Title: Every Star in the Sky
Author: Danielle Singleton
Genre: Historical fiction, Romance
First Publication: 2021
Book Summary: Every Star in the Sky by Danielle Singleton
He’s the son of an English Lord.
She’s a daughter of the American South.
His family won’t let her join their world.
She won’t let him give it all up for her.
Can Richard and Rebecca’s love stand the test of time and circumstance?
Or will the ocean between their two worlds tear them apart forever?
When Rebecca Lewis meets Richard Arrington on her first day at Harvard Business School, she wants nothing to do with him. He is snobby, he is English, and he is handsome enough to be a distraction from her goal of graduating first in her class. It is 1984, and Rebecca has to prove she belongs in a man’s world.
When Richard meets Rebecca, he falls in love.
Thirty-five years later, Richard has finally achieved his lifelong dream: he is Prime Minister of Great Britain. Handsome and popular, the English aristocrat has everything he ever wanted. But when a scandal erupts accusing him of lying and stealing, Richard must answer for a secret past that has shaped his life – and a secret love that will never die.
Book Review: Every Star in the Sky by Danielle Singleton
Most of the time, the choices we make in life deeply affect our future, but some of life’s downfalls are completely out of our hands. We have to allow ourselves the time to grieve in order to properly heal so we can, eventually, be able to live again. Every Star in the Sky by Danielle Singleton is a much-needed historical romance book that picks us up and sweeps our hearts and senses into the story, traveling abroad and back through generations, carrying us through the powerful emotions of love, heartbreak, joy and ruthless politics.
The story begins with Rebecca Lewis, our level-headed and strong-willed heroine, attending Harvard Business School. Richard Arrington is not the kind of person Rebecca Lewis wants to talk to when she meets him on her first day at Harvard Business School. Unimpressed with his slick and smooth talking manner, she brushes him off, wanting nothing to do with him. Aside from being snobby and English, he is handsome enough to distract her from her goal of graduating first in class. But for Richard it was completely opposite. The moment Richard meets Rebecca, he falls in love. The two embark on a whirlwind romance, but they face obligations from Richard’s family. Both of them have fallen for each other, and must decide whether or not to hang onto what they have, or let it go forever.
Thirty-five years later, Richard is Prime Minister of Great Britain, achieving his lifelong dream. This handsome and popular English aristocrat has everything he’s ever wanted. Then a scandal breaks accusing Richard of stealing and lying, forcing Richard to face a secret past that has shaped his life – and a love that will never die. Although this story was heart-breaking throughout, it didn’t remain tragic or leave me feeling depleted. The heartache actually intensified its sweetness instead of reducing it. What I loved most about this story was its example that true love is strong enough to forgive and withstand any element that threatens to break it.
Every Star in the Sky is truly an emotion-driven masterpiece and ultimately full of love. This story and its characters draw you in so deeply that you will feel their trauma, fear, pain and happiness. As a story, it attracts and satisfies because we are all emotional creatures, and able to identify, to varying degrees, with the strength of feeling evoked. It’s so well written, and that’s the true gift, that, while you’re consciously following the characters’ lives, you’re subconsciously absorbing the story through the filter of your own life experience and emotions.
Danielle Singleton excels at setting the scene. Amazingly, she manages to find beauty even in the most horrific scenes, which is one of the things which set her apart as a writer. Danielle has a knack for taking her readers deep into her characters’ minds, letting them share their most intimate, most uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these thoughts have the effect of completely drawing the reader into the story. In Every Star in the Sky, Danielle provides the reader with a complete and engrossing view of a life-changing event and its aftermath. All together she tells a marvellous tale of perception, loyalty, anger, secrets, lost love, guilt, obsession with the past. And about writing, for more than anything else, Every Star in the Sky is about the difference between fiction and reality, the power of the imagination and the human urge to write destiny.
Every Star in the Sky is an intensely romantic story of the power of true love across time, across social conventions, and ultimately conquering all. The story is very simple and easy to read, but it captivates and touches the reader in a profound way. The love between Rebecca and Richard, from the time they first met to the end, is overwhelming. I highly recommend this book as a quick read for any hopeless romantic. The story may be sweet and simplistic, but it is also dynamic and poignant – a beautiful story of the strength of true love.