How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

Monday, November 24, 2014

About the Book:
Author: Amber Stokes
Publisher: Seasons of a Story
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; New Adult Contemporary (novella)
Rating: 5 out of 5
When you’ve admired and eventually counted as a friend bloggers who have dreamt of entering the publishing world by putting out their own novels, it’s a joy to watch them realize that dream – and be a shining example of excellence in the all-to-often brushed aside Indie world of publishing. Amber Stokes took us on a journey to the old west with her sweet prairie romances in the Hearts Spring series and has now broken from that pattern to charm us with a new adult novella that is nothing if not sweetly romantic. Without dillydallying – I understand the reason for this being its limited pages, the story immediately gets into the heart of what is coming as our already confused hero (being dissatisfied with the direction his life is going), Derrick happens upon the mysterious figure of Brielle, a girl no one seems to know.

Right off, Amber has created a mystery that leaves readers flipping the pages and was something I really enjoyed. There’s a nice quality to the flow of the storytelling because of this and because of the heroine, there is definitely a mysterious bent to what is to come. Essentially, this is the strength of the novella and also a minor detriment because the ARC text wraps up the “who” and “why” of Brielle before it seems like the larger plot elements in the story reasons could be grasped. Does this in any way detract from the story? Nope, not for this girl it didn’t. The story is complete in every way with exception to perhaps the reader wishing to experience more of life with Derek and Brielle because they are easily relatable characters – just like many of us are, they’re going through the confusing stage of no longer being a kid which forces them to learn how to live in the mile-a-minute real world of adulthood.

Though short, How a Star Falls is well worth setting a course for. There’s a simplistic magic that is indeed magnetic. It’s got a great set-up (as previously discussed) and a special kind of description of a close-knit family, all of which endears this. Basically, the book is the perfect kind to read when you’re looking for something with charisma yet it’s short enough to read in an afternoon or matter of hours; it’s cute, wholesome fun that sets up the potential for something dark, only it’s over before we’re ready for it – it’s the sort that feels like the ending is really just the beginning and sometimes (I believe) those are the best kind of stories. The worst part of the best stories are seeing those dreaded words (whether figurative or literal) at the end of stories – “the end,” it serves us well to remember “happily ever after” isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning – these characters have quite a beautiful life ahead of them and because this author introduced them to us so well, they’re anything but a fading burst of stardust. ⭐

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Synopsis: How does a star fall?

Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella,
How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all. – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.


  1. Rissi, what a lovely and thoughtful review! Of course, I would expect no less from a wonderful reviewer and blogger such as yourself. :) Thank you so much for taking the time to read Derrick and Brielle's story and share your honest and uplifting thoughts on it! Your support throughout the writing and publishing process means so much to me. ♥


    1. Amber, thank YOU so much for writing these and being so willing to share your stories with us. It's really a charming, wonderful kind of story and I'm glad you were struck with the inspiration for it. :) Best of luck on your continuing publishing journey; I know it'll be awesome!


  2. I really hope to get my hands on HOW A STAR FALLS, some day! It looks like such a sweet story, and happens to take place in my hometown! :)

    1. This one is SO good, Liv. It's a wonderful novel that's one of those feel-good, cozy novellas. :) Hope you enjoy it!


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