with that....perhaps that's where i made a mistake.

  • Sharon Forbes
    2018-12-28 01:06

    This is the fourth book in the Shenandoah Album series by Ms. Richards, and I have to say, it veered quite a bit from the other three books that I have already read. That being said, it was still a very enjoyable book, just not nearly as much focus on the quilts and quilting as there has been. Touching Stars tells the story of Gayle and Eric Fortman, who have already been divorced for twelve years. Eric is coming to stay for the summer at Gayle's inn, called Daughter Of The Stars, as he recoups from nearly being killed in Afghanistan. They are parents to three boys, who all, for various different reasons, are not in sync with their dad. The novel also revolves around a summer camp that all three boys are attending nearby, that is being spearheaded by their neighbor and close friend, Travis Allen, who turns out to have strong feelings for Gayle. This was an enjoyable read, although I missed not getting quite as much input on the quilting, however, Ms. Richards did take us back in time in several parts of the book, to help explain a mystery that revolved around the teens and what they were digging for(historical finds of some people who had lived in the area back in the 1800's). I did like this book, though perhaps not quite as much as the others. There is another book in this series, Sister's Choice, which I have ordered, and am looking forward to reading and reviewing.

  • Chris
    2018-12-25 02:02

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was starting to get pissed while listening to this one. I liked Gayle, liked the life that she created for herself. I hated Eric, hated what he did to Gayle and especially hated how he treated Dylan and the other boys. So when it looked like it they were going to get back together I wanted to reach into the book and shake Gayle, she could do better! So when things got to the end and Gayle and Eric said goodbye I was relieved and then happy because it gave Travis a real shot and I thought they would be good together. I did like how this one ended, liked that Eric was giving being a father a shot, but also I loved that Leon was there to help ease the changes and loved that Leon needed Gayle needed just as much.I didn't like the historical story that was wrapped up with this one

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-21 23:23

    I have just finished this and very much enjoyed it. Gives so much character detail and really delves into relationships. The relationship of Eric and Gayle - divorced. The relationhip of each of them with their three sons. This book would probably fit into the genre of women's fiction, Gayle eventually grows in herself as a woman by the time the book ends. Yet this is about Eric too. And then there is Travis. These books have hooked me in, I like women's fiction so long as its not too heavy!! I like the way she incorporates cameo sections of earlier times, this one set just at the end of the Civil War. Not being American it takes me a while to sort out sides! And oh I want a quilt. Can't see myself ever being able to make one, but I want to buy one for my bed. Have a quilting colleague, now I wonder........

  • Darcy
    2018-12-22 01:25

    I was starting to get pissed while listening to this one. I liked Gayle, liked the life that she created for herself. I hated Eric, hated what he did to Gayle and especially hated how he treated Dylan and the other boys. So when it looked like it they were going to get back together I wanted to reach into the book and shake Gayle, she could do better! So when things got to the end and Gayle and Eric said goodbye I was relieved and then happy because it gave Travis a real shot and I thought they would be good together. I did like how this one ended, liked that Eric was giving being a father a shot, but also I loved that Leon was there to help ease the changes and loved that Leon needed Gayle needed just as much.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-05 01:09

    This is the 4th book in the Shenandoah Album series. I enjoyed the story, although not as much as the third book. This one focuses on Gayle, owner of the Daughter of the Stars Inn that we met briefly in the earlier books. Her ex-husband is staying with her and her 3 boys while recovering from a traumatic experience in the Middle East. The complex relationships between them are interplayed with a story about an old cabin on the property that is being excavated for an archeology camp. That family was in the civil war timeframe and also dealt with an absent father. It was an enjoyable story and was easy to read.

  • Rayni
    2019-01-05 03:12

    I had a hard time rating this book. It was predictable, but what kept me reading was the historical sub-plot. I had always believed what the history books said, that John Wilkes Booth was killed shortly after he assassinated President Lincoln. Yet in this book, the story is given that John Wilkes Booth recovered on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley. An archeological camp for teenagers is being held on the inn's property, where Booth supposedly recovered.I loved the fact I could pick up this book, out of order, & have an update on Helen Henry & Cissy from Wedding Ring. Wedding Ring closed with Cissy, 8 months pregnant, marrying Zeke. So, it was fun to catch up with Cissy.

