From the time she was a child, Carly Shepherd has gazed at the silent stars in the night sky of her home town of Bethlehem, North Carolina. With her childhood overshadowed by her father’s abandonment and mother’s alcoholism, she wonders how anyone can believe in an equally silent God. After all, she’s not felt his presence any more than her earthly father. Though she remembers Christmas pageants and attending church as a child, she no longer has any use for what she considers fairy tales.
Drew Middleton is seeking shelter from a rain storm when he walks into Carly’s vendor tent at a fall festival, but he’s quickly taken with the talented artist and her creations. Feeling an instant connection, Carly is confused by her feelings, especially when she realizes his spiritual commitment.
Dealing with a wayward brother and career opportunities that may require relocation, Drew knows now is not the best time to begin a relationship, especially with someone who doesn’t share his faith.
Carly’s past and their chance of future together collide when she’s snared into refurbishing sets for a Christmas pageant with Drew’s help.
Will Drew’s love and their shared experience bring about a spiritual awakening in Carly this Christmas? Or will time run out as the stars continue to shine silently over Bethlehem?
My thoughts: Ms. Poole is a very talented author and this latest Christmas novella is proof. Carly is struggling to get past an unhappy childhood. She has no faith, but a sweet old lady from a local church won't take no for an answer. She knows how to reach Carly, and does with ease. Drew is struggling also with trying to maintain his mom's health and deflect his brother's drama, but when he meets Carly he is smitten. There is no real black moment, and there will be a sequel to this story in 2016 called The Trouble with Jasmine. If you haven't discovered Ms. Poole's Christmas novellas yet, you need to. She is an up-and-coming author to keep your eye on. Good story. 4.5 stars.