As a wife and mother, I identified with Starstruck, by Yael Levy. The main character, Abby Miller, has her hands full with her family, and has placed her dreams and aspirations of becoming a writer on the back burner. She rarely sees her husband, and questions whether the marriage they have is solid. Abby yearns for romance- the kind you’d find in her novel, a definite work in progress.
Abby stumbles upon a severed hand (yes, a hand!) one day while out for a walk in a nearby park, and contacts her best friend Sara, the assistant D.A. for the local police department. Sara is a loner, but secretly wants someone to share her life with. She has her own romance roadblocks, and no time to devote to love. She's too busy searching for clues that will lead her to the owner of the missing hand.
While assisting Sara, Abby is convinced she’ll have to do some clue searching of her own- she’s sure her husband is cheating on her with his very attractive assistant. While wallowing in self-pity (and not paying attention while driving) Abby runs her car into a sexy soap opera actor, the same one she drools over from the comfort of her living room, the one who gives her inspiration for her novel. She befriends the actor, and he becomes Abby’s aide in bringing back some romance into her marriage, but not with the best results.
I enjoyed this book immensely! It was refreshing to read something with a focal point on religion. Abby and Sara are both Jewish, and you get an opportunity to read about the customs that are part of the Jewish faith, as well as the guidelines and rules that accompany love and commitment.
Is Abby’s husband cheating? Will Sara find the missing hand, and catch the perpetrator (and a love interest)? What happens to the sexy soap star? The climactic ending is perfection!
Thanks to Crimson Romance for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Sara Steven is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two rambunctious boys in Bellevue, NE. When she’s not running marathons, or working on her novel, she takes a break and opens up a good book (or turns on her Nook). Find her at her blog.
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