  • DeLyn
    2019-01-07 02:13

    I picked this up from the recently returned table with no real expectations for the author or storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it's characters. I somehow felt very connected to the main character, a single mother with three sons, as she runs her own bed and breakfast, raises her boys, stays involved in her community and church, and is organized to the hilt! It was a good combination of romance/love mixed with the complicated problems that come from divorce and parents that realize (sometimes too late) the importance of having a lasting relationship with their children. I will definitely read another Emilie Richards.

  • Joanie
    2019-01-05 07:09

    Gayle and her three sons worked hard together to keep the "Inn" going after the divorce years ago. Travis, the widower neighbor, was a great friend to all and a male role model for the boys until the "X" came back into the picture after twelve years! Gayle did want him to be part of their sons life but not hers. This was a great read that had past, present and future all in the story. It had forgiveness, patience, and love also. This book goes to show you that things do work out in the end!

  • Darlene
    2018-12-27 03:57

    I really enjoyed "Touching Stars" by Emilie Richards.Her Shenandoah Album Series to me are very warm and tug at my roots though this one was different as it was basically from a man's point of view of sons and fathers. I also enjoyed the historical side of this book fictional as it may be a real thought provoker. A really good story, though I would have ended it differently, but that's why I'm a reader and not a writer.

  • Ann Olson
    2019-01-02 04:10

    Story kept me interested, and I love in this series how there is alway sub plot looking at the history of the people/Valley. My biggest issue here was Gayle's thoughts about her son's girlfriend and how stereotypically the girl was written to be- airheaded, trying to "trap" her boyfriend, saying like in every sentence, etc. Overall though, liked hearing about the inn, and Dillon was one of my favorites. Also enjoy reading about Cissy and Reese.

  • Linda
    2018-12-30 03:15

    This is the second book by Mrs. Richards that I have read and I will definitely read more.Her books center around quilting and the Shenandoah Valley in VA. While I'm not "into" quilting, I have been to the SV and it is absolutely beautiful. Though I don't quilt, I know many other women who do.Another aspect of her books that I enjoy are that there is no cursing, sex or violence in them which are important to me.

  • Johnkellybennett
    2019-01-16 01:09

    This novel was my least favorite in the series so far. I had to read something light after Gone Girl! It was just ok, not sure I loved the ending. I also got tired of reading it about half way through. I didn't read any of the 1865 flashbacks and just kind of skim read to find out how it ended. One thing I do like about these books are is the setting. I really wish want to visit Shenandoah Valley someday!

  • Rhonda
    2018-12-27 05:15

    I liked this. A divorced mother of three boys offers her ex-husband a place in her home while he recuperates from being held hostage in Aphganistan, thinking this will give him a chance to bond with the sons he never really had time for before....a lot of relationships to work out, things to discover. Interesting.

  • Nancy O'Donnell
    2018-12-30 02:18

    People can love each other, but still have to make difficult choices about staying together. This is the case because the main characters have lives they want to persue. The wife wants to raise her family in one town, but the husband is a journalist who wants to follow is dreams. Their three sons resent that he wasn't there for them. Can he come home to them after being away for sixteen years?

  • Katy
    2018-12-30 04:23

    Great story about the value of realizing we cannot always be married to someone we love, it's okay to be angry about a divorce,but it's important still to be a parent to the children who love us unconditionallyThe Shanandoah Album stories are not always my favorite reading, but I do enjoy the insights Richards provide in a small community life

  • Ruth
    2019-01-16 01:11

    I really enjoyed this third book in the series. A woman who has been divorced for years allows her ex to recover from a serious injury in her home/bed & breakfast. Her sons are getting older and need to renew thier relationship with their dad. A middle-aged woman takes stock of her life and decides how she wants to spend the rest of it.

  • Leslie
    2019-01-21 01:23

    The first 1/2 of the book was just alright but then it picked up and I really enjoyed the second 1/2. I am not sure if it was the addition of the story within the story that took place in Civil War times, but it got much better for me. I really liked how the characters interacted and grew as the story went on. Very touching and moving at the end.