Follow a Star by Christine Stovell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sometimes your heart’s the only navigator you need
May Starling’s had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a ‘crew-wanted’ ad, she follows her dreams of escape only to find herself at sea with red-haired Bill Blythe.
Bill warns May that close-quartered living can create a boiling pot of emotions, but even May is surprised by the heat building up inside the vintage wooden boat. And when May and Bill tie up at Watling’s Boatyard in Little Spitmarsh, May’s determined to test her new-found feelings on dry land.
But May’s dream of escaping her former life is in danger of being swept away when several unwelcome blasts from the past follow her ashore, all seemingly hell-bent on reminding her it’s never that easy to clear the decks.
Second book in the series, follows Turning the Tide.
Follow a Star is the second in a series of novels around Little Spitmarsh; I had not read the first Turning the Tide but felt that it was a capable stand alone novel.
The main character May Starling responds to a 'crew wanted' advertisement and finds herself helping to deliver a boat to Little Spitmarsh crewing alongside Bill Blythe on the Lucille.
May is trying to escape her past which is slowly revealed over the course of the novel. It has some nice rounded characters and of course the ubiquitous love interest expected in such a novel. Right from the start you feel that May and Bill are meant to be together although Bill sometimes misreads or over thinks with his judgments of May which was a bit annoying.
Lovely feeling of scene setting, I could almost taste the salty sea spray and feel the wind and mist in my hair as they took to the sea together on the lovely Lucille. It had a Cornish feel about it for me, wild, reckless and a race for May to stay one step ahead of her past following her ashore.
Nice lighthearted read, all the elements of a satisfactory novel, nicely rounded up and thoroughly enjoyable - good job Christine I am off to read 'Turning the Tide' now.
Easily a 4 star book for me, predictability prevented me giving it 5 stars but a good read nevertheless.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.