The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley



Title: The Promise Of Stardust

Author: Priscille Sibley

Genre: Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Date of Publication: February 5th, 2013

ISBN: 9780062194176

Pages: 432


Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they’ve always wanted.

When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.

But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle’s living will.

Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.

(via goodreads)


I don’t often cry because of a book (or anything really). But this book? It broke my heart. The story of Elle and Matt touched my heart many times.

The story starts quickly. We get thrown into the live of Matt, as he has to decide whether to pull the plug on his wife, Elle. The woman is firmly against life support and everyone agrees they should obey her wish. However, Elle is pregnant.

I immediately got attached to the characters. We are not personally introduced to Elle, but meet her through flashback from Matt. The way Matt loves his wife is just beautiful (It kind of makes me hope for a man, who will love me like that.) It seems realistic because he doesn’t see her as this perfect being, but instead loves her with her flaws and faults. He makes it seem as those are especially the reasons he loves her so much. My heart wants him to be happy.

Due to the flashbacks, we see Elle as a beautiful, intelligent woman, who has a lot to offer to the world. I kept hoping a miracle would happen, that she would wake up and tell us what she really wants.

Sibley extracted a wide range of emotions while I read the book. Just when you think you know how things will go, Sibley throws in a curve and takes you off on another path
The book was thought provoking, heart breaking and engrossing.

Minutes after I finished the book, I started looking up the medical and legal issues online. I never really bothered how everything is handled and was very interested in that part of the story.

Some aspects of the story were too perfect: Matt’s mother is an OB nurse, Matt is a neurosurgeon, Matt’s college buddy is a lawyer. They were all highly educated in the medical and legal field so I felt like this part was too smooth.


I recommend this to everyone who loves romance stories and is not afraid of thought challenging books!


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