Packed with emotion


The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

This book is based on the real-fire catastrophic wildfire that took place in 1947 in Maine. There’s been a very long drought and Grace Holland and her best friend, Rosie, long for rain.  But the lack of water isn’t the only drought Grace is facing.  From what she hears from Rosie, Grace knows that her marriage bed is not what it should be.  A violent night with her husband leaves her pregnant with her third child.  This is her third pregnancy in less than two years and she’s exhausted.

When Grace is five months pregnant, the wildfires start to rage out of control. Her husband, Greg, leaves her with their two very young children to join the firefighters. The fires wreak havoc upon the homes and lives of Grace and Rosie.  But Grace’s tragedy doesn’t end the day of the fires.

I’ve been a longtime fan of Anita Shreve and she has surpassed herself with this book. I’ve read reviews saying that it’s too slow moving but I thought it was just perfect.  This is a complex plot that only begins with the tragic fires.  The author has done a masterful job of depicting the difficulties of this marriage, its effect on Grace and her longing for a better life.   I was glued to each page of this book and had no idea what was going on around me while I was reading it.  The day of the fire is edge of your seat suspenseful.  The story of Grace and her marriage and the time following the fire is so gorgeously written.   The ending brought tears to my eyes.

Most highly recommended.


8 thoughts on “Packed with emotion

  1. Marjorie, this is a terrific review and I was glued to my screening reading this! I used to read a lot of her books and this reminded me about Anita Shreeve – sounds perfect for a summer read and off to look closer at it. Many thanks for sharing. 😀

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      1. I definitely want to read it but am going to wait until the price drops a bit; just under a tenner for a kindle book is steep! I look forward to reading it and might take a look at some of her other books I have in my books cases but haven’t looked at for ages!

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    1. Yes, it is a bit pricey! I was lucky enough to get a copy from the library. I got on the waiting list as soon as I heard about the book as I’m sure the waiting list will be a long one.

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      1. I buy a lot of books, more than I’ll ever read, and I justify it because they are so inexpensive. When they get pricier, I have to think about it more because they take a big chunk out of my book budget. 🙂

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