rhia reviews | The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

32324273In 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.

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

I received a free e-copy of this book from netgalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read several books by Anita Shreve and I think I’ve enjoyed every one of them. Grace joins a long line of exceptional female characters. Over the course of the novel she evolves into the kind of woman I hope to one day be – strong and independent, putting only the lives of her children before her own.

Grace’s story hooked me in from the first page and I found myself living the days with her – sheltering from the fire, learning to live without her husband, and every other obstacle she faced. Shreve’s writing is impeccable again.

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