Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble

Title: Stargazey Point
Author: Shelley Noble
Publisher: William Morrow
Expected Release: July 9, 2013
Source: publisher (Edelweiss)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarian Abbie Sinclair thinks she has nothing left to give by the time she arrives in Stargazey Point. Once a popular South Carolina family destination, the town’s beaches have eroded, local businesses are closing, and skyrocketing taxes are driving residents away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive.

But Abbie is drawn slowly into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, three octogenarians sharing a looming plantation house; Cab Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle’s antique carousel, a childhood sanctuary; Ervina, an old Gullah wisewoman with the power to guide Abbie to a new life, if only she’d let her; and a motley crew of children whom Abbie can’t ignore.

Abbie came seeking a safe haven, but what she finds is so much more. For Stargazey Point is a magical place . . . a place for dreamers . . . a place that can lead you home.

The fictional town of Stargazey Point is a magical place. The quaint little town, its old-world charm… Shelley Noble paints the town and its inhabitants perfectly; I could see it in my mind, and fell in love with the setting. The development of the characters, as well as the interaction between them, felt very natural.

But that was it. I should have liked this story far more. It sounds exactly like the type of book I enjoy reading, especially during these leisurely summer months. Unfortunately this novel fell flat for me and barely held my interest. Basically the story consists of Abbie learning to deal with a tragedy and work through her grief, and a town trying to prevent itself from dying off completely. There was one conflict that arose that I did not expect, but once it came up, I immediately knew how it would pan out long before it (finally) resolved.

For the most part, I found the novel lackluster and predictable. It was nice, but much too predictable for my liking.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.